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This custom built flying toy features a really cool miniature flapping wing mechanism and it really flies! You can build your own flying ornithopter with wire, balsa wood, tissue paper, super glue, a rubber band, and some tinkering.The parts for this ornithopterís flapping mechanism were made from Delrin plastic and fabricated on a miniature milling machine.

Very simple versions can be made with balsa wood, glue, thread, wire, and tissue paper.A rubber band serves as the power source and actuator.

Larger versions can fly for extended periods of time inside or outdoors.

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