wise wig-craft

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  1. lizzienewell

    lizzienewell Member

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    Doug,

    Do you have pictures of your modifications? I'd love to see them.
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    SCEtoAux Member

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    Here are some pictures.

    Three vertical stabilizers:
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    Paper clip and extra cardstock hook:
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    Above installed:
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  3. lizzienewell

    lizzienewell Member

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    I tried it out with a center fusalage rib. It flies straighter than the other although it seems to slide on the ground more, probably because of the increased weight.

    I can't see how far it goes because I only have about 12 feet in my kitchen.

    The next version will have reverse delta wings.

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  4. Gil

    Gil Active Member

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    Jalbert Parafoil

    Hello All,

    Interestingly enough the little WIG that you've built is similar to a Jalbert Parafoil first patented by Domina Jalbert in 1976 (Pat. # [FONT=century gothic, arial, helvetica]3,285,546, [/FONT][FONT=century gothic, arial, helvetica]Nov. 15, 1966[/FONT], Aerial Sled) and is the progenitor of all parafoil parachutes and kites around today. It was derived from an earlier kite with batten stiffeners called the Scott Sled, hence the sled name in the patent.

    Although made from flexible material the structure becomes stiffened through the movement of air through it. A derivative kite, called a "Flowform", is essentially the same design as the little WIG craft. The following URL has further information:

    http://www.kite.com/kite/kiteplns.htm

    -Gil
  5. dwgannon

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    You just need to open that door and letter rip. Then you can see how far it will go. :twisted: Good job on this.
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    TheWebdude Just a Member

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    Hi Gil,
    Not to distract from the wise wig-craft thread whichI've been following with interest I'm finding quite a few kite enthusiasts who also build paper/card models.
  7. lizzienewell

    lizzienewell Member

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    Interestingly enough the little WIG that you've built is similar to a Jalbert Parafoil first patented by Domina Jalbert in 1976 (Pat. # [FONT=century gothic, arial, helvetica]3,285,546, [/FONT][FONT=century gothic, arial, helvetica]Nov. 15, 1966[/FONT], Aerial Sled) and is the progenitor of all parafoil parachutes and kites around today. It was derived from an earlier kite with batten stiffeners called the Scott Sled, hence the sled name in the patent.

    This model came off the website of a math and physics department of a Japanese university. The site does call it a ram. Checking the site on the parafoils I see that the the parafoils are inflated by ram air. Probably the designer of this model was looking at Jalbert's Parafoils.

    Oh I tried using the modeloutside but the snow it too rough. If we get a freezing rain or a few thaw-freeze cycles it should work. I'm considering taking it to an ice rink.
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    Lizzie, i wonder how you'll stick the tape on ice to tie down the rubber band... :twisted:
  9. Gil

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    Glue the hook to a piece of paper that has a flat bottom. When preparing to launch at the ice rink moisten the flat side and press onto the ice. It will quickly freeze to the ice. Getting it off may be difficult so don't make the piece too large and bring a putty knife just in case. Guess this would be called "Ice Tape", as good as Duck Tape in really cold places.

    -Gil

    P.S. The art of kite making is an ancient paper modeling tradition...,
  10. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

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    Y'all look at some of her previous pics.............. she has made a launcher from a long stick(I'm gonna use a free yardstick) and a spring clothespin.

    Guess it's a Naval craft cause she got a catapult! And Lizzie the shooter!

    john