Kite For Reno Wind

by Gary
(Reno, NV, USA)

Q:

I haven't built a kite in 45 years, the wind in Reno, Nevada is strong. What do you suggest besides retirement?

A:

I was actually in a similar boat before I started this website ;-) Maybe for about 35 yrs - anyway...

My Dowel Box kite (fresh wind version) can handle quite a lot of wind. Although I don't have free instructions for it on my site, the ebook for it contains everything you could possibly need to complete it successfully and get it into the air.

All you need is 3/16" wooden dowel, wood glue, some drop-sheet plastic and packing tape.

This 50-lb. Kite Spool with 500' of Twisted Dacron Line would be perfect for flying this kite in stiff winds.

Check out this real-life story of how the Dowel Box kite flew for me one day. I would say it might be quite handy for entertainment during retirement...

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  1. Flight Report:
    Sea-sick Barn Door Kite

    Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM

    This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...

    In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.

    It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.

    Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.

    A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.

    Huge Homemade Kites And Aerial Photography: This is often the topic for posts which appear here. New things are always being tried so sign up for my newsletter to stay right up to date with the latest developments!

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