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Upcoming: Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest Answered

Coming soon, a new contest where every entry is powered by rubber bands, it's the Klutz Rubber Band-Powered Contest! The rubber bands can be twisted or stretched, alone or in combination. Just remember that no weapons are allowed. We're doing this to have fun, not hurt others so let's see the creativity fly!

We mean that flying part literally. There are prizes for any type of creation, but there will also be a special prize for the best flying contraption.

To encourage more people to enter, and to make the entries more easily reproducible, we want to see Instructables that use materials that are cheap and easy to find and have the whole thing be something that can be done in an afternoon or an evening.

More details will be coming soon, but that should be enough to get you going for now. So get your rubber bands ready!

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Bartboy

9 years ago

YEAH!!!! I am almost finished my project. With one elastic it goes 50 feet. ; )

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=SMART=Bartboy

Reply 9 years ago

its not a weapon/knex gun is it? because their not allowed in the contest..

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=SMART=Bartboy

Reply 9 years ago

theres going to be so many knex entries lolol

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canidaJamesRPatrick

Reply 9 years ago

Be nice! *points at "be nice" comment policy* Knex is a great kit of parts.

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Lithium Raincanida

Reply 9 years ago

I think knex needs a major image makeover on here. Many people make way cooler stuff than everyone thinks! I should post slideshows of some of the amusement park rides, planes, ships, and buildings my little brothers have made out of knex. It really is unfair to trash them based on the gun ibles.

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JamesRPatrickLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

Staff needs to pull a Moses on the sea of bad k'nex instructables for the rest of us.

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JamesRPatrickcanida

Reply 9 years ago

Yes, I appreciate the potential applications, but the number of substandard k'nex Instructables is overwhelming.

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Bartboy=SMART=

Reply 9 years ago

Knex is by far the easiest thing to work with.

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sbaconBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

maybe but it is not very strong, use lego technic instead.

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=SMART=Bartboy

Reply 9 years ago

But its definitely the least original, almost everything has been done before.

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Bartboy=SMART=

Reply 9 years ago

You can not say that! A car that is powered by elastics? wow.... SO original! Knex could make a full size car, and it would still beat yours!

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KentsOkayBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

knex is limited by its predefined form. You could not even hope to make a functioning flyer out of knex.

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BartboyKentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

lol, I just did. It can "launch" Many different things: Knex plane, 30 ft Paper plane, 60 ft (and severe damage to the plane) Other things, 20 ft

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KentsOkayBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

Knex do not fly, they are catapulted.

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BartboyKentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

Then, in theory, if it does not have a device propelling it, it can not fly?

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KentsOkayBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

It is a projectile then, if it does not generate its own lift.

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BartboyKentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

Ok, so that should be put in the rules. If I made something, that launched something, that launched something, the projectile would generate it's own lift, just like space shuttles.

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KentsOkayBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

That would be a glider, I'm making something along those lines...

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=SMART=KentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

He made another blooming knex catapult

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SKYNET 2.0Bartboy

Reply 9 years ago

The said device would have to be on the craft that is being propelled.

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tuckersaspyBartboy

Reply 9 years ago

wouldnt that theoretically be considered a weapon? propelling things several feet...

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Bartboytuckersaspy

Reply 9 years ago

Anything that can do anything is considered a weapon.

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

. Pronounced very much like "clutch."

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Kiteman

9 years ago

No, it is pronounced exactly as it is written - klutz.

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Plasmana

9 years ago

Another thing, is international entries allowed?

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canidaPlasmana

Reply 9 years ago

I'll find out and get back to you.

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canidaKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Inquiries still in progress.

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=SMART=canida

Reply 9 years ago

Oh fiddlesticks, i hope they are, i've already written my instructable !

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canida=SMART=

Reply 9 years ago

Just in case you're not automatically notified of my response to Plasmana, here's a c&p: OK, here's the story - anyone can enter this contest, from any country, and thus be eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book. Anyone chosen for inclusion in this or a future Klutz book will receive the fame and notoriety that comes with having your project included with full attribution, and some Klutz books in exchange for using your project. However, in this case the lawyers say they can only award contest prizes (note that these are separate from any compensation for using your project in the book, as described above) to those living in the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. We'll probably do a special feature on excellent entries that we couldn't give the standard prizes, too. I'm always sad when we can't be 100% open to international entries, and the folks at Klutz are too. We'll do our level best to do right by all of you in the UK and the rest of the world who we know will post great entries.

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=SMART=canida

Reply 9 years ago

Well i did write a long reply but fore some stupid reason instructables lost it :( Ok well that is sad i cant win anything, i spent quite a long time on my inscrutable. Is there any possibility of shipping the prize to a friend in the united states and them passing it on to me ?

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canida=SMART=

Reply 9 years ago

Your project is still eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book, which is outside the framework of this contest. As for the US friend, if you set them up as a collaborator on the project we could probably make it work. Either way, we're going to do our best to take care of those of you outside the US/Canada. (For the record, it's a legal/liability issue, not a shipping issue.)

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=SMART=canida

Reply 9 years ago

Thanks, i know you guys try hard :D Would i be able to win the runners up prize ? The t-shirt and stickers thing, as its not by klutz ?

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Kitemancanida

Reply 9 years ago

Hooray!

Dashes off to find large paperclips...

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Kiteman=SMART=

Reply 9 years ago

Not written, but designed.

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canidaKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Just in case you're not automatically notified of my response to Plasmana, here's the c&p: OK, here's the story - anyone can enter this contest, from any country, and thus be eligible for inclusion in a future Klutz book. Anyone chosen for inclusion in this or a future Klutz book will receive the fame and notoriety that comes with having your project included with full attribution, and some Klutz books in exchange for using your project. However, in this case the lawyers say they can only award contest prizes (note that these are separate from any compensation for using your project in the book, as described above) to those living in the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. We'll probably do a special feature on excellent entries that we couldn't give the standard prizes, too. I'm always sad when we can't be 100% open to international entries, and the folks at Klutz are too. We'll do our level best to do right by all of you in the UK and the rest of the world who we know will post great entries.

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Plasmanacanida

Reply 9 years ago

What is taking you a long time??