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This car is designed to be pushed off of a tabletop, glide gently to the ground, and continue rolling!

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Step 1: Materials

Craft sticks
Milkshake straws

Step 2: Prep the paper

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Cut cardstock into thirds lengthwise for the wings. Cut those strips in half for the tail.

Step 3: Form the frame

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Create a chain of craft sticks and half-sticks as seen in the picture.

Use both hands to bend the corners while keeping the craft sticks flat.

Form a rectangle. The last connection can be tricky. Use your finger to bend the straw at the corner, then insert the last stick.

Step 4: Add wheels

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Create a pair of wheels by inserting a skewer into the center of a wheel. Cut a straw to size and insert the skewer. Cut the skewer to size and affix the second wheel.

Wrap two pieces of tape around the frame and the wheels. The corners of the frame may bulge and cause the wheels to be uneven. Prevent this by placing the wheels slightly in front of or behind the corners of the frame.

Step 5: Bend and attach the wings + tail

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Fold the prepped strip of cardstock in half. Folding the tips is optional.

Place the upside down car on top of the paper. Use four pieces of tape to secure the paper to the frame.

Attach the tail by taping it to the top and bottom of the wings.

Step 6: Give it some weight

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Weight is necessary to overcome the drag created by the paper. When the car is moving, the weight will have momentum, helping the car push more easily through the air.

Bundle 5 half-sticks together. Wrap tape around the bundle and the front of the car.

Step 7: How to fly

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Put the car on top of a table with at least 2 feet of space to move back and forth.

Place your fingers on the center of the paper. Press down gently on the paper, then swiftly push the car off the edge of the table.

Bending the tail up or down will change the angle at which the car glides through the air.
DIYWEAPONS1 year ago


muddog151 year ago
Am going to go one step further with a old ex helicopter. I will post when done.