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Author Topic: a bit OT, but I built it and it flies  (Read 2162 times)
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lincoln
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« on: June 23, 2014, 04:28:35 AM »


Was staying with some friends out at Cape Cod. Found some reeds by the side of the road. Those, some thread, some tissue and glue and I had this little kite. About 8 inches on a side and very light. Because the reeds were  tapered, they didn't bend evenly, so the bridle has to be way over to one side to get it to fly straight. But it flies quite well. I got almost all of the thread out, but I don't know how long it was, since the spool was used. Maybe 40 or 50 yards?  Anyway, I thought someone might find this amusing.

I originally found a design like this in a 1970's Mother Earth News. But the design is so simple I remembered it, though perhaps not the exact dimensions for the bridle.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 04:18:42 PM »

That's cool.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 05:52:39 PM »

I just realized I don't know, between OT and ot, which means "on topic" and which means "off topic".
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2015, 07:50:45 AM »

You can't beat the satisfaction and enjoyment derived from good, cheap fun.  Well done.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2015, 09:46:06 AM »

Very neat. And the Cape is a fun place (except for the traffic near the bridge at Sandwich).

Your kite reminds me of the teeny kites you can buy on the beach in Brazil. Small, cheap, and very fun to play with/watch.

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2015, 08:32:08 PM »

That looks like fun - really neat. In my teens I formed a mini kite club with the kids next day. All of 6"' long and made out of twigs and cotton etc. Simple fun.

John
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