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Build a glider out of cardboard?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by treec_cynda, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. treec_cynda

    treec_cynda Guest

    By glider, I don't mean a dinky little paper airplane. I mean something I can actually fly, e.g. the Wright brothers' plane without the engine. I specify cardboard because that's what I have a lot of (and build everything out of). Anyway, could I have answers to my question? (Please don't tell me to find plans because a) I can't read them and b) I can't find any in the first place.)

    Thanks for answers.
  2. Loonylion

    Loonylion Administrator Staff Member

    no cardboard is neither strong enough nor rigid enough. Try wood.
  3. toffster92

    toffster92 Well-Known Member

    to make a personal glider out of wood would require it to be a considerable size.

    try hollow aluminum rods with a nylon-poly blend fabric for the canvas. It's lighter and more durable than wood.
  4. Petey

    Petey Well-Known Member

    Let us know how it turns out. I recommend jumping off of a 3000ft cliff just so you get enough height.
  5. Cahos Rahne Veloza

    Cahos Rahne Veloza The Fart Awakens

    Use cardboard wings to fly off your roof & make sure to fall on your head, if you're lucky you might get extra sensory perception & psychic powers & make a mint helping the police solve crime.
    --- South Park reference
  6. ace1o1

    ace1o1 Well-Known Member

    I built a cardboard boat once.

    And no. Cardboard sucks for flying. Have you ever bent it?
  7. treec_cynda

    treec_cynda Guest

    Considering it's going into winter where I live (i.e. northern hemisphere), I'm going to leave this as a summer project. I will let you know what it turns out to be.
  8. megashell

    megashell Well-Known Member

    Yeah- use "bolster" wood
    not sure of the spelling
    but its super light, they use it in all the kits you buy for making planes and stuff-
  9. calvin_0

    calvin_0 Well-Known Member

    well try mcgayver way.. use bambo and garbage bag >.>
  10. Loonylion

    Loonylion Administrator Staff Member

    balsa wood

    yes its light but its also pretty weak and brittle.
  11. ace1o1

    ace1o1 Well-Known Member

    I was amazed at how weak it was. My brother has some for a project a few years ago and I poked it and my finger almost went through the board.

    Also, you could build a cardboard boat.
  12. treec_cynda

    treec_cynda Guest

    I go boating all the time, so this is not much help. Thanks for trying.