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Picture of Foam Glider Plane from Cup Noodles

I was dreaming away when eating my noodles. The foam of the cup reminded me of the foam planes I had when I was young. They were a lot of fun back in the days. Few minutes later I found myself making the airplane. First just from one layer, but I found out 2 layers gives you a much stronger plane.

Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!

In this video I show you how to make a foam glider plane from 2 cups of cup noodles.

Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-)

Youtube Video

Mschreib131 year ago

Great job. Here is a possible improvement. Instead of a straight slit fot the wing how about curving it for more lift?

An idea I had, but forgot to implement before I cut the slit, was to have a hole and then various slits at say 5 or 10 degree angles to be able to play with what works best. Downside would be having to adjust the wind EVERY time.

fmuhammad41 year ago

I actually did the reverse. My kid got a foam one and the winds snapped in half at the intersection with the body (on the third throw no less). so I traced that off onto a sheet of ply and made one with that. That one also ended because it kept landing on its nose.

DavidR165 made it!1 year ago
I make this kind of glider too, but I use pizza bases (supermarket pizzas). Already flat and easy to draw out and decorate
bferron1 year ago

trace blueprint type diagrams of actual planes and put you weight coin or paper clip in the location of the engines and the plane will fly really well.

farna1 year ago

I used to make gliders from the foam trays meat comes packed on. Would have my mom save and wash them, then I'd draw WWII airplanes on them. Used paper clips and stick pins to weight the nose, but gluing a penny or washer to the front like you did would work well... but detract more from looks.

bferron farna1 year ago

farna I used to have my kids do the same thing, the WWII planes came from a book that showed blueprint type diagrams of actual planes and by tracing them and using the paperclips where the engines were the planes flew really well.

OmarJ31 year ago

You are like Picasso for freehand drawing. A suggestion for everyone going with this is to make the tailplane (stab & rudder) a little larger than scale size (say 50% by area) to help stability. This is standard practice for "free-flight" model airplanes. See you also added dihedral angle to the wings

Nice project,
You will like this instructable,
Electronics used in this project can convert your glider in to flying plane...

Bob-Bee (author)  RAVI_BUTANI1 year ago

Thank you, that's an awesome project. Would love to motorize my plane as well

Stan1y1 year ago
UK noodle cups tend to be hard plastic, kebab/takeàway food boxes are frequently foam as ar some trays meat comes on they would do for substitute materials I think
Bob-Bee (author)  Stan1y1 year ago
Thank you, I didn’t know that. Yes I think any foam box would be suitable as a recycle material for a plane as you mentioned. The good thing with those noodle cups is they don’t break easily , like some other styrofoam boxes
Matlek1 year ago

Nice project to recycle noodle cup!

Bob-Bee (author)  Matlek1 year ago
Thanks :-)
Great idea! Who knew you could flatten a noodle cup like that? What a fun project!
Bob-Bee (author)  Uncle Kudzu1 year ago
Thank you :-)