I bought 3 of these little flying bats at one of the local department
stores. They look a little cheesy in the light, but
once they're flying and the lights get dimmed, they are pretty cool.
I paid about $7.00 each for them
Like I said, they're kind of cheesy in the light.
This picture shows the little LED eyes glowing. I personally
don't care too much for the LEDs, but the kids seem to think they're
cool, so I left them hooked up. The bats run for about 4 hours
before they start loosing their ability to "fly".
Once the wings are going it starts to look a little better. At
this point it's just hanging there and not flying in a circle.
|Here it is cruising around in a circle. You can get
an idea of what kind of effect it has from this picture. The small
black triangle you see attached to the ceiling is where the bat's line
is attached. By varying the height and length of string, you can
get 3 bats to look like they're randomly flying about. It's hard
to see a pattern when everything is going on.
|Another shot of it flying around near the ceiling.
I ran this one for about
4 hours before it stopped going around in a
circle and just flapped it's wings. By 5 hours it stopped
flapping... I went through a lot of batteries on Halloween night.
If I have time, I'd like to try wiring them up to a DC power pack so
I don't have to keep buying batteries. But, I haven't taken the
time to figure out the rotating contacts (i.e. I haven't gone looking
for potential sources yet). For now they work fine and are very
easy to set up.