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If hamsters could fly...

Fun of flight for furry friends
 
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Build a very light model airplane of balsa and paper. Set into the fuselage, with the axle at right angles to the fuselage sides, a small hamster wheel, also lightly constructed. Via bevel gears and low-friction bearings, connect the wheel to a propellor on the front of the plane. The plane has landing gear with free-rolling wheels on it, which may be connected to the fuselage with stiff spring wire to absorb shock.

When little Lindbergh, who has been wishing he could fly all these years, is showing some energy, take him out of his cage and place him on the wheel in the plane. Set the plane on a large, smooth surface, like a parking lot or a bowling alley, and let it go. If Lindbergh runs fast enough, the plane will skip off the ground. (Once he has learned to do this, Lindbergh may graduate to flying off tables and other more dangerous stunts.)

Your friend will gain an entirely new perspective on the world.

Etymon, Jun 13 2004

This one wants the helicopter version. http://pixelito.reference.be/
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

http://www.buypetsu...Shop/Toys/52180.htm http://www.buypetsu...Shop/Toys/52180.htm
These guys could cheer the pilot on. [WildWest, Oct 05 2004]

The infamous Hampsterdance http://www.hampster...sterdanceredux.html
These guys could cheer the pilot on. [DesertFox, Oct 05 2004]

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       I wonder how many hampsters wish they could fly? That is something I must ponder upon.
sartep, Jun 13 2004
  

       Admittedly, maybe it's just me, wishing I could, and projecting my desires upon hamsters...
Etymon, Jun 13 2004
  

       I wonder if 1 HP is enough to taxi forward and with straining shakes and rattles finally break the gravitational bonds of this cruel human-dominated earth to struggle to the wispy clouds and yea even the stars beyond?
FarmerJohn, Jun 13 2004
  

       Nice idea, but like FJ I'm not sure if he could run fast enough to generate lift.
simonj, Jun 13 2004
  

       the military implications are scary.
po, Jun 13 2004
  

       I saw hamsters as more of the ballooning type myself.
iivix, Jun 13 2004
  

       I thought they were into colonic speliology.....no, wait...that was gerbils....
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 13 2004
  

       I thought they were into cannibalism. I had two hamsters. One morning, I ended up with just one and a half (Bachito ate Martina's head off. And no, he wasn't hungry). I always wondered what could have led him to do such a thing. Now everything is clear: this airplane hamsters have been secretly talking about only fits one passenger.
Pericles, Jun 13 2004
  

       Maybe some kind of airship would be better. Helium provides the lift and the hamster just provides the forward motion.
RobertKidney, Jun 13 2004
  

       This would look great alongside the roaming goldfish bowl. I see a whole series of pet transportation, maybe an action series cartoon of pet heroes and their conveyances, saving the clueless family from unknown but imminent destruction week after week. Nickelodeon, are you listening? Rescue Rangers meets Animaniacs.
RayfordSteele, Jun 13 2004
  

       I'm not so sure hamsters would enjoy flight.   

       Looking back to my childhood, I'm fairly certain my hamsters were terrified each time they were selected as test pilots for my aircraft, which were constructed of Legos, string and a ceiling fan.
Guncrazy, Jun 13 2004
  

       When I was five years old, my teenage sister had a hamster calld "Robbie" named after UB40 guitarist Robbie Cambell. However, a year later, upon hearing the rebelious tones of Guns n Roses, she changed it's name to "Axl".
spiritualized, Jun 14 2004
  

       I have read 'The Wasp Factory'. They fly.
gnomethang, Jun 14 2004
  

       And rabbits burn. That book was gross.
spacemoggy, Jun 14 2004
  

       Great Fiction (IMHO). Try The Crow Road. Or any Sci-Fi.
//she changed it's name to "Axl"//. - If the name was axlotol it might have survived!
gnomethang, Jun 14 2004
  

       Hmm, we'll have to look into the necessary hp for all this...   

       Will there be any way to direct the flight?
ye_river_xiv, Sep 12 2006
  
      
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