By Leslie Hunt
FRAME AND TAIL ATTACHMENT OF THREE-STICK KITE
Prepare two sticks 1/4 inch wide and 26 inches
long, and a third stick the same width and 22 inches long. Slit or notch all
ends and start wrapping. Cross the long sticks forming a narrow "X"
making the distance from the shorter end of the "X" to the center of
the intersection 9 1/2 inches. Lay the sticks in this position on a table with the
shorter end of the "X" toward you.
Have the ends of the sticks flush
with the edge of the table. Lay on the short stick parallel to the edge of the
table so its center falls over the center of the intersection of the legs of
the "X." Without disturbing, apply glue and tie snugly. Now spread the
short ends of the "X" so the sticks will be 8 inches apart at the top,
from center to center. This spreading will tighten the joint. Keep the short
stick parallel to the edge of the table, lay books on the frame to hold it in
position, and frame the kite. Adjust to the dimensions shown in Figure 11,
this time measuring along the framing string between the sticks.
Some kite makers prefer to lay the cross stick a little above or below
the intersection of the long sticks. This plan is a good one for large kites, but it is hardly necessary for one
Finish the wrapping of the stick ends, paper the kite, and let it dry.
It is not advisable to use an elastic bridle on these kites, as two rubber bands
would be required and it is difficult to get them to pull together. The
loops A to D, and B to E are 33 inches long when finished. The horizontal
loop is about 30 inches in length. For attaching the bridle, follow the
directions given for the Two Stick Kite.
Let the towing point lie in the center line of the kite about 10 inches from
its surface and over a point about 6 3/4 inches from the top.
The tail may be double, a piece fastened to each leg of the "X,"
but I prefer connecting the legs with a loop of string and fastening the tail to
the middle of the loop. This plan throws the movements of the tail farther
from the center of the kite and makes it fly steadier.
EDGE VIEW OF THREE-STICK
The above kite rated .47 ounce per square foot (See discussion of ratings at
end of the Two Stick Kite. It had, therefore, the
same rating as the two-stick kite, and was fully as good a flier.
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