BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Master builder Wayne Mathis has been building and designing his craft for over 40 years. We have corresponded over the years about many building tips and tricks for making the can craft you now see. If you NEVER LOOK AT ANOTHER building tip look at this one.

I have used a modified version of this cutter for years (mine is made out of plastic) as I spray the saw blade with WD-40 to help it stay sharp, the old soaks into wood. Many plastic shops sell scrap plastic by the pound. I have personally cut the tops and bottoms off 300 cans in one Saturday afternoon.

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C. Air

Adding a small amount of saw dust to epoxy glue will aid the glue adheres to he can models. I use Glue called quick grip glue found in Wal-Mart stores. Using quick grip shortness the work time a bit but cleans up real easy with finger nail polish remover.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

It doesn't matter how you decide to remove the Tops & Bottoms off the Cans, you can always clean up the rough edges with the help of several different types of inexpensive Paper Cutters.


I think the Paper Cutter, Bench Top Drill Press ( cheap brought mine at Harbor Fright for about $50.00 Bucks ) and the Can Cutter are the most used tools in my 25 years of building can models

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Once you have your Wing Cans cut and trimmed, bending them around the Wing Cardboard is made easier with a simply bending board as shown below.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C. Air

Here's a way you can enlarge Can B-1 from a 12oz Can to a 16oz (or larger) Can: That is great tip from master builder Wayne I have a way to make cans longer without use of wood. See the galley for ship and submarine each of these models needed longer cans. I will share this tip in the near future.

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

Master builder Bill has a suggestion you might find useful for future models with a tapered nose like the P-51, P-40, Ju-87, etc. One of the more difficult "fittings" on any model with a tapered nose has been a smooth transition between B3 and B1. I've come up with a new method of making this transition very smooth and it is at least as easy as your method, plus it only requires 3 F-pieces instead of 4.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Master builder Wayne Writes: When fitting an F-1, made from cardboard, into B-1 the cardboard F-1 has a tendency to slip and slide every way except where you want it to go. This is especially true if the F-1 is of a shape other then round (like the Can).

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Don Spahn.

"I found two, 3/32 finishing nails in my bolt bin and cut the heads off with my Dremel. I then drove them into my work board. This makes it very easy to align the caps up for gluing to make the wheels and engines."

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bob Edmunds.

If you are making the wooden circles showing in Wayne’s plans this is a great tip for Making Wooden F-1 & F-2's

 

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Sodaplanes.com

For years I built planes using wooden circles, after running out in the middle of a build I came up with an alternative method of placing B-2 onto the back of B-1.

BUILDING TIP FROM: Alden Gaw.

Here is a handy jig to hold the seven glued-up cylinder stacks around the engine case so you can glue the stacks to the case all at once. Cut a strip of light cardboard 1” x 8”. I used an empty cereal box.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

I've used bottle cap wheels for years, when building my planes, but decided to try some wooden
wheels for a more realistic look. A pair of wooden wheels ends up costing less than 35 cents per plane,
and they add a much more authentic look without adding much time or effort.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Here's how I make my 4 and 6 Cylinder Horizontally Opposed Engines:


Using 4 plastic bottle caps those found on 2 liter bottles will replace the 8 caps needed for The (6 Cylinder) and only 3 caps for the (4 Cylinder)

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Here's a simple and easy way to make a Work Box I use whenever I need a "Third Hand".

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

One of my favorite planes has always been the Classic Biplane and I'm always looking for way of improving the design. Over the years the B. C. Air Originals Biplane has evolved from this (as seen on Waynes DVD).

 

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Here's how Wayne makes up prop spinners

Once I've decided on the size that I want the Spinner to be I form a 3" circle of paper into a cone, making sure that the base of the cone is the size I want it to be. It can be any size but in this case it's 1 1/2".

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

Here's a simple and quick way to make the Wing Bolt Holes. I've taken a screwdriver, with its shaft the same size as the Wing Bolts that I'm going to use, and sharpened it into a point.


I have found “leather” punches works welll; the revolving wheel has many different sizes of holes for use for other projects. I used one of these punches for makin the holes in the Quick Silver Ultra Light you see my photo galley


BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

I've found that many of the Model Airplane Propellers don't fit the 1/16" Welding Rod used as the Prop Shaft (PS) on the planes. Here's what I do to make the Props work...

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bob Scott.

Here's a method I use to position the prop at a proper distance from the engine, and in frount of the cowling, on the Lockheed Vega I'm building.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

 

A simple fix for a tail heavy plane is to add some additional weight as far forward as possible inside the nose wheel by coiling some lead "rope" (available at most any Wal-Mart sporting goods section) inside the wheel before the two bottle cap halves are glued together...

 

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

Here's a simple way to make some nice looking British Lewis or German Maxim machine guns for your WW-1 fighter planes...

BUILDING TIP FROM: Kenneth Daidone.

"I found that drilling a hole in the middle of a bottle cap was not as easy as it might seem. Getting frustrated, I devised this drill guide that will get you close enough. Drawing cross hairs at right angles to one another onto a piece of 3/4" wood, I took a 1 1/8 " hole saw and drilled half way through a piece of wood as shown."


Now you may think this tip is out dated well you be way wrong, Wine and Beer supply places sell these plain style caps by the 100’s I will post a tip here in the future showing all the parts need for making your own bottle cap wheels.

I think the best looking planes are those using as much of the “soft drink” parts as possible.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

 

Here is an easy way to cut out the doors for the Bell Model-47 Helicopter.

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Wayne at B.C.Air

To complete the Bell Model-47 Helicopter you MUST have one of the Coke Ornamental Bottles pictures here...

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Sodaplanes.com

I use Plastic Bottle Caps (from 2 liter bottles) to build the main rotor on the bell 47 engine

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Sodaplanes.com

This is my quick and easy way to make windshields out of 2 liter bottles

 

BUILDING TIP FROM: Bill Waite A.C. Aircraft.

Here is a step by step guide for making missiles for Wayne's new "F/A-18 Hornet" This is a easy step by step set of inductions for making missiles out of drinking straws (yes you heard right drinking straws).

One small change I made to this method: When at your local 7-11 or other store pick up a few of the large straws used in the "Big Gulp" cup. Use this with 7.62 bullets found at the sporting goods store.

Many of the building tips one this page is geared toward B.C. Air patterns why? Simple put Wayne’s planes are some of the best worldwide. I plan on make another "builder" tip page geared toward other types of can craft tips and tricks why? Because it’s fun making other types of craft as well. I really plan on lots of updates so check back often…
 
*Note all building tips are in adobe PDF format and are free to down load and use enjoy email me if you have any questions…

 


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