Ah, so that isn't the box kite. Seen from a different angle, I get a totally different perspective. Thanks. hazelm
Well, it is
the same kite pictured in the post (#578
) that you quoted me from, just further along in construction.
Here I will give some background so as to hopefully de-confusify things a bit. Box kites and my prototype cuboctahedron kite belong to a family of kites called cellular kites. Cellular kites are 3 dimensional geometric structures that can be made up of single or multiple geometric cells. The [usually termed] box kites have a cube as the basic cell with varying numbers of the 6 faces covered with sails. Sails can be made of fabric or paper. (Note that Conyne type kites are often referred to as 'triangular box kites')Tetrahedral kites
have been around a long time, and in fact Alexander Graham Bell built huge tetrahedral kites composed of thousands of individual sails. Here's a photo of a small example from Wiki:
Here's one of Bell's giant tetrahedral kites: (Source
Here's a reprint of an article by Bell in the National Geographic magazine of 1903:The Tetrahedral Principle in Kite Structure
Now to add my dreamy twist, we can refer to the Platonic solids
; the tetrahedron, the cube, the octahedron, the dodecahedron, and the icosahedron. Of these, I am only aware of the tetrahedron and cube being used as the cells for kites. The cuboctahedron is not a Platonic solid because the faces are not identical, but apparently Plato was aware of the cuboctahedron. While I did briefly speculate on the other Platonic solids as potential kite cells, I chose the cuboctahedron because Buckminster Fuller was enamored by it, calling it variously the 'dymaxion' and the 'vector equilibrium'.
I could go on....and on...
Thanks again for prompting me.