Introduction: Black Hawk Egg Carton Glider

This is a fun and easy project for kids and adults!
I've adapted this project from Paul Billings' design.

Step 1: What You'll Need

- Styrofoam egg carton lid
- Marker and pen
- scissors
- ruler
- knife
- penny
- black paint
- Glider pattern:
http://www.wnit.org/outdoorelements/pdf/egg_carton_glider.pdf

Step 2: Trace and Cut

Make two marks on the wings of the pattern, 1 and 3  inches from the inner corners of the tail, about a half in in from the edge.
We'll be using these marks later to make the wing flaps.

Cut the pattern out, and trace it on the inside of the carton with a marker. Carefully  cut the glider out with a knife.

Step 3: Make the Wing Flaps

Remember those marks we made on the pattern earlier?

Draw lines from those points straight down to the edge of the wing.
Place the template over the glider again, and use your knife to cut those lines into the glider.

Once the cuts are made, line up the inner points and score a lines with a pen and ruler to make the flaps.

Step 4: Paint It!

You can color the glider however you want.
I opted for spray paint.

I sprayed mine in a pizza box to control the mess.

It might also look awesome to make small designs on the wings with a silver sharpie... maybe a skull and crossbones, and the words "DEATH FROM ABOVE"  LOL.

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Step 5: Fly It!

Add a penny in the slot near the nose for weight.
It should fit snugly.

Now go outside and throw!
Experiment with the flaps to make your glider preform turns and loops!

Comments

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pradatimon13 made it! (author)2016-05-24

Can a i pod replace the penny??

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pradatimon13 made it! (author)pradatimon132016-05-24

haha no

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American Ruin made it! (author)2015-05-10

Boil 'em!

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PrestonB1 made it! (author)2014-10-22

Hey could this fly an egg

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2014-10-23

An eggshell maybe, but not an egg... Unless it was a hummingbird egg.

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smoosh9010 made it! (author)2014-09-29

Try adding a small pager motor to build a jet fighter that can fly longer

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2014-09-30

Now all I have to do is locate a pager in 2014...

Haha!


I'm sure I can find one at a thrift shop. Thanks for the tip!

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bubbaboss made it! (author)2014-04-18

would cardboard be able to replace the penny?

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2014-05-03

I dont see why not.

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yankee2442 made it! (author)2013-08-04

Just made it it's amazing

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2014-05-03

Glad it worked out for you!

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ticobluestar made it! (author)2013-07-27

This thing flies like a champ!!

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2014-05-03

I know, right?

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yankee2442 made it! (author)2013-08-04

Awesome!

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ticobluestar made it! (author)2013-07-27

They are called elevons.

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Parker_r5 made it! (author)2013-06-23

Does this work with a cardboard egg carton?

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2013-07-02

I've never tried it... but it would be awesome to see if you can make one!

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arpruss made it! (author)2013-06-22

Very nice. Our egg crate might have been a bit wider, as our winglets look small, but it flies great.

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Arman5592 made it! (author)2013-06-21

very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)

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Arman5592 made it! (author)2013-06-21

very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)

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Arman5592 made it! (author)2013-06-21

very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)

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Arman5592 made it! (author)2013-06-21

very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)

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palombo5050 made it! (author)2013-06-18

SWEET1!!!! I will be building this with my son real soon

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rimar2000 made it! (author)2013-06-15

Very nice glider. Maybe you could load a video.

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Dream Dragon made it! (author)2013-06-15

Looks really cool.

I don't think egg boxes like that are very common here, but if you can find another you might want to Google "Walk Along Glider".

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2013-06-15

Just saw a video on YouTube... those little guys are awesome!

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myadee made it! (author)2013-06-15

Very cool!

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2013-06-15

thank you.

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Gregbot made it! (author)2013-06-15

nice

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American Ruin made it! (author)American Ruin2013-06-15

thanks