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Project Snapshot

The rubber band-powered helicopter is easy to create, and with a little practice it can be flown 20+ feet!

Interestingly, the paper cutout has a big effect on how well the helicopter works. Watch the full video below for an in-depth explanation.

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Tips and Troubleshooting

If the helicopter isn't flying very high, then...

  • Make sure to wind up the rubber bands until it's "double-coiled."

  • Practice releasing the helicopter's propeller a moment before releasing the bottom of the helicopter. See the video for details.

  • The paper cutout may be too small, or not wide enough. Try using a larger cutout.

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