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Sept. 20, 1932. w. J. voss KITE CONTROLLER 'Filed May 28, .1950
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Patented Sept. 20, 1932.. I
warren STATES WILLIAM J. voss, OF
HAMMonn, 'IN IANA KITE CONTROLLER Application filed May' 28,.
- reel for controlling the speed at which the kite cord unwinds from the reel.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a clamping member for securing the kite cord against further unwinding, when the kite has reached the height desired.
Another object of the invention is toprovide a device of the above-mentioned character which is simple and durable in cnstruction, reliable and eflicient in use and inexpensive to manufacture;
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same,
Fig. 1 is a front elevation view of the device,
Fig. 2 is a side elevation view of the same, and
Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view taken on lines 3-3 of Fig. 1. a
In the drawing, wherein for-the purpose of illustration, I havev shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 5 denotes an elongated'frame, of substantially rectangular shape in cross section, having a handle 6 extending longitudinally from one end for holding the device in the hand of the operator. The frame is provided with a longitudinal slot 7 to receive the reel 8, mounted on the shaft 9, which is ournaled in the side members ofthe frame. One end of the shaft 9 extends beyond the side member 10 and is bent to form a crank 11, for turning the reel 8 to wind the kite cord 12 thereon. V The upper end of the frame is provided with a central longitudinal passage 13 communicating'with the slot 7, and through which the kite cord 12 is adapted to pass. Extending transversely through the upper end of the frame and 1930. Serial No. 456,737.
intersecting the passage 13 is an opening 14 in which the rodtl5 of the clamping member 16 isrotatably mounted. One end of the rod is bent ,at'right angles forming a handle 17 the ext'remity of the handle being bent in wardly, as at 18, to engage with the frame and thereby limit the rotation of the clampmg member. The rod 15 at its point of intersection with the passage 13 is notched, as at 19, and the'kite cord 12 is disposed, in the notch. V The brake 20 for controlling the speed of the reel when the kite cord is being unwound therefrom is formed from a piece of wire, bent intermediate its length to form a .U- shaped lever 21, the ends of the wire being reversely bent to provide support-s22 which extend into the slot 7 and have there terminals bent to provide trunnions 23 which are ournaled in the side members 1O of the frame. Thus, it is seen that the flanges of the reel 8 are disposed in direct line with the connecting portions 24 betweenthelever 21 and supports 22, so thatthe portions24 frictionally engage the flanges of the reel when the brake is pushed forwardly by pressure on the'lever 21. 1
v In operation, it'will be seen that by wind-- ing the kite cord 12 on the reel 8, the cord may be readilywou'nd and unwound without danger of tangling the cord. When the kite is ascending and the cord is being unwound from the reel, the speed at which the reel is unwinding'the cord may be controlled by pressing onthelever 21, of the brake 20 with the finger, which causes theportions 24 to frictionally engage the flanges of the reel, thereby retarding the rotation of the reel. After the kite has ascended to the desired height, the cord may be secured against further unwinding by rotating the rod 15 of the clamping member 16, by pressing on the handle 17, thereby bringing the sharp edges of the notch 19 into clamping engagementv with the cord 12. Should the kite fall to the V ground, the handle 17 of the clamping member is completely turned so as to bring the roundedsurface of the rod 15 into engagement withthe cord thereby taking'up the slack of the cord as it is wound upon the reel. 7
It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown anddescribed is to be taken as a preferred example of the same and that certain changesin theshape, size and arrangement of the parts may be made without departing fromthe spirit of the invention or the scope" of the subjoined claims. 7
Having thus describedmy inventiongi- I claim 1. A device of the characterdescrihed coim- I prising a frame having a longitudinal slot,
a reel rotatably mounted inthe slotof said frame, a cord wound upon said r-eel, said framehaving' a lbngitudinal passage in its upper" endthrough which said cord is adapted to pass and a clamping member consista 'ing' of'a rotatable rod extending'trarisversel'y' through theupper end of said frame and intersecting; said passage sa-id rod having. a, notch: in' which Sald cord isdisposed,
2 A clevi'ce'ofthe character descrihedcom- V prising a frame having" a longitudinal slot,
a reel rotatahly' mounted in the slot of said frame and a brake for the reel consisting-pf a piece ofwjirelhent intermediate its ends to form a pair of spaced U shaped' sections, the hight portionsof which are engageahl'e with: the respective fla'nges of the reel, the ends of the wire heing pivotally mounted in the sides of the slot of the-frame and the intermediate section of the Wire constituting; a
thumb piecefor moving the hrake'i'nto and V out of engagementrwith the; reel. I
3 A. device of the character described' c0 m prising a frame having; a lbn'gitli'dinall slot, a reel rotatably mounted in the slot of said frame having alongitudinal passage'iri upperendwhrou h which said cord is'a'dapted to pass and a clamping member'c'onsist ing" of a rotatable rod extending transver's'ethrough" the upper end: of saidl frame and intersectingsaid' passage; said rod having" a notch" in which said cord isfdi'sposed, one
end of" the rod being inturned for engaging.
the edge of the frame to" secure" the rod In testimony whereof- I afiix si gnat-ure. I VQSS.