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Project by Bill Huffman posted 07-08-2014 01:29 AM 1587 views 10 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like building toys, and this is one I have wanted to build for a long time. It’s a glider designed by Otto Lilienthal in Berlin in the late 1800’s. I am not an expert, I just read his book and loved the design. Its not scale as I just eyeballed it most of the time, but did find some nice reference material on the internet.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.





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dansnow

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 01:31 AM

Wow, that is impressive. Great work!

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 01:41 AM

Very cool! Have you been brave enough to fly it?

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 01:44 AM

I did take it outside and sort of jogged with it and have no doubt it has lift, flying is a whole other ball game;-)

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 04:12 AM

Wow.

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Skip Mathews

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#5 posted 07-08-2014 04:34 AM

Holy cow! where do you get your ideas for projects. do you like to focus on flight? or do you make other machines.

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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Bill Huffman

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#6 posted 07-08-2014 04:42 AM

I really like flight, but all sorts of mechanical things fascinate me.

This is all wood, but painted to look like iron. I call it my Capt. Nemo light. Its in my office at home.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#7 posted 07-08-2014 04:51 AM

I like the things you’ve done, Mr. Huffman. While I may be pushing 70, I do have an affinity for what is most often called “steam punk.” I rather suspect you do too.

Pretty cool stuff, you’ve done.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Bill Huffman

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 05:00 AM

Thank you all for commenting. I do like most of the steam punk style things I see, but my real love for that started with Disney’s 20,000,000 leagues under the sea when I was younger.

Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 05:01 AM

beautiful work….these projects are right up my alley…!!! anything to do with flight….yeah!!!....ps….again…ive enquired on your other project….do you have plans for these?....or suggest where I should enquire about plans...regards

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 05:15 AM

Lol. Disney’s 20,000,000 leagues under the sea was an inspiration for many of us: cool stuff, indeed!

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Bill Huffman

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#11 posted 07-08-2014 05:22 AM

Cyclops4069; BTW my picture is me in the nose of a B-17 flying over the San Juan islands in Washington. My wife bought a flight for her Father, my Nephew and I for fathers day 2013.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#12 posted 07-08-2014 07:40 AM

...excellent detail work! very impressive. Besides the fact that it is a scale model and thatswhy not big enough to carry a person I wouldn`t recomment to fly it. Otto Lilienthal hadn’t had much luck with it. ( I don’t know if it was that specific model)
I live near the place where he was living and testing his models and your piece looks like it belongs in the show room of the Lilienthal museum.
Exceptional work on the lamp, you’re real artist.

cheers from Berlin/ Germany
Michael

-- Michael, Germany

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#13 posted 07-08-2014 07:55 AM

Another wonderful piece with so many interesting and artful details. I recall seeing a film or at least photos of Lilienthal actually flying one of these from a small hill. I also liked the ‘Nemo’ lamp a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-08-2014 11:01 AM

Great job!!!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#15 posted 07-08-2014 12:49 PM

Masterful paint application. Lends itself to the illusion that it is really iron. Well done indeed.

-- DonB

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