Sunday, September 4, 2011

Great Success!!!

So, Im a little speechless right now. Like I said before, I have been sitting on this idea for about a year so to see it get to this point is kind of a big moment. Im not going to say too much more, but here is a video of the wings in operation, both front view and back:

I have to admit, they work well, but not quite as well as I had built them up in my mind. Because of the limitations of the springs and servos, the wings are very easily overcome by gravity. That means I have to stand pretty straight up so that the wings' weight are neutral and the pushing of the spring hinges and pulling of the servos can do their job. Overall the wings weigh under 20 pounds and have a wingspan of close to 12 feet. There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of making them more robust and sturdy and also polishing them up to display status (which might have to wait till after Maker Faire). Feel free to comment and share your thoughts!


P.S. I want to thank everyone that didnt laugh and call me a ridiculous nerd (there really isnt any doubt that I am one, but its nice not to have other people call you one :P) as soon as I told them I was building a giant set of wings based on a super hero. My roommate Marcia for tolerating the insane mess and aluminum shavings and dust that now coat our apartment, and my great friends from work (too many of you to name, but you know who you are), you guys really are awesome. If anything, thanks for just being excited for me.

Above all, I want to thank my girlfriend Valery for being so supportive and not leaving my obsessive compulsive ass when I worked on them for 12 hour stints when I should have been taking her out to a fancy dinner.


  1. omg!!! i'm not only amazed i'm ecstatic to see them work, mostly because i love archangel. Then again anything that's that technical and made by hand fascinates me sense i couldn't do anything like that ^^;

  2. WOW ADIEL! I'm speechless too, never did I expect anything like that, chapeau! not that I would have underestimated your creational skills, I can't believe that they even move. Your my new favorite superhero! =)