Watch it in action.
Aim high with the Flight Starter, a portable hand catapult loaded with smart mechanics and a lot of fun.
The Flight Starter is a mechanical launcher for light flying airplane models, three of which you will find in the kit. The model’s one of a kind design has produced a look resembling something from outer space – a star ship, a shuttle or a blaster gun from a science fiction adventure film. This sci-fi design is implemented in the skeleton steampunk style that allows you to look inside the working mechanism which you get to assemble with your own hands.
The launcher is equipped with a rubber band motor that provides tension that powers the plane when released. The trigger that sets off the mechanism has a safety lock. The tension - and therefore the distance your aircraft is going to cover - are controlled by a winding crank. The range of your new cool ballistic model can exceed 30 meters. A special support makes the crank a part of the platform for the aircraft you will launch.
The kit also includes a plywood glider and two paper airplanes you can use with your Flight Starter, and of course you can also design your own. Depending on how you adjust the angles of the wings and other elements of a plane before launching it into the sky, you can make it go into a loop, barrel-roll, nose-up and other fun maneuvers.
Model Size: 11.2 x 13.4 x 7.5 in
Number of parts: 198
Assembly Time: 3 hours
Notes from Alex:
This model is a lot of fun. Assembly is not difficult, although rigging the rubber bands for the launch engine is a little nerve-wracking, as they have to be pulled VERY tightly. Getting the flaps set up on the glider will also take some trial and error.
Once finished, though, it works brilliantly. It will easily launch a plain old piece-of-copy-paper airplane the length of our upstairs hallway, around 35 feet.