Picture of An Ornithopter
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I have made many ornithopters before and after the one I will show you how to make in this instructable, but this one is still one of my best because it is stronger than my lighter all-balsa wood ones.
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
- Scissors
- Pliers
- 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.

mawi2 years ago
It looks like a simple way to build an ornithropter.

Thanks a lot
rimar20002 years ago
Very interesting, when you add a video please PM me.
awesomecreations (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Kiteman2 years ago
Ornithopters are fascinating machines - have you got any video of it flying?
awesomecreations (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Yes, but I don't know if I can upload it, the quality is quite bad too. Can I upload a video in the same way as a photograph or must I first upload it on another site like YouTube?
The best way is to upload it to YouTube etc, then readers don't have to download and save it before they watch it.

The cinematography isn't as important as simply seeing it fly.
Gregbot2 years ago
AWESOME! Thanks!!!!
awesomecreations (author)  Gregbot2 years ago
You're welcome!