Introduction: Flying R/C Dragon

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Turn a $30 Hubsan Q4 quadcopter into a radio controlled flying papercraft dragon! And make a couple of knights to attack with it - all you need for a seriously epic fantasy battle.

I made this because, whilst R/C quadcopters and papercraft are awesome in their own ways, I thought they would be even more awesome together. Plus I've got my own flying dragon now, who doesn't want one of those? ;)

Step 1: What You Need:

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1. The Flying Dragon template available in the downloads section here. This should be printed onto normal A4 office paper (roughly 75gsm).

2. A Hubsan Q4 mini quadcopter and control.

3. A self-adhesive sticky pad.

4. A craft knife, cutting mat and glue.

You can also use scissors instead of the knife and cutting mat but it's a bit fiddlier.

Step 2: Assemble the Dragon

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Cut out the dragon and his ears, fold along all of the dotted lines, glue all of the tabs in place and both sides of the ears together. Glue the ears onto the dragon's head.

Step 3: Remove the Cover From the Q4

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The plastic cover on the Q4 is held in place by four tiny clips highlighted in the first image. Carefully unclip each of these from the chassis and remove it. Stick the sticky pad on top of the battery which is now exposed.

Step 4: Attach the Dragon

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Carefully position the dragon onto the top of the quadcopter and stick it onto the sticky pad. The nose of the dragon should be on the same side as the white propellers. The dragon's tail should be on the same side as the red propellers and charging plug. Check to make sure the propellers can still rotate fully. If they can't the dragon isn't in its correct position.

Step 5: Add the Wing Restraint

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Cut out the white rectangle (with the two corners missing) from the paper template. This prevents the dragon's wings from interfering with the propellers when it is descending. Turn the dragon over and glue the rectangle to the wings either side of the chassis as shown.

Step 6: Make the Knights

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Cut out the pieces of each knight. Fold along all of the dotted lines, glue the tabs together and the two sides of the sword. Glue the sword into one of the knight's hands and the the shield onto the other. Glue the arms on using the attached tabs and your knight is done. Repeat for the other one (or as many as you want in your army if you print more templates).

Step 7: Charge Your Dragon

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The dragon and knights are now finished. All you need to do before taking to the skies for some legendary skybourne attacks is to plug the dragon in to charge it.

The Q4 isn't the only toy you can improve by building a papercraft model around it. All you have to do is carefully measure the toy and design your model to fit it (watching out for moving parts like wheels and propellers).

If you make one of these please send a video or Vine to Thanks for reading :)


george17 (author)2014-11-07

put red led lights in its mouth for fire

CraftyRobot (author)george172014-11-12

Good shout!

WiredWebbo101 (author)2014-11-07

Absolutely brilliant. I love it and my daughter whom is dragon mad will love it!!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Really glad you like it. If you make one please send a video or vine:

Smushles (author)2014-11-06

Uh would this work with the Syma X12? they are the same sort of style but idk if they would work

CraftyRobot (author)Smushles2014-11-12

Looks like it might fit but I've not tried. I'm sure if you hack the papercraft template you could definitely get it to work.

wavelet_spaghetti (author)2014-11-06

so cute! could also build an army of giant mosquitoes. as a joke to scare somebody :)

That's a good idea, it does sound like a mosquito.

Vulpinemac (author)2014-11-06

When you consider that the old Bell helicopter used as the Batcopter in the '60s TV series was nearly unflyable with those bat wings, I have to ask how well the dragon flies as compared to the 'naked' quadcopter.

CraftyRobot (author)Vulpinemac2014-11-12

I'll admit it's a bit trickier to fly, but It's a dragon! ;) I built a bigger version using the new Craziefly and it flew perfectly.

inspiretomake (author)2014-11-05

Love it!!!

_-MacGyver-_ (author)2014-11-05

This is brilliant! :D I'm totally doing this with mine xD

electro18 (author)2014-11-05

Awesome make, thanks for sharing ! :)

Can it lift a roman candle with it ?

CraftyRobot (author)electro182014-11-05

That's a good idea! This one probably can't but I made a bigger version (video: with the guys from Bitcraze at Maker Faire Rome (based on one of their prototype V2 Crazieflies) which I reckon could. Hopefully we'll make another one of those soon and that's definitely a feature I'll look to add. Many thanks for the suggestion :)

Onyx Ibex (author)2014-11-05

Adorable :)

chandangupta (author)2014-11-05

a very good concept but make it more creative with led lights etc.

Raitis (author)2014-11-04

You should make it breathe fire!

CraftyRobot (author)Raitis2014-11-04

Yes I agree and I mentioned it to a friend and they read it as 'weaponising a drone' and said it was a dark place to be going. I still think or would be really cool though.

Raitis (author)CraftyRobot2014-11-05

Like that hasn't already been done. It's not the ability to do something which should be taken into account, but the intentions.

artworker (author)2014-11-04

Super cool thing! Kudos!

seamster (author)2014-09-25

I like it! Very nice work.

gravityisweak (author)2014-09-25

Haha! Awesome! This is a nice combo. Great video too!

Loki_The_Conqueror (author)2015-09-06

Will this work with the Hubsan X4 FPV?

octosloth (author)2015-07-16

very cool I've seen the same thing done by hacking a model imperial trooper speeder and putting a drone in it, good idea

Alexander D (author)2015-05-26

Would the Estes proto x work to?

spicyfry (author)2015-03-14

I have this drone and I really love this dragon but how well does it fly with the extra weight of the paper? If it flies fine do you just print the template off?

Profinstructables (author)2015-01-30

cool thnks i'll surely show my frnds after i make it..!!

oragamicrazy (author)2014-12-12


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