Sunday, August 17, 2014

Corsair Fighter Airplane 3d Design

Speedy and agile, the Corsair airplane
can land and take off from an ocean-going aircraft carrier.
Sized at approx. 11 inches wingspan.
This "miniature" paper model is fun to make
and even more fun to play with.
Propeller spins, wheels (don't spin) help with landing pretend.
Pair with the Airport Landing Strip panels
for hours of childhood fun.

1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A nose Section 1
B front mid Section 2
C back mid Section 3
D tail Section 4
E nose decor overlay
F propeller
G cockpit glass
H overwing with body slots
I underwing with wheel strut slots
J wing decor
K horizontal tail wing
L vertical tail fin
M tail fin decor
N nose edge decor
O wheel struts left & right
P wheel "support" decor shapes
Q wheel and hubs
Not shown: wing supports

2. Prepare the nose Section 1 by folding back the top end tabs and sections, octaagon top, at the perforations, all as "mountain" or inward folds. 

Fold the side edge tab inward.

3. Glue each of the small top end section tabs to the edge of the octagon, taking care to line up the octagon edge with the corresponding perforation line on the tab, and help the nose cone take its prescribed shape as each is joined. As the last tab is joined, also align and join the side straight edge over the side tab.

4. Prepare the decorative nose end (it is optional) in similar fashion, bending inward at each octagon perforation and mid section perforation. No gluing needs to take place in the prep steps.

5. Apply adhesive to the inner surface of the dec nose end, then position over the nose Section 1, pull sides in and press the two pieces together for proper, tight alignment and fit.

6. Prepare the propeller, then attach with a regular size decorative brad through the end hole punch, bed back prongs inside the nose.

NOTES: A) this brad attachment needs to take place at this point in the construction, since it will be difficult or impossible to do later.

B) If your propeller paper is NOT two sided, consider cutting a pair of propeller shapes, gluing together, before attaching with brad so that it looks as good from the back as from the front.

7.  Prepare Section 2 front mid section by folding front edge tabs back, folding fuselage sections inward at cross perforation lines, folding arrow tabs outward.

8. Locate the TOP section of Section 2 (with the cockpit glass slot), then align that with your designated "top" section of the nose assembly - perhaps one opposite the seam. Slide the Sect. 2 tabs under the edges of Section 1 until straight edges and perforation accurately align, and glue in place. NOTE that there are ONLY 5 tabs to attach.

9. Prepare the fuselage tail Section 4 by folding on the long section perforation lines, and folding wide end tabs inward slightly.

10. Overlap the straight edge at tab perforation line and glue in place. Use a rod-like tool such as a pencil to insert into the tail tube to provide something to apply pressure against to help secure the seam.

11. Prepare to attach the tail section to the back mid section by FIRST identifying tail section top and bottom. The top has the long slot near the end (to accept the full width of the vertical tail fin).

Prepare Section 3 back mid section by folding on cross perforations to create a partial tube. Also fold the front end tabs inward slightly.

This is the bottom with the shorter slot (to accept only the narrow "wheel" tab extension.

12.  Line up the CENTER segment back straight edge of Section 3, over the perforation/tab lines of Section 4 tail BOTTOM section, so that straight edge aligns exactly at perforation, and glue center tab/edge.

NOTE: it is very important during the attachment of these sections to accurately align edge and perf line to keep the fuselage centered and straight.

13. Continue aligning (accurately!) edges and tabs to complete attachment of each side of Section 3 to 4 where edges overlap. A gap will remain at the top (to be covered by the cockpit "glass" shape.

14. Apply adhesive to the tabs, then slide the front assembly over the back, making sure that  of tops each are up. Use fingers inserted into finger openings top and bottom to help this seam to join properly.

NOTE the side slot on the tail for the horizontal tail wing should be oriented outward.

This is how the plan body (fuselage) should look at this point.

15. Prepare the cockpit glass shape by folding the triangle tabs downward slightly, then shaping to allow corresponding side straight edge to overlap tab to perf line, then attach in place. Repeat for the second side.

16. Apply a dab of glue to the top side of the cockpit front end tab, then insert it into the small slot on the top of Section 2. When inserted completely, reach inside of bottom body opening to apply finger pressure to attach tab to the inside/underside of top segment Section 2.

17. Apply adhesive to the inside lower edges of the cockpit glass, then fold back into position over the upper opening until edges touch Section 3. Hold in place with good surface connection until it is secure.

18. Prepare the upper wing (left) and lower wing by attaching decorations to outer surfaces. Star circle glues to top of white contrast circle, which is in turn attached at the center of the stripes shape.

19. Prepare wings for attachment by shaping the underside. For the upper wing, shown here, bend and shape the mid section to imitate the underside of the fuselage.

For the lower wing, the shaping will be the same except that the decorated face side of the wing will be downward.

20. Place Section 2 of the body assembly over the upper wing, then slide the arrow tabs into the slots.

21. Work the tabs fully through, then fold outward and glue in place to the underside of the upper wing.

22. Prepare the two wheel strut "boxes" by folding into a tube shape, overlapping straight side edge over side tab and gluing in place.

21. Fold bottom end tabs in (like a box top) and glue in place. You may want to use the end of a pencil to help apply pressure to these tabs for good adhesion.

22. Attach the wheel decoration shape over each side of the strut, with top straight edge aligned at the top tab perf line.

23.  Insert the strut tabs through the slots in the lower wing from face side to backside. On the backside of wing, fold the tabs outward and glue in place.

24. (Not illustrated) Fold the center back tabs under and glue in place. This creates the "cut out" of the wing back edge that will correspond to the same cut out of the upper wing.

24. Align and attach a wheel (assembly inner hub and outer wheel first) over each lower extension of strut decor shape, so that punch holes align, and bottom of strut and lower edge of wheel align.

25. Apply sufficient adhesive to the entire underside of lower wing, then position it over the underside of upper wing and plane body midsection, align edges that should match, and apply appropriate pressure until all edges are secure.

26. Prepare the tail wing by folding in half and gluing surfaces together.

27. Slide the tail wing into the side slots of tail section (into one slot, through interior, then out the other slot). Note that the tail wing open slot is facing forward. Center the tail wing.

28. Orient the vertical tail fin so that the notch faces forward, then insert the narrow extension tab through top body long slot, through slot in tail wing inside the plane, then out through the small slot on the body bottom. This may take a little time to get through this intricate "key hole" arrangement.

29. Layer and adhere the tail decoration to each side face of the tail fin.

30. For added interest, I have added a "large" nail head to the center of each side of each wheel to cover the alignment punch holes and make it look super slick!

31. Add the accent strip to the back edge of the nose assembly.

32. To help keep the wings in a better (more realistic, that is) flying position, Position and attach the wing support "triangles" with the perforation crease aligned at the joint between upper wing and fuselage body, then support or prop the wings in a slight "V" formation, with the wheels in proper alignment under the plane, until the glue is completely dried and hold is firm.

And here, once again, is this speedy and agile flyer,
ready to enjoy!


  1. The is really GREAT. I was wondering.... Could the wings be altered to give the design a true Corsair Gull Wing?

  2. que chulada , no tendrĂ¡s un zeppelin ?