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The Flying Machine Kit

Make 5 Planes!

Nick Arnold, Brendan Kearney


An interactive guide to aerodynamics that has five fabulous flying machines to make


The Flying Machine Kit demonstrates the basic aerodynamic principles and helps to understand the forces that affect flight. It contains two paper planes, a rubber-band-powered single-prop plane, a superspeedy twin-prop plane and a vertical take-off helicopter. There are graphic explanations of how key flight forces – gravity, drag, thrust and lift – work. The book also explains how different flying surfaces such as wings, aerofoils, ailerons, elevators and rudders can be adjusted to control and direct flight. Flying hints and tips suggest how to manipulate your machines’ speed, distance and flight direction. Illustrated timelines give a context of key aviation inventions. This is the perfect starter kit for all aviation fans.

This product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation.

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'Not only will young children learn the technicalities of how things fly – what keeps them in the air, how they take off and land and the science and engineering behind it all – they can also then make five planes ... Nothing like putting learning into practice'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Boxed Kit

Size: 22.0 x 28.0 cm

Extent: 30 pp

Publication date: 10 February 2014

ISBN: 9780500650233

Contents List

2 perforated pages; a tuck box containing balsa wood body parts, printed neoprene wings, 2 plastic propellers, 2 wheels and elastic

About the Author

Nick Arnold is a British writer of science books for children.