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airplane, soda can, pop can, aluminumPhoto: Old South Trading Post

So, your son wants a state-of-the-art model airplane for Christmas, and it's just not in the budget. Don't worry; fake it to make it! Here's how to build an airplane out of upcycled soda cans:

What You'll Need:
* Three empty aluminum soda cans
* All-purpose glue
* Scissors
* Permanent marker
* Hobby knife
* Thick work gloves
* Hammer
* Nail
* Block of wood
* Small screw
* Nut



Instructions:

1. Poke a hole in the first soda can, using the scissors. The hole must be at least half an inch from the top. Carefully insert the scissors' blade in the hole, then cut the the top off. Aluminum is thin, so be careful not to crush the pop cans when you take away the tops. You can throw this top away, as you won't need it anymore.
2. Using the scissors again, cut 2 1/2 inches form the bottom off the second can. Don't throw it away, since you'll use this later.
3. Cut the top off the third soda can, as well as the bottom part. Afterwards, cut its body in half, opening the aluminum so it will lie flat.
4. Draw two airplane wings on the flattened aluminum, using the permanent marker. These need to be in the same shape and size. Afterwards, draw an airplane propeller, at least three inches long.
5. Cut out the propeller and airplane wings using the scissors. Be careful while doing this, so the aluminum edge won't cut you.
6. Get the first pop can, then make two slits in its midsection area. Use a hobby knife for this. Make the slit long enough to accommodate the airplane wings' width. Then, cut a horizontal slit carefully across the bottom of the can, too.
7. Slide the wings in place, then glue securely.
8. Get the scrap flattened aluminum and draw a tail. Use sharp scissors to cut it out. Slide this on the slit you made at the back, then glue in place, too.
9. Take the pop can bottom you cut off earlier, and drill a hole in its center, using a nail, hammer and a block of wood. Then, make a hole in the airplane propeller's center. Attach this to the bottom using a nut and small screw. Don't tighten the nut too much, though, or the propeller won't turn.
10. Secure the pop can bottom to the metal with the propeller mounted to it.
11. Slide the pieces together, gluing them in place. Paint the can or leave it as it is.



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