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Build a Da Vinci Inspired Flying Machine (Glider) With Simple Supplies

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In this Instructable, you'll learn how to make a flying machine similar to the drawings originally created by Leonardo Da Vinci in the (15th) century (over 400 years before manned flight).

Skill Level: Intermediate

Step 1: Get Inspired

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dtan19 (author)  jessyratfink14 days ago
Awesome!! Thank you!
Great job dtan19! Your build is detailed but not confusing, and you picked some great materials to use! I think you might have a shot at getting a decent prize!
dtan19 (author)  Paper Mechanic15 days ago
Thanks Paper Mechanic, great job on your build too!
Also, congratulations for your first instructable being a finalist! I thinks this deserves at least first prize!
CraftAndu15 days ago
Awesome design!
dtan19 (author)  CraftAndu14 days ago
OrigamiZach15 days ago
Very cool! I like the look of it. Also, shrinking the tissue paper to make the covering tighter was clever.
dtan19 (author)  OrigamiZach14 days ago
Hey thanks! Yeah it really helps a ton, and you’d be surprised how much slack it can take out of it while shrinking.
Omer O16 days ago
Really cool !!!
dtan19 (author)  Omer O15 days ago
Thanks Omer!
seamster19 days ago
Very nice! Once you balanced it, those flights were very impressive!
dtan19 (author)  seamster15 days ago
Thanks Seamster! Yeah, the first few flights weren't very exciting, but yeah once we got the balance all figured out it flew very well. Being totally honest I was impressed myself that it flew for so long.
RAVI_BUTANI19 days ago
Nice and neat build.... Perfect gliding....
Thanks for sharing dear
dtan19 (author)  RAVI_BUTANI15 days ago
Thanks Ravi!
Spudweg17 days ago
It looks like it would be easy to add a rubber band powered propeller.
dtan19 (author)  Spudweg15 days ago
Hi Spudweg, Yeah, it'd be pretty easy to add a rubber band powered kit to this. I'd love to see someone add a propeller and see how it goes. I decided to see if I can make it fly based only on basic flight principles.
RandyC3117 days ago
I love Sugarhouse park!
dtan19 (author)  RandyC3116 days ago
Yeah, pretty great park for a ton of reasons, the hill worked perfectly for some gliding.