Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)





Sunday 9th February dawned windy and stayed that way all day. On the beach you could stay there for one hour or two and save on your ? weekly ? monthly dermabrasion treatment!

After midday Andy Rendell, Tim Parish and family and Michael Fardon braved the elements. Whilst we flew a few smaller kites the only one that reveled in the elements was Michael's small stunter kite - too quick to get a photo however.

After some previous challenges with the golf buggy converted for use carrying kites on and off the beach with a plastic bin I added a long handle bar at the back to help tip the buggy back onto its rear (doubled) wheels. For a rough and ready adaption performed on the Saturday (with the hardware store man shaking his head with that expression 'it aint going to work!') the contraption worked a treat!

Our next fly at Fort Glanville (south of Semaphore beach) is 9th March.

Work on planning the Festival at Easter (19th to 21st April) at Semaphore Beach is progressing well. See you there!

Comments for Adelaide Kite Flyers
February kite fly

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Feb 10, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Stunt Kite
by: Tim Parish

Yes, it was windy down there, with one gust to 50kph. A couple of larger kites were up too, a parafoil and a Sled.

Some interesting background on the little stunt kite... Called 'The Nipper', it is an early Tasmanian design. One of the first Delta stunters in the country.

Simple Delta outline with a single spreader rather close to the trailing edge. Boy, it sure nipped around the sky! Michael was flying it on good lines - might have been Spectra, although I didn't ask. Very little stretch and quite thin for minimal air resistance.

The kite is not as nimble as modern designs apparently, but looked like a lot of fun to fly. For me it also brought back memories of fast aerobatic control-line model aircraft in the 1970s.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Flying Kites - Most Recent Stories.




E-book special of the month (25% off)...


The
Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond. 

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



What's New!

  1. Parafoil Kites

    Nov 30, 16 06:00 AM

    A previously published page, describing three different kinds of parafoils. Illustrated with some great close-up photos...

    Read More









 


E-books


Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!



More E-books...





Testimonials
(unedited)

"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

_________________

"I've just bought your super e-book and spent most of last night pouring through all the great stuff in it!

Very detailed and USEFUL information - thanks for such a great book."

_________________

"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"

_________________

"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

thank you"




Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!



More E-books...





Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7