This idea has been brought to life
This idea has been brought to life by Chief Inventor Dominic Wilcox.
Health Angel of the North was selected to be brought to life following idea submissions from those visiting our Powering the Future exhibition.
James's invention pays homage to the iconic North East landmark the Angel of the North with an ingenious, sustainable twist...the angel's wings spin to create energy!
Maker blog entries
I was happy with the completed model and congratulations to James for a brilliant idea!
James's idea was ingenious! As soon as I saw it I wanted to make a model of it. How clever to think about the wings of the Angel of the North and that they could be used to generate energy from the wind.
I decided to build a model to show the wings moving, the real thing would be powered by wind but for the exhibition inside I decided to use a tiny motor to turn the wings. The first thing I needed to do was find a model of the Angel of the North that I could customise. I found a flat pack model that took a few hours to make gluing all the tiny parts together. I then cut off the wings so that I could attach them to a motor. I attached the motor to the back of the Angel and worked out how to attach that to the wings.
I found some rust coloured paint and some modelling grass for the ground.