I'm one of those people who take pride in doing things for my children. It may not always look professional but I have the satisfaction of knowing that I took time to do something special for my children. And its unique only for them. Thus began the tradition of making them their special cakes instead of going the easy route and buying them. (It also came from the time I ordered my oldest's first birthday cake only to realize that I could do that good of a job by myself)
Earlier I had created an airplane cake for a party in 3-D and knew I wanted something similar but not totally the same.
I also didn't want very much cake left over. So decided to do a 8" round cake on the bottom with a small airplane as cake topper. This ended up being perfect for our little group on party eve.