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John writes -

“I discovered this while searching the ‘Net today. Make a rubber band powered helicopter out of a business card? Wow! This sounds simply fantastic!”Link & translated page.

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From the pages of MAKE:

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. cmpalmer says:

    Many years ago, in the early web/late gopher days, I downloaded plans for a nifty little airplane made out of a magazine subscription card. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Does anyone have a copy?

  2. blubrick says:

    I seem to recall something like was mentioned in this article only a few months ago.

    Sure, that was from a business card, but you could easily scale it up to postcard size.

  3. Dirkus says:

    At first I was having a hard time understanding how this was rubber band powered, I just tought it was a demo for how the main rotor and tail rotor worked together using a rubber band to drive the tail rotor… but the rubber motor is actually *IN* the vertical paper tube he’s holding. This guy’s site is incredible, he has an amazing attention to detail, and even has a few semi-flyable models made from stamps. There are a ton of other easier to build and fly rubber powered planes on his site as well. Check out the linkage to his site, you will NOT be disappointed!

  4. bf5man_ says:

    A marvel of ingeniosity! I need to make one :)

  5. bf5man_ says:

    By the way, i’ve looked at ornithopter in you tube and there is pretty cool videos, this one is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6370ZISAbvY
    It’s an rc one, it’s almost alive…

  6. bf5man_ says:

    By the way, i did a search for ornithopter at You Tube and there is pretty cool videos, this one is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6370ZISAbvY
    It’s an rc one and it’s almost alive…

  7. bf5man_ says:

    By the way, i did a You Tube search for ornithopter and there are pretty cool videos, this one is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6370ZISAbvY
    It’s an rc one and it’s almost alive…

  8. bf5man_ says:

    By the way, i did a You Tube search for ornithopter and there are pretty cool videos, this one is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6370ZISAbvY
    It’s an rc one and it’s almost alive…

  9. bf5man_ says:

    Argh!!! The Post Button is so funky, i’m really sorry for the zillions posts.

  10. encoders says:

    Hi ,
    This is a very good idea
    keep up the good work.
    raj

  11. ll0ll0ll says:

    Hi
    This is amazing, has someone got a better translation / instruction set?
    im struggling with the translated version..

  12. cmpalmer says:

    The postcard/magazine card plane I’m referring to was a flying model, not a papercraft model.

  13. rwo says:

    Maybe the next issue of Make: should include a few drop out cards with the plane plans pre-printed on them….

    That could be fun!

  14. darkrange977 says:

    i was just wondering if you would be kind enfor to post a video of this cool helicopter?

  15. toni oye says:

    this project is almost incredibe the maker has a very
    high level of intelligence. keep it up!