REVIEW: Build Your Own Plane Launcher

We were very excited to receive the Build Your Own Plane Launcher for review and my mini reviewers were really looking forward to building it!

What’s in the box?

  • Sheets containing the slot-together launcher parts
  • Elastic bands (plus spares)
  • Instructions
  • 10 printed paper planes

The first thing that I noticed as we unpacked the plane launcher was how solid, thick and good quality all of the cardboard parts are; they popped out very easily and all of the parts are brightly coloured on both sides. My mini reviewers were able to follow the instruction booklet step-by-step with just a little supervision to check everything was being put on correctly. It took them just under an hour to construct the launcher with just one step that they needed a little bit of help with. The finished item is an incredibly sturdy construction, almost hard to believe it is made from cardboard!

10 pre-printed paper planes are the planes that you use with the launcher, each one is completely different and they are designed for either speed, distance or acrobatics. This is so clever and we had no idea that paper planes could be made in so many different ways! Each plane is marked with the different folds that you need to do to make the plane and they are in step order which makes them easy to follow.

The set also comes with 4 score targets which are also made from the thick card; aim your paper planes at these and see who can get the best score!

Once you have made your launcher, targets and the paper planes it’s time for some fun! Each plane is designed to fit in to the front of the launcher, with one hand hold the launcher where the blue chevrons are and the other hand holds the handle. As you pull the handle back, the plane will move backwards too, once it is all the way back let go of the handle to launch your plane at speed out of the launcher and away it goes!

We tried different planes in the launcher and it was fascinating to see how the different planes really did behave differently when launched depending on what they were classed to do, the planes designed for speed did the best job at hitting the targets accurately and we took the launcher outside to see how far we could get them to go and managed to get a maximum distance of 9.2 metres!

The Build Your Own Plane Launcher proudly advertises on the box that their cardboard is sustainable and we love that there is no plastic wrapping or packaging to be seen. Along with the paper instructions you can scan the QR code on the box which will take you to the Build Your Own website where you can find an instruction video and links to contact if you need further help. This amazing kit is educational too and supports STEAM areas. This kit retails at £16.99 and is suitable for ages 8 to adult, my mini reviewers are 9 and 7 and they worked together to complete this with just a little bit of help. Overall, a great kit, excellent quality, fun to build and even more fun to play with. Buy it here.


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