Kites I have made
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These are kites I have made mostly for my own enjoyment. Where I remember,
I'll provide a pointer to the kite plan or credit the book that contained
the plan. All of the images below are thumbnails, click on them to see
the full size image. Some of these images are pretty large so please be
|I've done more since 2004 but got real lazy about getting pictures
and putting them up. I'm still workin' on it.
Built in 2001
|A 2 meter by 2.3 meter kimono kite - Swimmers in the Wind.
||A British refinment to an original German design. Graphics inspired
by The Book of Kells.
These are the first of my year 2000 kites. I started them in January
to get me through the winter. These kites, and a couple workshops for the
WACKOS, made what we call winter in Charlotte bearable. The pictures
below are thumbnails, click them to see a larger image.
|This image has fascinated me for a long time. It's based on a Chinese
embroidery design for a dragon robe. The low aspect ratio "noodle" format
has also held my interest for some time. I spent the last few months of
1999 putting the two ideas together before starting construction the first
week in January. The maiden flight was on April 1st at "A bunch of WACKOS
April-fooling around with kites" National Kite Month fun fly. With a minor
bridle adjustment it flew beautifully. This picture is actually the second
flight after adding two feet to the spine to tighten the sail in the corners;
it seemed to add some stability as well.
||I seem to have an interest in making box style kites as evidenced by
the compound cody, delta box, tri-d and star box below. Additionally, I've
built Margaret Greger's "Not a Peter Lynn" box and a couple others. I guess
Carl Crowell's cross deck design was an inevitable choice as a project.
It is much easier to build that I first thought and very satisfying to
The color is based on a Calvin & Hobbs cartoon about the sky needing
a "little red, right there".
||Early in the Summer of '98, I saw a picture of the Compound Cody in
Pelham's Penguin Book of Kites and became intrigued with it. I looked all
over the net and even exchanged mail with the Drachen Foundation trying
to find some dimensions or proportions. I really wanted to build this kite!
Finally, I found a page by following links from the US to Brazil which
pointed me back to the US again. There I found much more than I had expected
to find. The link to the plan for this kite is Musings.....
Kite Plans of the Cody Compound. Thanks to John Maxworthy for his work
to put the plan on the net.
gFighters: These are little fighters
I have made purely for fun and enjoyment. They are basically hata fighters
that can be flown singly, in pairs, or more on a single line. These things
are a blast!
||These gFighters are called Round Boy Fighters. They were custom made
for Gary Resnick in Tampa, Florida.
||This is 'Lucy'. I picked up the image sometime ago and had always wanted
to put it on a kite. Lucy is pretty sedate when flown with a 10 foot tail
but gets very devilish once the tail is removed.
||Rick and Velma with their 4 Welsh dragon kites at Indian
Rocks Beach, Fla.
"Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn"
||Delta Box: This is one of the first kites
I made. It's from a plan in Maxwell Eden's Kiteworks. This
was for a friend and fellow kite flyer, Michael Federal, done in Spring,
1998. This kite loves to soar at a high angle and flies well even in light
winds. For stronger winds, I attach a 40 foot loop tail. The deep vee box
in front keeps the kite close to the center of the wind.
|The Tri-D is another of the kite designs that fascinate me. I culled
ideas from Margaret Greger's More Kites For Everyone, a plan
I found on an Italian web site (Thanks, Rod, for the translation.) along
with some visual ideas from Michael Goddard. This kite is about 6 1/2 feet
wide and 8 feet tall. It flies very well with either a triple or single
tail. It was a lot of work to build but well worth it visually.
Other kites I have made
Everybody has to make a Rok! This is a 3-4-5 plan built from some
||This is a star box kite, designed by Bill Goble. The plan is in Margaret
Greger's book, More Kites For Everyone.
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