- 1/16 x 3 x 36 inch balsa sheet for the wings (1.6 x 75 x 915 mm)
- 3/32 x 3/32 x 36 inch square balsa strip for the fuselage (5 x 5 x 915 mm)
- PVA wood glue
- Metal ruler
- Modelling knife
- Fine sand paper
- Fuselage: 25 cm of the 5 x 5 mm balsa strip.
- Tail plane: 2 cm x 9 cm from the 1.6 mm balsa sheet.
- Tail: 4 cm high x 2.5 cm base x 2 cm top trapezoid from the 1.6 mm balsa sheet.
- Two main wings (left, right): 3 cm x 18 cm rectangles of the 1.6 mm balsa sheet.
Cut the fuselage from the 5 x 5 mm balsa strip. Cut out the tail plane and tail. Glue the tail plane to the end of the fuselage. Gently sand to smooth the edges. We used tiny pins to hold it in place while drying.
When dry, glue the tail on top of the tail plane. We used some Lego bricks to hold it vertical while drying:
Cut out two of the 3 cm x 18 cm main wings from the balsa sheet and glue these half way along the fuselage. I decided to have about 3cm of dihedral so 3 Lego bricks to hold the wings into position while drying seem to do the trick:
We also glued a small slice of 1.6mm sheeting on top of the wings to add a little more strength on the join.
Finally, add a small blob of Blu-Tack or plasticine to the nose to balance the chuck glider. Ensure the chuck glider balances when one holds the plane with a finger under each wing tip. Add more weight if it stalls, remove weight if it nose dives.
My son built the chuck glider in the pictures under my instruction. It was the first time he had used a metal ruler and a modelling knife for cutting, so some help was required to get him to cut straight and confidently. After he was happy with the tailplane he measured and cut the tail and wings all by himself. I explained the way to trim the glider and in no time he had it flying perfectly.
By our reckoning these cost about 50 pence per glider to build. Not bad at all.