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Elastic Band Flinging Helicopter

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This is a toy I used to play with as a kid. It was always a cheap plastic one that I bought, but figured it would be easy enough to make, so gave it a go.

Obviously you can play with the design depending on what materials you have lying around, but this should give you a rough idea of what direction to go...

Date Made: June 2013
Approx Cost: £0 (recycled materials)
Approx Time: 0.5 to 1 hrs
Difficulty: Easy
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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Materials you need are:

*some fairly stiff plastic (I used the packaging from a roller blind)
*a big thick elastic band (I used one about 200mm long)
*a picture hook
*a piece of dowel (I used the adjuster from a venetian blind, which already had the hook screwed in the end)


Tools you need are:

*some extra strong glue
*a hacksaw to cut the wood (I used a dremel)
*scissors or knife to cut the plastic
*pliers

Step 2: Make Propellers

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Cut two pieces of plastic approx 30mm x 150mm.

Next fold them on an angle about 30mm from one end as per the photo.

Make them both match.

Step 3: Make Main Body

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For the main body cut a piece of the dowel approx 200mm long.

Cut a slot in one end almost the same length as the fold line.

In the other end cut a small hook along the same plane as the slot, that way the propellers wont catch on the body when released. Make the hook small, but check the elastic band will latch on to it. If this is too big, it will catch on launch and misfire.
Mr_o_uk (author) 7 months ago
I have updated the tinkercad model to round off all the ends, as this should reduce the chance of anything 'catching' on launch...
dozer7899 months ago
Congrats on winning the contest. I have a Syma 107/107g helicopter and it is a lot of fun!
bajablue9 months ago
What a fun toy!
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Mr_o_uk (author)  bajablue9 months ago
Thanks, wasn't expecting to win! Some awesome instructables in that contest...
I was thinking about making one of these a few weeks ago, but with an LED at the hook end so it lights up the ground where it falls (and looks cooler). Nice instructable!
Mr_o_uk (author)  awesomecreations10 months ago
Nice idea. Look cool and makes it more visible to others.
Also good because people probably won't step on it. Although, they might rush to get it next and stand on it like that. Happened to my flying stuff many times...(especially cats and ornithopters)
Prince_Teemo10 months ago
you are from England?
Mr_o_uk (author)  Prince_Teemo10 months ago
Yes, southern England.
Prince_Teemo10 months ago
well ,very interesting. (*@ο@*)
HollyMann10 months ago
Good job!!! awesome!
neo7166510 months ago
nothing like the dangerous weapons, I mean toys of our youth.
Mr_o_uk (author)  neo7166510 months ago
Yeah, I wasn't sure if I should put more warnings on. Everything seems dangerous to me now, but I survived my childhood so it couldn't of been that hazardous!!!
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