Oct
16
2008
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Giant Kiwi – No News is not Good News

I’m trying to find out the status of the markings on the land at the moment.

Hopefully they are still visible and my work wasn’t in vain.

For now though, you’ll have to make do with a view from google maps (links to google maps).

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Aug
02
2008
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Giant Kiwi – Not Happening this Trip

It’s all gone a bit to custard.

The weather is still too wet for me to finish the kiwi and on top of that, I went into hospital last week and had my Appendix removed.  The net result – I’m now flying back to the UK two weeks later than planned, but not late enough for the grass to dry out.

I’m planning on coming back to New Zealand for Christmas this year so hopefully I’ll be able to finish what I started.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Jul
20
2008
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Giant Kiwi – Weather Problems

The winter this year in New Zealand must be one of the wettest for a couple of years.

I’ve been unable so far to go back and finish the wide line or to fly over and take photos as-is.

I hope it clears up soon as I’m due to go back to the UK soon.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Jul
04
2008
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Giant Kiwi – Widening the Line

After the successful flight overhead to check the draft of the kiwi, it was time to widen the line up a bit.

I had planned to use a high pressure paint sprayer, but due to lack of electricity on the site, I settled for a lawnmower to cut the grass really short followed by a paint roller and a lot of paint.

Here are the results.


The line is about 30cm (1 foot) wide – This shot is of the bottom half of the kiwi.


A close up of a foot.

Unfortunately, the grass was too wet for me to finish the ‘beak’.  Hopefully the weather will start clearing up and I will be able to paint it soon.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Jul
03
2008
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Giant Kiwi – First Impressions from Above

I finally had a day where the weather wasn’t too bad so I took the opportunity to hire a plane (I have my pilots license) and fly over the kiwi.  This wasn’t the official photography run, just a chance to make sure it looked OK before 50+ Litres of white paint was laid down on the grass.


This was the best photo we managed.

At this point remember that the line was only around 2 inches thick and had been out in heavy rain for a good few weeks.

Either way, the kiwi looked good so I’ll be going up in the near future to thicken the line out a bit.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Jun
21
2008
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Giant Giwi – Marking it out

Today had to be one of the wettest days in Mangawhai for a few weeks, but the rain managed to stop for most of the day while we marked out the kiwi.

We marked it out using cans of white spray paint.  The plan is to fly over to make sure it looks ok.  If it does, it will be widened to 1 foot wide.

I ended up buying 4 50m long tapes which made marking out the kiwi a breeze.

We marked out almost all of it with the exception of a few puddles.

Hopefully the weather will clear up soon so I can hire a plane and fly over it.


I’m not 100% sure if we got this claw/toe on the back foot right or not.  It looks way too long.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
May
04
2008
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Giant Kiwi – A View from Space

I’ve created a kmz file for Google Earth.

Giant Kiwi KMZ file for Google Earth

If you don’t have google earth, here is a screen grab from it.  The satellite photos on Google Earth are still a little out of data and still show the area as a construction site.  It’s now all grass.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
May
02
2008
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Giant Kiwi – An Artists Impression

A little playing around in Photoshop resulted in this picture:

The measurements are in metres.  I’ve worked out that the line needs to be about 30cm (1 foot) thick if I want it to be easily visible by satellite.

I’ll try and get a Google Earth KML file created soon

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Apr
20
2008
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Giant Kiwi – The Design

It only took a friend a couple of days to draw CAD lines over the kiwi I sent him.

The main requirement was that all arcs had to be centered on an intersection of lines and all straight lines had to start and end at an intersection.  This is so that when marking it out, we have the grid to work to.

The result now is this:

The plan at the moment is that each square in this drawing will end up being 1.25 x 1.25m (Approximately 4 feet by 4 feet).

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |
Apr
17
2008
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Giant Kiwi – The Plan

I have to go back to New Zealand in a month to get a new Visa for the UK.

It appears that I’ll be there for a good few months so I decided I better find some things to keep myself busy. The first idea I came up with was to paint a giant kiwi in the middle of a piece of land I own.

I came across the following picture at http://sneak.co.nz/kiwi/

I’ve just sent the picture off to a friend and hopefully he’ll be able to draw over it with CAD so I can mark it out easily.

Written by John in: Crop Kiwi |