For millennia, men and women have studied birds, bats, and beetles, observing and experimenting, attempting to determine what humans must do to fly by flapping. Nonetheless, the concept of manned ornithopters continues to hover on the periphery of aeronautical engineering. This project shows you how to build a small, rubber band-powered ornithopter we call Orly. There are many types of ornithopter designs. Orly is a simple monoplane, meaning there is a single wing mounted above the motor-stick, and its motion is similar to a bird in flight.

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Ornithopter: n A machine designed to achieve flight by means of flapping wings. This instruction will show you how to fashion an ornithopter that depicts the fight between an X-Wing and a TIE Fighter. As you see in the photo, the two spacecrafts are built into a single ornithopter.

I didn't mean to be so chatty with the instructions but I figured that would help some makers more than just a photo set with one liners. Click through the steps to find out how you can make your own! And don't forget to vote for this Instructables! Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Before we start building for the empire , I want to introduce to you a simpler project Fig.

I actually recommend you try this out first to treat it as a "warmup" project before jumping into the Star Wars ornithopter and be surprised by a weak joint or a faulty wire job. Playing with the simpler ornithopter will get you understanding the key points of the build.

I'll be pointing them out through out this Instructables but it's always fun to build, right? Begin gluing the two B 5" lengths and two C 1. Glue one C as close to one end of the B , and the other one somewhere in the middle. You're going for a ladder-like shape and this will serve as the body frame of the X-Wing. You'll see that I've glued the pillar slightly away from the very end. I didn't cut square so that's what happened there. Not a big flaw, but no need to follow exactly like the photo as well.

Even after the glue dried I left the tapes attached as that gave the connection more strength. And because of that I started cutting my tapes in thinner strips so that it looks better later on. While the body frame is being dried , proceed to making the two "arms" as I call them. This piece requires you to roll a "tubing" out of printing paper. Basically you're creating a custom tubing for your wire. Simply secure the ends with some tape, and create four of those to glue on each end of the two D 2" lengths according to Fig.

Leave these aside. Pat yourself on the back. Now add some more parts to the body frame. Like you see in Fig. I was stingy with this tubing for my first build with the practice ornithopter and rolled myself a paper tubing. Doesn't work. Turns out the wire shaft you add later on applies quite some friction on that face. So go with some smooth metal tubing or spheric beads for minimal friction. Let them dry. Go get some beverage.

Before you start bending wires , go ahead and drill holes into the smack middle of the two A 16" length sticks.

So that should be somewhere along the 8" mark of the stick. Recap: two holes on each 16" sticks. Now we're ready to bend wires.

You'll have an "L" shaped wire piece. Take this piece and glue it on to an A 16" length stick. Again, do not disturb the center hole. Refer to Fig. You'll have an awkward "Z" shape. This time you glue this wire piece on to the other A 16" length stick puncturing the center hole with the longer wire end.

Again, puncture the center hole this time. Now take the I 4" wire and bend it according to Fig. Make sure you make the bends with one of the "arm" embedded in the bends. Once you have the parts ready , assemble them according to Fig.

Play with the crank and admire the bones flapping. Go out and get some fresh air and vitamin D. It is time to make the TIE Fighter. Keep in mind that the paper needs to be stiff enough to stand by itself once the TIE Fighter is put together. Now that I think about it, a Kleenex box would work great and readily available. Once the parts are cut out , pimp them out with whatever means of coloring you may have in your reach.

I used some sharpie markers and color pencils, so you don't need to go crazy with tools. I just googled some images and movie stills for reference, but then again, it's your own project!

Check out Fig. They are just badly written "F"s and "L"s. Keep them bold, and don't leave them to be the center of attention. The more lines there are for your eyes to look at, the more it blends in with the subject. The side tabs will be folded inwards to help you glue the hexagonal sides. See Fig. Glue those hexagons on and park your TIE Fighter to the side. You're done with the TIE Fighter. While the TIE Fighter is being dried , go ahead and take the four Q-tips or toothpicks and glue each to the ends of the X-Wing wings as you see in Fig.

These will need to support the "skin" of the wing as well, so be sure you're generous with the glue on these. You're so close to the finish line now. Let's put the wings on. Tape the corners of the plastic first.

If you are stingy resourceful like I am, you probably found your plastic bag in a ball. Flattening out the creases will help with you're tracing, decorating, and cutting. Once you have it stretched out like Fig. So try to resist cutting out the outline until after the coloring is done. Repeat the instruction for both top and bottom half, color, and cut. You'll end up with two "skins" like in Fig.

It should be self explanatory if you've followed the instruction along. Take a bathroom break, because the time has finally come. Assemble everything! I shouldn't need to instruct this. TIE Fighter goes on the tail end of the wire.

Glue it. Apply the bottom half of the plastic "skin" first, than the top half over that. Tape it, glue it. Admire your work. The ornithopter will look something like Fig. I'll update you on that once the weather clears outside! Turn on your imagination and have a go at it!

Thanks for following my Instructables and do enjoy! Comments and questions are welcome. Now THIS is an instructable! Cool project, flavorful text, and well documented. Can't wait to check out the video! Hey early birds, the Author here! Don't worry, I'm dying for a video as well! By mekoolu Follow. More by the author:. Add Teacher Note.

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