Monday, April 14, 2008

Wind Up Bird That Flys by Flapping its Wings

I haven't seen one of these in years. I had one of these as a kid and forgotten about this toy. (Mine was mostly yellow.) This wind up bird really does fly by flapping it's wings. I'm not sure scientists have figured out how to do this, but a $10 toy can!Tim the Flying Bird ToyMade in France, Tim is about 8 inches long and has a wingspan of 16 inches. Once you have snapped the wings in place, you wind up the rubber band drive, and toss it into the air. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. It comes with a spare rubber band drive.

Here is the link to Tim Bird.

On a related note, this Ornithopter Kit looks really cool, but the reviews were mixed. Has anyone tried one? Drop me a note and let me know.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The scientists are hard at work trying to understand all the complexities of flapping flight so that we can actually control these "birds".

Other options for finding almost any available "mechanical bird" (besides the iFly Vamp, which works great) can be found at the Ornithopter Zone

If you're interested in the research side of ornithopters, and perhaps even want to help out the research efforts, check out my blog at:

May 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

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