Pedal Planes

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Project by Johnny75 posted 05-30-2011 03:50 AM 37109 views 26 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found plans for these planes online about 4 years ago. The plans are sold through Aviation Products, Inc. and they have several different aircraft you can choose from. I thought I could make the little Pitts Special the most realistic looking and also I had just had a daughter and thought I could make it the most “girly” by painting it pink. The planes are designed for kids ages 3-7 and are constructed of 3/8” plywood and sheet aluminum. Metal kits (crank, aluminum, hardware, etc…) are available through Aviation Products, Inc. After building the first airplane (the pink one) for my daughter, my parents asked me to build one for my young niece, which I happily did. I’ve just started construction on a P-51 pedal plane. These are a lot of fun to build. I made some modifications to the plans to spruce them up a little such as the detailed instrument panel, and the rotating propeller on the second (red) airplane.

These are fun little builds that get lots of attention.

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 04:03 AM

Those are awesome!

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 04:11 AM

Wow! Thanks for sharing!


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#3 posted 05-30-2011 04:14 AM

I just ordered a set of these plans for my Grandsons – starting on this soon. Great colorr scheme I’ll be borrowing from when I get to painting. This is one project I’ll finish – by Christmas.

Did you use their paint scheem, make up your own or use decals?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 04:54 AM

They have a general paint scheme on the plans, assuming you’re building the Pitts. The stripes are kind of thin I think though. I found several examples of the Pitts online and drew up my own, a little more detailed scheme. I found a webpage detailing the building of a little plastic model of the Pitts. It had 3 views of pretty much the official Pitts paint scheme. I mostly went off of that. Everything is masked and painted, except for the N-numbers, the pilot name below the cockpit, and the Pitts logo on the tail. You’ll find that some stuff on mine is different from the plans. For example, the stock plans just have you cut a plastic toy football in half for the spinner, with no prop. I carved a wooden, larger spinner out for both airplanes with a model airplane prop for the pink one, and a hand carved prop for the second one. The instrument panel too is just a sticker on the stock plane, but a neater panel is easy to make. If you want to detail it out a bit or have any questions, feel free to email me. I made a little webpage about them with some construction photos.

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#5 posted 05-30-2011 04:58 AM

I forgot to tell you that the pilot’s name and Pitts logo came from Callie Graphics, and the N-numbers came from Graphics by Greg. They were simple vinyl graphics. Also, to make the paint scheme stand out, I used automotive pin stripping on the planes to separate the colors. I used black to separate the red and white, and gray to separate the pink and white.

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#6 posted 05-30-2011 05:34 AM

That’s a mighty fine job you did there. The black stripe really separates the colors well. You’ll have to forgive Rod. He just looks at the pictures. He can’t read yet, but I’m a teachin him. He’s a slow learner so’s you can see why he’s given himself until Christmas to get his built. It’ll take half that time for him to just learn to read the plans.

Rod, here’s the typical paint scheme for a Pitts. This one happens to be a 2-hole-er:

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#7 posted 05-30-2011 07:06 AM

Really neat! I wish I had one when I was a kid.

-- Chuck

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#8 posted 05-30-2011 07:59 AM

I wish I had one now…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 05-30-2011 09:51 AM

You have time!

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#10 posted 05-30-2011 12:45 PM

@Rance – with 5 pages of plans – I’m in picture heaven.

@ Johnny75 – I wrote back and forth with Gary (Aviation Products, Inc.) and he also has a Corsair and Stearman in the works to be published soon. And he’s working on an XP-82 (double fusalage P-51) I hope I have a lot of Grandkids, cuz I’d love to make a whole airfield. I might have to paint runways on the drive and build a control tower, too.

I like the way you modified the stripes. I noticed the black striping and that really sets it off. The pilot’s name is a great add, too. Your’s is the baseline for what I hope to do! Vinyl does wonders!

There’s a prop package now, so I’ll see what’s in that when it comes this week.

I be checked your website – had to drop the www to get to it ~

Do you have an estimate for how long it took you to build it?

Oh, and Rance – he’s doing a fine, very detailed and methodical job on the plane plans built he bought ~ the Christen Eagle . I’ve seen his. He says it’s about 90% done. Neat stuff. He started his for his son – 15 years ago. Now he says …... “It is in my basement waiting on grandkids. “

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#11 posted 05-30-2011 01:00 PM

I wish Gary would update his website with all the new designs. I’ve seen the Cubs and Stagger wing, but hadn’t heard about the Corsair and Stearman in the works. I hadn’t heard about the prop package for the Pitts either. I just took the set up from the P-51 plans and made it work on the Pitts. I had to make an idler on the “firewall” to guide the belt to the pulley since it hadn’t been designed for the set up.

I’ve thought about trying to bash either a P-51 into a Me-109, or the T-6 into a FW-190 or Zero so that the P-51 would have something to fight against.

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#12 posted 05-30-2011 02:20 PM

The best thing I’ve seen for the younger children. Wonderful work done on it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 05-30-2011 07:46 PM

very nice I just might have to make one for my son

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#14 posted 05-30-2011 08:02 PM

WOW!!! great job!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 12:58 AM

Ok you got me on this one. I have been working on Planes since I was 18. I try not to think of them when not at work. But I have to make one now. I don’t have kids but I have a buddy that has a little boy that would love it. It would keep me in the, Greatest Uncle in World for a while longer. LOL

The cockpit is what really caught me. Would love more details on that or another pic. Are the guages painted or replicas? I think I might have to take this to the next level and put some warning lights and engine fire call outs on this.

Great job, Thx for making me spend more money! LOL

Great post!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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