Building the F-22
about building and the kit—and a few photos from the upcoming manual

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THE F-22 RAPTOR PLANE KIT

Your F-22 comes in digital form, as a 54-page PDF for download. (Once you’ve ordered and paid through our online store, you will receive an email with the download link.) This includes a 49-page step-by-step manual, full of photos, that shows clearly how to build then fly your plane, along with five pages of parts to print out. The F-22 has 28 parts, and there are parts for two planes (some parts of course need a pair) on the printout sheets. 

The F-22 plane kit includes everything you need for planes in two sizes:

• Larger: Scale of 45mm = 10’, makes a plane that is nearly 11” long.
This scale is a little  easier to build since the parts are a little bigger, and flies great.

• Smaller:  Scale of 35mm = 10’, makes a plane that is nearly 8” long.
This scale also flies great and is a good choice if you fly indoors rather than outside or in a gym.



What you’ll need

THE PAPER

8-1/2 x11 (A4) sheets of 65 lb. (175 gsm) card stock
or 35 lb. (120 gsm) brochure stoc

THE GLUE

The following work well, and are listed in order of our preference.

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Elmer’s Paper Craft Glue Gel
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
UHU Glue stick
Scotch Glue stick

These glues are non-toxic and they don’t distort the card stock very much, unlike many glues that are used on paper. Generally glues used by scrapbookers work well. Also look for glues used by papercraft modelers. If you use another glue, test it on scraps before using it on your plane. We use the glue sticks only for large areas and find ourselves using them less and less, though they are convenient and much less messy. The Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive does, indeed, dry quickly. This glue works better on small tabs and parts where holding them in place while the glue sets is difficult.


TOOLS

Scissors with a sharp tip for cutting into corners.
Ruler
Scoring tool such as a dull knife, sharp pointed scissors or sharp point of a skewer.
Tooth picks
Skewer
Tweezers
Optional: Long tooth picks, about 3” (75mm)



What age level do you suggest?

That’s a tough one to give an exact answer to. Our older son took to building folded and papercraft planes from the start, when he was seven or eight. His first planes were far from perfect but he kept at it and every plane was better than the last, and he also gained skills, dexterity, and patience with each one. Now he’s twelve and a master at building them. That’s what so great about these planes: 1) they’re paper planes, you can print as many as you want; 2) they are flying paper planes, so it’s only a matter of time before it’s time to build a new one!



tie plane
An early papercraft plane project, summer 2011

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE BUILDING PROCESS
— a few photos from the building manual —

General 1 cutting parts
2 Nose cone 6
4 Wings 3
5 engine top 26 ET to Wing 27 Keel to Wings 2
8 Engine Bot 8 10 Fslg Bot Attach 1012 Ver Tail 3

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