So, at the craft store, we purchased:
- A bag of thin wooden pieces in various shapes (squares, circles, etc.)
- Some paint
- Wooden toy wheels
- The wooden face for a clock
- Lots of stickers
- A plastic playground steering wheel (the most expensive item of all this at around $8)
- A long wood dowel
I wanted this to be a general-purpose cockpit, so I avoided making permanent wings. That way, it could be a race car, boat, space ship, etc. at some point. But, Stephen was very interested in just having an airplane. So, we (meaning I) cut up a diaper box into wings and a propeller. A little duck tape, and they're attached.
Stephen and I then worked on a name for it. After going through various names, he combined a few things I suggested into the "Screaming Bullet" which I thought was a great idea. We made the logo together and Stephen glued it on the wings.
Here's Stephen playing with it:
Here you can see the shaft we made with the dowel that lets him turn the wheel and...
..."spin" the propeller, which is the clock face glued to the end of the dowel and the cardboard propeller attached to it.
Even if you can buy a kid-size cockpit, this was much more fun to make ourselves.
My one regret is not figuring out how to make a throttle of some sort. I couldn't think how to make a lever with some resistance so it would stay in position. Any thoughts on this would be welcome - preferably something for less than $8.