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Knex Flight Answered

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.

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Masterdude

7 years ago

I don't know about 10 meters (unless you launch it from a very high point) but a K'nex glider does seem possible. Of course it would have to cling film but seeing that K'nex are light weight and good for making object skeletons it would be rather simple however it wouldn't glide far most probably. As for a motor I think that it would add more weight than it would support bycontributing to lift by adding thrust.

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The ironman

7 years ago

id build it by make a large lifting body and placing 2 fire works to get to fly

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~KGB~

7 years ago

it could be made... barely

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TheFoofinator~KGB~

Reply 7 years ago

I've made a section of the wing, and it lifts with a hair dryer, now just making it MASSIVE.

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kelseymhTheFoofinator

Reply 7 years ago

Uh....doesn't "massive" kind of defeat the purpose? Unmassive tends to be better for aircraft, at least on this planet ;->

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TheFoofinatorkelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

Glider tend to have longer wing/body size ratios than normal planes.

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~KGB~TheFoofinator

Reply 7 years ago

lol, kool! im making a new big ball machine... it will be shown in about 2-3weeks, maybe a teaser in a few days...

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DJ Radio

7 years ago

You do realize knex has too many holes in it to sustain enough air for lift right?

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knexinventer

7 years ago

you would hav to have a large foam sheet alarons and a STRONG motor just to barly glide

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kelseymh

7 years ago

https://www.instructables.com/community/can-any-planes-that-are-made-out-of-knex-actually-/

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mettaurlover

7 years ago

Maybe, though glider frames are usually made out of materials stronger and lighter than k'nex.

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mettaurloverTheFoofinator

Reply 7 years ago

Yes, and being made out of what is essentially a descendant of Tinker Toys, it would collapse on itself.