One of (the many possible) awesome Father’s Days Gifts from Makershed.com.

My co-workers and I have been kicking around ideas to highlight the best Father’s Day gifts, and, frankly, I think I beat everybody to the punch.

Rob and the kids

Nice day for flying..

After being tortured watching the engineering team working out the build for the cover story of issue 30 Vol 30, I was finally pushed over the edge watching Breck Baldwin fly his DIY RC delta wing “flying towel” at Maker Faire

I needed to have one.

I found excuses to visit the warehouse on a daily basis as inventory was making its way back from Maker Faire. I became the proud owner of the first kit to make it off the back of the truck…

The kit was a perfect for a family build. Compelling for kids and adults alike. Achievable within our abbreviated attention span. And really fun to fly (or crash time and time again).

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

Few footnotes: 1) you WILL crash! – but the plane is remarkable tolerant of high speed impacts, 2) get friendly with your local RC hobby store or on-line retailer – I’m 2 servos, prop adaptor and a battery later, 3) any excuse to break out the soldering iron is fun for all – you will need a basic tool set (soldering iron, helping hands, diagonal cutters, utility knife, drill, etc), 4) I am finally appreciating the neighbor’s interest in politics – Ron Paul should appreciate the added exposure from the repurposed coroplast that is the foundation of our soon-to-be-launched airframe #2.

Don’t hesitate – Dad and family will enjoy alike. http://www.makershed.com/Flying_Wing_Kit_p/msfw1.htm

The bad news? Now I can’t expect any more Father’s Day gifts…


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