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Launch It: The Zero-Wind Indoor Pizza Kite

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You're bored. You're desperate to fly a kite, but it's raining.

Have a pizza while you read the rest of these instructions.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools.

Picture of Materials and tools.
You will need:

The polystyrene disc from under a store-bought pizza.

Sharp knife ("X-acto" or similar. The ones I use come under the heading of "similar" - they cost me £1.99 ($3-$4) from my local Morrisons Supermarket).

Scissors.

Sticky tape. You may need to use duct tape: if your pizza base is greasy, normal tape sometimes won't stick.

Sewing thread.

Wool.

Optional: paper template. I needed to use the template because my pizza base was black, and so is my pen. Some bases are white, and you can draw your pattern directly onto them.

Step 2: The parts.

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The shape we are going to do is my own variation on a traditional diamond kite. My boys call it a fish kite. You can experiment with shapes, but remember that,as a rule, they need to be symmetrical.

The template:

Cut a square, and draw a line corner-to-corner. Mark a point one quarter of the way along the diagonal. Draw lines to the other two corners and cut along them. You will have a wide kite-shape and a chevron.

Stick the chevron back on the square, but at the opposite corner to the one you cut off. The diagonal line on the chevron should line up with the diagonal line on the larger part. Check the photos to see what I mean.

Draw the shape onto your pizza-disc (most of the flat pizza bases seem to have a pattern of square dimples, which makes life easier - you can count along them and use them for guide-lines if you want to draw your shape directly onto your base) and cut it out with the sharp knife.
ilpug2 years ago
I have never seen polystyrene used to holdpizza, but i think here in the US there are picnic plates made of it that would work the same.
mibz man3 years ago
that's not a real kite! ur just taking a pice of card board, tying a string to it, and swinging it around above ur head.
Kiteman (author)  mibz man3 years ago
Please, read the instructable.


It is polystyrene (very light, yet rigid), and I did not "just tie a piece of string to it", I attached a thread to a designed location.  Watch the video - the kite flies above the level of the anchor. That is, it exhibits lift, known colloquially as "it flies".

I could have flown the kite much more successfully outdoors, but I wanted to be a little different (only a little, though, as this is how microkite builders fly their creations).


Grey_Wolfe3 years ago
Nice little toy.

With the intro picture I thought the kite was gonna look like a slice of pizza though. lol
you video makes me dizzy
I do r/c planes, but used to fly control line. After a few dozen flights around and around, I got kinda' used to it. But never really immune. Just not sick. That kite is really flying. good material, tough enough for kids it looks like to me.
Kiteman (author)  struckbyanarrow5 years ago
How do think I felt making it? That wasn't one take, I spent quite some time spinning on the spot, and had to have a nice sit down afterwards...
lol
fatboy1064 years ago
morrisons have just recently taken over our co op ,and things have never been better!
LOL, u need 2 make 1 with a quick release mechanism so that it can launch n2 walls! =P
westfw6 years ago
What brand of pizza? Around here, the last "store bought" pizzas I've bought have had cardboard holders... A meat tray might work?
Kiteman (author)  westfw6 years ago
We generally buy pizzas from Morrisons or Tesco (UK supermarkets).

Meat trays would certainly work, as would some disposable picnic plates - all it really needs is a flat sheet of expanded polystyrene, or any other similarly light and rigid material.

You could make it to include the curves at the edges, but you'd have to be very careful to make the curves absolutely symmetrical,
crapflinger6 years ago
"Cut eight pieces of wool about 60cm (two feet) long and knot them into two bunches of eight." did you mean two bunches of 4? nifty kite-age...no numbered offspring in this one though hehe
Kiteman (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
Oops! (Quickly runs off to edit)
Nice Instructable Kiteman. Would it fly if you tethered it to a desk fan? I'm thinking the airflow might be to turbulent. Cheers, Pat. Pending
too
Kiteman (author)  Patrick Pending6 years ago
Yes, too. Very too. Maybe from an antennae on the back of a bicycle?
You could use slightly curved piano wire to attach miniature kites with tails to a desk fan, It would give the illusion that they are flying. A sort of executive toy for a Kiteman.
Kiteman (author)  Patrick Pending6 years ago
I have a desk-toy kite that's made of thin glass on piano-style wire - every nudge of the desk and the kite twitches.
lemonie6 years ago
Nice parquet floor! L (very heavily-buffed, be great for skids)
Kiteman (author)  lemonie6 years ago
School's back - they had contractors in to do the floor, which used to be almost black. It's so smooth it's deadly, and I hate the colours!
CameronSS6 years ago
Can you recommend a similar material to the plastic disc? We haven't had a store-bought pizza in years, we only home-bake it now. (Much healthier, and it tastes better) What is the thickness of the sheet? Would corrugated cardboard be a suitable substitute? Sorry to sound so clueless, but I honestly have no idea how the things are packaged. This would be fun to attach to one's belt loop with a piece of black thread or clear fishing line and walk around town. Probably no one would notice, because the human population as a whole is relatively clueless...(Or maybe that's just Americans)
Kiteman (author)  CameronSS6 years ago
The discs are expanded polystyrene - the packing material, but in sheets. If you can get an old ceiling tile (I think they're illegal in the UK now, due to changing fire regulations), or modelling and craft shops will stock sheets of it. It's about 2-3mm thick, and quite rigid. It is also brittle, so may not survive being used in a crowded area. Try it, though, and get a video to post - it would be oddly cool.
syribia6 years ago
I like it, I must try this one. I'm sure my niece is going to enjoy it
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