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This 1/20 scale model kit of the first engine-powered flying machine
to make a successful flight commemorates the dawn of powered flight.
On December 17, 1903 Orville Wright launched the Wright Flyer I from
a sand dune known as Big Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The flight lasted for twelve seconds and a distance of 120 feet. The
Wright Flyer I was the culmination of years of research and testing
during which the brothers designed and built all the components of
the Flyer including the propellers and engine.
This LASER CUT kit is very popular for school projects
in both history and science since it is an accurate scale model of
the original airplane which is on display in the Smithsonian Institution
Museum of Air and Space.
Includes complete step-by-step instruction booklet with 38
photographs to guide you through the building process.
This kit contains a full-size plan, step-by-step instructions, laser
cut balsa parts, hand-picked balsa strip wood, wire, thread,
and Easy Built Lite tissue covering. Also includes a laser cut
pilot profile in the prone position, and laser cut engine assembly.
You will need a building
board, hobby knife, glue,
thread, and fine sandpaper. This kit
is completely laser cut, saves hours of time cutting out parts. The
builder determines the level of detail for this model and may need
to supply additional materials.
D-10LC Wright Flyer 1 (LASER CUT)
Class: Scale Display Model, 1:20 scale
Building Skill: Experienced
Price: $ 29.95
photo of your model!
This newly completed model built by Brad Kyle shows off the laser cut pilot profile included with the kit.
Finished my flyer and added
the launch rail and catapult. It looks as close as I could
get it. Thanks for all this fun." - Dean
Click here to
read the building notes from Paul Fleming.
Richard Adams added many details to his Wright Flyer, including carving his own 3 dimensional pilot.
" ...I have a lathe, so I was able to make pulleys and inserts
for the prop shafts so they rotate inside a part of a drinking straw.
I also drilled tiny holes for the rigging, and used a needle threader
to pull the thread through, I used silver thread so it resembles
wire. I used insulated electrical wire for the belts. I made a lever
to operate the stabilizers, and that is functional. In case you wonder,
I am 85 years young, retired engineer from Westinghouse and computer
programmer from IBM." - Victor Rogers
photos, building notes, and history.
"Attached are photos of the Wright Flyer D-10LC model kit that I built. I built the wooden wings and assembly from
the kit but chose to build the metal parts out of metal stock. A wood stain was used to darken the balsa wood. I
used a print of the wright flyer for details. I used a small chain necklace for the chain. I used the same necklace to attach links for the rigging. I used silver embossing thread for the wire rigging. I had a discarded instrument that I recovered gears from and filed them
thinner so the chain would fit over them for the sprockets. I used a black magic marker to make the gears look
like sprockets. I used wood glue for the balsa wood, thinned Elmer's glue for the fabric covering, and Sinbad super glue for the
metal parts. The engine block was made from a shaped pine wood block that was covered with aluminum flashing using super glue to hold it on. Jewelers files were used to shape the intricate metal parts, and a dremel tool with 32nd drill was used for small holes. Surgeons pliers were used to hold small parts while shaping or assembling. I used silver paint to denote metal hinge joints and fine point black magic marker for the pivot points such as in the stabilizer connecting rods and rudder pivots." - Roy Bourque
More photos and ideas for detailing your Wright
Read Anthony Sanchez's building notes.
If you'd like to
know more about the Wright Flyer and the invention of the airplane,
visit the Smithsonian
Air and Space Museum web site.
Balsa Model Airplane Kit.