2022-01-13

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog 1159406785

 

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog
Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

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I made this for my grandson for Christmas. He asked me to make an A-10 for him for months, and this was the nearest I could get. I modified it some, and if I make another one. I have further modifications planed.

I didn't get the canopy defined well enough. I did much to good a job cutting the pieces out. Thye fit back together so well that you can barely see the lines.

I did not install the wing guns as the plans required. A-10s don't have guns in the wings.

I didn't use dowels for the engine nacelles. I planed a flat spot on them and glued them on. I still have not figured out an ideal way to drill the holes precisely. John, the designer, should make a video showing how you did it if he built one. I have discovered that many of the people out there selling these toy plans do not build them. To my way of thinking, test builds are necessary. They should give one to some of their customers. Let them build prototypes and proof the plans.

I did not drill the engines to the depth called for in the plans; I didn't think they needed to be that deep. I had a hell of the time getting the holes centered. The bit always tried to follow the end grain, even clamped down in a heavy drill press vise. Next time use the lathe/Shopsmith. I forgot I had a drill chuck arbor for it.

The GAU-8 (gun) is offset to one side of the center in a real Thunderbolt II. I wanted to do that, but I didn't have time to test my idea. I used a different size dowel for the gun mount than the plan because I did not have the size I needed. The dowel the plan calls for is a bit too small for the gun. In the real thing, the GAU-8 dominates the nose of the aircraft. The GAU-8 has an airplane, not the other way around. Burrrrrrrrt.

My grandson loved it.

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I use traditional woodworking tools to make these wood toys in my Toymaker's Shop. Each toy is hand-sanded and finished with a finish I make from beeswax, mineral oil, and carnauba wax, similar to the finish that you would use on your cutting board or butcher block countertop applied hot so it will penetrate deep into the wood. This finish will not turn rancid like many oils and is food-safe.

This toy airplane is modeled after the USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II or Warthog. It is a toy, not a model designed to approximate the look of the A-10 while still being a sturdy toy for kids can play.

The item pictured here is my grandsons.

I do not use any paint or stains to color the wood, so the color will depend on the wood I have on hand. Whenever possible, I will make the toy from contrasting colored wood. Yours may not be exactly the colors pictured here.

Approximate Size
Height: 3 Inches
Length: 9.875 Inches
Width : 10.625 Inches
Custom colors, quantities, and materials are available via custom order.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may differ from the item in the listing photos. Wood dimensions may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog

Handmade Wood Toy Airplane Modeled After The A-10 Thunderbolt II aka Warthog