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In this Instructable you will learn how to make a helicopter out of a paper clip. This is my first instructable.
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Step 1: Gather Materials

1. a paper clip
2. a rubber band
3. masking tape
4. about 2-3 min

Step 2: Bend the clip

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Take the paper clip and bend the long edge so that it is straight. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight.

Step 3: Fold the loop

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Take the Paper clip then bend the inside loop so that it touches the end of the paper clip like in the picture.

Step 4: Attach the Tape

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Hold the long straight end and at the very bottom and take about 2 inches of tape and fold the tape on the bottom.

Step 5: Let it Fly!

Take your new Helicopter and stick the loop into the rubber band and pull the helicopter back then let it fly!
So does this thing spin or something when you shoot it from a rubber band? I guess i will have to make one to find out.
Rye2121 (author)  biochemtronics6 years ago
yeah, after you shoot it. while its coming down it's supposed to spin like one of those seeds from a tree
A sycamore seed...

Actually this project has some interesting little bits and variations, like a four bladed version (nature hasn't gotten that cool yet) also it could be a good kids project, where they have to make the slowest falling version they can...

Shouts to kiteman, get your class on this one!
That would be a maple seed. I have two in my yard. Gutter covers a must.:)
nicolasjara6 years ago
is that REAL???
I hope so. Hahaha.
Works awesomely... nice little thing to play with during the commercial of a movie or when you have absolutely nothing to do.
does this work
cool does it actually work? never tried it yet and dont got a papaerclip lol
no it doesn't. it actually scraps you finger and makes you bleed. it happened to me.
thats cause u probably didnt cover the end with the tape all the way
Rye2121 (author)  quickster2286 years ago
yeah. it works, its really fun.
Plo Koon3 years ago
L.L4 years ago
sonic12346 years ago
how do you make it work.
Rye2121 (author)  sonic12346 years ago
all u gotta do is pull the tail back in the rubberband and let it go
ive tried it hundreds of time but ant get it to work
olvegrn6 years ago
hey, did you think this one up by yourself? great minds think alike, or better minds steal....
Rye2121 (author)  olvegrn6 years ago
yeah i thought of this myself. i was really bored.....=)
dombeef Rye21214 years ago
it looks exactly like olvegrn's!
pennachi15 years ago
Nice job.
not saying this isnt ur idea, its realy good, but i have a store bought thing like this that is plastic. this is cool, how far can you get it to go? the store bought one goes up about 200 feet and lasts about 30sec in the air. 
loltae5 years ago
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rooster19986 years ago
try making a paper clip plane.
kmelon6 years ago
errm.. mine didnt work at all
robomaniac6 years ago
I made one and it works! Thanks I throw with by hand since I am in the office :P By using a longer tape it falls slower. Try using macro on the camera or use the focus ring on your webcam to make better pictures. Good luck! ps- on step 5 the image is gone. Jerome
hugmepleaze6 years ago
Try setting your camera to a macro setting. Most digital cameras have it. Its a little flower symbol.
Rye2121 (author) 6 years ago
please leave me some comments!!!!
Don't bother, doesn't work like a forum topic, think... If we Make it they will come...