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Author Topic: Finished my kite project! Updated with video  (Read 2672 times)
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« on: June 30, 2012, 05:55 PM »

This is the Miniature Eddy and fancy box I made as a gift for one of my doctors.

Photo gallery with captions: http://johnwelden.zenfolio.com/p433792731/hb1af539#hb1af539



Video link. (I can't figure out how to embed it in my post)
http://youtu.be/o1E6pMk0xio

I took the photos with my iPhone so they're not the best.

The kite might look a little wrinkled in the pictures, but it looks smooth in real life. I hope you can see that it's precision made.

The Mylar panels are 30 times thinner than a piece of printer paper. They're 5 times thinner than the mylar on a Prism Vapor. Working with it is rather difficult.  Cheesy

The whole kite weighs 6.5 times less than a Post-it note and has more surface area. It has a wing loading of .0007 grams per square inch. Kite weighs 58 milligrams.

Thanks to everyone for the advice given along the way and thanks for taking a look.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 06:04 PM »

That whole kit is amazing!!

Love the box/tray/hinge/cutout/carrier.

And the inscription on the case is super sweet.

And as a bonus, a working, subminiature kite.

You set a very high standard JW.  Kiss

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012, 09:06 PM »

That's insanely cool.

Nice work.

Now where is the flying video?
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2012, 01:11 AM »

Stunning craftsmanship, John.   Cool
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2012, 02:23 AM »

Pretty neat.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2012, 02:44 AM »

I've been waiting for this project to get done for the pics. I knew this would be sweet but I never dreamed. I'm stunned
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2012, 03:17 AM »

That's pretty much the trickest thing I've ever seen............outstanding attention to detail....., and it flys........!

Thanks for sharing it with us

Jim

 
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2012, 06:07 AM »

Damn it man.....here I am proud of myself for some weenie stitching.....and you go and do this.........

Well done!
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2012, 06:20 AM »

That is so cool. Like a spy kite for James Bond.
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2012, 12:37 PM »

Amazing detail.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2012, 12:52 PM »

I've only got jaydub's words:  "Stunning craftsmanship."

You're an interesting guy, John.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2012, 04:53 PM »

Wow....
 In the kind of way that makes you breath out involuntarily... And look a little like a stupid emoticon.. Like this one >>> Huh
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« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2012, 05:05 PM »


Looking forward to seeing it in the air.
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2012, 11:16 PM »

I've only got jaydub's words:  "Stunning craftsmanship."
And that was just from looking at the picture in the first post.

Having followed the links to the photos, I'm just blown away by the workmanship, not only in the kite, but also in the storage box, which is pretty special as well.  Cool
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2012, 06:07 AM »

I really appreciate the nice comments, thank you!  Cheesy

I'm planning on making up an all Mylar version of the kite. It should weigh in about 30% lighter, maybe more. I'm not sure when I'll get around to it. The center panel fabric I'm using is unnecessarily heavy, but I liked that aesthetics and it makes the kite a good bit more durable.

Thanks,
John
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