before i go on, i would like to say i'm sorry for the pictures, i don't know why they are upside down so please don't complain.
A little history:
A man-lifting kite is a kite designed to lift a person from the ground. Historically, man-lifting kites have been used chiefly for reconnaissance and entertainment. Interest in their development declined with the advent of powered flight at the beginning of the 20th century.
in this tutorial i will be showing you how to make a cody war kite, that is 4 feet wide, and 3 feet tall.
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Step 1: Supplies
you will need:
2 plastic sheet
3 1/4" wood dowel
2 hot glue gun
Step 2: Base
first you are going to make the base as shown below using hot glue. you will need 2 of them.
1 line = 1 foot
Step 3: Taking Shape
take one of your base pieces, and glue 12 of your 1 foot rods vertical to every intersection. then gluing the other base piece on top of that.
Step 4: Lashing
this is an optional step. lashing the intersections with a length of string.
Step 5: Plastic
now you will need the plastic sheet, i used a painting drop cloth.
what you do is cut out a piece of the sheet that is bigger than the size you need, then you glue the corners pulling it tight then gluing along the edges, after that you will cut the plastic down to the exact size of the base you should end up with your kite looking like this.
Step 6: Support Strings
this is also optional
im not exactly sure how to explain this so just look at the pictures.
Step 7: Optional
adding a 4 foot rod across the top and 2 1 foot pieces will make this look more like the original, war kites.
Step 8: FINISHED
you now have a kite that is just plain awesome.
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Step 9: Step 9: Flying and Crashing
Terribly sorry, but i did not have a camera on its flights. Here in Utah the weather can change from not a cloud in the sky to absolute downpour in a matter of minutes. So when the wind started to pick up I had to get out here before the wind dispersed. the wind was about 45 mph, and was barely able to lift it. Then the wind picked up and the kite had so much upward thrust it was lift 50 foot into the air (that's how long my rope was) and then broke one of the main support shafts that ran the entire length of the kite, but somehow still flew. i flew it for another 10 minutes until it was so torn up (there were a lot of tree collisions) that it simply wouldn't fly. but all in all it is a very durable kite and was a very fun project to make.