After reading about the Phoenix lights hoaxer and then thread about the Youtube Hoax - I thought I'd share my own sort similar of fake UFO I did as a
kid. I never intended for it to be a hoax I was just excited that I could create it and see it fly.
10 was a couple years ago
, so forgive me if I'm not completely accurate.
I didn't read a whole lot when I was a kid, but I always was a fan of magazines that had electronics, science fiction & how to guides ect.
I read a magazine one day (don't remember the title) and it had an article about how to make a real UFO using normal household items to fool your
friends & neighbors into thinking it's a craft that came from outer space...
I loved any toy that flew, knew many pilots, and I stayed up forever to watch the moon landing. Anytime I had extra money I always bought those balsa
wood rubber band airplanes & gliders, so building a UFO for free was a pretty exciting project for me.
Essentially it was a small hot air balloon - less exciting when I figured that out, but still I had to build it to see if I could make it fly.
The balloon material called for using a cellophane dry cleaning bag (the ones that were in use in the early 70's). The stays to give the balloon
it's shape called for McDonald's straws. The straws were put together end to end by folding one end and pushing it inside the next. I think they
were glued to the bag as well in a couple places.
Kite string was also used through the straws that came down and was tied & glued with elmers white glue and then attached to the platform or basket
made out of glued together popsicle sticks that held the candles to provide the hot air for lift.
I think it called for several birthday type candles (they were better then), but I substituted tea light type candles cause that's what we had. The
first UFO/balloon I made I lit it and the candles melted the bag - thus it was destroyed beyond repair. I had to start all over and realized the
flame was too close to the opening in the plastic bag. After I made the second one and lit it up it wouldn't fly - it was supposed to take a couple
minutes to heat the bag and then go, but I figured out it was too heavy. Finally I decided one less candle (2or3) and whittled them down with a
pocketknife to make them lighter still.
Alas on the third try my hot air balloon UFO took off and went over the houses across the street and then disappeared in the the sky. I never saw it
again and it really didn't look like a UFO, because it wasn't completely dark yet. Never really intended to hoax anyone and I doubt it did.
Now that I think back about it I think - yikes what a fire hazard. If a 10 year old with instruction could do it - I think it's more likely other
similar intentional hoaxes occur.