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Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions?

  1. How do you make a model plane?
  2. How do you make a plane model?
  • "Model plane" is more commonly used. As a mathematician, the word "plane model" reminds me of a model of some system drawn on a plane, like a plane diagram or a plane graph. – Joe Z. Mar 28 '15 at 18:21
  • In the US "model airplane" is a hair more idiomatic. The term "model (air)plane", though, is ambiguous in terms of whether it refers to a flying model or simply a static representation of the aircraft structure. "(Air)plane model" would be usually taken to mean the static representation. – Hot Licks Mar 28 '15 at 22:09

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