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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Hiyall, just got back from the 14ieme festival de Cerf-Volants in Dieppe, France,
(The 14th Biannual Kite festival for those of you who don't speak French).
Walking on the beach , turned around and saw a 50ft penguin following me!

http://www.wyliecoyoteuk.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/images/tux1.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

What did you scribble over in the top left-hand corner?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:54 pm    Post subject: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Just erasing part of another giant kite, shaped like a fish.
The festival was a amazing, hundreds, if not thousands of Kites from 6 inches accross to enormous, stunt kites, traction kites, fighting kites, aerial ballet, stacks of up to 300 kites, teams from 37 countries.
Oh and great food, drink and entertainment for a whole week, and no entrance fees!

http://dieppe-cerf-volant.org/dccv/accueil.html
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:17 pm    Post subject: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Thats realy cool, once you use Linux you can't escapping the penguin!!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:07 am    Post subject: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Kites are great ....

bubble plastic, 1/4 inch dowl, gaff tape, and light fome, shaped for lift ...

Had one up on 900 meters on 3lb fishing line a few years ago ... A big long 2/3rd ark, then straight up. Had to carry a pair of binoculars to see it.
A hassel to real in though, took over an hour (grin)

Funny how people like to just stand and look up (grin)


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plus thin strips of bamboo


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:11 am    Post subject: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
Just erasing part of another giant kite, shaped like a fish.


A likely story! It was a UFO wasn't it: you're just a government stooge trying to cover things up!

Shocked Shocked Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:33 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

No the UFO was in the next arena.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

jjmac wrote:
Kites are great ....

bubble plastic, 1/4 inch dowl, gaff tape, and light fome, shaped for lift ...

Had one up on 900 meters on 3lb fishing line a few years ago ... A big long 2/3rd ark, then straight up. Had to carry a pair of binoculars to see it.
A hassel to real in though, took over an hour (grin)

Funny how people like to just stand and look up (grin)


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plus thin strips of bamboo


jm


My daughter made one from the tissue wrapping from a baguette, small strips of wood off a cheese box, masking tape and cotton, it was a bout 3 inches across, shaped like a butterfly.
A dutch guy saw it and gave her some carbon fibre filaments to replace the wood. She also made a small tux kite for me Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:43 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Howdy,

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My daughter made one from the tissue wrapping from a baguette ..
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Wow Smile


Thats radical Smile

It can be so much fun ...


I found the 'bubble plastic' (packaging etc) very suitable. It had body to keep shape, and was very light. I used the 2/3's rule for the cross bar. Approx 2/3's up and a bit more to suit what i had seen on others. The trick was to get that cross frame to balance. So i had it on a table and rolled the main long axis untill i got a good stable balance with the cross bar. Then bits of gaff tape to tune it after the covering was on. Finding some very light, spungy, packaging material made the whole difference. I stuck it to the top triangle edge of the main covering. When some bubble plastic was applied over that and streached down about half way, it formed a aerofoil/wing type shape. Bamboo slates from one of those Indian type blinds gave good stiffness. Just taped directly on the bottom side longitudinally. The weight of the fishing line made a big diff as well. I was suppried at how much drag it created.

A total hoot (grin). I'm all kited out though currently. Maybe in another ten years. Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:02 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

It did fly pretty well, actually, the whole thing weighed less than 20 grammes.(even less when she replaced the split wood with carbon fibre)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:01 am    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Excellent Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 9:17 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

that is a cool photo!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Enormous penguin! Reply with quote

Thanks linuxgirlie Smile
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