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MocOlympics Round 1 "Wind"
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Ornithopters Because science can go jump off of a cliff.
About this creation
MocOlympics Round One

Opponent: Everyone

Category Chosen: Wind

Obligatory Link to the MocOlympics Hompage.



Tensions rise throughout the European continent as what appears to be the greatest war the world will ever see looms on the horizon. A massive arms race, fueled by the industrial boom of the Nineteenth Century, has begun. The government of the Iron Reich, in an attempt to counter recent British naval developments, awards a contract to Van Klampf Industrial to design and produce revolutionary wind-borne ornithopters. These aircraft will preform dirigible-launched reconnaissance missions, with the possibility for anti-submarine torpedo operations should initial tests prove successful. The VK1 model, according to specifications, can fly at speeds of up to a nearly unimaginable one hundred kilometers per hour - Five times that of conventional military dirigibles! This superior maneuverability will undoubtedly give Germany the edge in the field of battle.


Pictured: Otto Van Klampf




For those of you who don't know, an ornithopter is an aircraft that flies strictly by flapping it's wings. Various engineers in history have tried and failed to create such a device. The Ornithopter was limited to fantasy until August 2, 2010.



The VK1 Ornithopter uses a revolutionary new diesel engine to provide the power to it's wings. A rotary oscillator increases and decreased tension of the flight wires to move the wings in a bird-like motion.



The idea behind this prototype is that the actual flying mechanism separates from a cart after gaining speed while rolling down a ramp. When maximum velocity is nearly attained, the wing motor starts up and begins flapping. As for landing gear on this prototype..... About three kilometers off the end of the acceleration slope there is a small lake.



Two alternate methods for launching ornithopters from off-land craft include harness-dropped dirigible launches and large, diesel powered winch cables to accelerate the aircraft off the deck of naval vessels. The inherent limitations with the zeppelin launch include the large altitude needed for the ornithopter to drop to gain lift and the difficult task of reattaching in-flight. The naval option requires the construction of a Dreadnought of previously unheard-of dimensions.




Whoever named the Vomit Comet clearly never rode in a diesel ornithopter
"Aim for the lake, aim for the lake, aim for the lake...."

Please excuse the terrible GIMP job. I was pressed for time. Good luck all!



Comments

 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Those silly flying machines!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
I was quite happy to see someone go the steampunk route in this category, and the result is stunning!
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  September 19, 2011
Nice piece of work here as far as building and creative thought. All the little details add up to a great entry. Congrats!
 I like it 
  September 17, 2011
Great build, good luck with the MOColypics!
 I made it 
  September 16, 2011
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy Huzzah! With your final score of 39.32 you made it to round 2 of the MOC Olympics. Congratulations. From now on, it’s gonna be tough! On a personal note, this whole retro design is very cool.
Huzzah! I'm going to have to pick up my game though, I might cry if I got that mark in school.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2011
Huzzah! With your final score of 39.32 you made it to round 2 of the MOC Olympics. Congratulations. From now on, it’s gonna be tough! On a personal note, this whole retro design is very cool.
 I like it 
  September 16, 2011
Loving the nods to realism with the rotary oscillating mechanism and cart-launcher. Really original take on the theme. Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2011
Cool little build, looks like the pilot's not to happy though...
 I like it 
  September 15, 2011
This is great!
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  September 15, 2011
Excellent build, and a bit risky take on the category. The main pic is brilliant. Good luck with the judges!
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  September 14, 2011
Very nice looking! The build looks very realistc, my only criticism is that it should have longer wings. That Youtube link was awesome, by the way.
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  September 14, 2011
Great build! I like the use of the canoe!
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  September 14, 2011
I think the most original build of the M.O. It is beautiful also.
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  September 14, 2011
This is a solid build with great presentation. 'Aim for the lake!', funny stuff. Good Luck!~H
 I like it 
  September 14, 2011
Nice entry, well built! I wouldn't fancy being the test pilot for this, no wonder the pilot look like he's p*$ing his pants lol
 I like it 
  September 14, 2011
Good work here mate!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2011
Great entry! I was thinking of doing something similar as well! But I didn't... That's why you will pass into R2, and I won't... :p Good luck!~Jelle
 I like it 
  September 14, 2011
Nifty idea! Good luck!
John Moffatt
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Josh Guilbert
  September 13, 2011
Look's really good
 I like it 
  September 13, 2011
Awesome! I'll be surprised if you don't make it to round 2!
 
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