By Leslie Hunt
METHOD OF DRAWING FISH FOR THE TAIL OF THE FISHERMAN KITE Do not go
too much into detail. All the fish are not the same size.
Draw the pattern as suggested for kites Nos. 5 and 6. Wire may be used for
the greater part of the rod, covering with a strip of paper so it will be large
enough to look like a fishing rod and still be light. A long stick is likely to
break from a fall or from rough handling. Loop the string along the rod and make a bobber from a, wad of crepe paper tied into shape.
OUTLINE AND FRAME FOR FISHERMAN KITE
The squares are 2 inches square. Complete the fishing pole with wire from
point X. Do not overdo it. See bridle attachment in Fig. 23, X to X' ; Y to Y'.
Cut a strip an inch wide round and round an old stocking for the tail. Pass
it through the hand, and tie it fast to the bottom of the foot. The fishes
should be made of wrapping paper colored to suit. They are best made double,
like a sack, and kept partly distended by scraps of tissue paper stuffed into
them. Put them on the string at intervals of a foot running the string through
the mouth and out of the gills. Secure with a daub of glue . Prepare about 20
feet of tail with 15 or 20 fishes, finishing off with a turtle made in the same
manner as the fish. If more weight is required, a teaspoonful of earth in some
of the fishes, starting with the one at the bottom, will provide all the weight
that is needed. Color the features and clothing to conform with the fishing
FISHERMAN KITE COMPLETE
Attach a bridle by running a loop from X to Y, and another loop from X' to
Y'. Gather the loops with a tow string, and adjust the whole bridle so that the
towing point falls over point A, about 12 inches from the surface of the kite.
Use the trough-shape reinforcements shown in Figure 4 where needed.
Do not try
to fly the kite until quite dry.
The Fisherman Kite rated 1.51 ounces per square foot. The flying power was
fair, but not as light and dainty as the Girl With Skipping Rope.
It caused lots
of fun for the neighborhood kite fliers.
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