Build a kite in 24 hours...

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Aike » Sun, 09 Jul 2000 04:00:00


So. That was the challenge. Design, build and fly a steerable kite in 24
hours. Don't ask why, it was following a few discussions with a primary
teacher I know. So, I took him up on it - he wants to do some such at
school but didn't believe me when I gave him the time scale. Me and my
big mouth.

Anyway, here it is if anyone's interested:

http://homepages.tesco.net/~are/bubbakite1.JPG

It has a span of 48 inches, a 10 panel sail, 3-point bridle and
offset/dihedral-type-thingyish spreaders with two standoffs, 4mm RCF LE
and spreaders and 3mm solid RCF spine. I started it last night about 8
pm. It's now 7:45 pm. Trouble is - you guessed it - no damned wind!

Does this mean I win or what?

Aik

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by jame » Sun, 09 Jul 2000 04:00:00

good job! I've been wanting to try my hand at kite building, been
considering a Circoflex (sp?). My girlfriend has a sewing machine, just
never have time to sit down and do it!

Is that your first kite? or have you built others? Truly an inspiration to
those of us who think, me build a kite? right, I'd have a better chance
building a buggy, and I'd have no chance at that! haha.

be sure to mention how it flies if you get some wind.

Jamey

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Andrew Beatti » Mon, 10 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> So. That was the challenge. Design, build and fly a steerable kite in 24
> hours.

A couple of years ago, Peter Lynn was in a jam - they needed an
octopus *urgently* to take to a festival and they didn't have one...

So, working all day and all night as a team, they turned out an
Octopus in 24 hours ellapsed time, just in time to get it on the
plane.

--
Andrew Beattie
http://www.tug.com

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Aike » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> good job! I've been wanting to try my hand at kite building, been
> considering a Circoflex (sp?). My girlfriend has a sewing machine, just
> never have time to sit down and do it!

Well, I had two, a hand one and an all dancing electric. The hand one
went to a good cause a few weeks ago, so I was left with the super duper
electric model. As I sat down to sew the kite, PING!, the belt broke, so
I ended up pumping the (very small) wheel by hand for all the seams and
stuff. My arm was near dead at the end, but I'm sure it helped me to get
straighter seams. :O)

Quote:

> Is that your first kite? or have you built others? Truly an inspiration to
> those of us who think, me build a kite? right, I'd have a better chance
> building a buggy, and I'd have no chance at that! haha.

Well, not the first, maybe fifth or sixth, but the first to my own
design. I had the same thoughts as you, but it really is simple. Just
take the time and go slow to start. As with all things (well... except
one :O)) speed comes with time and practise. Oh, and I bought my buggy.
Seemed a *whole* lot easier that way. :O)

Quote:

> be sure to mention how it flies if you get some wind.

Well, I got the wind yesterday and it actually flew first time with the
first bridle! Boy, was I surprised. Well, not much, but it's nice when
it happens. As for the flying, I'm not a tricky person, but I'd guess if
I were it would be perfect for such. It is fast, very fast. So much so
that I had to move the tow points out almost to the LE's to control it
(I was on about 35 m lines). I seems to have a mind of it's own -
without trying really, just from old and fading memory it turtled with
barely a tremor, and axled almost before I'd popped the line! A bit more
work on the bridle and I may let y'all know the sail plans and such.

Aik :O)

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Aike » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:


> > So. That was the challenge. Design, build and fly a steerable kite in 24
> > hours.

> A couple of years ago, Peter Lynn was in a jam - they needed an
> octopus *urgently* to take to a festival and they didn't have one...

> So, working all day and all night as a team, they turned out an
> Octopus in 24 hours ellapsed time, just in time to get it on the
> plane.

Hmmm... I bet he had a belt on his sewing machine :O)

Aik

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Jamey Fountai » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00

hahaha

Quote:



> > > So. That was the challenge. Design, build and fly a steerable kite in
24
> > > hours.

> > A couple of years ago, Peter Lynn was in a jam - they needed an
> > octopus *urgently* to take to a festival and they didn't have one...

> > So, working all day and all night as a team, they turned out an
> > Octopus in 24 hours ellapsed time, just in time to get it on the
> > plane.

> Hmmm... I bet he had a belt on his sewing machine :O)

> Aik

 
 
 

Build a kite in 24 hours...

Post by Jamey Fountai » Wed, 12 Jul 2000 04:00:00

cool deal! congrats!  must be very cool to go out and fly something you
built yourself.

Jamey

Quote:


> > good job! I've been wanting to try my hand at kite building, been
> > considering a Circoflex (sp?). My girlfriend has a sewing machine, just
> > never have time to sit down and do it!

> Well, I had two, a hand one and an all dancing electric. The hand one
> went to a good cause a few weeks ago, so I was left with the super duper
> electric model. As I sat down to sew the kite, PING!, the belt broke, so
> I ended up pumping the (very small) wheel by hand for all the seams and
> stuff. My arm was near dead at the end, but I'm sure it helped me to get
> straighter seams. :O)

> > Is that your first kite? or have you built others? Truly an inspiration
to
> > those of us who think, me build a kite? right, I'd have a better chance
> > building a buggy, and I'd have no chance at that! haha.

> Well, not the first, maybe fifth or sixth, but the first to my own
> design. I had the same thoughts as you, but it really is simple. Just
> take the time and go slow to start. As with all things (well... except
> one :O)) speed comes with time and practise. Oh, and I bought my buggy.
> Seemed a *whole* lot easier that way. :O)

> > be sure to mention how it flies if you get some wind.

> Well, I got the wind yesterday and it actually flew first time with the
> first bridle! Boy, was I surprised. Well, not much, but it's nice when
> it happens. As for the flying, I'm not a tricky person, but I'd guess if
> I were it would be perfect for such. It is fast, very fast. So much so
> that I had to move the tow points out almost to the LE's to control it
> (I was on about 35 m lines). I seems to have a mind of it's own -
> without trying really, just from old and fading memory it turtled with
> barely a tremor, and axled almost before I'd popped the line! A bit more
> work on the bridle and I may let y'all know the sail plans and such.

> Aik :O)