Motorized Glider (Old)

Introduction: Motorized Glider (Old)

About: The things I make are somewhat minimal in complexity, but I still manage to make some pretty rad gadgets.

Update: Version 2 and 3 have been built and tested and they were a huge success. Too big of a success. 3 of the gliders caught thermals and flew away, lost. That is because I used LiPO batteries with too much power and too high of discharge rate, so they powered the gliders too long. I tried making a bare bones RC airplane (building the controller circuit and receiver circuit myself) but that didn't work. I also found out that the N30 motors I used don't work with super capacitors. Too low of voltage. So I'm either going to find a better motor, or find a weaker LiPO battery, and build a better motorized glider! Check out the video demo and be sure to read the video description: MotorWing Project Video

Meanwhile, I can't delete this instructable because it had been entered in a contest and this website won't let me take it down. I am also going to make a water balloon slingshot powered 2 stage glider as soon as I can get the slingshot out of storage.

As with any new invention or DIY project, there is a lot of trial and error. That didn't stop Edison, so the troubleshooting, trial and error before making a properly working MotorWing won't stop me either.

Stay tuned!
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    10 Discussions

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    kingkaushal
    kingkaushal

    4 years ago

    where is. video or details

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    kingkaushal
    kingkaushal

    Reply 4 years ago

    it's flying video bt I want instructions video

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    5 years ago on Introduction

    You would search info about propellers. It is the weakest part of your design.

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    dmagryta124
    dmagryta124

    Reply 5 years ago

    If the propeller is in the back of the airplane pushing instead of in the front pulling, this may make the prop more durable to crashes.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    That's not what he meant by "weak". It's not a good propeller for moving lots of air.

    Round the ends off and twist them more, or even buy a proper propeller.

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, it is as Kiteman says. The center of your propeller yields plain resistence to the advance.

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    dmagryta124
    dmagryta124

    Reply 5 years ago

    I've ordered a more serious propeller off of eBay, when it comes in the mail I will update the design and update the instructable, as well as upload a flight video. I'm also working on other improvements to the design. Stay tuned! :)

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I would write a new instructable for the updated design, then more people will see it.

    Try for a longer video next time as well.

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    Tumotar
    Tumotar

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Does it really flies? Because with that much weigth, so small wings, and that little propulsion....... i can only imagine it flying like a brick :D