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The Da Vinci Flying Machine or Davifman for short, was modified from a drawing in Da Vinci's  journal.  I added moddern touches like replacing the yew benders with trampoline springs and other minor adjustments. Sorry I don't have any mesurments but my modle is to scale and the mesurements are 13ft. wing span 25in. long and 10in. high.  You can deviate from these mesurments as much as you like but this is in close scale to what Da Vinci wanted.  If the instructions for some things seem hard to understand but the pictures will clear that up.
 
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Step 1: Making the Base

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I started with a 1in. pipe with a pulley on each end.  I attached the pulleys by welding a bolt to a 1in. circle of metal then you just weld that to the both ends of the pipe.  After that slide your pulleys on the end of the bolts and add a washer and nut. Attach the pipe to a wood plank with a c-clamp.  Then add two planks from the middle of the plank thats attached to the middle of the pipe and attach the other end to the ends of the pipe. 

After this in the middle of the pipe add ether wood or iron bars to make a trapezoid with the pipe. On the top of this add a flat bar with a hole in the top (for the wings) and on the top left and bottom right add a wood block that will make the wings rest level.  In the middle of the trapezoid add a pulley on each side.
LolzMan1 year ago
THIS IS AWESOME DUDE! AWESOME DO THIS ON YOUTUBE PLEASE!!!
jcksparr0w3 years ago
dude can you like youtube this?
HarveyH444 years ago
How come no flight video? Actually pretty cool looking, but serious doubts about it getting off the ground. Looks a little heavy for the wing span, add an eager volunteer...

It would have been nice to see somebody strapped in, and flapping the wing and such though, showing the function. Maybe you are waiting for a calmer day, a little wind could be as bad, as actually launch off a cliff or rooftop...
zootsuitman (author)  HarveyH444 years ago
I considered straping my little brother in and throwing him off the house but my mom cought me. This was one of Da VInci's fails, if it could fly belive me there would be plenty of flight video.
Can we get a picture of someone strapped onto it?
zootsuitman (author)  jeff-o4 years ago
If it would stop raining then I might strap in a Gi Joe, my modle is only 25in.
Oh! I thought it was larger from the photos.
w8 is it just a model or is it just the model? also, if it is life size, do u think u can make aan instructable, or modifications, for a scale model of it? cause that would be cool.
zootsuitman (author)  the poodleo4 years ago
My model is to scale it has a 13ft wing span the board where the pilot lays is 25in and thetrapezoid that holds the wings is ten in high