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Lovepop + Red Bull: Taking Flight at Flugtag

Posted by Veronica Armstrong on

Ever wondered what it would be like to fling yourself off a 28-foot barge on the Charles River in a non-mechanical homemade plane?

So did we. This year, Lovepop is proud to announce that we’ll be participating in the 2016 Red Bull Flugtag competition - where we’ll be doing just that.

Red Bull hosts the competition every year, and it’s invariably a ridiculous endeavor. Naturally, we decided to throw our (paper) hats into the ring. With the help of four Lovepop team members, Wombi - our C.E.O - will fly our homemade love-plane into the Charles on August 20th.

It’s not all fun and games, however - we need to fly far, we need to make a creative plane, and we need to put on a show. There will be tens of thousands of people in the crowd. There will be costumes. There will be dancing. There will be judges watching closely. You can watch closely too - here’s the event page.

So how’s this actually going to happen? What kind of plane will we be flying? What is our dance like? Is it ready?? WILL WOMBI SURVIVE THIS?? Please calm down. Here is a story to calm your nerves.

 

It all started with an idea: We rendered...We drew...We designed.
Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag Fortunately, we had a lot of Red Bull to help us through this process.

Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag

Then, we built a model and made lots of changes.
Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag

Next, we headed to Artisan’s Asylum for a big build day - and got our Falconboard wing parts printed by the magnificent John Houghton on the CNC mill.

Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag
We took a trip to rural Massachusetts to a little bamboo forest.
Lovepop Red Bull FlugtagThen cut and glassed up the bamboo frame with fiberglass tape.
Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag

Next, it was time for a flight test. First, we had to get the thing over a fence.

Lovepop Red Bull Flugtag

This dog crashed our lunch (but we forgave him)...Lovepop Red Bull FlugtagThis week, we’re finalizing the plane decorations and the costumes.

 

Stay tuned. There will plenty of updates in the upcoming days on our blog and Facebook page including video footage of Wombi flying and showing off some sweet dance moves.


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15 comments


  • Good Luck !!!

    Elizabeth on

  • Good luck from the Texas Gulf Coast. Love your fabulous cards!

    DIanne on

  • Good luck. Keep us posted!!!

    Judith Jester on

  • Best of luck. Couldn’t think of a nicer, crazier bunch of card- makers to fling over the Charles River. Just to be safe, I’ll say a pray for all of you.

    J M on

  • Only really big brains would attempt something like this — and succeed. Best wishes to all of your team. I wish I could be there rooting for you, but there is the slight factor of geography. I m on the Left Coast and you are where you are.

    Kathy on


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