Rubberband Airplane Winder

Introduction: Rubberband Airplane Winder

Not sure how high this is on the lazy scale, but after a few minutes of winding and flying my son's rubber band powered balsa airplane. I knew there had to be a better way. A quick amazon search dashed my hopes of inventing something new, but I made it anyway in about 3 minutes and for almost nothing.

All you need is a drill bit to socket adapter, 10mm socket(or any size) and of course the plane. Tools required are grinder/saw, drill and metal file.

The Build

Hold the socket up to the propeller and mark the width and depth of your cuts. I tried to taper it a little but it didn't see to matter. Cut the slot out on both sides and file the edges smooth. Put your socket on the adapter and into your drill and your ready to go.

Now enjoy the simple fun of a rubber band airplane but be careful with your speed so that you don't over wind the rubber band and break it.

Happy flying.....

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    4 years ago

    I'm going to sound old here...... Back in the 1970's when I were a kid I built things like this:-

    Not mine but I did build the same kit, with several yards of rubber strip for the motor and turns to wind it being several 100's we used a simple hook that went through a winding eye on the tip of the prop shaft and a geared hand drill as knowing the gear ratio you knew how many turns of the handle put how many turns on the motor and that could be critical. A cord less drill would have been great but it would have need a counter for the revalutions