Real Flying Golden Snitch




Introduction: Real Flying Golden Snitch

Grab your broom and quaffle and head out to the pitch because I'll show you how to make a flying golden snitch!

Step 1: Disassembly

The toy that I modified to achieve this is called a Heli Ball, I bought it at Five Below for $5. It can be charged by USB and hovers over any surface. The modification process is started by disassembling the toy by removing four philips screws on the side of the sphere and taking out the electronics and helicopter blades.

Step 2: Body

Once the toy is disassembled, I sanded the shell down with steel wool to remove the graphics put on by the manufacturer.

I then used movie stills to draw on detail features, I lightly sketched them on with a pencil.

I then deposited a line of hot glue over the sketched lines to create a 3D embossed effect of the detail features.

Finally, the body was painted a gold color using acrylic paint.

Step 3: Wings

To create the wings, I sketched out a design and cut it out of paper and test fitted it in the shell to see if it had the right proportions. Feel free to use different wing designs, modify mine, or use mine exactly.

Once you have the design figured out, I used the plastic from a gallon of milk as the final material. I traced the paper design onto the plastic then cut it out with an exacto knife.

I then painted the top of the wings and used the exacto knife to cut the bottom of the wings into slices to create an effect of individual feathers.

Step 4: Assembly and Testing

Finally reassemble everything making sure the wings fit nicely in place and don't interfere with any of the electronics.

Charge up the battery and try it out!



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    16 Discussions

    you could have replaced the motor with one stronger


    2 years ago


    Ennalta has a great idea! I wonder if soft blades would make it useable?

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    hmm that'd be interesting! maybe 3d print blades with ninjaflex or some sort of rubber? I've tried snatching it out of the air and it does hurt a little if you hit the blades but it's actually not too bad since the motors have really low torque so it just stops spinning before doing any real damage.

    I think it would be interesting to take this and add an arduino that would cause it to move randomly along xyz axis in order to act like a snitch.

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    I definitely thought about it. Instead of using the heli ball that simple floats in the air I might try to modify a cheap rc helicopter into a snitch so that someone can control it!

    i just wanted to be cool like you guys and say arduino.

    they make smaller ones. it is 2016 tomorrow after all.

    No matter which, it will likely be too heavy. In the video the Snitch already drops with the extra weight of the wings. So maybe if you make the wings from very light material and use an FPGA it might be feasible.

    That would be way too heavy for that tiny machine. Let alone finding the place for an Arduino :o)

    Okay, a pic then, anything for variance.

    Nice looks good and great but your a bit late by the time you found out how to design one the Harry potter movies finished and people moved onto star ward but looks great

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    Or I'm just early for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies ;)

    There is a bunch of us that are watching some of the Harry movies tonight. I am going to make one of these. This will be so fun. Thank you

    Thanks! I've definitely thought about joining my college's quidditch team!