this is my first instructable and i decided to make this page after i had finished the project so bear with me
ornithopters were originally designed by the great Leonard da vinci.
the word ornithopter opter comes from the latin and/or greek root words Orni meaning: bird and thopter meaning: mechanical flapping wing, chiro means: hand
though many small working models have been constructed, no life sized, motor powered machines, have ever been able to achieve sustained flight
Step 1: Gather your parts
(optional) to make life easier
some kind of wing membrane
total cost: $30+
________w/o any tools or suplies
Step 2: Tail
add an upright dorsal fin to the end of the tail. make sure to leave room for a motor.
cut a small triangle out of the main tail piece at about 5/8" away from the beginning of the dorsal fin
make two long and somewhat thin strips of wood, fit the corners of the pieces into the cut-out rectangle and glue them at your desired angle.
if you want you can put a wing membrane on these as show
ignore the top two fins and clips, those are for later
Step 3: Base
cut or make a large piece of wood keeping the tail in mind for the size.
make one 3 1/2" stand and one 4" stand, cut a small rectangle out of the tops and glue them onto the best side of the base but make sure the tail can fit inside the rectangles and sit on them as shown.
ignore the small box and wire, that is for later