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Is it possible to make a flying model plane with mainly knex? Answered

I have been trying on and off with the idea that the next generation knex, which are smaller and lighter would make a great plane. I realize that it will need something to cover the wings and a propellar but I think it may be possible. Any other ideas, thoughts, or tips are muchly appreciated.

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canucksgirlBest Answer (author)2012-09-04

In theory yes. As long as you keep the build light enough and use the appropriate wing material you can make a functioning glider. As far as a propeller, you can probably make an elastic band styled wind-up plane, but I'm not sure if you could do anything motorized or not (because of the weight).

It may make for an interesting Instructable...

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DELETED_akshat21045 (author)2013-05-30

In my opinion, practically no. K'nex is too heavy and a motor! What the heck are you thinking! A k'nex boat can't even float on water (hmmm maybe salty water?) so it would take a hell lot of struggle and patience to make it. Of course, unless k'nex launches lightweight pieces... then we can think about it.

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I'm not sure if you got any of those smaller pieces yet but it is pretty pratical. Rubberband motors are lightweight and are already effectively being used. The only problem I have is the wings and propellar. I cannot make a pratcal airfoil design using knex so I always end up back on stage one. I also cover the knex frame with news paper to keep the weight down.

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Point taken. Now that you say it, it MAY be possible.

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Yep, sorry about getting really defensive about it. I really think about anything mechanical can be built out of knex.

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Sorunome (author)2012-09-16

yes, you just have to shape the wings correctly :D

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JonnyBGood (author)Sorunome2012-09-16

Yeah, Which is going to take awhile.

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rickharris (author)2012-09-05

probably - Given a large enough motor a brick will fly.

Think about it this way - You have 2 competing things:

The weight of the material and the strength.

IF you can get the plan large enough it will fly - IF it is light enough AND strong enough to stay together.

Real aircraft may weigh many tonnes.

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kelseymh (author)2012-09-04

https://www.instructables.com/community/can-any-planes-that-are-made-out-of-knex-actually-/

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JonnyBGood (author)kelseymh2012-09-04

Thanks I didn't realize that there was that many suggestions back there.

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