Introduction: Flying Can

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Start with your favorite beverage, make sure it is empty.

Step 1: Remove the Top Lid

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Use a Half Round Bastard File to cut through the rolled Top Lid. Be patient and careful not to dent the can. I then use an old piece of Emory Cloth or Sandpaper to smooth any jagged edges.

Step 2: Cut Off Bottom

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Use a pair of scissors to cut the bottom off. The first cut can be hacked as long as the can is not dented. clean up your hacked first cut with a second or third cut.

Step 3: The Flying Can

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Use the same piece of Emory Cloth or Sandpaper to clean the bottom of the can.

Step 4: Good Flying Form

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The Flying Can cannot be forced through the air.

Throw like a quarterback throwing a tight spiral football, with the "Top" of the can being the leading edge.

Don't throw for power, instead focus on the spin. Again, it is all in the spin.

The leading edge should have a slight increased angle of attack. The spin keeps Flying Can stable like a bullet from a rifle. The angle of attack creates an airfoil on the upper and lower surfaces.

Flying Can is great for playing catch, however some receivers don't have soft hands. If Flying Can gets intercepted, be ready to make another.

I feel like I should add a disclaimer here, Aluminum cans are sharp.

Mike Vans


Sub-Mariner (author)2015-07-23

Go Cats!

xXDeaDXx666 (author)2014-10-02

I don't get it

swaxman (author)xXDeaDXx6662014-10-20

It's a hollowed out can that you throw and it glides through the air like a frisbee or a giro scope

OdinsTech (author)2014-10-11

I love ale8 so much better out of a glass bottle but good any way, especially mixed with Jameson.

masoon (author)2014-10-03

Ale8one! Are you from central Kentucky? I live in Lexington, the world doesn't know what they're missing. I had a toy in the 80's called "too bee" that was a manufactured version of this flyer. It's cool when it flies it looks like its on a string.

alisterdark (author)2014-10-03

Ale 8!

Glad to see some Kentucky pond water on here! Love the stuff.

GordonKirkwood (author)2014-10-03

Awesome idea!

Kiteman (author)2014-10-02

Oh, it's like a DIY Xylo toy - I made one out of paper:

I also usually throw it under-arm, but I think your overarm technique is more appropriate for heavy materials.

For the sharp edges, maybe trim with duct tape, or wrap in Sugru?

Mike Vans (author)Kiteman2014-10-02

Kiteman, pretty awesome made them in school also. did you ever make the paper triangle version? I will dig deep and post an instructable.

Kiteman (author)Mike Vans2014-10-02

Triangular version? I haven't seen that.

nascat (author)2014-10-02

Nifty, I made the past ones years ago, I can't wait to try the can version.

nascat (author)nascat2014-10-02

that should be paper one

VentureScout (author)2014-10-02

Cool, you must upload the video

tomatoskins (author)2014-10-01

When you can, definitely upload a video! I'd love to see it!

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