Plans for ultra-lightweight, collapsible, multi-cell tetrahedral kites
|TetraLite Kites - 8 Standard Models:
The 8 standard models are depicted above. These views
show the framework looking towards the front of the kite. Sails are shown
in place, also. The blue sails are on the rear-most cells, the green
sails are on the next closer layer and the red sails are on the forward-most
cells or front of the kites. In other words, the red cells sit on the peaks
of the green, and the green sit on the peaks of the blue. Note that Models
7 and 10K only have two layers. In their case, the green sails are the
forward-most cells. Remember, the colors shown here are just for the purpose
of this illustration. You can put any color sails you want anywhere on these
kites, limited only by the colors of sail material available to you. The
TetraLite Kites Assembly Plans and Instructions Manual explains it
To see some good diagrams of these and other tetrahedrons take a look at Anthony's Kite Workshop on his "Variations" page and more about tetras on Anthony's site.
The above diagrams are courtesy of Anthony's Kite Workshop. Thanks Anthony! See his pages for more possible variations and other kites. Notice that the coloring scheme is not the same as in the "8 Standard Models" diagram near the top of this page.
|Here's just a small sample of some variations and concepts:
Pictures 1 through 11 above are all the Model 10K.
Pictures 1, 2 and 3 show it with normal 1-foot long spreaders. In pictures
4, 5 and 6, 18 inch spreaders have been installed on the three lower left
cells and the three lower right cells. In pictures 7, 8 and 9, 18 inch spreaders
have been installed on the two upper left and upper right cells. Picture
10 shows what all the kites in this group of pictures look like edge-wise
when collapsed. Picture 11 is the model 10K viewed from the side (this is
also what it looks like collapsed). Picture 12 is the Model 10, a regular
tetrahedron form. Picture 13 shows it collapsed (hanging on the wall). Picture
14 is the Model 12 and picture 15 shows it collapsed (also, hanging on the
wall). Notice that the Model 10K and the Model 12 have the same outline when
collapsed. All the kites in this group of pictures collapse to approximately
1-1/2 inches thick. You can expeiment with endless variations by combining
different spreader lengths and cell configurations on your own designs. All
you need is a little imagination and the TetraLite Kites manual!
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