kite? Answered

Can you make a kit with a tent fly

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Box kite

I have made this box kite but I don't know where to place the bridles

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fighting kites

How about making some fighting kite instructions. i've been really interested in dominating the sky with razor kits of doom.

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homemade kites?

I want instructions for a very simple home made kite

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Bow Kite or Inflatable Kite bladder

hello. For the past moth i've been trying to make a inflatable bow kite, all fine till now, i printed out the plans, sewed the parts, but i've stumbled on the bladders, on the leading edge bladder to be more specific. How do i make  the bladder when inflated to have the bow shape?i mean how to cut the material and seal it?(the material i use is celofane, cheap and resistent) Thanks.

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For the benefit of Mr Kite

In the year of my birth, John Lennon penned a little ditty, inspired by an antique poster he bought. Today, that poster has been recreated with quite obsessively extreme care. I would love a copy, but, at £294, with the cost of framing on top of that... I don't think so. Time for plan B... Dear Santa...  

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A Record for Family Kite!

After spending the day in the shed, between three of us, Family Kite have posted six Instructables in 24 hours! OK, a couple weren't exactly huge projects, but we're quite proud of them, especially the boys' projects, which are very much in the Maker spirit: Conker-X's modifications to make a DS Lite easy to hold. Roger-X's assisstive technology biscuit opener. The Tao of Kiteman A Flying Christmas Tree. Binocular grip modification. Fire-starter hack.

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Alternatives to kite power

I was looking though my old MAKE magazines, and found the schematics for a Kite Aerial Photography rig. For those unfamiliar with the term, it's a camera attached to a kite that allows for aerial photographs to be taken remotely. However, I live in Texas, and the only time the wind blows here is when it rains. And rain means lightning. So, rather than risk electrocution, I'd like to come up with some alternative methods of lift. I was considering a large helium balloon (like a weather balloon), but I was wanting something that I could say I made myself. Then I considered hot air, but I'm not sure how large a homebrewed hot air balloon would have to be to lift a camera. Any suggestions?

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can you help identify kite parts

I wondered if anyone could help me identify some kite parts.  I won a huge lot at the local auctions including literally thousands of kite making parts. (I have a lot more not imaged here) Unfortunately, I have little experience with kites and the scale of the volume I have acquired is a little daunting. So I thought I would ask the experts for help :) So far I think I have managed to identify the following: 22,000 4mm end caps 6,000 3mm spar/eap 1500 i think small douge (the yellow things that look a bit like bullet casings .. they could also be end caps but i am completely without a clue on this one) 500 rubber bands 6,000 5mm end caps 3,000 6mm end caps 8,000 3mm rubber gromets Tones of name tags I know there are a number of notched end caps I think the curved bits of plastic were 3 rods can attached are called dihedrals. 65 kites The fabric parts of around 10 large kites made by greens of Burnley (a lot of them branded as the pioneer range) I haven't measured but im guessing around 9ft across I think the lot originally came from Greens of Burnley who are no longer trading but I have found their archived site https://web.archive.org/web/20060818054031/http://www.greenskites.com/spares.asp If you could help by identifying some of the parts/ what the pioneer range of kites is possibly a place where I can sell some of the kit (there's far to much for me to work with here) I would be relly grateful :) PS ill put up more photo's if anyone is interested.  PPS I have just found some info on the Greens of Burnley kites http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Vintage-CODY-War-Kite-1-GREENS-KITES-Greens-of-Burnley-Large-Frame-Box-/401079737121 PPPS I found the original image I think I have a few boxers from the range. http://www.kitelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Kite-Lines-v7-3.pdf

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What is a good kite boarding kite size?

I would like to know how big of a kite I would need for kite boarding the winds are about 15-20 MPH and for a 120 lb person.

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Kite-powered ship sets sail.

German container ship MS Beluga SkySails has set sail for Venezuela from Germany, towed in part by 160 square metres of parafoil.The kite is flown at an altitude of around 200m (depending on exact wind conditions), and is expected to save nearly $1600 in fuel costs every day.The kite is computer-controlled, flying in a constant figure-eight to maintain traction.If this trial is successful, kites of up to 5000m2 are planned for future trips.BBC StorySkySails site

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Inquiry about kanne of Patang (Kite)

Dear Sir, I am Indian & live in India { Gorakhpur , U.P. } . My name is Amitabh Srivastava . Sir , I likes to fly kites but i have a problem that i do not know how select a Patang from shop & how make kanni in Patang ?I do not know how much ( in number ) kanii given in upper & lower end of Patang . Sir, i asked from many people always , but they do not give right answer . I suffer from 6 years .Please told me . Can i contact you on mobile ? PleaSE PROVIDE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER .Please tell me . I shall be thankfull to you . Thankyou . RegardsAmitabh

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Amazing Kite For Under $5

How to make a Kite that cost a fraction of store bought kites that flies further and much easier, my record 800 yards of fishing line...tell me your fun with kites story.

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How do I make a cheap, easy power kite? Answered

I don't live in a very windy place, but I have a weeklong yearly trip to the ocean and would like to try power kiting. I have never used a power kite, but have done a fair bit of stunt kiting and target practice on stationary kites. I want to build some thing quick that I wouldn't spend a ton of time on that I would only use for a week out of the year, that could pull possibly a sandboard or buggy, etc. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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Super-fast kite-surfing

A new kite-board patent was published in August: a hyrofoil board.A curved hydrofoil lifts the whole board out of the water, cuts friction dramatically and gaining massive amounts of speed.Apparently.

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Rougham Kite Festival 2008 - PHOTOS

Single-line, stunt and power kites, plus giant inflatables that need small trucks to anchor them.Artistic displays, stunt shows. Kites to try, kites to buy, kites to make.A high-altitude licence (UK law normally restricts kites to around 60 metres - the festival gets special permission to fly to hundreds of metres) and a real-ale tent.What more could you need? Even the long-term forecast is promising (as opposed to the year before last, when one of the trilobites broke free and landed several villages away).I plan to be there (wearing a Robot tee) do you?LinkEDIT: I took a few photos - I put 84 of them on Flickr

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What do you use for the kite's bladders?

I want to build a bow kite starting from square one. I am unclear about making the kite air tight. The sewing instructions don't say much about bladders. Is Dacron(TM) air tight?

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Kite design for aerial photography?

After getting a little KAP rig together, it weighs in at just under 300g. In fairly low winds (5mph say) What sort of kite is able to lift that mass? Will my current delta do the trick? (100cm span). I know that this is a very broad topic for discussion and it is full of complexities, requiring me to use my initiative - I am up for the challenge!

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What is Good material for a Kite? Answered

I am planning on making a kite for kite boarding, but I have two ideas about what material to use for making a Kite. I went to the store and looked at Dacron and Ripstop but the Dacron seemed very rigid and semi-heavy and Ripstop seemed like the logical choice, but Dacron was recommended in Saul's Instructable. I would like some input from people that have possibly made some kites or know a lot about kite boarding. P.S. I would like to know also what size of a kite that I would need, I am 120 lbs, the winds are about 15-20 MPH and I am just beginning. Thanks

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Kite surfers jump pier

A story for Eric... Two kite surfers from West Sussex took advantage of strong winds on the south coast to realise an ambition to jump over Worthing pier. Jake Scrace, 25, and Lewis Crathern, 24, had been planning Monday morning's jump for three years but had to wait for perfect weather conditions. Carpenter Mr Scrace, who makes kite boards, and professional kite surfer Mr Crathern are both from Worthing. Between them they have 16 years' experience in the sport. They took off from Goring to the west side of Worthing in gusts of wind that were more than 40mph, and had two helpers on the beach.     Link to BBC story, with video.  

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Are your eyes better than mine?

I've been watching and re-watching this video of a kite flying (I can't make Vimeo embed). It's based on the tetrahedral kite, a tried and tested design.  In my experience, kites like this have amazing stability and huge amounts of lift.  This thing should have needed a serious effort to restrain. But it only gets a few feet off the ground, and then only just. The huge banner will have something to do with it, but not a lot. I've squinted at the video of it in flight, and I may be imagining it, but are a lot of the triangular cells the wrong way round, contributing no lift at all, just a lot of drag? Can you have a look, and see if you can work it out?

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anyone in the LA area interested in kitebuggying this weekend?

So, some friends and I have built two racing kitebuggies, a kite-powered hovercraft and sewn a couple kites. We're going out to the mojave desert this saturday to play with em. We'd like to get more people into building their own kites and various kite-powered vehicles, and if you're in the LA area, we'd love for you to come along. If you've never kitesurfed/buggied/etc before, no worries, we'll teach you. It's a lot of fun, and I hope you can make it.We're going to El Mirage dry lakebed, about an hour and a half east of LA and meeting up there around 2pm saturday. mapHere's one of the buggies we're taking with uspictures from the last time we went outthe hoverproa, the wierd outrigger sailing hovercraft we're takingcall me at 919.609.8744 or email alexis@idealab.com if you want more info.

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Ancient History: Kite bombs

From the article:   We investigate the kite bömb - a never before built medieval siege weapön that dropped bómbs from a kite over cities. We build one and test it with startling new insights and success. We investigate ancient bouncing bõmbs that actually skip across water - ... Source of article.    I saw this on the Ancient Discoveries. Over the weekend I believe, on TV.   The key to stability was a long tail...... Here is a source of information given to me by Kiteman,  concerning the Ancient Kite Bómbs (arial attacks before the airplane or balloon).      

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Kiting injuries today at work

Don't expect any website updates in the next 12 hours, Rachel and I both drew blood while kite-buggying in the parking lot this afternoon. OK, the injuries are pretty minor in the scheme of things, I just wanted to brag that we went kiting during work, at work. Previously, I've always had to leave work to kite. We didn't take any pictures while actually out there, so I've included another image from my archive to show what it should look like. A sandy beach probably would have been a lot smarter than concrete. Oh well, I should probably order Instructables-team helmets.

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How to connect 2 lines power kite strings Answered

Hi ,I bought my kids a power kite that shaped like a paraglider ,it has a control handle with two strings coming out of it but the Kite itself has five Bridles ended each with an anchor point ,two in the front end,two in the rear end and one in the middle .any Ideas on how to connect them lines...??? Thanks

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Bow Kite or Inflatable Kite bladder

hello. For the past moth i've been trying to make a inflatable bow kite, all fine till now, i printed out the plans, sewed the parts, but i've stumbled on the bladders, on the leading edge bladder to be more specific. How do i make the bladder when inflated to have the bow shape?i mean how to cut the material and seal it?(the material i use is celofane, cheap and resistent) Thanks.

Topic by rahbert 


can we use a kite for increasing speed of wind mills. by tying kite while it is going up to the back of wind turbine.?

 i wish some one  passes the thread of kite once going round thru backside of wind turbine then if the kite flies higher the thread will move blades of wind turbine faster and we can get more electricity for very less effort . 

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Kite photographing the BP oil spill

GrassrootsMapping.org is a group of people who are documenting BP's oil spill with cameras held aloft by kites and balloons. Sometimes they even get a ride on a plane. All of the images produced with this method will be going into the public domain. It's cool stuff and the images are far better than anything else out there. To keep the project going and cover the costs, they've set up a page on kickstarter to ask for donations. They've already passed their initial goal of $5,000, but it's a good cause and I hope they get plenty more than that. I pledged some money and wish them all the best.

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Power Foil Kite? Please someone make instructable?!

Can someone make an instructables or give me info on making a foil kite from easily obtainable materials? After all Foil kites give greatest lift. I would love to boat or skate with a foil kite to pull me along. I would even try a flying myself (albeit  several feet from the ground so i wont kill myself). Please try. . Thanks Instructable COmmunity It doesn't have to be cloth sewed, it can be durable paper, plastic, foil or basically anything. Mainly i just want the basic layout design of the kite, its cells and some knowhow on why the cells inflate. (the winds inflate it, but why?) P.S i seem to have a surplus of garbage bags if any could one for that it would be appreciated

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here's a quality concept for you

Feel free to go out and experiment making this concept... https://sites.google.com/site/kitepowerresearch/ It's a scalable, stackable, light in the air, controllable automated AWE Airborne Wind Energy Beasty. And the idea is proving popular. By spinning a bunch of kites from disks on tethers and a tracking rail generator ... you get power The generation side is on the ground. cool eh The drawing is a bit out of date now as the concept has developed... eh a few mins ago... but it's still a good indicator

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Do the IR LEDS in the TV B gone have to be in this order:

CLEAR BLUE BLUE CLEAR. I did mine differently and it works fine?

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We need more snow instructables around.

Hello everyone, On the news, half the country is getting snow (including me for once, it snows directly around pierce county seems like) but, all i can find is how to sled and Kite+board+butt+ice stuff and nothing else so i'm asking what makes a good sled (PLASTIC BAGS DONT WORK, GARBAGE CAN LIDS DONT WORK [WELL], NEITHER DOES BARE CARDBOARD, OR PLASTIC BINS OR LIDS) but just need a basic sled, 6 inches and climbing of snow is great but not sithout a sled! Thanks! click here for picture (NOT A STUPID RICK ROLL, I HATE THOSE!)

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Kite-Biking? Street Luge Meets Kite Boarding Meets Tricycles

(WARNING: If I or anyone else should try this or try to recreate the idea in any way, please be safe, wear full body racing gear Like for motorcycles and such. If I do this I will definitely try to be as safe as possible.)Okay so I was fooling around on the net and ran into Turbo Pro Tricycles. http://www.primepedalkarts.com/resources/2007picturboyellowbig.jpghttp://www.primepedalkarts.com/turboproyellow.html They have a Demo Video that's about 20mb if you'd like to see some action with it. Anyway, as soon as I SAW the Trikes, I was thinking EXTREME. Basically the bikes steer like Luge boards, except you pedal them to make them go, not gravity. Well The bikes have a 'Free' gear which is used for coasting, and I was thinking with some modding, This could be an ATV or street beast (Permitted that these would be allowed in your area). Just add a Kite and steering system with the mandatory trike mods to follow (A list at the bottom) and you'd have a new (I hope) extreme sport 'KiteTriking'. I'd keep the pedals functional if possible so that when not skirting around on Kite-power you can pedal around. Although a completely other idea might be to try to motorize it electrically. (someone come up with a concept?)The mod list would most likely have to include:Some appropriately sized metal alloy wheels with racing or All-terrain tires to match.A reinforced chain or complete replacement.Brake replacements or modding to make them more efficient.Adding an Emergency Break.Reinforcing the frame.Changing the seat to a more sturdy, ergonomic one.And changing the pedals to aluminum ones.Kite mounting and emergency release mechanism.Some sort of rear storage space.

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do you inherit accents from your parents or do you learn them from the enviroment??? Answered

I was just wondering and didn't know the answer. I'm hoping kiteman or someone knows.

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Is this idea for a skateboard kite attachment practical or even a good idea? Answered

I was looking at some of the kite Ible's and had this random idea pop into my head about a way to attach a sail to a longboard to reduce arm fatigue and put more of the force directly on the board. I really don't know much about the physics or anything involved, but i would like to try this.  the image is a two minute MS paint picture to get my point across. shown is a two-tether design, but i assume this could easily be done with a multiple tether set up, and that might be better. Just throwing this out for ideas/comments/criticism.

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I am wondering what a good project for me would be? Answered

I hate sports, I like minecraft, I'm big on engineering, I've already built a trebuchet, coilgun, and dual string stunt kite. What else is there to do?

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Kiteboard/Wakeboard question?

Hi! I live on a boat, and have recently become interested in wakeboarding.  In the marina we are at, there are a lot of kids. I want to buy something that we can all wakeboard on. We wouldn't be using it for kiteboarding at all. I know with wakeboards, you have to buy boots, but I have huge feet, and all the other kids have small feet. With a kiteboard, you can just slip your feet in and tighten the straps. There are many kinds of kitebards, and many kinds of wakeboards. I'm pretty sure wakeboards are less expensive, but more expensive in the long run because you have to buy new boots. Kite boards are more expensive, but you never have to buy boots. So, what do I buy?

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Solar Panel Sun Tracker, Kite Boat, Homemade Wind Turbine

Solar Panel Sun Tracker Kite Boat Homemade Wind Turbine Solar Lawn Mower Breath-Powered USB Charger The California Cooler   DIY Solar Setup Solar Thermal Water Heater Truly Insulate Your Home 440 Watt Bicycle Generator Vertical Wind Turbine USB Bike Charger Solar Heater Algae Bioreactor Air Duct Turbine  

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Kite-powered proa (boat) collaboration/comments

Added 5/26/07: Please read the comments below to see how the project is evolving. Design specs, goals, etc, have been modified after discussion.Hi Folks,For several years I've been wanting to build a kite powered proa. A proa is a kind of boat with a narrow hull and a smaller outrigger. These Instructables are about building a proa with a traditional sail:https://www.instructables.com/id/ERIIBDCCOTEPUCHZ1K/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EZN8M3OCWZEV2Z7IR5/?ALLSTEPSThese are kite-powered proa-like vehicles for land and ice:https://www.instructables.com/id/EPKZ5O80HQEQZJI20F/?ALLSTEPShttps://www.instructables.com/id/EPWWSYZNWIEV2ZKLCH/?ALLSTEPSGoals for the project:1. Make at least one good boat.2. Publish a good Instructable.3. Work with interesting people.I am definitely going ahead with #1 & #2. #3... anyone interested?The Boat: Generally it should be appealing/attainable by as wide a range of budgets and circumstances and skill levels as possible.a. It should be fun to mess around with starting in about 6 or 7 mph of wind (3 m/s).b. A beach boat, not an overnighter. Should be able to carry one or two people, a paddle, personal flotation device and maybe a sandwich and a water bottle.c. Storable in a typical apartment (maybe even a dorm room?). I'm thinking a 2-part bolt-together hull like Wade Tarzia's above. Two halves, each under 8 feet long so they can be stored on end, maybe used as bookshelves as suggested by TimAnderson. What is a typical ceiling height? Mine is about 91"d. Possible to build on a restricted budget ($200? is that possible? $400?). I'm budgeting about $500 but as a cheapskate packrat scrounger type I am hoping not to spend it all. Should also avoid necessitating rare and expensive tools.e. It should be possible to make a "good looking" version if the builder chooses.... sort of financially and chronologically(?) scalable. Someone might want to build something as quickly and cheaply as possible, and another person might want to spend all summer working on the fine details and finish. The boat should be worth building in either case.f. Should be able to take a passenger (is that possible if we rely on weight-shifting for steering?), but be sailable single-handed.g. Possibly be adaptable to a traditional sail? Would this be hard? This is something I don't need for myself, but I bet someone will ask that question as soon as we publish it. If someone doesn't already have a kite, is it easier to build a kite, or a sail and associated mods to the boat?h. Probably plywood stitch-and-glue construction main hull, but maybe carved from a couple of Styrofoam billets with a plywood stringer and/or deck? Leaning towards all plywood. If we fiberglass the whole boat can we use 1/4" interior luaun at $9 per 4x8 sheet? Is that more practical and cost effective than something like occume at $60 per sheet with glass on just the keel and joints? We'd need 3 sheets. Need to do some calculations on this.i. Usable in flat water, chop and small waves (and bigger waves?). Mine will be used mostly at an ocean beach.j. Steerable by weight-shifting, i.e. moving towards the front or back of the boat. No rudders or daggerboards. Maybe paddle-assisted steering when carrying a passenger/helmsman?The Instructable:a. Should be a good read, even for folks who won't undertake the project. b. Doubles as an Instructable on how to collaborate to make a great project and a great Instructable.c. Represents everyone involved in the project in some way.d. Gives the potential builder a rough "how to sail it" as well?e. Presents the reader with several options for materials and/or construction.f. All the regular "what makes a good Instructable" things.The Interesting People:a. Everyone is interesting in some way or another, right?b. Some people like to do research on the web.c. Some people have built boats.d. Some people some know about wood, or glue, or paint, or kites, or sails, or writing, or... e. Maybe someone will build the boat concurrently so we'll have pictures of two or more versions at various stages when we publish the Instructable.Let me be the first to sign up :) I have been using kites to get around fields, beaches, frozen lakes and the ocean for 10+ years. I make my own kite boards and have made my own kites (I use commercial kites now but still love my homemade plywood boards). I've done a fair amount of web research on proas and plywood boats (and some on tarp boats, canvas covered canoes, surfboards, etc.) but I have never built a boat. I experimented with a busted up, rudderless old hobie 14 for a while, but my homemade foot-steerable rudders broke almost instantly, and shortly after that I had to abandon the boat because I moved to a place where it couldn't be stored. It was enough to get me interested. I'm pretty confident I could build a usable boat as a solo project but I want to see how much better it could be as a collaboration, or at least having a few folks commenting on my ideas.I have a small assortment of cheap power tools. I've used epoxy and fiberglass a few times and I have some on hand.I have permission from my lovely bride-to-be to use part of the kitchen, part of the time, as my workshop (that's true love). I also have a small are outside where I can work but I can't leave anything there.The pictures are my initial hull ideas. For each hull one pic shows the hull from 3 angles and the other shows how the side pieces would fit on two sheets of plywood. A third sheet would be needed for the deck and a fourth (of thicker stuff, I would guess?) for the frames, bulkheads, etc. I'll attach the files for the hulls too. You can get the freeware to view and edit them at www.carlsondesign.com.The simple V hull would mean less cutting and joining. The other one looks better (in my opinion) and can float more weight with the same amount of plywood.Could instead go with a flat bottom like Wade's.Let me know what you think.Thanks!

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Kitesurfing explanation

I've noticed that there are a lot of instructables about making kites and making stuff to get pulled by your kite. But they all seem to assume one already knows how to kitesurf/control the dang kite, which is kind of an issue for people like me. I'd like to see an instructable with photos (maybe even video) of how to kitesurf, specifically omving the kite around and getting pull in various directions. With explaination in plain english of the headache-inducing technical terms. Sorry, but when I googled directions all I got was more confused. Of course, I'm thousands of miles from the nearest ocean, so I won't be doing this on the water probably (are reservoirs big enough?). In fact, I plan on learning all I can about how to control a kite so that I can go tool around out on the plains on a mountain board type thing. P.S. On a mountain board, do the trucks flex and turn the wheels somewhat like on a skateboard, or can I mount them rigid?

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does anyone know how to make a way to turn a mountain board im gunna use it for windskating?

Altright i have one windskate or landsurf board or dirt windsurfer or whateevr you want to call it but i want to make another one, could i use longboard trucks or is there a better way

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If you are in the UK tonight...

If you can receive BBC2, turn it on at 9pm. See if you can spot the instructables member (and, no, it's not one of the Kite-tribe).

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Is it my imagination?

Is this my imagination, or is iOS6 more power-hungry than 5 was? I'm not sure, but there seems to be a constant charging of iPods chez Kite these days.

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Build your own Skateboard, Get a Free Yacht, Bike Painting Tips

  Build your own Skateboard The Free Yacht Saga Bike Painting Tips Camping Guide Clean and Wax a Surfboard Tetrahedral Kite Kite-Powered Land Proa Find a Local Bouldering Spot Sailboat in a Closet DIY Prescription Swimming Goggles Bike Guide Make a Disc Golf Basket Predict the Weather with Clouds Useful Knots Set Up a Slackline

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Can someone make an instructable for a garbasail?

Can someone make an instructables on this? Even though it looks easy, (afterall just garbage bags, rope and duct tape) i doubt a novice can work the corners out, and make it last more the 1 minute in strong wind. It would tear the corners out. This would be a pretty cool instructable, great at the beach, thx.

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Top 10 Summer Instructables

Summer is finally here, and so we've selected the top 10 Instructables related to the summer months. From enjoying the sun to cooling off, here are some of our favorites.These are in no particular order, and there are plenty more great Instructables that didn't make the list but could be fun or helpful this summer. Instant Hammock This instant hammock is a simple, easy way to relax under the sun. The directions are clear and the moving images make following the directions a breeze. Fly a Kite This very appropriate Instructable from Kiteman gives you all of the information, and then some, about how to fly a kite. Cozy Boat If kite flying isn't your thing, perhaps you'd enjoy a scenic boat ride. A simple, easy-to-build boat (and its upgraded incarnations) could add a fun element to your summer. PVC Air Cannon For a little more summer fun, you could throw water balloons...or you could shoot them 250 feet with this cannon. I'd go with the cannon. Make Lemonade After a hot day, there's no better way to cool down than with a tall glass of lemonade. Try this, or one of the many other Instructables recipes. Tetris Ice Cubes To cool the lemonade, though, you'll need ice. You can make your lemonade that much better by adding these tetris-shaped ice cubes. LED Picnic Blanket To enjoy your ice-cold tetris lemonade, you'll want to sit outside and bask in the weather. This LED picnic blanket, with hard center serving surface, could be a great option for a drink or an entire meal. Plus, the lights give the blanket nice ambience for a nighttime meal. Solar Lawn Mower Before you can picnic in the grass, however, your grass needs to be mowed. This upgraded lawn mower uses solar power to provide the energy to power the machine. You still have to mow the lawn yourself, though. Beach Cover-Up If you want to look good while you picnic or when you hang around the beach, this Instructable turns an old towel into an attractive piece of clothing. Heat-Blocking Curtains If your house is hot and muggy, being inside will be anything but relieving. You can turn the AC up, but that uses up an absurd amount of energy and makes the electricity bill skyrocket. These simple, cheap curtains could keep some of the heat out and make your house more efficient and comfortable. These are only a few of the Instructables you can use to your advantage this summer. Enjoy the summer (unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere)!

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Why will an instructables dissapear by itself?

Hi!  I would really appreciate some help here.  My project "Motorized kite string winder! - a piece of junk that works" was posted for a couple of days.  It was featured and was included in the kite contest.  Now tonight when I look for it, it is not posted and is in drafts.  Before, during the time I was working on it, it mysteriously posted itself without me doing anything.  I edited it and re posted it, but now it's off again.   I would appreciate some help in why it's doing this.  It has me puzzled.     Thanks! 

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