Unusual Kite Shapes

Downright Funny In Some Cases!

There are some fairly unusual kite shapes in these half dozen large photos, I think you'll agree! In gathering these, I steered clear of unusual kites that are easily found in on-line kite shops, festival photo galleries or other listings. So here they are, from the Flikr community to you...

This design could be called a Cowboy Duck Kite, and would not be out of place on my Funny Kites page! What a mixture of kite shapes. The upper end looks like half a Rokkaku, while the bottom end vaguely resembles a Roller.

I like how the lines tethering the lower sail help to define the edges of the face. Even the lines were not there, the overall effect is still that of a face. Well, a cartoon duck head anyway. The design seems pretty sound actually. I can imagine it flying high and stable on a long line.

It's not often you come across a genuinely asymmetric kite. In this case, the main lifting portion of the design is based on a Delta. However, from the trailing edge back, the left and right sides have several differences in outline.

But of course, the thing that leaps out at you is the very appealing Panda image! A real attention-getting kite, this one, even if its size is not particularly impressive.

The basic outline of this kite has some similarities to the well-known Butterfly kite shapes. That is, an upper and lower set of lifting surfaces, with a central lifting surface as well. On a Butterfly, it's the single set of wings that takes on this general shape, since the body is either painted-on or a quite slim 3D construction.

This turtle has realistic 'flippers' for sails, surrounding a 'shell', plus a 3D body which inflates from the 'mouth' air vent. All up, a fairly un-common creature kite if you ask me! I can't imagine it being a super-efficient flier. But as long as it stays up there, showing off its looks, that's all that is needed.

This 3D Shark kite shares some similarities to the turtle, in its basic configuration. Flat sails, coupled with a semi-inflatable 3D body. The realistic tail, dorsal fin and mouth detail combine to make a smile-provoking kite! It has the ability to make a very funny first impression.

Again, I don't think anyone would buy something like this for its flying characteristics! Part of the humor lies in the fact that it is not as realistic as one of those giant inflatable Killer Whale kites, for example. Do you agree?

This Ladybug kite is quite a unique design! A really creative 'art kite'. The general outline is very roughly like Diamond kite shapes, in that the maximum sail area occurs less than 50 percent of the distance from the nose to the tail end. Of course, the different colored segments making up the 'wings' ensure that no-one would ever point at it and say 'oh, look at that Diamond kite!'.

Don't you love the tail on this thing - another little Ladybug! Well, I'm sure it works. Anything light enough and with enough air resistance will work as a stabilizing kite tail.

Now, I've seen this rotating Hex box kite idea in a kite shop listing or 2, but decided to include it here anyway. It's just so far removed from most kite shapes people are familiar with! In fact, I saw one of these at a recent festival, quite high up and rotating slowly and mysteriously in the breeze. Have another look at the photo and see how those little triangular sails are set at an angle to the breeze.

OK, this hexagonal box kite is hanging up indoors... But just imagine it on the end of a flying line, with a long rod poked through those axle-holes so the whole thing can rotate without snaring the bridle lines. An interesting box kite indeed!

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The Dopero is someone's clever idea to combine 2 Roller kites! Double Pearson Roller is where the name comes from. The resulting flat portion of sail in the middle makes this a very efficient design in light wind.

Even more so than the Roller before it, this kite has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version also excels in light winds.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes somewhat more time to make. With the help of my instructions, it's still do-able by a beginner.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Dopero 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.

This Dopero can fly in quite a wide range of wind speeds thanks to the 4-pont bridle. The bridle lines keep the frame more rigid than a 2-point bridle could. 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.

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