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Flying Dowels & Plastic, Apr 2013 - Flights Of The Plastic Giants.
April 30, 2013
Fresh Kite-Making And Kite-Flying News
Plastic Giants? I refer to the slowly growing stable of 2.4 meter (8 feet) sparred kite designs being pumped out by yours truly. A number of nice flights were had with these, this month. A bit more of an effort to rig, naturally, but hey - don't they look good up there!
Work progresses on several fronts these days, all making for a better single-line kiting experience for you, the loyal MBK visitor. Some of it is free for all, for example the new photo gallery feature you may have noticed on some pages...
A hint - if your cursor changes to a 'pointing hand' while hovering over an image on the MBK site, try clicking it. This brings up the photo gallery which lets you view much larger and higher-quality images than you see on the page normally. Great for Pinners, if you know what that means ;-)
A lightweight KAP cradle is coming, for those who like experimenting with taking photos from up high. This is an area of growing interest for single-line kiters everywhere.
A simple but super-useful Web-app is coming - and fairly soon! This kind of app is downloaded from a website. My-best-kite.com in this case. It will then run on all the most popular smart phones and tablets.
Shifting focus somewhat from making kites to the range of things you can do with them, is a new e-course. Consider it a follow-up to the current free Beginner E-course. However, this will not be soon since a lot of content must be prepared first. Should be worth the wait though!
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Table of Contents
Visitor Contribution Of The Month
This month, I have no option but to feaure the same keen kite-flier again - the prolific Craig E...
The story, again with 4 illustrative photos, covers kite testing and flying, with some surprising 'lost and found' drama mixed in as well. Enjoy reading The Lost And Found Rokkaku Kite!
Flight Report Of The Month
I had a great flight with the big reliable Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite earlier this month. This flight report is a long-format one, complete with photos and video of the kite on the day. There's a few little kite-tethering details in there too that some may be interested in.
The blue sky was somewhat boring to capture in stills and video, but the air sure was interesting to fly in, from the kite's perspective! Here's the report, titled Multi Dowel Barn Door Kite - Rough As Guts Up There!
MBK Kite-Making News
Uuhmm, kite-making, kite-making - did any happen this month? Actually, other things have jumped the queue. However, very soon I will be repairing a broken spar on the Multi-Dowel Rokkaku and taking it out at the first opportunity.
There's the huge blue Rok in the photo. Yes, the same picture as last month!
Looking ahead a little, some future e-courses are planned which will take the reader step-by-step through some more very large kite designs. But not the standard 9 types (Sled ... Box) you have seen so far.
It's time to branch out into other areas entirely. Like a light-wind 2-line Stunt Diamond. Inspired by the famous Peter Powell design. And a super-large Fighter. Now there's a concept! Other ideas include a no-sew FlowForm or Parafoil and perhaps a second crack at a decent Genki. The first Genki, as some may remember, turned out too heavy and marginally stable and so got shelved. Plans for the next one are still floating around somewhere, on a bit of paper...
These e-courses will be of the paid variety. However, you can be sure they will represent great value.
Well, I guess it is relevant to report that the Pentax Optio WG-2 has actually seen some use lately! But not suspended from a kite-line. Instead, it's intervalometer function was used to capture a time-lapse sequence for some e-course material that is being written.
For some reason, progress on KAP in particular has been very chaotic from the start. For over a year or two now. So many ideas, and so many broken promises here in this newsletter!
However, at least a number of very big, stable kites are getting flown. The camera has been used. The weight-test half-Picavet is lying there in the shed, waiting patiently. I can feel some aerial shots coming on ... anytime now ... honestly ....
These are advertised in the right hand columns of the My Best Kite website, and occasionally referenced in the body text of some pages.
Also, have you seen the Book Catalog page?
In recent months, the number of people accessing e-books on all kinds of topics has exploded, thanks largely to the Amazon company and its increasingly popular Kindle e-reader. In fact, the term 'e-book' might soon be so well known that I can stop referring to mine as 'downloadable, printable books'!
My books are of the PDF file variety, which you can view and / or print off from PCs, Macs and other computers. A bit 'old-school' now, but still pretty handy. There are even ways to access them on the Kindle. But the way of the future is with hand-held devices that are as easy to read as paper.
A little reminder...
An MBK book is a PDF file containing text and photos which can be downloaded to your computer's hard drive. These 'e-books' are handy for either reading on-screen, or printing off to paper, which is preferable for some. With a PDF, it's very easy to just print out the pages you want. For example, a couple of Appendices plus the instructions for a single kite.
Almost the entire book-published content of this site is contained in the MBK Book Bundle. Of course, the cost is much less than buying all the books separately. Also, as time goes on, the value will increase as new products are added or existing ones extended. For example, the recently-added Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite.
Plenty of people are signing up for the MBK Beginner eCourse. Feel free to reply to this email if you have tried it and have a comment or 2. A more advanced course is in the pipeline.
Issued on Tuesday, April 30th 2013 Issue #0069
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