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Lunar Module flying toy - 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Build a miniature Lunar Module toy that really flies in under 5 minutes from scrap packing foam, 2 toothpicks, and white glue.


 
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Step 1:

Use a hobby knife or box cutter to cut a roughly 1-inch cube of expanded polystyrene packing foam. Like the kind you find inside a box when you buy a small appliance like a TV or radio.

Step 2:

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Cut off the top 4 corners from the cube at a 45 degree angle to each edge. Save the corner pieces to make the feet in step 4.

Step 3:

Take 2 flat or round toothpicks and cut them in half to make 4 shorter landing gear struts.

Step 4:

Put a drop of white glue on the ends of the landing gear and stick them into the 4 bottom corners of the cube at 45 degree angles. In the same way, attach the 4 cut corners to the bottom of the struts with the flat cut face pointing down.

Step 5:

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Decorate your finished LEM with markers, paint, or stickers. I printed out some American Flags and black triangles on my inkjet, then cut them out and glued them on with white glue.

Step 6:

To "fly" your LEM, simply drop it with the feet facing down. You can adjust its flight by twisting the landing feet slightly to make the LEM spin left or right, or drop straight down.

I've dropped it down a 20 foot stairwell and it remains upright all the way to the floor.

Turn it into a game to see how many times the "Eagle" will land on her feet.

Enjoy!
highwingpilot (author) 5 years ago
This has been featured on DailyDIY blog. Thanks for the link, DIY!

http://dailydiy.com/2009/07/19/lunar-module-flying-toy-40th-anniversary-of-apollo-11/
Your lunar module looks sad.
I guess with those triangular "eyes" and droopy "mouth" it could have the appearance of being sad. But perhaps it's just tired from the long flight to the Moon. If you a make happier version, please post me a pic!
ChrysN5 years ago
Looks fun!
highwingpilot (author) 5 years ago
Thanks! The LEMs seem surprisingly stable over a 20 foot drop indoors. Might be fun to experiment with different sizes and try deploying them at higher altitudes from kites or model rockets (outdoors of course). Happy 40th Moon Landing Day!
iectyx3c5 years ago
Great 'ible for Moon Landing Day! This is very cool. I built some of your LEM landers in 2 minutes with a hot craft glue gun. We are now playing a moon landing game by dropping them off the stairs and trying to land in a Frisbee crater.