Aircraft Pair: Cobra Helicopter & P40 Warhawk Fighter Plane
designed by Bob Valle; cut by Joe Diveley
These patterns of two iconic aircraft, the Cobra Helicopter and the P40 Warhawk Fighter Plane, are sure to be treasured by flying enthusiasts. If desired, attach the scrolled pieces to 3/4"- to 1"-thick rectangular backers that have been painted deep blue, allowing the finished pieces to be displayed standing on edge on a shelf or desktop.
Step 1. Prepare each work piece by sanding the face of the wood and removing all dust. Apply a few coats of spray lacquer to the piece to seal the wood, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. When dry, sand the lacquered surface and remove all dust. Apply a layer of blue painter’s tape to the surface of the wood. (By sealing the wood prior to applying the tape, there is less likelihood that the tape will pull splinters from the surface.)
Step 2. Photocopy the patterns, saving the originals for future reference. Attach the patterns to the taped surfaces using temporary-bond spray adhesive. Drill all blade entry holes. Make all interior cuts, starting at the center of the designs and working out toward the edges. Cut the perimeter of each piece last.
For questions concerning this project, contact Bob Valle at email@example.com.