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.

Step 1: You Will Need

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

<p>Hello from the head-mask of the Dragon toy i got the idea to use the mask as the head of a dragon-Kite:</p><p>I loaded the pdf with my vector-program and separeted one of the three masks.</p><p>than i changed it&acute;s outline into a classic diamond-kite-Shape with rounded thrailing edges.</p><p>And i added a long triangular tail with a zigzag pattern on it.</p><p>here is my drawing:</p><p><a href="http://up.picr.de/17524234ci.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://up.picr.de/17524234ci.pdf</a></p><p>in the picture of the separeted head-shape, you see, where the frame should be</p><p>I think a good size of the kite is Head 50 x 50 cm and the full length with tail: 160 cm.</p><p>a good way is to scale my picture with a vector program and print it out in parts.</p><p>tape them together and use it as template for kite-paper or plasticfoil you want to use for the sail.</p>
What are you using to form the &quot;head&quot;? 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!<br />
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.
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.
what does it do vill you put up a video
That's cool. I have not seen one of these in a long time. Brings back some memories.
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.

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