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

    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.

    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.

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

    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! :)


    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.

    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