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High Voltage Lifter (Ionocraft)

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This is my first "ible" so any constructive comments and advice would be helpful. Now for the project.

A lifter is a small device that is suspended midair through the use of ion wind. Ion wind is something I'm assuming you know at least a little bit about, due to the fact that your into HV projects (or you probably wouldn't be here) . But if not, here is an explanation on lifters and how they work. These are very easy and relatively cheap to make.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

Here's what you'll need:
- Tape
- Ruler
- String
- X-acto knife etc.
- Scissors
- Super glue
- Aluminum foil
- Balsa wood
- 0.2mm enameled (magnet) wire
- Some spare time
- A HV power source
- (optional) 8mm heat shrink tube
- (optional) cutting mat

Step 2: The Build (Frame Part A)

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You will need to cut the balsa wood as follows:
Sides x3- 800x3x3mm
Uprights x3- 80x3x3mm

*Note- Be sure to cut one edge of the each side at a 60* angle

Like this:
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Step 3: The Build (Frame Part B)

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Now glue one upright stick to one side stick, making sure to glue it parallel to the cut.
The picture is what you're aiming for it to look like.

Step 4: The Build (Skirt Part A)


Now you need to cut the skirt (aluminum foil) at about 650x55mm. This is easy(ER) with the ruler as a guide. Flatten and smooth the foil as much as possible.
tigerclaw11 year ago
What song is being played in the video for the ionocraft
Kiteman2 years ago
Those photos are awfully small - could you upload your original full-size images instead?
HVahead (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
im tryin to get them full size, but i cant seem to do it right, plus im on a Linux based system, and im not to familiar with it... but im still tryin, thanks though

Kiteman HVahead2 years ago
Where did you get them from, maybe I can help?
HVahead (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
i just resized them... publishing now.thanks
Kiteman HVahead2 years ago
Ouch - I didn't mean resize the thumbnails, I meant publish the originals.

Do you have the originals, or did you google those images?
HVahead (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
yea these are all googled, sorry
Kiteman HVahead2 years ago
I think the honourable thing to do would be to unpublish the instructable until you've managed to take your own photos, yes?
HVahead (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
at this time i don't have a functioning camera and all the pictures of this project are/were on my phone, my phones whole system crashed on me and i wont have a new one until at least December. once i have it, ill gladly change the photos.lesson learned, store on sd card :)