By Dan Beard
Cut two straight pine sticks; shave them down until they are thin enough to
bend readily; see that they are exactly the same length and of about the same
weight. Fasten the top ends together by driving a pin through them.
Frame of Fish Kite.
stick in the form of a bow, and hold them in this position until you have
secured a third stick across them at right angles about one-third the way down
from the top, or ends where they are joined together. The fish should be about
half as broad as it is long.
Let the lower ends of the side or bow sticks cross
each other far enough up to form a tail to the fish, and fasten the sticks
together at their intersection. Before stringing the frame see that the
cross-stick protrudes an equal distance from each side of the fish. To make the
tail, tie a string across the bottom from the end of one cross-stick to the end
of the other, and to this string midway between the two side-sticks tie another
string, pass it up to the root of the tail, draw it taut and fasten it there at
the intersection of the side-sticks; this will make a natural hooking-fork to
the caudal fin (Fig. 17).
The remainder of the strings can be put on by referring to The diagram, care
being taken that the dorsal or back-fin is made exactly the same size as the fin
on the belly of the fish. Yellow, red, and green are all appropriate colors for
the paper covering of this kite. After the paper is pasted and dry you may amuse
yourself by painting the outlines of the gills and fins (Fig. 18).
The kite will
look all the better for not having the scales painted upon it. Tie the strings
of the breast-band to the side-sticks near the head and tail, and let them cross
each other as in a common kite. Attach the tail-band to the tail of the fish.
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