Many people try to fly microkites in the breeze from a desk fan.

Almost every single one fails, due to the extremely turbulent nature of the breeze from a fan. It's worse than trying to fly a full-size kite between tall buildings.

This device allows you to fly microkites indoors, and could be seen as a kind of art installation as well.

Step 1: Materials.

The machine started with the motor. It's a microwave motor from Ebay, which is geared down to 4rpm, and has a vertical spindle.

I also used a mains-rated rocker switch, a quarter-inch nut, some flat spade connector thingies, an extension cable (it worked out cheaper than buying cut cable and a plug) and a cheap trinket box to mount it all in. I also used a ten-foot length of thin pine dowel.

I used normal hand and small power tools - drilI (with a selection of wood bits), rotary tool with a sanding bit, wire cutters, pliers, screwdriver and glue gun.
Obviously, I'm entering this in the Kite Contest. I'd appreciate your vote.
You got my vote! I wonder how it will work with larger kites...
Thank you! <br> <br>The largest I've seen on similar machines is only about 15cm across.&nbsp;Just guessing, but maybe larger kites create too much lift?
<p>Hello</p><p>Is there any instructable for the kite, that is attacht to the machine in the video?</p>
<p>Yes - it was the project I published before this one:</p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Matchbox-Scale-Microkite-under-a-square-inch/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Matchbox-Scale-Mic...</a></p>
Awesome and very clever! I'll leave my poorman's kite flying outside :D
please NEVER use earth cable for anything except earth wiring. It is illegal in most countries &amp; a potentially very dangerous thing to do. Other than that a neat little idea.
Since I'm the only one using this, and (more importantly) you can see both ends of the piece of wire, I reckon its fine. The cable itself is up to the job, the only issue is the colour-coding. <br> <br>If you do this, and are concerned, you can use a different sleeve, maybe heat shrink or insulation tape. <br>
fantastic! so many clever people around
Thank you!
What about a lightweight fishing rod from your friendly recycle center? Lightweight, collapsible AND cheap..
Oh, that sounds good!
Very nice <br>voted!
Thank you!
Dear Mr. Kiteman, <br>Very nice work; voted for you. <br> <br>Kind regards,
Thank you!
Dear Mr. Kiteman, <br>Its my great pleasure; you are welcome.<br><br>Kind regards,
Perhaps use a carbon fibre or glass fibre truss rod from another (or broken, heaven forbid!) full size kite. they are very strong and light, and don't droop too much over a sensible length....
Oh, nice idea!
Where is the video? When I click on the blue hyperlink "microkite" it just brings me to the microkite instructions. I wanna see it in Action! :)
Do you see the YouTube frame below that? <br> <br>That's not a still, that's the video - click it.
Nice Kiteman...
Thank you!
1/4 is KIND of a Standard size, but you may notice that the thread is slightly different. This is because it's a Whitworth Thread, not the more common imperial or modern metric thread size. Did you know it's the only part of a camera that is EXACTLY the same as when a certain Mr Fox Talbot intended the thing?
Oh, I did not know that!

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