The Bristol Kite Festival
One Of The Biggest, Best And Oldest
The Bristol Kite Festival, officially the Bristol International Festival of Kites and Air Creations is just one of many International kite festivals around the world. In most cases, they are held once every year.
How can I sum up everything that this massive event is, in just a few lines? I'm going to try! The Bristol festival is...
- 2 days of non-stop wind-driven flying, art and culture, both air-based and ground-based
- a partnership between the festival and the Bristol Children's Hospital charity
- a forum for international goodwill and showcasing the world's best in kiting
- a platform for breaking world kiting records, such as 'the largest kite to fly'
- an excuse for any member of the public to go out and fly their favorite kite as part of the festival
Having existed for more than 20 years, each year tends to have
the same main features as the year before. But I'm sure the organizers
try to get hold of something new and even rather special each time!
Regarding the last point in the list up there, this Rainbow Kid's Delta Kite
on Amazon would have to be a good choice, going by the reviews.
Bristol Kite Festival Highlights
I can feel another list coming on... Here it is, a summary of some great
things that were planned for what happened yesterday and the day
before! Yes, after finally getting around to writing the first draft of
this page about the 2007 festival, I discovered that it all happened
last weekend. :-/ On the opposite side of the planet... I'm in Adelaide,
South Australia, you see.
- Wallace & Gromit drew attention to the hospital charity in a special angel kite show
- large, spectacular sea-themed kites wowed the crowd, including a 30 meter long multicolored
- kite surfers demonstrated their extreme sport
- traditional Japanese fighting kites engaged in aerial combat
- more extreme sports - traction kites pulled buggies and land boards
- kite-making workshops were held for the kids
- a massive kite flew, in fact the world's biggest kite, the size of an Olympic swimming pool!
On that last point, did it actually fly? Hopefully it did, at some stage over the 2 days. It can't handle strong gusty wind.
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide
Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the
canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell
kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to
38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in
the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls
firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while
Every kite design in
the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...
- Materials are
plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
- Tools are a ruler,
scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
- All cuts are
along straight lines.
For the greatest chance
of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For
example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line
type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough,
since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small
differences from my original.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Parachute kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.
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.
Aug 23, 17 06:00 AM
This previously published page gives a quick insight into the structure and materials of the original 'War Kites' by Samuel Cody. Plus some history and photos of course. Intriguing stuff...
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