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...
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
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
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
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.
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
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- Materials are
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- Tools are a ruler,
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- All cuts are
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differences from my original.
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Apr 27, 17 02:40 AM
I'm still getting used to how far forward the towing point has to be on 'fat' kites...
First, it was the MBK Parafoil - the towing point needed to be level with the leading edge. Now, with the Octopus…
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