This is a very basic and quick-to-make kite which spins and works more like an autogyro than a conventional kite. It has 3 blades which spin and create a disk which then redirects air downward like a kite and pushes it into the air.

I made a similar craft to this at the beginning of the year, Here is a link to it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Autogyro-Kite-Hafner-Rotabuggy/

This one differs from the earlier one because it has no body and is therefore lighter and appears more stable. It also behaves more like a normal kite than the Rotabuggy one. It is made from household materials so you should not need to buy anything to make this spinning kite. The first two pictures in this intro step are renders of a model I made in SketchUp. To download the SketchUp model of this kite, either download it from the bottom of step 1 or from this URL: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=640eb9dde35aadc5a5131d38588a62b&prevstart=0

I have no photographic or video footage of this kite in flight because the weather is not very good at the moment and I can't fly it until the weather improves. It does however fly and I have tested it but I just have not recorded it flying yet, so the renders will have to do for now.

This is my entry into the Kite Contest, please vote for it if you like it :)

Step 1: Materials and Tools

To make this model the way I did, you will need the following:
  • Thin Polystyrene foam (I use the kind used for packaging eggs) [Or you can use thin balsa wood instead but not necessary and more expensive]
  • Balsa wood (2mm X 25mm X 25mm) for the rotor hub (This part can also be made with foam if you don't have balsa)
  • A toothpick or similar thin, round piece of wood, e.g. a kebab stick
  • A swivel (I used one from a fishing lure but any other type of swivel should work too)
  • A line and something to wind it around (to fly the kite with)
  • Putty or similar to use as ballast
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A craft knife
  • A pen
  • A ruler
  • Thread (Not absolutely necessary but a good way to make the glued parts stronger)
<p>ill see for myself.....</p>
Cool! <br> <br>I wounder if rather than using a swivel if you were to use a small servo motor,, could it generate electricity,,,,,hmmmmm
The blades are taped to the hub. Is this so that the tape can act as a hinge to allow the blades to rise and fall as they move into and away from the wind direction? I haven't studied Autogiros in many years but I seem to remember that is how they work. <br> <br>I don't see it yet as an entry to the Kites contest but as soon as I do, you have my vote.
Thanks! I think because it's Sunday there aren't as many people working at instructables, so competition entries are a bit slower. The blades are taped to the hub but not because of rotor flapping, more because the foam I use reacts and dissolves with most types of glue. Because the rotors are made from this flexible foam, they are able to flex up and down, thus eliminating the uneven lift of the rotary wing system.
Sorted and voted
Thank you!
its a great idea for a kinetic kite! me gustaria probarlo
Very insteresting, I will make it!
So, that's like an autogyro, but with no fuselage. Clever!
Thanks! I made one in January which has a fuselage, there is an 'ible of it which didn't really catch on because of its weird name, &quot;Autogyro Kite - Hafner Rotabuggy&quot; and another non-kite gyro called &quot;Simple De La Cierva Autogyro&quot;.

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