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Science Museum - Paper Plane Launcher

by Great Gizmos
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Discover how spinning motors and plastic discs are used to launch a paper plane at up to 50km/h
  • Experiment with different plane designs
  • Amazing fun and a great experiment
  • Suitable for children aged fourteen and over
  • From the Science Museum range of products
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight322 g
Product Dimensions24 x 16.8 x 6.4 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:14 years and up
Item model number4893156039064
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000EOQXBM
Best Sellers Rank 8,633 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight572 g
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Date First Available1 Jan 2006
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Amazing Kit, Launches Planes at 50KM/H

Assemble the kit to produce a powerful launcher for paper aircraft

Try out different plane designs to find which can gly fastest and furthest.

Product Description

Launch your very own paper planes! Ready for take off! Discover how spinning motors and plastic discs are used to launch a paper plane at up to 50km/h. An ideal kit for exploring paper plane designs. 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. The Science Museum has been turning science into a thrilling learning experience for many years, and have added their special seal of approval to a limited range of toys that they believe support their mission and will engage children in all aspects of science and learning.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fun 9 Sep 2010
Durability: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This was one of several toys, including three "Science Museum"-branded gadgets, that we bought for a flight-themed "Science Weekend" with my nephews aged 5, 8 and 10. At 10.99, it was the most expensive, but was the only one from this range that was worth the money. Although the product description claims it is for "14 years and up", it was ideal for our kids, although they needed some supervision and help with assembly.

The launcher is powered by AA batteries (not included) and demonstrates principles of energy transfer and aerodynamics. It is mounted on a plastic board that is held steady by suction cups. The front suction cup can be mounted in different positions to alter the launch angle. The launcher consists of two small motors that turn rubber discs that are aligned such that you can just fit the fuselage of a paper plane between them. As you push the plane through, the rubber discs grip and shoot the plane off the front at high speed.

Not all designs of paper plane work with this launcher - they need a fuselage that extends beneath the wings to engage the discs. It'd be worth preparing for using the launcher, either by buying a book on paper aircraft design, or by looking at some of the many websites devoted to the subject.

The kids loved playing with this, and came back to it repeatedly over the weekend. I'm sure we will use it again. Unlike some science toys, it would be tricky to make a homemade version of this, unless you had a bit of know-how, and parts from a specialist store.

So far, so good. However, I felt that the toy was let down by attention to detail. The suction cups weren't very good, and had to be attached to an exceptionally smooth surface (we used a glass chopping board).
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than marbles! 2 Feb 2009
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This item was a stocking filler for my son who is 9 now and during the long cold weekend we dug it out of the christmas present box.

Man am I glad that we did! Not only did the product require building therefore keeping the husband and both children happy, it was simple and easy to use! Husband managed to build it quite well in spite of him being (by his own admission) a klutz at DIY: indeed, so inspired was my darling hero that he fixed the curtain rail in number one sons room and put up the new tie backs in the kitchen! Job sorted.

However, I digress, having opened the box and sighed at the building job after two cups of tea and a little bit of swearing the job was done. Then began the full afternoon of paper aeroplane folding! Excellent fun and lots of modifications were made to otherwise unassuming aircraft.

If you have children and a willing partner this is hours of fun for all (and if you are the wife of said family you can manage to sort out the Sunday roast).

Can't say any more.

Karen
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric plane launcher 5 Jan 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought a book of paper airplanes to compliment this educational toy. You do need a fine screw driver to be able to put it together, but it does what it says on the box.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best buy we made in 2011 10 Aug 2012
By Nicci D
Durability: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This piece of junk soon earned its place alongside the clutter on our dresser. "Launches at 50mph" it said. Well,it does go quite fast for a foot or so, but then the plane flops tamely to the ground. When you turn it on,the unit vibrates so much the screws fall out, a fault it admits this in the instructions. I was 10 when I built the machine and yes it is for 14 yr olds but still. The bolts get in the way of it launching aswell.

YOU CAN LAUNCH A PAPER PLANE BETTER WITH YOUR ARM!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a letdown 22 Jan 2012
By Clurr
Durability: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Son was quite excited to have a go at making this - he's rather young for it and was given it as a gift, but with adult help he can usually handle these sorts of things pretty well, being a bit of an avid mechanic.
At first he found it interesting to put together, he loved connecting all the parts, however the drawings were somewhat inaccurate which led to total confusion (the pulleys do not look as drawn when made) so it managed to fox me (44) and much more technically adept husband (57)for quite some time. Lots of to-ing and fro-ing and reconsidering how we'd done it. Very frustrating.

As a launcher it was somewhat lacking too. The suction cups only stick to certain surfaces - a tiled floor worked for us - but no table would hold it. A major design flaw - the front 'foot' is bolted through the front of the launcher plate and sits right in the path of a plane! We couldn't really get it to launch anything further than a couple of feet! Easier just to use your hands!

As it was so frustrating to put together, it wasn't really educationally doing much for any of us, so the fact that it then didn't really launch planes well either, was a shame. Glad we didn't pay money for it, but feel bad for the gift-giver who did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Parts missing 2 April 2014
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I'm sure it would work really well, but alas I'll never know as, when I assembled it, I found the two rollers that grip the plane in order to launch it weren't in the box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made my little nephew happy :) 12 Mar 2014
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I bought this paper plane launcher for my boyfriend's nephew. The boy is 13 and has two brothers of the age 7 and 16. They ALL loved it and the parents were pleased with the presents aswell. I think it's a nice present to give to boys under 16. It's something different from violent video games and will keep them entertained for several hours just the same. I bought this launcher together with a book set of colour papers to make paper airoplanes (Star Wars, military, and so on) and a book that teaches you 100 different ways to fold paper airoplanes. I can imagine a lot of colourfull and diverse paper airoplanes have been flying through that living room :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad design and hard to use
Very very frustrating to use.

Very very badly designed. Why do the 'Science Museum' put their name to junk like this? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Omar
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my son feel very techy
Such a clever device, my son loved building this and felt very techy doing it. It bedded some fine tweaking from a steady hand and then it was ready to go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Sherriff
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fun
I bought this along with Galt Toys Paper Planes as a fun little gift for my dad's birthday. I was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews that said it didn't work but there... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. L. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Paper plane killer
I brought it for my child who is 11 to play with but it took him hours to build and ended up not liking it. it couldn't launch it even 10 inches of the ground. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Yeah Mannnnnnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Science plane launcher
This is a great toy. Easy to read instructions to construct it and then great fun (as long as your batteries last) to launch paper aeroplanes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Historia
4.0 out of 5 stars Need help building it?
I got stuck building this until I found this video showing you how to do it:
[...] My son (8) now loves it. Falls apart quite easily but a ton of fun.
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Challenging
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well built
Not the easiest to put together and fell to bits almost immediately. Other products in the science musuem range are far more durable and better designed.
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I bought this for my 11 year old grandson who is really into origami and makes loads of paper planes. It was an ideal present as he lives in Australia and it made a light package. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Corndolly
4.0 out of 5 stars A good bit of fun
I got this in my father's birthday, as he is an aviation engineer. It's fairly feeble as a paper aeroplane launcher. But it was fun and kept us all amused.
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by Mr. James Wood
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