Time: About 2 hours
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Today I'll show you how to make a box kite out of the garbage. And "of garbage" is not a metaphor: my box kite is literally made of junk that lying around in the backyard. Construction in simple, without nails or glue. All built with the help of thread and duct tape. As we like it =)
The box kite has a very interesting feature: it will fly doesn't no matter how you make it. The dimensions and proportions can be taken almost randomly. Most important proportion, a strip of cellophane (or paper) is 1/3 of the entire height of the kite. That is, the box kite is divided into 3 equal parts.
- Long thin wooden slats with a minimum size of 5x5 mm, I shred unwanted board. You can use any similar material: willow branches (thin and long), plastic ducts for cables, plastic pipes ... I once did from the curve of dry raspberries. And there is nothing worse, it works perfectly =)
- Strong thread (for the construction). You can also use wire (I have a lot of, so use them)
- Garbage bags (the most important component)
- The long strong rope. Ideally - fishing twist, but then the cost of such a kite comes into a "Lux" class. Therefore, we use cheap nylon rope
- Tape, insulation tape
- Step 1
Cut 4 long slats, and 6 short with hacksaw.Treat barbs with sandpaper or file
- Step 2
Cross short slats in middles and attach them with duct tape and then tightly wind the thread. So make three crosses.
- Step 4
The design turned out pretty shaky. Construction like in the first image doesn't have a defect like this. My construction of box kite has more simple design, so it should be strengthened. Contract crosswise all four big sides of kite corner to corner with a rope, winding it around slats and attach it with tape. This is the most difficult stage of the work. All ropes must be stretched, and the kite should not be skewed.
- Step 5
So, frame is very hard now. Try to shake and twist it, it shouldn't stagger
- Step 6
Cut garbage bags into strips.
- Step 7
The edge of the strip is attached by tape to one of the long slat.
- Step 9
Stretch the rope along the perimeter of the square near the the upper edge of the cellophane.
- Step 10
Attach a free edge of bag to rope with tape.This will streghten the frame and you could attach free edge of cellophane to it. Thus the force of the wind will not stretch and tear the cellophane, and the whole strain will be on rope.
- Step 16
I added another slat, mounted in the same way as all the other (tape + thread).
How to make a box kite
Covering by bag
Test. Wind was TOO WEAK and I did everything I could...
- My box kite flies awesome.
- The height is gaining sharply, holding a rather large angle itself is nearly horizontal and pulls the rope almost vertically up!
- Fly stable even in light wind.
- In the strong (very strong) wing is desirable to tie the tail. Without it, there is starting to make a "dead loop" with little loss of height. Basically, it's even fun. A couple of times strongly pulled the rope - kite will lift at a dozen of meters. Pull your kite higher, where the wind is stronger. It make a 2-3 loop drop a little. Repeat. Children like it.
- Big box kite in the sky is looking very creepy