Flight Physics of a Golden Snitch?

Does anyone know if it's possible to build a miniature battery operated ornithopter with a spherical body?  I'm interested in attempting to make one and would greatly appreciate any information.

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i got an idea, try taking a duck hunter extreme kit, and modify the duck and VOALA!!!! a flying winged snitch
but you can`t just by those everywhere and it can`t fly what would be a good idea is take one of those small RC helicopters paint them gold VOLA that IS a FLYING snitch
oh my gosh i was thinking the same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sunshiine6 years ago
The snitch is so cute! Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Halloween!
Kiteman6 years ago


Don't make it fly with wings - make a spherical mesh body, with a propeller inside for lift.

The "wings" then become control surfaces, rather than lift surfaces.

Source of idea:

SHIFT! (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
That is a pretty cool idea Kiteman- while I did think about initially having the device as a rotocraft- the current designs for a helicopter ball were too protruding for my taste.

However, I didn't think about actually embedding the propeller inside the ball. This might actually be a really good idea too, considering how the snitch would need to be caught and the delicate framework could be protected inside the cage. Too bad there's no schematics of the ball online- how do they keep it stable? :(
Kiteman SHIFT!6 years ago
I'm afraid that all I know is what's in the video.
timmycutts6 years ago
It'd be kind of tricky, but you should be able to salvage most of the parts from one of those remote-controlled dragonflies that you can get. Most of the mechanics and programming should be about the same as what you're looking for and you really wouldn't have to do much to the wings. If you get one of those FlyTech ones, that should be perfect, since most of the components are stored in the thorax, which is about the same size and shape as the snitch. You'd probably have to fabricate your own wings, though, since the electronic pattern on the wings wouldn't look right, but that shouldn't be too hard, you'd just need some light-weight transparent plastic. After all that, all that's left would be making the snitch itself.
That does look to be the best idea, but I would think that the stability will be highly compromised by the lack of some sort of tail, possibly to the point of being unflyable. I'd still be interested to see how well it turns out though.
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