|Project by hairy||posted 03-15-2011 04:45 PM||2036 views||14 times favorited||11 comments|
And take one of these with you.
It’s almost that time of year . Rumor has it the rain will stop sometime this week. I’m ready for it. The only one that I have used so far is the smaller one, with the airplane. It worked very well.
They are made from scraps, and some common hardware. I’m using a 1/4 inch carriage bolt as the axle, inside a 1/8 inch pipe as a bushing. All the moving parts are lubed with paste wax.
The large kite reel could be a knucklebuster as the string is going out, but they both have a brake. The handle opposite the crank contains a 3/8 inch bolt that rubs the spool, to slow it down or lock it in place. The extended crank handle should bring it back in easily. If it is a problem, I can still cut it down.
The small one is version 2. Luckily, I have no pictures of version 1. Version 4 is still kicking around in my head. Any suggestions are gladly welcomed.
The large one is 12 inches long. It weighs 1 pound and 9 ounces loaded with 400 feet of mason’s string.
The small one is 11 inches and weighs 1 pound and 2 ounces with 200 feet of mason’s string.
The weight is a factor. I want it heavy enough so that it won’t take off when a child drops it.
Kites are so much cooler than when I was a kid.
-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...