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Antony's Kite Works

Posted: Tue, Dec 05 2006, 08:27 PM
by Chris

Re: Antony's Kite Works

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 03:54 AM
by denverberry
Thanks for that Chris. The tetrahedral kite is one of the first kites I ever built, and had success flying on the first try.

My plan for this includes: 1 box drinking straws, 1 pack tissue paper, 1 spool thread/small string, 1 tube stick glue, 1 spool kite string... A tail is a good idea if the wind isn't steady.

Simply "suck" the thread through the straws to make pyramids, cut the tissue paper into diamonds (with little flaps to fold over the straws) glue 1 diamond to two panels of the pyramid, tie the pyramids together. Easy, fun, and they look great on display. I tied four 4 celled kites just as in this instruction into a 16 cell, took to school to fly in the playground as show-and-tell, but it was destroyed by the class bully before I got to try it... Never made another one, but I've been wanting to make a go at it again just to say I've flown a 16 cell tetrahedral... (sounds fancy)

They look like a lot more work than they actually are, I built my 16 cell in about 2 hours when I was 10 or 11. (probably take me all day now :oops: )

Re: Antony's Kite Works

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 08:32 AM
by Chris
Check out the Drachen Foundation site(just posted in kite sites) and look under projects and special events.

Re: Antony's Kite Works

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 03:07 AM
by denverberry
Chris, I did crack a smile at that. And the tetra kit doesn't look like it would have even close to $3.50 in materials and shipping costs. I just might try to see if I can make one out of free junk, fast food joint straws, and maybe plastic shopping bags would not be too heavy for the sails. I'd have to up the buck for a glue-stick, but I've got loads of cotton poly thread. Decorate with magic marker, and... Ooh ooh ooh, how about a 64 cell! Now that would get attention! That would be almost 5 feet.

http://drachenstore.easystorecreator.ne ... detail.htm

Re: Antony's Kite Works

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 03:11 AM
by denverberry
Then again for the sails I guess I could just use last years Yellow Pages... :idea: Can I charge for advertizing???