Model aircraft

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Model aircraft are flying or non-flying models of existing or imaginary aircraft, often scaled-down versions of full size planes, using lightweight materials such as polystyrene, balsa wood, foam and fibreglass. Designs range from simple glider aircraft, to accurate scale models, some of which can be very large.

Model aircraft may be built either as static non-flying models, or as flying models.

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Static model aircraft

Static model aircraft (i.e. those not intended to fly) are scale models built using plastic, wood, metal or paper. Some static models are scaled for use in wind tunnels, where the data acquired is used to aid the design of full scale aircraft.

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