Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tumblewing gliders.

Hello everyone, I've been looking at this amazing site, , and I found this how to for the tumble wing walk-along glider. I know it's a mouthful, but it's very, very cool. If you don't know what a tumble wing glider is, it's a piece of paper that's folded so that when you drop it from above your head, it spins forward rapidly while it descends. but, if you drop it from above your head, and then hold a large piece of cardboard or Styrofoam at about 15 to 20 degrees from vertical slightly below it and walk along, it will slowly move forward, supported on the cushion of air that is being directed upward by the board as you walk along. Hence the name: walk-along glider. Now, a true walk along glider looks something like a boomerang, and all you have to do is hold you hands underneath it and walk, or run, just moving your hands to steer it. Here's the link on a how to to make the easy to learn walk-along glider. 
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you'll see that there are a couple pictures of some other instructables that this guy has made, along with a walk along glider he made out of a dead Monarch Butterfly. Kind of weird but very cool.
Well now you go and try it, all you need is an old phone book, some scissors, some cardboard and your on your way.
Happy walk-along gliding!,


x-surfer said...

Hi "Runs with Sissors"
Nice take on the tumblewing! Also the science toy maker has also posted experiences with tumblewings with his students:

Runs With Scissors said...

Thank you, I'll check it out!. I looked at a couple sites but thought that instructables had the best tutorial.

ammar m said...

I need a picture of a tumblewing

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