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This is a toy I vaguely remember picking up a long time ago... I'm thinking 1974 World's Fair in Spokane, WA. The Cub Scouts general theme for February this year is Chinese New Years, and this toy I haven't thought about in ages suddenly pops into mind and I decided I had to come up with it.

This instructable will show you step-by-step how to put one together, and I envision this as a parent child activity. I've added a note about that at the end.

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Step 1: You Will Need

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This dragon has two parts: the dragon body and the mechanism.

For the body:
Paper - Fine paper is nice, but newsprint or butcher paper will do and can be painted
Mask - Download the pdf template

For the Mechanism:
1 wooden spool - Still available at hobby/craft stores
1" finishing nail
1 rubber band
6" wire - Paper clip works, but I use 14 gauge galvanized wire for a bit more stiffness
40" heavy thread - embroidery thread works well
1 finger pull of some sort
Wire cutters

Step 2: We'll Start With the Mechanism

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This is a very basic rubber band driven motor. The wire keeps the tension on the rubber band which goes through the center of the spool. The nail holds the rubber band in place inside the spool, and provides a mounting point for the pull string.
locoblondie3 months ago


Hello from the head-mask of the Dragon toy i got the idea to use the mask as the head of a dragon-Kite:

I loaded the pdf with my vector-program and separeted one of the three masks.

than i changed it´s outline into a classic diamond-kite-Shape with rounded thrailing edges.

And i added a long triangular tail with a zigzag pattern on it.

here is my drawing:


in the picture of the separeted head-shape, you see, where the frame should be

I think a good size of the kite is Head 50 x 50 cm and the full length with tail: 160 cm.

a good way is to scale my picture with a vector program and print it out in parts.

tape them together and use it as template for kite-paper or plasticfoil you want to use for the sail.

Bosun Rick5 years ago
What are you using to form the "head"? It looks like a section of styrofoam plate cut to shape maybe?
Thank you! This is a great project we will definitely try with the kids!
dragon74456 years ago
you could probally design your own head!
I remember buying one of these when I was in Pakistan, the mechanism was am out of clay ad I think that it was a snake instead of a dragon. I might make one of these if I get the time
How about using some of that Christmas wrapping you saved or can buy in January at 50 to 75% off.
litho (author) 7 years ago
Thanks for the input! I'll be posting a video shortly, and possibly do a video of folding as well, maybe in a separate instructable. I've also added a note about it being a 'kids' project.
Charger_067 years ago
what does it do vill you put up a video
CementTruck7 years ago
That's cool. I have not seen one of these in a long time. Brings back some memories.
Kiteman7 years ago
Nice job. It's beyond my Cubs, but I think I'll pass it on to the technology department at school - they like simple and effective toys.
Nice job, you added really good pictures into this Instructable.