The Wild Sushi: Red Bull Flugtag Vancouver 2006

Hammer…meet cardboard

Posted in The Making of The Wild Sushi by adrienne on the July 13th, 2006

It was such a relief to finally touch something other than cardboard and duct tape.  We got to use nails and wood!  It sounds lame, but knocking a nail senseless into a chunk of wood with a hammer made this project finally seem real.  And hammers are more fun than duct tape, too!

Wooden sushi frame
Putting some structure under the sushi.

Top view of sushi
Leonard lays out the wood.


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Flugtag Rules & Judging Criteria

Posted in About Red Bull Flugtag by adrienne on the July 11th, 2006


Just kidding – rules are important in every contest.  Plus, it gives you, the home viewer, insight into what all the teams have to consider before building.  It’s not like we just grab a hammer and go.

The flying machines must be:

  1. Human powered
  2. Less than 9m wide
  3. Less than 200kg including the pilot

“That’s it?” you say?  Well…try building something large but light.  AND try thinking of a way to transport it.  Transportation is a HUGE issue.

Teams will be judged according to:

  1. Distance
  2. Creativity
  3. Showmanship

“WHAT?” you say?  It’s not all about distance in a flying competition?  Nope – it’s about entertainment, baby!  Or else Team Sushi Gone Wild wouldn’t have any business trying to get a giant sushi to fly a long distance…

For the full rules and criteria, visit the official Flugtag Vancouver site.

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Why Sushi?

Posted in The Making of The Wild Sushi by adrienne on the July 10th, 2006

Since Vancouver is hosting Canada’s first Flugtag, Team Sushi Gone Wild wanted our aircraft to represent what Vancouver is all about.  We thought about doing a theme on snowboarding, trees, real estate, hockey, dim sum, or sushi.

We wondered if we should build…

  • a mountain and have a snowboarder fly off into False Creek
  • a forest and launch a bear from the treetops
  • a condo and tip it over
  • a giant hockey stick and puck (but who wants to think about hockey in August…especially after the Canucks’ lackluster season)
  • a big bamboo steamer of dumplings
  • a huge piece of sushi and chopsticks

It came down to a debate between dim sum or sushi – food was definitely on our minds.  In the end, sushi won; it’s more colourful than dumplings and Vancouver is known for having many, many, many sushi restaurants.

Which do you think is more photogenic?



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The Circle of Sushi

Posted in The Making of The Wild Sushi by adrienne on the July 9th, 2006

You thought this circle was big?  Take a look at the size of The Wild Sushi aircraft:

Compare the size of the cardboard to the cars

How's this for size perspective?


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Blade…meet cardboard

Posted in The Making of The Wild Sushi by adrienne on the July 1st, 2006

Presenting a gallery of Team Sushi Gone Wild’s first meeting where physical labour was required!

A perfect circle

Adrienne (left) and Elizabeth draw a perfect circle using a
pencil, string and pin. Our geometry teachers would be
so proud!


Team Sushi Gone Wild cuts cardboard

Up front: Jenny (left) and Elizabeth
In back: Leonard (left) and Adrienne that's team spirit!

Break time!


Is this big enough?

Leonard acts as the creamy filling between the Oreo cookies.


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