DH- 112 Venom
Photocopy the plans and attach them to wood sheets with a glue stick, tape, or low-tack adhesive. Use medium 1/16-inch balsa sheet for an indoor glider. To make a stronger outdoor glider, substitute 3/32-inch balsa sheet, and widen the
slots to match. I recommend using a slow-drying glue for assembly.
Cut out the parts with a sharp knife. Get help with this if you’re uncomfortable
using sharp tools.
The angle of the slot in the tailbooms and rear top surface is important. Both
tailbooms should be identical. Remove the paper patterns from the wood and sand
all of the parts before assembly because this is easier than doing it afterward.
Glue the wing halves together with one wingtip raised 31/2 inches from the
building board. Reinforce this joint with a glue fillet. Glue the fin to the end of the
tailboom and leave a 1/16-inch gap for the stabilizer to slide into the fin.
When the glue is dry, slide the stabilizer into the slots on both tailbooms and glue
it in place. The tailbooms should be parallel and perpendicular to the leading edge
of the stabilizer.
Leave the tailboom
bottom edges on a
flat surface while
the glue dries.
Slide the two-piece wing into
the slot in the
body. Align it so
that it is centered
and has equal
An easy-to-build all-sheet semiscale
hand- or catapult-launch glider
Construction photos by the author; opening photo by Matt Ruddick
• Two 1/16 x 4 x 10-inch balsa sheets
• One 1/16 x 3 x 10-inch balsa sheet
• One 1/16 x 1-1/2 x 6-inch balsa sheet
• A sharp hobby knife
• Two #8 washers
To make a catapult launch, you also
need a 6-inch dowel handle with a
loop of 3/32 x 18-inch rubber strip for
dihedral (upswept angle) on both sides,
then glue it in place. When it is dry,
slip both tailbooms onto the rear of the
wing, slide them into the slots on the
wing, and glue them in place. Glue the
side cheek doublers on each side of the
Next, glue the wing root fillets
between the rear of the wing and the
fuselage. Make sure to align them with
the wing’s surface. Add the optional
wingtip tanks if desired.
For a catapult glider, cut out a hook as
Follow these steps to build your own Venom.
31 Model Aviation MAY 2016
by Mark Freeland