Cool Kites

A Small But Intriguing Gallery

I promise you, there are some seriously cool kites in this small but high-quality collection of images! There was no real point in trying to categorize, so here they are, 12 of them from top to bottom. I found something cool about each one, and you will obviously have your own preferences. So scroll all the way down :-)

Over there, a classic Delta from an old but well-known kite company. 

Who knows how many thousands of kids (and adults!) considered this design cool enough to rush out and buy it! Those eyes can be seen from quite a distance...

You have to wonder what effect the eyes have on various bird species. Would the birds be curious, or just scared witless?

Check out this seriously cool Stowaway Delta on Amazon. Few kites get such consistently high reviews.

Cool Kites From Everywhere

What's the first thing you think of, associated with the word 'cool'? Sunglasses, right? So, this snazzy Diamond kite just has to be cool! If it's a retail kite, I bet it sells pretty well too.

A well-crafted and colored 3D Dragon can't fail to get attention! Particularly if it is reasonably big and long. I thought this one was pretty cool. As you can imagine, making one of these is quite a project. Sort of like doing a painting and making a large model aircraft all rolled into one!

This pretty cool kite is in the same vein as the previous one, except it is based on a real rather than a fictional creature. I thought the limbs really set it off, despite most of the representation just being painted on. Or perhaps sewn on! I've read that these kinds of kites can be quite difficult to 'get right' in terms of flyability. This one seems to be hanging up there OK.

In one sense, this isn't so cool since it's just a fairly ordinary traditional Box kite. But I thought the photo was exceptional. It's rare to see a decent shot of both flier and kite like this. It just makes you want to go out and fly a Box kite! Which is cool.

On second thoughts, it's actually a rather neatly constructed and attractive kite, despite being a fairly small traditional Box design...

When it comes to box kites, the larger the better. This Delta Conyne looks good in its livery of warm and cool colors, despite not being a huge kite. I think, since it's hard to tell with nothing else in the picture! What's cool about these kites is that they combine the stability of the Box design with lots of extra lifting power from those Delta-kite wings.

For many kids out there, airplane designs make very cool kites indeed. Like this blue Phantom jet. If you can't afford the RC variety, a semi-scale design like this can be a reasonable substitute. Ummm well .... ;-)

Oh by the way, notice the 4-leg bridle. Unusual on such a small kite. But then again, a jet fighter just wouldn't look right, wiggling and swooping around erratically on a 1 or 2-leg bridle!

Now, I'm not a huge fan of inflatables. They are cool kites and good crowd-pullers at festivals, but I don't think I would ever find a reason to actually own one. However, having said that, don't you think that this Penguin inflatable is cute and quite adorable! Despite being as big as a small elephant...

Talking about crowd-pullers, how's this enormous Gecko inflatable! They have big bulging eyes on top of the head, which are not visible in this shot.

The Gecko just hangs there, swimming with some subtlety in the breeze. Legs and tail moving about slowly. Even the toes stay fully inflated, as the whole thing rides the wind.

This horrendously expensive but impressive creation is a lot bigger than the penguin, I'm fairly sure.

Just looking at the somewhat plain image, you might wonder how these could really be cool kites... But if you were there holding the handles, your breath would be taken away by the sheer speed and power of this set of twin Flexifoils! Cool kites indeed. Particularly if you are a stunt kite enthusiast, or any power kite flier.

Occasionally, I come across a maker of replica historical kites. These kites are cool because it's like looking way into the past. In full color, not sepia.

This aircraft-like design is a replica of the Wright Brothers' kite. Or at least, one of the models they made before tackling a full-size one that functioned as a fully controllable glider.

A nice Delta, which has an unusual trailing edge shape. The large triangular cut-outs divide the edge into 3 sections, which is then accentuated by the 3 identical tails. It's a good, eye-catching look!

Hope you enjoyed this collection of cool kites! As for having your own...

Check out this one - the Stowaway Delta on Amazon. Looks good, flies good and can put up with a few accidents.

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This printable 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 supervised!

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.

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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