Model building

A Rocket

This page describes a model of rocket made of plywood. The model is designed to learn sawing with a fretsaw and other skills. Since it is not difficult to make, it is suitable for beginners. The model of rocket is not a flying one, but it can be used as a toy, because it has a seat for pilot. Because of small parts, it (as a toy) is not suitable for children under three years.

It is not allowed to use this document or part of it for commercial purposes. The exception is teachers who may use it at their own classes.

Material and Tools

Preparation of Parts

We cut parts of the rocket out of 4 mm thick plywood first. We find patterns of the parts in a file that are pointed at by a link in figure 1. We print the drawing and transfer the patterns to the plywood. A procedure is described in greater detail in the page Transferring Shapes of Parts to Plywood.

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Figure 1: Drawing

In brackets, it is otherwise written, how many parts of certain shape we need. But to make the rocket, we need only one part of each pattern.

We cut all parts out of plywood as precisely as possible. We can find some tips to help us sawing in the page Using of a Fretsaw. Finally, we sand the parts of rocket to remove the cutting marks.


When we cut all the parts, we glue the rocket together. First, we affix the floor of the cockpit 1 to the half of fuselage 2. After that, we glue the second half of the fuselage 3.

Assembling of the rocket, step 1
Figure 2: Assembling of the rocket, step 1

Before the glue hardens, we affix the front wall 4 and rear wall 5 of cockpit. Now, we have to wait until the glue hardens.

Assembling of the rocket, step 2
Figure 3: Assembling of the rocket, step 2

Assembly is now complete. To finalize the rocket, we sand and paint it.

The finished rocket
Figure 4: The finished rocket

When the paint is dry, we just choose an astronaut who will fly this rocket into space.