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F4 Sport Disk, A Ripstop Frisbee

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This instructable was created out of my frustration that the average frisbee is too bulky to travel with all the time.  In my frisbee-less time I recalled a happy meal toy from years ago; it was a small fabric disk with a rim full of plastic pellets.  It then occurred to me, "Why not make one myself?"  and so the F4 sport disk was born.

So, what do you stand to gain by making this instructable?  While I can't promise you fame or glory, you will get a rather nice flying, soft, easily catchable frisbee.  It is a blast to play catch with, as it wraps around your hand, and never hurts you; unlike its harder counterparts. Then once your done frolicking in the sun, just give it a half twist and a fold, and it will be small enough to disappear in your pocket. 

As I mentioned before, this is not completely my idea, it was modified from a happy meal toy. However, a year after I made my first one, I found that some companies had already been selling a similar product to mine. The designs varied though, some had sand, others had rigid foam.  While I have never thrown one myself, I believe that my design is stronger. And since the fabric that I used is lighter, it will probably fly better too. Unfortunately, the last time I checked, I could not find any on the market; if anyone ever finds them again, please let me know. (this is the closest that I can find)

*Note, while this plan may not be very complicated (it only uses three pieces of fabric), there are many places that you can wrong if you are not experienced... take your time on the curves*

Time for the most used phrase on all of instructables:
This is my first instructable, is you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to let me know.

 
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luvmywife8 months ago
Have you experimented with a larger size frisbee? I wonder if it would fly further or if the extra sand form a larger size would bog it down.
Thanks for the instructions!
Retro Correct (author)  luvmywife8 months ago
I actually made a full size "ultimate" Frisbee once. It worked great and was fun to play with (more fabric = higher chance of a good catch), but it was harder to throw (more mass on the rim to accelerate), it took longer to make, and it wasn't as portable. It might have flown a little bit farther, but it wasn't enough to outweigh the downsides. It's still around here somewhere, I just might have to dig it back out and check.
Retro Correct (author) 2 years ago
If any one ever takes the time to make this, I would love to see it! If not, oh well, the ones made in China aren't that bad; I guess....
Dr0id2 years ago
Hey there Retro!

i had one of these when i was a kid, and they DO still make and sell them. when i was younger they were called Flippy Fliers, and a google search for that will give you what you are looking for. Enjoy!
Retro Correct (author)  Dr0id2 years ago
Thanks! These are definitely one of the ones that I've seen before, but then lost track of.
daliad1002 years ago
Time to learn how to use a sewing machine properly...
kck172882 years ago
I have one of these from the Denver Zoo, but I couldn't find them anywhere else, thanks for the instructable! You won my vote.
Retro Correct (author)  kck172882 years ago
Thanks for the vote! It's weird though, all the frisbees like this that were on the market have all disappeared, everything else is like the oogoo frisbee or for pets.
Retro Correct (author) 2 years ago
For those of you who would be so bold, vote for me in the toy challenge. For any that do vote for me, thanks. For any of you that don't, oh well, I'll never know about it...
splazem2 years ago
While I would still use a regular frisbee to play Ultimate with, I think this would be perfect for a day at the beach or on vacation. Great job!
Retro Correct (author)  splazem2 years ago
Thanks! Though, truth be told, I don't use it for ultlimate. Howerver, it is my favorite disk for playing catch. Capture the flag is another good use for it (if you cared to make two).
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