Model building

F5D Skylancer

This page describes a model of F5D Skylancer made of plywood. The airplane 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 airplane is not a flying one, but it can be used as a toy. 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 aircraft out of 4 mm thick plywood first. We find patterns of the parts in a file that is pointed at by a link in figure 1. We cut each part once. 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: Parts of the Aircraft

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. After that, we sand the parts to remove cutting marks.


When we have all the parts, we start to glue. First, both parts of motor compartment 2 and 3 are inserted into fuselage. Between them, the wing 4 is inserted. Now, we wait for glue to harden.

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

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

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

History of the Aircraft

The company McDonnell Douglas has been developing F5D Skylancer for the U.S. Navy. The first prototype flew in 1956. After four airplanes have been built, the Navy canceled the contract. Already built aircraft were used on other projects.

The maximum speed of the aircraft was 1590 km/h. The wingspan was 10.2 m and it was 16.4 m long.

Source: Wikipedia