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Build a delta kite from an umbrella

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First of i have to admit, that when i started working on this project, i was mainly driven by my ego. I would appreciate it, if any of my ideas become valuable for somebody.

So, why would anyone build a kite from an umbrella?
The fabric used in common umbrellas is very light and durable Nylon. For this build i used an old and broken pocket umbrella, i had lying around. Also on rainy days people often leave their umbrellas in public places, so you can grab one for free! xD


This project set a lot of challenges concerning kite-design and minor problems, which were either solved or developed throughout the build.

 
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Step 1: Gathering the parts

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Parts your will need:
- your umbrella
- bent bicycle wheel
- yarn
- 2 x aluminum pipes 8mm x 1m
- 3 x plastic pipes 8mm x 1m
- 30cm rubber hose 14mm thick
- 50cm rubber hose 8mm thin
- elastic band
- 4m plastic belt
- back part of a maxi-CD case
- an empty hair gel tube
- 2 x washers

Tools:
- all sorts of pliers
- sewing machine
- rulers in different sizes
- normal and fine scissors
- hot-glue-gun with lots of ammo
- a candle
- matches
- jigsaw
- pircer
- drill with 6 and 8 mm drill bits

Starting of with the umbrella, you will need to detach the nylon fabric from the carcass. Use your scissors to cut the yarn loops. When you're finished, you may want to clean the fabric in a washer. 
The bent bicycle wheel is useless except for the spokes. We will need 6 of them.
bajablue9 months ago
AmaZiNg work... Fabulous job!!!
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bigape (author)  bajablue9 months ago
Thank you! ;)
786Ayesha10 months ago
Nice idea...Would have been better if you had put a proper video
bigape (author)  786Ayesha9 months ago
I finally found a good spot for kite flying. If only the wind-gods would cooperate.
shazni10 months ago
love the way you have made the connectors...will try to improve mine later with tubes. which do you think is lighter...bamboo or plastic or aluminum tubes?
bigape (author)  shazni10 months ago
Guess it depends on your certain build. Personally i would prefer thin bamboo sticks over anything else. Those plastic tubes i've used, are highly flexible, so u're able to bend them into shape (down to 60 degrees before they start to brake). Although i have to admit, that the spine is way to loose, which could affect the flight characteristics of the kite. And those aluminum tubes are needed to straighten the skeleton and give it some rigidness, so that the kite won't bend in the wind and keeps its shape. I couldn't find anything lighter and suitable for this project.
devonfletch bigape10 months ago
Bamboo is such a versatile material, very strong and flexible. And cheap, if you can find a patch close by. The running bamboos, which inevitably get out of control, can be identified by the flat bit on alternate sides of each inter-node. Anyone who has bamboo of this type (and they come in a wide variety of sizes), will almost certainly be happy to have you take some away.
The leaf-bearing branches off the main stem will yield plenty of kite spars, and the main stems are good if you want to get into man-lifting craft.
Clumping bamboos have a perfectly round stem, and the patch expands rather slowly.
If you want to get max life out of bamboo sticks, dry them in shade, so they don't crack.
shazni devonfletch10 months ago
Thanks! yes...my neighbor was pretty happy for me to take her cut offs :-)
shazni bigape10 months ago
okay...bamboo it is! :-) thanks...only...homemade connectors for that is difficult...i tied mine...want to use the rubber tubes...so that it would be easier for storing.
jayeshshinai10 months ago
I want see it fly. in india, there's a crazy kite fest in January. you have to be there to believe it!
profort10 months ago
Wonderful job
padbravo10 months ago
yeap.... indeed... good idea for a broken umbrella
antioch10 months ago
I've seen so many dumped umbrellas in the streets.
I could be Grand Emperor of Delta Kiteness had I known this sooner!
bigape (author)  antioch10 months ago
Yeah, its a sad situation. There must be 1000 ways to utilize those umbrellas! Or u could also start collecting them and carry 2-3 around with you in order to give 'em away, under certain circumstances, as an act of generosity!
audreyobscura10 months ago
What a rad idea! Great work!