New in the Maker Shed: Gakken Ornithopter Kit

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For ages, mankind has looked to birds for inspiration for flight. The Gakken Ornithopter Kit from the Maker Shed lets you discover flight powered by flapping wings, just like a bird or insect. The detailed kit includes over 40 parts that you assemble into an ornithopter (Greek for ornithos “bird” and pteron “wing”) and an entomopter (Greek for entomo “insect” and “pteron” again). Learn about flight just as you’ve seen it in nature. Booklet is in Japanese with highly detailed, step by step, assembly images.


  • Over 40 parts
  • Legendary Gakken Documentation
  • Parts to make an Ornithopter and an Entomopter
  • Includes launcher

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