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How to make streamers for F2D
First published: 19/12 2012 - Last update: 7/9 2017 - By Henning Forbech

Streamer Machine - Streamer String Dispenser - Streamer Knot


Streamer Machine:
Work Smart, Not Hard

This is a short description of how I make streamers for F2D Combat.

Normally we buy streamers for the Danish World Cup but some years back delivery failed.
I only had a weekend to produce the streamers for the competition.

It should be possible to make the 200 streamers by traditional hard work.
I don't like to work hard so I spent the Saturday designing and building a machine for making the paper part of the streamers. On the Sunday I made all paper rolls for the streamers.

After the weekend I had all the streamers needed but I also had a machine for making streamers!
Now I have been using it for a couple of years and have saved a lot of time.

Here are some photos of the streamer making process. Maybe somebody will find inspiration for building their own streamer machine.

The streamers is made with the knot described by Ingemar Larsson in this pdf document

The string has to be mounted manual on these streamers.

Maybe the next version will be able to produce streamers with the string attached.


Streamer Machine - II

In Holland Jacco de Ridder build a copy of this machine to make streamers for the Dutch Combat International

Streamer Machine - III

Gordon Price from Scotland have now also build a streamer making machine.

Gordon have even made a video of the process

More info on Barton Forum

Video by Gordon Price

Photos by Gordon Price
2D Drawing for Streamer Machine

Nicholas Stowe have done a 2D drawing for a Streamer Machine
It is for making streamers for UK Vintage/Oliver Combat

Click on the image to download the drawing in printing quality


Streamer Machine - Beta

"The Swedish Streamer Machine"

Before the first machine for making streamers was build streamers was typical made in sweatshops
Combat pilots had to work long hours with simple tools like scissors, knifes and measuring tape

In some parts of the world this old-fashioned production is still going on today

Here is a photo of "The Swedish Streamer Machine"

Ingemar and Johan Larsson

Pat Willcox Streamer Machine

Pat Willcox's article about producing streamers from plastic tablecloths.

This article is from Control-Line Combat by Preston Briggs

Pat Willcox making plastic streamers (Photo from Control-Line Combat)

Streamer String Dispenser:
How to make the strings for the streamers

Here is a description of a "Streamer String Dispenser" that will make it faster and simpler to make strings for streamers.

The string is pulled from a bobbin and around two pulley wheels. The string will pass a marking position three times and can be cut free by a nail clipper.
The triple marking on the string indicate where to place the paper part and where to cut the string. The third marking is the ink mark that must be behind the rearmost portion of the model.

The bobbin is placed in a container. The string is pulled from the centre of the bobbin.

The string is guided through the dispenser by screws and clamps. A series of screws form a brake to keep the string at some tension in the dispenser.

Two markers are used to mark the string. One is placed right behind the string.

All three markings to the string is made at once.

The fixed marker behind the strings helps to mark both sides of the strings


Streamer Knot:
How to tire the strings to the streamer

A good knot for tying the paper part of the streamer to the string is important for a good streamer. The knot must form a fixed loop.

The string is often tightening to the streamer with a series of simple knots

Under tension this knot might tighten around the paper part. This type of knot is not suitable for combat streamers.
The Streamer String Dispenser is hanging on a hook

When the string is pulled from the dispenser the first marking will be revealed

The first mark indicate where to place the knot

The streamer attached to the string.
The illustration on the bobbin container helps to tire the knot

After 2 meters the ink mark will pass

At the third mark the string can be cut with the nail cutter

Simple Loop Knot:

The "Simple Loop Knot" or "Overhand Loop" is an overhand knot on a doubled-up string.
It does have a fixed loop but can be difficult to tire when the string is attached to the streamer.

The loop knot tighten up

Bowline Knot:

The best knot for trying the string to the streamer is probably the Bowline Knot. It forms a fixed loop and is easy to tire when the paper streamer is on the string.


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