Stan’s plans were a breeze to follow but it helps if you have some kite building experience before. For example Creating a mini adjustable dynamic-bridle out of sewing thread can be tideuos to say the least. Continue reading
In the early spring of this year I met Gary Mark of the Toronto Kite Fliers. We quickly hit it off and were conversing about all things kite related and in particular Gary’s efforts towards the CKF. During one of our conversations we got on the subject of kite arches and that the TKF had as a club aqquired a number of pre-cut kite arch sails complete with tails and spine. I thought this was a great way to add some color to the clubs weekly fly and also help promote the club. Continue reading
This past winter I really wanted to try my hand a building a stunt kite. The best plans that I could find that really showed the building process were the plans for the Orange found at WildKite.net. I will add more here later but for now here are some photos of the kite during the building process and a pic of the finished kite..
Back in April of this year I started to discover fighter kites; specifically North American fighter kites. First here is a little background on North American Fighters. All fighter kites operate on the same premis when flying the kite the kite will travel in the direction the nose of the kite is pointed. When slack is given to the line the kite will spin. The spinning of the kite allows you to decide when to apply tension to the line and therefore control the direction of flight. So you have complete control over a fast kite with only one line which is really cool, especially if you thought the only way to control the direction of a kite was with two lines…
The Double parasled peaked my interest in the winter of 2003. It has a very nice shape and lends itself fairly well to applique and other design techniques. I cut all the templates for the kite skin but didn’t have a clue what to do for the two main panels. Continue reading
I finished a new kite on Wednesday. It’s a 20 sq ft Mini Mock form. The Mock Form was designed by Don Mock of the Pacific North West in the U.S. I used plans that I found on Pete Schmidts site . I used the drawings from Pete’s plan and created full size templates in visio.
here is the completed kite…
More photos here
The plans are pretty straight forward and the gores are easy to plot out given the sample drawing and plot points. I fly my bowl as laundry from my Sutton 30 or staked out as a groud display.
here are some photos.. (My friend Ian is testing it in our work parking lot)
After I was hooked on kiting for a few months I wanted to build my own. I searched the net and found plans on Tom White’s site for a NPW 9B (Nasa Power Wing model 9B). Tom’s instructions looked very clear and provided an windows application that gives you all the dimensions you need based on the size of kite you want to build. Continue reading