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Wind Up Music Box Powered Kite Aerial Photography Rig

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At the end of this instruction guide you will be the proud owner of a skybound picture taking contraption. Most of the materials are things you can find for free or around your house. This is a kite photography rig with which you can take pictures as never seen before at 360 degrees. Happy building!

Tool List

hack saw
wood saw
pliers
spanner
stanley knife
scissors
drill

Materials List

4 metres of string
1 fruit box
ruler
metal ring
music box
nuts bolts and washers
bike chain
small screws
ball for weight

Step 1: Step 1

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Chop the ruler into 5 cm sections, drill a hole in centre at 2.5cm (from end) and 7.5cm, fold in half at right angles.

Step 2: Step 2

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Dismantle fruit box and cut side panels, sandwich together with superglue two thick as if making plywood. Make at least 8 strong pieces of wood

Step 3: Step 3

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Cut 4 strips 2.5cm wide at lengths of  30cm, 15cm, 10cm and 10cm. Cut 4 strips 1.5cm wide at lengths of 15. Take the corner triangular wedges and cut slivers as if cheese or doorstops 1.5 thick. Drill holes at either end of each and on one of the 10cm pieces drill hole relevant to where the tripod screw fitting on your camera is (see * on diagram). This is a quarter of an inch so anything just over will do.

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Take the bike chain apart, removing 4 separate links which will act as the pulleys for suspending the rig.

Step 5: Step 5

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Dismantle music box and insert long nut into the barrel, this is the drive shaft. Put the barrel back into the hook clips and mount to rectangle of wood leaving enough space for a bracket at the side of the motor.

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Screw doorstop pieces onto the top extremity of each end of the cross and screw bike chain pulleys on all doorstops facing the same way as per diagram.

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Assemble G frame with brackets, nuts and bolts. 
 
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azharz1 year ago
Can you please add some photos of the scene for me?
Lumo the Maker (author)  azharz1 year ago
Of the scene? you mean more of the making process or some examples of what it takes from a kite?
No, the aerial scene from the kite, I want to see the pictures from the kite.
Lumo the Maker (author)  azharz1 year ago
I have entered it into a competition and am worried if i change it i might get disqualified or something might happen, if you wip over to here http://www.flickr.com/photos/82177032@N03/sets/72157630484661496/ there's a couple of photos I've taken from a kite you can see though.
Thank you very much! I love those photos and now I am going to make one.
chuangt2u1 year ago
Very nice - I like the addition of the rotating deck for the camera
Lumo the Maker (author)  chuangt2u1 year ago
Thank you! Your swing that doubles as a pump is i think my favourite instructable I've seen on this site so far.
This is a cool bit of engineering. Great job with the drawings.