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Upcoming: Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest Answered

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Coming soon, a new contest where every entry is powered by rubber bands, it's the Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest! The rubber bands can be twisted or stretched, alone or in combination. Just remember that no weapons are allowed. We're doing this to have fun, not hurt others so let's see the creativity fly!

We mean that flying part literally. There are prizes for any type of creation, but there will also be a special prize for the best flying contraption.

To encourage more people to enter, and to make the entries more easily reproducible, we want to see Instructables that use materials that are cheap and easy to find and have the whole thing be something that can be done in an afternoon or an evening.

More details will be coming soon, but that should be enough to get you going for now. So get your rubber bands ready!

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Bartboy (author)2009-03-06

YEAH!!!! I am almost finished my project. With one elastic it goes 50 feet. ; )

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=SMART= (author)Bartboy2009-03-08

its not a weapon/knex gun is it? because their not allowed in the contest..

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=SMART= (author)Bartboy2009-03-08

theres going to be so many knex entries lolol

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canida (author)JamesRPatrick2009-03-19

Be nice! *points at "be nice" comment policy* Knex is a great kit of parts.

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Lithium Rain (author)canida2009-03-20

I think knex needs a major image makeover on here. Many people make way cooler stuff than everyone thinks! I should post slideshows of some of the amusement park rides, planes, ships, and buildings my little brothers have made out of knex. It really is unfair to trash them based on the gun ibles.

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Staff needs to pull a Moses on the sea of bad k'nex instructables for the rest of us.

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JamesRPatrick (author)canida2009-03-19

Yes, I appreciate the potential applications, but the number of substandard k'nex Instructables is overwhelming.

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Bartboy (author)=SMART=2009-03-08

Knex is by far the easiest thing to work with.

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sbacon (author)Bartboy2009-04-11

maybe but it is not very strong, use lego technic instead.

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=SMART= (author)Bartboy2009-03-09

But its definitely the least original, almost everything has been done before.

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Bartboy (author)=SMART=2009-03-10

You can not say that! A car that is powered by elastics? wow.... SO original! Knex could make a full size car, and it would still beat yours!

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KentsOkay (author)Bartboy2009-03-11

knex is limited by its predefined form. You could not even hope to make a functioning flyer out of knex.

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Bartboy (author)KentsOkay2009-03-11

lol, I just did. It can "launch" Many different things: Knex plane, 30 ft Paper plane, 60 ft (and severe damage to the plane) Other things, 20 ft

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KentsOkay (author)Bartboy2009-03-12

Knex do not fly, they are catapulted.

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Bartboy (author)KentsOkay2009-03-12

Then, in theory, if it does not have a device propelling it, it can not fly?

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KentsOkay (author)Bartboy2009-03-12

It is a projectile then, if it does not generate its own lift.

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Bartboy (author)KentsOkay2009-03-12

Ok, so that should be put in the rules. If I made something, that launched something, that launched something, the projectile would generate it's own lift, just like space shuttles.

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KentsOkay (author)Bartboy2009-03-13

That would be a glider, I'm making something along those lines...

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=SMART= (author)KentsOkay2009-03-12

He made another blooming knex catapult

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SKYNET 2.0 (author)Bartboy2009-03-12

The said device would have to be on the craft that is being propelled.

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tuckersaspy (author)Bartboy2009-03-12

wouldnt that theoretically be considered a weapon? propelling things several feet...

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Bartboy (author)tuckersaspy2009-03-13

Anything that can do anything is considered a weapon.

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NachoMahma (author)2009-04-19

. Pronounced very much like "clutch."

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Kiteman (author)2009-04-19

No, it is pronounced exactly as it is written - klutz.

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Goodhart (author)2009-04-17


Main Entry:
klutz Listen to the pronunciation of klutz
Pronunciation:
\ˈkləts\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Yiddish klots, literally, wooden beam, from Middle High German kloz lumpy mass
Date: 1960

''' : a clumsy person '''

But then there is the OFFICIAL Klutz sight for all the others ;-)

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Kiteman (author)2009-04-17

In everyday use, a klutz is a clumsy person, but for the contest, Klutz is a publisher of activity books that usually also include the parts you need.

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Plasmana (author)2009-03-06

Another thing, is international entries allowed?

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canida (author)Plasmana2009-03-06

I'll find out and get back to you.

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canida (author)Kiteman2009-03-12

Inquiries still in progress.

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=SMART= (author)canida2009-03-12

Oh fiddlesticks, i hope they are, i've already written my instructable !

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canida (author)=SMART=2009-03-19

Just in case you're not automatically notified of my response to Plasmana, here's a c&p;: OK, here's the story - anyone can enter this contest, from any country, and thus be eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book. Anyone chosen for inclusion in this or a future Klutz book will receive the fame and notoriety that comes with having your project included with full attribution, and some Klutz books in exchange for using your project. However, in this case the lawyers say they can only award contest prizes (note that these are separate from any compensation for using your project in the book, as described above) to those living in the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. We'll probably do a special feature on excellent entries that we couldn't give the standard prizes, too. I'm always sad when we can't be 100% open to international entries, and the folks at Klutz are too. We'll do our level best to do right by all of you in the UK and the rest of the world who we know will post great entries.

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=SMART= (author)canida2009-03-20

Well i did write a long reply but fore some stupid reason instructables lost it :( Ok well that is sad i cant win anything, i spent quite a long time on my inscrutable. Is there any possibility of shipping the prize to a friend in the united states and them passing it on to me ?

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canida (author)=SMART=2009-03-20

Your project is still eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book, which is outside the framework of this contest. As for the US friend, if you set them up as a collaborator on the project we could probably make it work. Either way, we're going to do our best to take care of those of you outside the US/Canada. (For the record, it's a legal/liability issue, not a shipping issue.)

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=SMART= (author)canida2009-03-20

Thanks, i know you guys try hard :D Would i be able to win the runners up prize ? The t-shirt and stickers thing, as its not by klutz ?

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Kiteman (author)canida2009-03-19

Hooray!

Dashes off to find large paperclips...

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Kiteman (author)=SMART=2009-03-13

Not written, but designed.

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canida (author)Kiteman2009-03-19

Just in case you're not automatically notified of my response to Plasmana, here's the c&p;: OK, here's the story - anyone can enter this contest, from any country, and thus be eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book. Anyone chosen for inclusion in this or a future Klutz book will receive the fame and notoriety that comes with having your project included with full attribution, and some Klutz books in exchange for using your project. However, in this case the lawyers say they can only award contest prizes (note that these are separate from any compensation for using your project in the book, as described above) to those living in the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. We'll probably do a special feature on excellent entries that we couldn't give the standard prizes, too. I'm always sad when we can't be 100% open to international entries, and the folks at Klutz are too. We'll do our level best to do right by all of you in the UK and the rest of the world who we know will post great entries.

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Plasmana (author)canida2009-03-15

What is taking you a long time??

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