of online tutorials that make an "ornithopter" from household
materials. They do not work. All plans on this web site are proven
designs, and they will fly if built correctly.
These free plans allow you to build your own DIY ornithopter, from
materials you can buy at your local hobby shop. They also provide
an in-depth look at the history of how ornithopters have been made
over the years. If you have never built an ornithopter before, I
highly recommend starting with a model
kit, instead of the online plans. As your ornithopter skills
progress, you can return to this page for new ideas as you start
to develop your own designs.
Step: Build a Model Kit before you start building from
plans. An ornithopter model kit has special components that
make it easier to build. That will improve your chances of success
as you learn the new skills required to build your own ornithopters.
by Nathan Chronister
The Freebird plans were developed to help people get started in
the hobby of building their own ornithopters. That was before an
easy-to-build kit was available. Now, the simple design is a great
bridge from the model kit, with its specialized components, to building
your own ornithopter just from the materials available at your local
Orniplane by Percival H. Spencer
Flown in 1961, the Spencer Orniplane was the first radio-controlled
ornithopter. The plans were provided by Jack Stephenson, who assisted
Spencer in developing the Orniplane. They recorded some videos of
the Orniplane in flight. You can see them in the videos section
of this web site.
by Alexander Lippisch
Construction plan for a large, rubber-powered ornithopter from the
designer of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet. The design is outwardly
similar to some of the engine-powered ornithopters he developed
during the same period. (Schwingenflugmodell des NSFK, 1938)
A large collection of plans from the ornithopter newsletter Flapper
Facts. You will see a variety of designs that reflect the different
approaches of their respective designers. These are mostly indoor
contest models. Also a few electric ornithopters, and some
older versions of the Freebird.
Four different designs from the "golden age" of ornithopter
modelling. Aside from their historical interest, these are some
really cool designs that would be worth building today if you have
enough skill to rekindle the lost art.