In Greek mythology, famed engineer Daedalus fashioned a pair of wings for him and his son to escape from King Minos, who had imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus in a labyrinth. As the story goes, Daedalus made the wings with feather and wax. After warning his son to not fly to close to the sun lest the wax melt, the pair took flight and escaped, though Icarus didn’t heed his father’s warnings and fell to his death.
A new video on YouTube from The Q shows you how to make your own pair of articulated wings from PVC pipes. These wings won’t get you off the ground, but at least you won’t have to worry about getting to close to the sun and crashing to your death.
Using just some PVC pipes, a few bolts and nuts, and some fabric, the wings are pretty simple to build. The video provides all the measurements needed and walks through the process of making and then assembling the base. The bolts serve as the articulation points between the different pieces of pipe. You will need a heat gun to heat up the PVC so that it will bend into the arc needed for the wings.
Once the PVC pieces are all assembled, you’ll have the frame to put the fabric on. The fabric is cut out and then attached to the PVC with some hot glue (not the wax that Daedalus used). Using some webbing and Velcro, the wings attach to your arms in order to activate the articulation.
With the fabric on, you have a set of articulated wings that will fold up behind your back. By raising your arms, or just one arm, you’ll extend the wings. You can also bring the wings forward in front of you.
It goes without saying that these wings aren’t gliders and you won’t be flying out of any labyrinths using them. They are, however, a good looking and inexpensive addition to a Halloween or Cosplay costume. Just stay away from the sun.