- To: barbara <bzubenko at dca dot net>
- Subject: dome models
- From: wgd at gtwn dot net
- Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 17:46:04 -0500 (CDT)
- Cc: domesteading at sculptors dot com
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There is an "IKOSA-KIT" that was available from Edmunds Scientific.
It consisted of clear plastic tube (hose)sections and thin bamboo sticks just
like the skewers you get at the grocery store. And a pointed hole making tool so
you could make 5 and 6 hole hubs from the tube pieces. With similar method any
dome or sphere model could be made. For strut lengths see the dome calculator
linked at the domegroup.org site.
-Use styrofoam balls for the connector hubs, with wood dowel struts.
-Use "pipe cleaner" wire with drinking straws. Use hot glue or something like
E-6000 to keep it together. I did a 2 ft. 3 fr Icosa sphere with this method.
-Popsicle sticks are also plentiful and cheap from the craft store. Connect
together with styrofoam balls or cut out plastic or cardboard connector hub
plates. Attach with screws, hot glue or staples. I made a 3 ft. 4 fr. Icosa
sphere with this method.
For paper dome models, I have a page with several cut-out plans:
for paper polyhedra models:
Can be scaled up or down and measured accurate enough for model making with
straws and sticks etc.
--- barbara wrote:
> Dear Ernie,
> I've been looking for a hub and strut type model for
> my boys, ages 6 and
> 10, to build a geodesic dome. Do you know of any
> model products on the
> market? I've tried plastic straws and clay hubs,
> but they don't hold
> Thank you,
> Barbara Zubenko
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