Introduction: Launch It: the Huffin' Hoopster
So, Launch It...hmmmm...
I've got a simple rocket I could do, or quite a good glider... but, which to do?
I know - I'll combine the two!
See the resulting video in step four.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: The Fuselage
Cut a strip of paper from the end of the sheet (just a few centimetres wide), roll it into a tube around the straw and tape it in shape.
Make sure it's snug, but not so tight that it can't slip off the straw.
Fold the end of the tube over and tape it. The folded end of the tube will be the front of the Huffin' Hoopster.
Step 3: The Wings.
When the Huffin' Hoopster starts gliding, it is a canard glider - the small wings go in front.
You need two rectangular strips of paper. The exact dimensions don't matter at this point, but one should be shorter and narrower than the other.
Roll both strips into hoops (so Hoopster) and fix with a small piece of tape.
Step 4: Construction and Launch.
Slip the Huffin' Hoopster back onto the straw, put the straw to your lips, point the HH skyward and blow.
This slightly revised version of the video is ve2vfd's fault...
Step 5: The Science Bit.
They're not important to make a flying HH, but they're critical to making the bestHuffin' Hoopster.
- Vary the dimensions of both wings to find the best configuration for a slow glider or a rapid dart.
- Change the positions of the two hoops to see what that does to the flight.
- Change the length of the fuselage to see what happens to the stability of the flight.
- Even change the number of hoops to see what that does.