Flying Pig Website

If anybody likes automata, but can't be bothered to work in wood and metal, try Flying Pig models.They (mainly he) make and sell cardboard kits that move in interesting ways.Obviously, most of them are for sale, but he has some free models for downloading, which change very occasionally.Probably the most interesting parts of Flying Pig for this site, though, are his Workshop Notes blog, where Rob updates readers on the process he goes through developing his models (he's part way through a dinosaur at the moment, and has released a kids range).He also has a section of mechanisms, with animations of all the paper mechanisms he uses, plus several that don't go into paper models (like a stirling engine).Generally, it's a great resource for anybody interested in engineering, paper or otherwise.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago

Mountain Wingsuit Flying Videos

Who wants to learn how to fly in a wingsuit with me? Shall we learn to paraglide first? Man, Mountain, Wingsuit - Click here for this week’s top video clips Another video I couldn't embed:

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Hang glider

I'm thinking about building a hang glider, just for low altitude ( nothing more than 30-0 feet) but i have no experience, any suggestions for building?

Posted by hedgiehog 10 years ago

Who is your favorite superhero?

Everyone loves a good hero. Whether its some like spider man who gets actual powers or Iron man or batman who make them. they are all great so as the title clearly states "Who is your favorite superhero?".

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago

Flying hovercraft!

Bungee jumping, kite-boarding... Why do all the extremest sports seem to come from New Zealand? The lightweight, canvas-covered wings are attached to the craft with what he calls a "Jesus pin". "If that comes out, you see Jesus," he said. Because the hovercraft is not classed as an aircraft under New Zealand aviation laws, the operator does not require a pilot's licence. Daily Telegraph.  

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

City Flying Taxi

LINK"Developed by the British company Avcen, the Jetpod is a small twin-jet aircraft with newly developed VQSTOL (Very Quiet Short Take-off and Landing) technology - and it’s aimed to make short-distance air travel possible in built-up urban areas by the year 2010.""75 Jetpods would service a city the size of London and thereby relieve road traffic of 37,000 return car journeys every day. A one-way flight from outer London to the city centre would take just 4 to 6 minutes. The Jetpod doesn’t even require a conventional runway. It can land on grass, dirt or stone-strewn areas. Avcen designed the Jetpod using the latest jet engine technologies for optimal fuel efficiency and lower emissions noise levels, when compared to car transportation.TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONSDRIVE SYSTEM: Dual jet enginesENGINE THRUST: 2 x 13.3 kN (3,000 lbs)CRUISING SPEED: 550 km/h (350 mph)FLYING RANGE: 1480 km (920 miles)OPERATING PAYLOAD: 700 kg (1,543 lbs)SEATING CAPACITY: 7"This is pretty cool, can't wait to see if it actually gets into production.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago

Coanda effect VTOL or "hovercraft" - making a working model

I am currently working on the design of an impeller driven lifting device utilising the Coanda effect. My 3D printer is of course a great help here but only useful to test the vacuum cleaner assembly that I salvaged for the motor and impeller part. So far it is just I am interesting to see myself instead of reading it on the net but I was wondering if any RC model makers out here would be interested too? I have no clue about the available brushless motors and controllers or how much extra weight for electronics, batteries and so on but could provide the 3D files and design tips if anyone would dare to create a working RC model. Unlike all the designs on Youtube no propeller is used for the lift! Those designs might still use the Coanda effect, or better adjust it's airflow, for the steering but the actual lift comes from a prop. An impeller as used in vacuum cleaner does not provide lift and is more the "real deal". The last real world project that I know of was the Avrocar that was tested during the cold war but never made it into production. Just though it might be an interesting project to build your own "flying saucer" :)

Posted by Downunder35m 2 years ago

Fancy winning £1000?

It's not an Instructables competition, but it's right up our street. The challenge is to make an "alternative umbrella":Design and make an alternative umbrella using partly or wholly recycled materials. Your umbrella can be an object of practical beauty or bizarre charm, and made to any scale.Since the competition is on #1 son's birthday, we'll be entering. If you're going to be in the Southwold area in September, you could enter. If you're not going to enter, how about posting some ideas I could pinch?

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago

Help! photos, diagrams, etc required for Himmelstürmer

hello, I need some diagrams or sketches or photos of the german Himmelstürmer. If you have scale or measurements, that would be even better. one sounds like a simple enough device, and I would like to make it as a fun project. and post it up as an ible. all I know is that it consisted of two pulse jets and fuel tank(s). one small jet pointed down and was attached to the front of the user, the other larger one pointed at a downwards angle. fuel was stored on the front of the person. the engines did not run long enough to heat up, so there is no heat protection. it was used by throttling the engines, which would push the wearer into the air and forwards, allowing jumps of 60 meters distance and up to 50 feet height. I just need details of the, well, the entire device. the attached picture is just an artist impression of the device. I have no idea how to mount it to the user in a non-permanent way, and I need dimensions and such to allow it to be safe. I really don't want to make a device for an ible that could blow up the user. Thanks!

Posted by Nyanman 7 years ago

fly robot fly

Need a tutorial on fly robot fly Respecte sirs, i saw a image for fly robot fly i want to develop a same size robot can any one help me to develop this i will be thankful to him

Posted by massmailer123 8 years ago

fly tying

Fly tying fishing flies

Posted by archer0382 11 years ago

DIY Helium Flying Saucer floated away with 6 YO Boy

OCT 15th 2009 Noon PST A CO boy climbed into a Helium filled Flying Saucer shaped balloon his Dad made. The 6 YO climbed in and released the balloon. It left Fort Collins CO and is flying East across CO. is covering live.

Posted by SFHandyman 8 years ago

Knex Flight

Seeing as knex is light, strong and flexible, and most importantly, using rods, I beleive it would be feesable to build a Knex 'glider'. After seeing how gliders are made, it could be possible to build a lightweight spacframe wing out of knex, and make it fly using clingfilm as its 'skin'. An extra boost of gliding power would come from a clingfilm propeller, powered by the very fast and smal, solar motor. Do you think it is possible to make something like this glide 10 metres? Ideas welcome.

Posted by TheFoofinator 7 years ago

A Collection of Ornithopter Images

For the last month or two I've become completely obsessed with building ornithopters. As part of the creation process I've scoured the Internets for any and all images I could find of others work. I find these things to be very intriguing and I figured that others might like to check out the different designs, enjoy!

Posted by Tomdf 5 years ago

need a tutorial on fly robot fly

Respecte sirs, i saw a image for fly robot fly i want to develop a same size robot can any one help me to develop this i will be thankful to him

Posted by massmailer123 8 years ago

Flugtag -- human powered flight?

Have you seen the videos for Flugtag? It looks like a great excuse to build something fun and jump in the water, and maybe fly a few feet too.Most of them look like this: And here's the US record holder, at a whopping 155 feet: I bet we could do better than that, especially with a drop. ;) Anyone have a proposal for Team Instructables? They hold these things around the world, so it's not just US. I bet we could pick up on style points as well.From the official page:The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 35 Flugtags have been held around the world -- from Ireland to San Francisco -- attracting up to 300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight-to-date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Flugtag Austria. The U.S. record stands at 155 feet set in Nashville, TN in 2007.Teams are judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and showmanship. What constitutes a craft is purely up to the imagination of the participating teams. Past Red Bull Flugtag entries have included a pregnant cow, a diaper-delivering stork, a pimped-out Cadillac, a giant Oompa Loompa, and yes folks -- a lobster named Larry.

Posted by canida 10 years ago

Flying Carousel

  To those who are not subscribed yet (shame on you!). I present the flying carousel: There's more info in the youtube description or on my blog. Enjoy!

Posted by floris2burn 8 years ago

Fly back for SALE $5

I have one flyback transformer for sale for $5

Posted by inductionheat! 9 years ago

what do you think about the religion Flying Spaghetti Monster aka fsm and pastafarianism

What do you think about the religion flying Spaghetti Monster and pastafarianism please be kind with your comments I am a supporter and all flaming comments will be flagged

Posted by wonton 10 years ago

Can we fight back Big Brother?

Conoy Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; is voting to avoid flying surveillance remote controlled aircrafts above their skies. In a time when the United States government approves the use of drones to spy on the civilian population, I have found interesting how people are responding. This municipal ordinance definitely will not stop the use of drones on this area if deemed necessary for our national security but I wonder if this could be the start of a trend.

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago

Finally got my print delivered

I've attached all the photos to my make it real challenge instructable.

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago

Reliant Robin Space Shuttle!

I've never heard of it, but apparently BBC makes a Mythbuster-esque show called Top Gear.Anyways someone sent me a video of them turning a Reliant Robin (that funky 3 wheeled car) into a working Space Shuttle. Funny as heck, thought ya'll might enjoy it. Original vid: (won't let me imbed) video:

Posted by KentsOkay 9 years ago

flying taser

I'm working on a flying tazer and have everything primed and perfect, but i can't figure out how to shoot the thing!!!!!1 along the lines of springs, compressed air, or electricity ( coilguns )please...

Posted by instructa-fan 10 years ago


Check out this awesome FSM hat! Good stuff. My craft to-do list is getting too long.

Posted by canida 10 years ago

old Monster Fly Back transformer!

Old Monster Fly Back transformer! I have one old school fly back transformer, This thing is three times the size of a normal fly back. I think it is worth about 3 fly backs, because I really don't think I can find another this size the cost should be $30 If you don't think its worth the cost, I'll just junk it and use it on one of my other projects, you just can't find too many old CRT transformers any more, just newer smaller ones. you can leave me a comment or send me an email. the fly back is a little dusty.

Posted by inductionheat! 9 years ago

Anti-gravity Machine concept

This is a concept I came up with for an idea of an anti-gravity machine.  Let me just state for the record... I do not think this will actually work.  However, while I am quite certain this idea should not work... based upon my limited knowledge of science... it would seem like it could work.  Unfortunately I know I am never going to spend the thousands if not millions of dollars to build this concept to find out. The basic premise of the idea is the use of angular momentum to overcome the force of gravity.  Imagine if you will, a gyroscope spinning at such a high velocity that its outward force overcomes the downward force of gravity.  Naturally, one of the big obstacles is generating the speeds necessary to create the velocity such that angular momentum is greater than downward force. What I essentially propose is a spinning ring that is propelled in the same way as a maglev train.  Using Electromagnetic propulsion or EMP to accelerate a ring in a vacuum by the utilization of a flowing electrical current and magnetic fields may in theory generate the speeds necessary for the force to overcome gravity.  Unfortunately, the power to run such a vehicle and the weight to power ratio are significant obstacles. Two of these rings above one another I theorize can create tremendous propulsion if the angles of the rings were changed.  Using hydrolics to change the angle of alignment of these two rings may create incredible forward momentum.  Once more, such a vehicle would not be limited to operation within Earth's atmosphere unlike jet or other propulsion mechanisms.  In fact, it should operate at peak efficiency in a zero gravitational environment. This is all theory... and I'd love to know if it is indeed as crazy as it sounds.

Posted by DarkRubyMoon 8 years ago

anyone know much about fly fishing reels?

Ok so i have a okuma fly fishing reel that ticks,i once stopped it from ticking but forgot how anyone have any suggestions? off on a fishing holiday soon and need info asap

Posted by sharlston 8 years ago

flying steamers

Helicopters, planes, hovercrafts, harriers, jumpers are all for here. lets see e'm all.

Posted by paper clip man 11 years ago

Airplane Experts! I am making an airplane fly without the use of RC. Need Help!

I need brand recommendations and wing measurements so it can fly!!! Anything else about small electric airplanes will be fine! How would you connect three different electric motors to a LIPO battery?

Posted by Sk8terthing 9 years ago

fly trap

Fly paper doesnt work so well in my exp.   funnel style trap works nice for wasps.  but for flies? don't want somethin stinky (ideally) prefer somethin that doesnt take up counterspace. if there are -ibles already,     review of which one(s)  work best? for shed/ garage/ kitchen please/thanks

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago

Robotic fly, er, flies!

This is rather cool, especially the way they engineered the flexibility of the wing.

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago

Walkalong Glider

What's a walkalong glider? Here's a video which shows the concept: A light weight glider which flies in the lift created by a paddle held by the pilot.Build your own walkalong glider (recommended starting design)Build your own walkalong glider from a dead butterflyBuild your own walkalong glider (in general)

Posted by walkalongaviation 11 years ago

Ultra cheap RC quadcopter (preferably using brushed motors)

Hey everyone.... :) I'm organising a camp to encourage high school students to take up STEM courses..... and I'd like to have them build their own RC quadcopters. I want the course to have a minimal fee.... so the quad should be INSANELY CHEAP. The quad should be able to do just one thing:FLY. Also, durability is not an issue.... just one or two flights should be sufficient. 1)Can someone please suggest a design using brushed instead of brushless motors? (Simply because they're cheaper) 2)If there's any way I can build a flight controller using off-the-shelf components.... please share your ideas.. 3)I have no idea about how to make the remote control/ RF transmitter....... is it the same as that of an RC toy car remote control? 4)I've come across some lovely designs where the frame is made out of paper or cardboard.... so that's not an issue.  Help in any form is welcome.... I'd love to hear from y'all....  Thanks in advance...:)

Posted by afshaanmaz 4 years ago

Jollex' DASH knex slingshot review

Jollex made a new free-flying slingshot, which was capable of shooting oodammo, and cannon ammo (yellow rod with a red con on the business end), and the trigger held the bullet, not the bands. I hadn't made many of them before so I decided to give it a 'shot'(:D). Body strenght:10/10, it has a very good crossing pattern through the whole body, that makes it extremely strong.  comfort: 7/10, the stock could have been much better, although it doesn't take away from the overall comfort, it could have been a lot comfier. The handle gets 5 of those points though, because he did a good job going out of his way to make it even comfier. Trigger  Locking mech strength: 10/10, could hold 15 64#s and then some, and you only need 3. Overall mech: 10/10, purely the fact that it was a sliding trigger could have got that, but, its a sear, and I don't really count sears as sliding triggers, but this goes even further and puts a semi ratchet at the back of the sear, which was bloody brilliant, so it deserves it. Power Bullet force:10/10, oodammo can punch through the cardboard like a blue rod punches through paper, and cannon ammo is even more powerful than oodammo.  Range:12/10, well if 90 feet got 9/10, then you can see how powerful this is (slanted of course). Bow  Strength: 9/10, it bends (using black rods) a bit with 3 #64s, but the way the bands are put on is really good, so you don't need to unhook anything, and there is not many places to get the bands tangled up in. Reloading ease: 10/10, its really easy to get the bands to cock back, and its not hard on your fingers at all. Tactics F4A attack: 1/5, running in with this singleshot is the worst thing you can do period.   F4A defence: 3/5, you better have a good sidearm, because if you miss... and you need a good base aswell. Team attack: 3/5 as long as you have someone further up then you who you can support, but don't be the one to run in headfirst. Its silent aswell, and I know a lot of people like to think they are stealthy, but truth is most of you ain't. So you have to be good.   Team defense: 5/5, finally the area it shines on. Huge range, silent, hole up in a tree somewhere with a few splodies, the Dash, and some cookies. Perfect for picking off enemy scouts and anyone who tries to get further. -------OVERALL: 90000000000/10000000000. Or, 9/10, or 9 tenths, or 4.5/5, or 90% positive. Instructable can be found here.

Posted by ~Aeronous~ 7 years ago

I have a lama v4 helicopter and it does not fly straight. It always flys off to the side!

Any ideas please help! And also the battery doest stay in the bracket in the bottom. I tried Velcro but it didnt work.

Posted by Aron313 6 years ago

Flying RC panes, Mustang P51-D

This is my almost new Mustang plane. It is really cool but I could use some advice as I have never flown a large plane or a plane with gears before. Anything would help and could you post a video of YOURS if you have a similar RC plane. Thanks.

Posted by Electroinnovation 9 years ago

Eligibility for Things the Fly contest

I was hoping to participate in the Things that Fly contest, but my instructable: , is not being shown in the list when I press enter, even though in the description, it is written: If it flies through the air, it is eligible

Posted by rbanga 3 years ago

Flies - and how to repel them?

Hi, My parents live near a cow farm, and in summer, there is a major problem with flies. Over the years, the house has had most of it's orifices closed with fly & mosquito screens, but even so when eating outside, or playing in the pool, the little buzzers are a real pain. For the moment, nothing really seems to work on repelling flies. What works for mosquitoes does not apply to a fly, a part from fly swats & screens... Does any one have any natural or electronic fly repeller that really works? Cheers, Bpfh

Posted by bpfh 9 years ago

can any planes that are made out of knex actually fly?

Can cay of these planes actually fly, or get airbound?

Posted by knektek 9 years ago

Help my arrows don't fly straight!!!!!!

I just made a bow from pvc pipe it works great but my arrows don't fly straight they are very dangerous but as i said need work i have looked and looked for fletching tips so can you send me some hints

Posted by douggiedevil 11 years ago

The "No-Fly List" makes us LESS secure

Published May 16, 2002, The Carnival Booth paper demonstrates how our security measures like the No-Fly List make our flights very insecure. ...In this paper, we show that since CAPS uses profiles to select passengers for increased scrutiny, it is actually less secure than systems that employ random searches. In particular, we present an algorithm called Carnival Booth that demonstrates how a terrorist cell can defeat the CAPS system.....

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago

Fly Powered Planes

Flies generally buzz about and don't do much besides feed the local spiders, but here's a a couple ways to put them to work by powering tiny airplanes. Check out the models below from the 70s or the video for something more recent to show you that, yes, this crazy idea actually works. Insect Power via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

2 free Fly back transformers and a SCR

I have one 300 AMP 1200 volt  SCR that I want gone!  I want $25 for it  . I am willing to trade it for crystal radio parts or small vacume tubes . I have two modern flybacks also if anyones interested sorry! dont have pictures

Posted by inductionheat! 7 years ago

Fly Plane

I havent had enough flies buzzing around my house to catch so i can start making htis little plane maybe you guys will have better luckhere a link to the plans plane

Posted by amaze 10 years ago

Ironman thrusters

Everyone likes to fly like ironman but he uses high technology like plasma, repulsors to fly which are still in research. But i have an idea , with enough pressure, air compressor can be used to lift us like flyboard but they are little heavy, but it can be modified. so tell me your ideas in this forum. Air extinguisher is good but lasts for only few seconds, so share your ideas, Thanks.

Posted by mano.lingam.3 3 years ago

Fly back transformer for sale

This is a flyback transformer type that so many people want  I have no clue why they think it is Superior to the regular modern flybacks.  maybe simpler? If some one wants it   $10    also comes with a ceramic high voltage diode.

Posted by inductionheat! 8 years ago

FUNCTIONAL MAGIC CARPET COSTUME BUILD-need ideas on how to make carpet sway!!

Hi everyone, It's my first time posting to this forum, so I hope I'm posting in the right section. Please go easy on me: ) I'm looking to make a genie costume similar to ModMischief's awesome construction. That is her costume pictured below. I have not made the carpet section yet, so it can be altered to fit any plans for what I am trying to accomplish. I would like the flying carpet to be a little different though. I am trying to create a simple mechanism that will give the carpet some movement. I want it to mimic the up/down wave motion as if the carpet is actually flying mid air. Can anyone suggest something that would get me going in the right direction for ideas? I will have a 2nd person with me that could assist me once the costume is on, if there is some kind of crank mechanism that would work. Any ideas are appreciated!

Posted by Nofearonlyluv 6 years ago

how do you make a flying machine?

I've been trying to make something that I can send up into the air. on this thing, I want to be able to send up either a camera, a set of solar powered LED's , or a sound device. any other ideas would be of help. -thanks

Posted by mexx.admin 11 years ago

Fly RC quadcopter with SAITEK X56 and Scherrer Tx700 Pro and Rx700 LR +PSU

Hello can Someone help to connect Saitek Joystick X56 + Scherrer Tx700 Pro + Rx700 LR +PSU in order to fly a quadcopter ? And if it is impossible How to connect the TX700 Pro and the Quanum V52 Ground Control System, please? Thanks

Posted by paladin66 1 year ago

Bolts That Fly Straight

I just made a crossbow from Lego (not much fire power but it works) and I have been firing pencil from it but they hardly go straight. i tried adding cross fins and even an elevator hoping that it would be stable but it isnt working so if anyone has any ideas fire away.

Posted by blckthng 10 years ago