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Jan. 11, 1938.
_|_ F_ PLANE
A ZREEJZS
KITE STRING RIDER
File'd Aug. 25, 1966
IN VEN T0 R.
Joy/v I’ ' PLAWL'.
231%
A TTO HNEX
_ Patented .Ian. 11, 1938
v 2,15,128
I“ UNITED STATES’
PATENT . OFFICE
2,105,128,
KITE' STRING‘ RIDER
John F..Plane, Long Beach, Calif.
Application August 25', 193-6, Serial’ No. 97,784
8 Claims. (Cl. 244-155)‘
This invention relates to a kite string rider
adapted to travel up and down a long string, such
as a kite string, the body being made in various
shapes, preferably, in the shape of an aeroplane
5 or dirigible, substantially as shown in the an '
nexedl drawing.
An object of ‘my: invention is to provide a 'novel
kite string rider. which will‘ be moved upwardly
on a string: by the, force of the wind and when
10 reaching'the predetermined point, a trip will
be actuated, thereby permitting the-body of, the
rider to reverse itself whereupon ‘thelrider will
slide down the string under the force of gravity.
My kite‘ string rider simulates an, aeroplane,
15 both when moving up or down the string, and
the body of the plane‘ is improper position de
pending upon’the direction of travel'of the rider.
Transversely extending wings 2 are attached
to the body I and these wings are inclined rela-'
tive to the body I at such an angle that ‘a wind
from the rear of the body will push the same
along the kite string 3, or the like.‘ ,In order 5
that the wings 2‘ may be as high‘as possible on
the body- I; I may cut out the top edge of'the
wings, as‘ shown at 4, which permits rotation of
the body I and the attached wings, as will be
. further described.‘
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A plate‘ 5: is pivotally mounted‘ on the top of
the body I by means of" a pin 6 which is ?xedly,
attached to the plate and extends into a hollow
metal frame ‘I. The ‘frame ‘I’ is attached to they
body I. The vpin '6" is preferably journaled in
the upper wall of‘ the frame ‘I substantially as
shown in,Fi_g. 5. ‘
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Another'object is‘ to provide a" novel means of ,
A coil spring 8.surroundsrthe pin _6 and one
, mounting the rider on the kite string, said mount
'end of this spring is attached to the pin while
20 ' ing means being‘ easily and quickly operated, and
the kite string rider‘ being so constructed: that
the other end‘ is attached to, the frame ‘I. The 20
spring 8 is under tension, constantly tending, to.
the kite string will" not-become-“entangled vin;
the'pulleys “as the‘ rider isrmovedi-along- the: string.‘
impart,‘ relative rotation between the body/I and
Still anotherbbiect
to provide atrrovelspring:
‘- means for turning the body of. the rider when‘
the plate 5.
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When the‘ rider is moving either up or down
the string 3, it is desirable that the nose of the 725
a predetermined point has been reached on th
plane shall’ face in the direction of movement
kite
of the. rider- Consequently, when a predeter
mined. point has" been‘ reached on the string,,at
string.
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A feature of my invention. resides in the. novel.
shape of. the wings of the rider whereby the which. point the rider is returned to the lower
end of ‘the string, the‘ position of‘ the body I is
30 ~rider is moved upwardly on the string by the
force of the wind but is permitted to slide down reversed. That is, it is rotated thru I88 degrees.
the string when the body is tripped by engaging This rotation of the body relative to the plate 5
a stop on the string.
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is accomplished by the spring 8 when a trip is
Other objects, advantages, and features of released. ‘ This trip consists of a pin 9 slidably
35 invention may appear from the accompanying , mounted in the forward end of the body I. The
drawing, the subjoined, detailed description, and pin is provided with a head I ll which engages
the appended claims.
'7 the stop II on the string 3.
In the drawing .
An upstanding lug I2 on the pin 9 is provided
Figure 1 is a side elevation of my‘ rider in po
with an anti-friction roller, and this lug extends
40 sition on the string.
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into one of the notches I3 or I4 formed in the
Figure 2 is a top plan view of the same.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 343
of Fig. 2.
Figure-4 is a bottom plan view of the remov
45 able cap.
_ Figure 5' is an enlarged‘ fragmentary trans
verse sectional view of the body of the rider and
the pivotally mounted plate showing the actuat
ing spring.
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Figure 6 is a sectional view taken on line 6-6
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Fig.
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Referring more’ particularly to the drawing,
the numeral I indicates the body of the kite
string rider which is here shown, as simulating
55 the body of an aeroplane.
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plate 5. The notch I4 is somewhat elongated
.so that the pin 9 can be slid forwardly, thus
carrying the lug I2 into the elongated notch
thereby holding the plate 5 in what may be
termed cocked position, i. e., the spring 8 is un 45
der tension tending to‘ rotate the body I. When
the head I0 strikes the stop II, the pin 9 is
pushed inwardly, the lug I2 moves into the open
space of the notch I 4 and the spring 8 there-‘ '
upon rotates the body I thru, I80 degrees. 7 The 50
lug I2 enters the notch I3, thus stopping the
body I in proper alignment with, the plate 5.
The notches I 3, I4 are open to one side of the
plate 5 but these notches do not extend entirely '
thru the plate. Thus, these notches serve as 55
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stops to prevent excessive rotation of the body
I, and the one notch acts as a latch, as previously
described.
In order that the string 3 may be easily thread
ed on the rider, I provide a cap l5 which is de
tachably secured to the plate 5. The cap and
the plate are preferably secured together by a
tongue and groove construction l6, as shown in
Fig. 5. A pair of rollers I1--I'I are journaled
10 in the cap and the string 3 travels under these
rollers. The string is properly guided under the
rollers by notches IB, I9 on each end respec
tively, of the cap l5. These notches are aligned
with the roller [1 and thus the string is held in
proper alignment and cannot disengage the roll
ers.
To mount the rider on the string, the cap I5
is slid longitudinally of the plate 5 until the
tongue and groove l6 disengages.
Thereafter,
the cap is placed over the string and the plate
5 again is slid onto the cap thereby assembling
the rider on the string.
At times it may be necessary to counterbalance
the body I and for this purpose I provide bores
20 in the body I in which weights are placed
for the purpose of stabilizing the body and caus
ing it to move properly up and down the string
3. The amount of weight added to the body
depends upon the force of the wind.
Having described my invention, I claim:
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1. A kite string rider comprising a body, means
attached to the body and slidably mounting said
body on the string, said body being rotatably
mounted on said means, trip means on the body,
and means operable when released by the trip
means whereby said body is rotated and reversed
in position relative to the kite string.
2. A kite string rider comprising a body, means
attached to the body and slidably mounting said
40 body on the string, said body being rotatably
mounted on said means, trips means on the
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body, and spring means engaging the body and
operable when released by the trip means where
by said body is reversed in position relative to
the kite string.
3. A kite string rider comprising a body, wings
a?ixed to the body, a plate pivotally mounted on
the body, spring means engaging the plate and
body urging the relative rotation of the plate andv
body, trip means engaging the plate to releasa
bly hold said plate against rotation, and means
slidably mounting the body on the kite string.
4. A kite string rider comprising a body, wings
a?ixed to the body, a plate pivotally mounted on
the body, spring means engaging the plate and
body urging the relative rotation of the plate
and body, trip means engaging the plate to re
leasably hold said plate against rotation, means
slidably mounting the body on the kite string,
said mounting means comprising a cap, rollers 10
in the cap, said rollers engaging the kite string
and means detachably securing the cap to the
plate.
5. A kite string rider comprising a body, wings
secured to the body, a plate pivotally mounted on 15
the body, spring means between the plate and
the body whereby a relative rotation of the plate
and body is urged, trip means engaging the plate,
a cap slidably attached to the plate, and rollers
in the cap, said rollers engaging the kite string. 20
6. A kite string rider comprising a body, wings
secured to the body a plate pivotally mounted
on the body, spring means between the plate and
the body whereby a relative rotation of the plate
and body is urged, trip means engaging the plate,
a cap slidably attached to the plate, rollers in the
cap, said rollers engaging the kite string, said cap
having narrow notches in each end thereof, said
notches being aligned with the rollers.
'7 . A kite string rider comprising a body, wings 30
a?ixed to the body, a plate pivotally mounted on
the body, spring means engaging the plate and
body urging the relative rotation of the plate
and body, trip means engaging the plate to re
leasably hold said plate against rotation, means .
slidably mounting the body on the kite string,
and an elongated notch cut in the top edge of
the wings, and said body having a bore therein
adapted to receive a counterweight.
8. A kite string rider comprising a body, wings 40
ai?xed to the body, a plate pivotally mounted on
the body, spring means engaging the plate and
body urging the relative rotation of the plate
and body, trip means engaging the plate to re
leasably hold said plate against rotation, means 45
slidably mounting the body on the kite string
and said body having a bore therein adapted to
receive a counter-weight.
JOHN F. PLANE.
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