Kites: Site Blog

Welcome to this fun and educational Site Blog page on kites.

Keeping you up to date with our Flight Report posts and interesting kite-related news stories from around the world. Plus the occasional contribution from a visitor, which often includes photos or links to videos.

My own Flight Report videos pop up on the MBK Facebook page nearly every week.

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Here's all the latest posts - enjoy....

Apr 27, 2017

Flight Report:
MBK Octopus #2 Floats

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, just like the big ones, the best position seems to be way forward of the leading edge.

With the average wind strength somewhat lower than yesterday, it was a chore trying to get much line out. Eventually I tried raking the bridle lines forward by an extra 15 degrees or so. This was done as the kite flew on the bridle only, giving me a chance to tweak individual lines to even it all up. Carefully, I tied a new knot into the bunch of lines, just a few cm closer to the kite than the old knot.

Immediately, the octopus was able to gain height in slower air than before. And it seemed quite stable. An extra meter on all the tails was helping out there!

Unfortunately, the kite still struggles with extra wind speed, tending to loop at not much more wind pressure than it takes to climb.

On the plus side, the MBK Octopus is currently capable of sitting up there for minutes at a time in the right wind. Looking 'like a bought one' except for the yet-to-be-marked eyes and suckers!

- Tim P.

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 26, 2017

The Adelaide Kite Festival

Coincidentally, this previously published page has recently been updated. The Adelaide International Kite Festival for 2017 was held earlier this month...

Continue reading "The Adelaide Kite Festival"

Apr 26, 2017

Flight Report:
MBK Octopus #2 Does Better

The second Octopus prototype was put in the air at the big kite festival last week...

But it was a case of 'back to the drawing board'. The kite was not quite stable, even in smooth air at an ideal strength. It was clear though, that once stable, this Octo was going to fly at a much steeper line angle than #1. So, after shifting 2 unnecessary bridle lines from the top corners to a couple of lower positions and allowing more air into the side cells, it was time for another try...

Today was moderately windy with small rain showers drifting through. Gusts into the mid or high 20s in kph. Enough sun had come out to dry the grass to a reasonable state, so out I went.

After a brief fly, some plastic loops were attached to the middle 2 tubular tails, just to check the effect of more tail drag. Stability was now reasonable, although excessive wind strength kept looping the kite. Just like a kid's Diamond on a far too windy day.

The outline around the top of the octopus needs a bit of work. When fully pressurized, the shape around the top was far from smooth. Somewhat un-octopus-like!

For a few seconds at a time when the wind strength was not too strong, this kite soared up high. At least 45 degrees of line angle, which is great for an Octopus.

So - longer tails are needed. Making the central 2 from heavier plastic will help too. However, adding 3D suckers - while very effective - would be a big burden on people wanting to make the kite for themselves. Hence I won't go there!

- Tim P.

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 23, 2017

Adelaide Kite Festival 2017

Adelaide Kite Festival 2017 - Views from the air and from the sand.

Continue reading "Adelaide Kite Festival 2017"

Apr 21, 2017

Global News Report:
Kite Fighting In Myanmar (Burma)

They take their kite fighting seriously in S.E. Asia! This is a great article...

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Zaw Win looked up at the sky. In the blazing April afternoon heat, he glanced at his watch and whispered to his assistant: “Today is a good day to fly”.

Participants from across the country have come to the 13th Myanmar Kite Flying and Fighting Championships. Participants from across the country have come to the 13th Myanmar Kite Flying and Fighting Championships.

An announcer then beckoned the 57-year-old to walk onto the field. U Zaw Win took his place, opened a bag and pulled out a single paper kite. The assistant produced all sorts of wooden kite reels. It’s showtime at the 13th Myanmar Kite Flying and Fighting Championships.

U Zaw Win – who resides in Kyi Myin Daing – is one of Yangon’s better-known kite fighters.

It’s a sport that many may be unfamiliar with. Participants send their kites into the air then attempt to bring down their competitor’s kites. How? The strings are coated with ground glass – making them razor-sharp.

Winners manage to cut their opponents kites to tatters while staying aloft.

The sport of kite fighting can be found in many regions of the world but it is particularly popular in Pakistan and other areas in the Indian subcontinent.

“I have loved kite flying since I was 10,” U Zaw Win told Weekend.

The strings are coated with ground glass – making them dangerously sharp. The strings are coated with ground glass – making them dangerously sharp.

“But when I was 19, I suffered an injury while flying my kite,” he said – proving that the sport is not for the faint-hearted.

He gradually started up again some years later and is now established in the kite fighting scene.

“Most people say that kite flying is for those who don’t have proper jobs. You can easily teach kite flying but not kite fighting. It’s detailed work that can only be done with training and experience.”

U Zaw Win has competed since the first Kite Flying and Fighting Championships back in 1998 and has never missed a year.

He has won several prizes along the way including runner-up and first place prizes.

At the 2017 event, more than 150 kite aficionados from around the country are gathering at the Old Kyaikkasan Racecourse grounds until tomorrow.

(You can read the rest at the URL below...)

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SOURCE: Myanmar Times

URL: http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/lifestyle/25637-battle-of-the-kites.html

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"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 19, 2017

My Bazzer Asteroid

One of those kites that I sought after and was finally able to add to my bag. I do not possess the skill to make something of such caliber.

Continue reading "My Bazzer Asteroid"

Apr 19, 2017

Pictures of Kites

This collection of kite photos is unique, being entirely from visitors to the My Best Kite website. Have a look around, and add something of your own, if you like! ...

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Apr 19, 2017

Flight Report:
AIKF 2017!

To expand that brief title - 'the Adelaide International Kite Festival 2017' has just finished...

A full website page is coming, as usual for this annual event, but here are some snippets from the past long week-end. This year, in great weather, the event broke a number of records. For example, the number of kite fliers on the beach and the number of stall-holders on the fore-shore. Due to all 3 days being flyable, it's possible that the records for attendance and donation take might have fallen as well.

Many spanking-new inflatable show kites were aloft on all three days - although the winds were rather light and fickle on Monday.

For such an action-packed event, a list is most appropriate to highlight just some of the attractions...

  • The Phoenix Kite Collective from Queensland wowed the crowd time and time again with up to seven 4-line stunt kites performing routines to music.
  • Robert Brasington from Tasmania put up kite-train displays of his unique and world-class art kite designs.
  • Massive Peter Lynn inflatable kites were on show - direct from the factory in New Zealand.
  • There were tasteful monochrome single-liners by Tony Rice, a noted artist from Queensland. All in special Japanese paper, bamboo and dowel.
The list could go on for a while. Endless kiting quantity and quality was on show!

- Tim P.

"Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and fly something high tomorrow!

Apr 15, 2017

Easy. Cheap. And Fun as Fudge.

I am 15 and had to make a kite for my math class (following it's geometric meaning and characteristics and all that), and I made this kite in 1-2 hours.

Continue reading "Easy. Cheap. And Fun as Fudge."

Apr 12, 2017

History of Chinese Kites

This previously published page summarizes the enormously long history of kites in China. The further you go back, the more controversial some of the details may be, in academic circles. But see what you think...

Continue reading "History of Chinese Kites"

 

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