I can’t believe someone makes… Electric paper plane launchers

I can’t, I really can’t, believe that someone makes an electric paper plane launcher. It saves the effort of using the old arm, I appreciate that. But really…

electric-paper-plance-launcher-kit.jpgI can’t, I really can’t, believe that someone makes an electric paper plane launcher. It saves the effort of using the old arm, I appreciate that. But really…

Apparently the device will launch a well-made paper airplane at speeds up to 50km/hour, and you can buy them on Amazon for £9.95.

Note that it carries Science Museum branding and royalties from the sale of the product help fund the venerable London museum.

Contents: base plate, battery box, rubber ring and disc, terminal box, screw and nut, motor, pulley, red connecting sleeve, wire, sucker, sticky pad, and detailed instructions with fun facts.

Previous I can’t believe posts:

* I can’t believe someone makes… A wooden MacBook

* I can’t believe someone makes… Rubik’s Cube Calendars

* I can’t believe someone makes… A mobile phone shaver

* I can’t believe someone makes… An LED messaging mouse

* I can’t believe someone makes… Swarovski Crystal LCD TVs

* I can’t believe someone makes… Glowing writstballs

* I can’t believe someone makes… Klingon keyboards

* I can’t believe someone makes… Armadillo Breadbins

Comments

6 comments

  1. Why isn’t this USB powered?
    You could record the results of the aircraft testing on your computer, then….

  2. This reminded me of a visit to Making It in Mansfield near Nottingham – as fabulous place for kids. Included in the price it a making it kit (one of which is a plane launcher) but I thought you might like to see some of the other things you could be making
    http://www.makingit.org.uk/what-is-making-it/
    or here http://www.makingit.org.uk/docs/Education_ResourcePackNew.pdf starting on page 19

  3. Once bitten…, Graham. I know what you mean. Brand association can be a two-edged sword. It does raise an issue of quality control, however pressing the need to raise additional revenue may be…

  4. Yimmy – good point. These impossibly subjective things do need a neutral judge. Arm wrestling, conkers… I’d like someone try to get an electronic element into those!

  5. Unfortunately the Science Museum has next to no integrity when it come to what overpriced merchandise it lends its name to.
    I bought a “Create A Night Sky” ( http://www.sciencemuseumstore.com/mall/productpage.cfm/ScienceMuseumStore/197625 ) and it was completely disappointing crap. Ok, it was only £10, but the effect wasn’t worth 10p. I didn’t expect that from the SM, but I know better now.

  6. I see this being used for paper airplane contests where an impartial judge would be needed as the thrower….

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