This one is of the more conventional ornithopter layout, with flapping wings in the front and a birdlike triangular tail. There are other layouts which I may also decide to make instructables on, which have the elastic in front of the wings or have dragonfly wings or look like 1490s Leonardo da Vinci designs.
I make most of my ornithopter frames from balsa now because it greatly increases flight time but I doubt everybody who wants to make one of these has balsa wood, so this one is the better option for most people.
To make the ornithopter in this guide, you will require;
- Chopsticks (or kebab sticks)
- Thin wood of some kind (I use Ice-cream sticks or balsa offcuts)
- Pins or thin, stiff wire
- A thin tube (I use the insulation from a paperclip or a clutch-pencil tube) for the pin/wire to fit into.
- A plastic shopping bag/packet (NOT the stiff or thick plastic kind, only the very thin kind)
- Plastic (from an Ice-cream container or something) about 1 millimetre thick.
- A small bead to fit onto the pin/wire
- An energy-drink can (only aluminium cans will work, DON'T use a steel can)
- Sticky tape
- Strong glue
- An elastic / rubber band
- Craft knife or scalpel
I did not include measurements because (A) I don't use them and (B) Your ornithopter will probably be a different scale to mine. Use the photographs for scaling.