The art of making stunt kites is not known and handled by many. If you are interested in learning how to make your very own stunt kite, these next few lines should help you out. First of all, know that a stunt kite is a special type of a kite that is able to steer right and left with the help of at least two lines. Once you have built your stunt kite, you can perform several moves with it, including flic flacs, axels, or cascades, to name just a few. Also, remember there are several styles you could embrace when creating your own stunt kite. Below you will find some useful tips on how to build a basic stunt kite which you can later on improve.
Design The Stunt Kite First
Use a pen and a piece of paper and design the kite first. Pick the proper gravity center and hence establish the flight pattern of the kite. You could project the gravity center behind the lower spreader if you do not have a great deal of experience flying kites. You can choose to place the center of gravity in front of the lower spreader in case you can call yourself a more advanced kite pilot. The choice is ultimately yours, so make sure you carefully study your options and make your final call once you are ready. Select the right position of the bridle and make sure you carefully direct the flight direction of the kite. You will also be able to design the type of spars you are going to need when building the stunt kite.
Once you are ready with the actual drawing and design of the kite, get all the materials you need. Focus on purchasing high quality materials if possible and consider all the factors that need to be blended in the actuation of building a stunt kite. Take into consideration the possibility of seeing your kite crash into something, and get the sturdiest materials you can.
How To Effectively Build Your Stunt Kite
Start by cutting the sail using your previously completed design and use the necessary spars so you can reinforce the tension of the sail. Use a zig-zag model to saw the sail, then sew the edges but leave plenty of space for any needed spars. Cut holes for the bridle and the spars and attach the spine pocket. Next, reinforce the nose as it will place the most of the strain on the respective pocket. Cut the spars to the right size and install the caps and the outer spar tip nock, along with the T-connectors and the spine and outer spars. Insert the connectors into the lower spars and create the bridle, and finally have the spreaders installed.
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We had a great time building Rokkaku kites in Baddeck last month! I met some wonderful people and I learned a lot! The room was full of all skill levels, but I am pretty sure no one had built a kite before, so everyone was being introduced to the strange world of spinnaker nylon, dacron and adhesives. It was a bit of culture shock for some of the quilters I think!
Day one started with everyone cutting the fabric and sewing the main sail together. The rest of the day and most of day 2 was spent on applique. A lot of great unique designs and approaches came out of this process. The latter part of day 2 was spent adding reinforcements, pockets, and framing.
By Saturday morning we had almost all the kites in the air at Beinn Bhreagh. The winds proved a bit too much for us so we decided to pack it in and head up to the “Kite House” for a great spread of meats, cheeses, salads and sweets. Thanks to Jeanne and Hugh Muller for hosting us, it was great way to cap off an excellent few days in Baddeck.
Special thanks to Scott Ferguson for stepping in as an instructor, your help was greatly appreciated! A big thank you to Sharon Morrow for organizing and hosting this event, and of course thanks to Anne Morrell, fabric artist extraordinaire and my partner in this workshop! Hopefully we will put on another workshop next year.
I posted a ton of pictures on Flickr including pics of all of the finished kites flying…
In celebration of Canada’s centennial of flight, this once in 100 years 2 day kite-making workshop is being offered to a limited number of participants on a first come, first served basis. Kite-maker Bill Wilson and fabric artist Anne Morrell will guide this workshop providing the inspiration and expertise required for each participant to design and construct a Rokkaku kite. Rokkaku kites originated in Japan. These 6-sided kites are taller than they are wide and known for their flying ability.
Kite kit included but participants must bring their own basic sewing supplies and sewing machine capable of doing zigzag. Registration Fee: $75.00 A cheque in the amount of $75.00 must accompany your completed registration form (form on opposite side). Supply list to accompany registration confirmation.
Saint Honore was fantastic! The people are wonderful and put up with my non existent french skills. Friday was fantastic with near perfect winds. Saturday brought strong winds up to 50 km/h, but that didn’t stop AWITA from flying (and ripping) their PL giant inflatables. Sunday was light wind but was flyable almost all day!
This picture was taken on the road to the B&B we stayed at, a wonderful view of the airport where we were flying. I have never flown kites at a working airport before… we even had a visit from a CF-18, that was pretty incredible. I will post more pictures later, right now we are on the ferry between St. Simeon(sp?) and Riviere-du-loop.
Barry Ogeltree (whatakite) on the kitebuilder.com forums offered to cut the fabric and prepare a kit for 50, yep fifty 75 sq. ft. John Waters Bulldog flow form style kites (10 ft wide!). Barry has a huge shop in Texas and has the man power and the space to take on a project like this (Thanks Barry!). After a couple of months of discussion, planning, and cutting Barry had all the dogs out to their new owners. I finished mine up last week and took it out for a quick test flight at lunch one day last week.