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How to make kite in your own hands
Now this entertaining toy is almost forgotten for some reason, but I remember how much joy he brought to his childhood.

Creating a kite with your own hands is easy. It is only necessary to stock in some thin smooth rails, a sheet of paper and a skein of string. And most importantly, making a kite is a great reason to attract kids to creative work.

Work on material selection should start. For snake frame work, three thin, smooth slats of 500xXNNUMXx8 mm are needed. When there is no difficulty in getting them. At the "Young Technician" store, located on Gorky Street and known throughout Moscow, it is possible to buy many kinds of materials that cars need. Now you have to rely on your own intelligence.

Once I got the sight of small boxes of thin plates where fresh strawberries were delivered to us from Greece (picture 1). Collected from thin plate-screws and connected by thin wire clips, they are a great material for some work.

To disassemble such a box, you need to carefully remove the wire clips, and you will have three thin plates in your hands, the required thickness and length. The width of the planochek is about 80 mm. But with the help of a metal ruler and a sharp knife, they can easily become a set of rails of the required width (picture 2).

For the first homemade kite I can take a paper that is 210 × 297 mm (standard sheet A4). But it's better to glue the two like sheets with long edges, then the snake will look more stable, and you won't have to shorten the rails.

When assembling a kite, three slats are glued to a sheet of paper on one side: two diagonally and one on the upper edge of the sheet. It can still be fixed to the joints, wrapped in a few turns of thread and dripping with a small glue. The length of the slats is chosen so that their ends grow beyond the edge of the sheet to 12-15 mm.

On the other side of the sheet, a bridle was made, consisting of three threads of the same length, tied behind the cross-hairs of the stitches at the corners of the sheet and in the center, where the sheet was gently punctured into a needle (fotoZ).

The length of each thread is taken equal to the distance from the corner of the sheet to its center, that is, when a bridle is laid on a sheet, the knot connecting the threads must coincide with the center of the paper. sheet. Make sure that when pulling the thread, the resulting shape shape is a regular pyramid.

The thread running from the center should be shorter, wrap it around the threads from the top corner of the snake, and attach it to a clip. This during testing allows you to adjust kite flight. The clamp is easy to make from a piece of brass wire or plastic. If the thread running from the center is slightly shorter than the others, the snake will rise sharply, if longer, its increase will be more subtle.

Between the upper corners of the snake from the back side they thread like a bow of a bow. The curved surface of the sheet provides snake stability. Previously this coupler was placed on a strip of paper 3–4 cm wide and collected it with an accordion. Under air pressure, it vibrates and falls on a snake surface, producing a characteristic growling sound. No wonder this is called a rattle.

For steady flight, the kite needs a tail. The tail with a length of 2,0–2.5 m was suspended at the lower end of the rails with the help of threads (Fig. 4). At one time, the tail was made from bast bast, but that's where you can find it today! For now, you can use braid, narrow cut strips of dense objects or a bundle of paper twine.

The length of the tail is determined experimentally: if in flight a snake scrolls from side to side, then the tail is very light. It needs to be extended or split at its end with additional weighting.

For bridles to be made the thread is not thinner than the tenth number (the smaller the number, the greater the thickness of the thread), the better - nylon.

Run the snake with good wind away from the trees and power lines. They work together: one keeps the snake against the wind, and the other, moving a thread to 10-15 meters, has to run a few steps in order for the snake to take off. After that, the thread is slowly released until the snake rises to its full length.

When the snake reaches a good height, "letters" can be sent to it. These are pieces of paper worn on a thread. Under air pressure, they rise quickly to the snake itself.