A lot of people these days are interested in making stunt kites. Are you one of them? To save you the trouble, I've gone on a big web search to uncover as many books on this topic as I could find.
It turns out there's just a few very detailed and well-illustrated books that are very well known and widely used.
However, there are also a number of older books that might be cheaper. You might still find something you want to build, each book of kite making instructions has its strengths. Maybe you'll come across something really unusual which will turn heads when other kite-flyers see it!
Some general points...
|Title||The Kite Making Handbook|
|Author(s)||Rossella Guerra and Giuseppe Ferlegna|
|Publisher||David & Charles Publishers - March 2004|
128 pages. Mainly about single liners, but does have a section on making stunt kites. There are a few 2 and 4 line kite designs.
|Title||How to Make and Fly Stunt Kites|
|Publisher||Parragon Publishing 2001|
|Title||Making and Flying Stunt Kites and One-liners|
|Publisher||Sterling, July 1997|
80 pages, hardcover also available. Covers construction and flying of
some more unusual stunt kites as well. For example, some with tails,
domed wings and box structures.
|Title||Stunt Kites II|
|Author(s)||Servaas van der Horst and Nop Velthuizen|
|Publisher||The Netherlands, THOTH Publishers, May 1995|
This is the revised edition. An errata is available for the first edition.
|Title||Skywork II Experience|
|Publisher||self-published by Skywork-Agency, Hamburg 1993|
Stunt kite plans for the Arrow, Elegance, Nodronte, Flitz Jr.,
Wolkenstuermer 101, Hunter, Lite Flite S, Bombus and Stunt Starte. Does
not contain a single photo, each kite is drawn as an aquarelle by the
well-known German photographer Bernhard Maas.
|Title||Leistungsstarke Lenkdrachen zum Nachbauen|
|Publisher||Ravensburger Verlag, 1993|
In German, 96 pages. Contains plans for making stunt kites (7) and stunt
parafoils (3), amongst others. The title in English means 'Efficient
Stunt Kites to Build'.
|Title||Swept Wing Stunt Kites|
|Publisher||self published, 1990|
In depth treatment of the hows and whys of stunt kite design. The anatomy of a stunter explained. Why not be really well prepared for making stunt kites!
|Title||The Stunt Kite Book|
|Author(s)||Fujino, Alison and Benjamin Ruhe|
|Publisher||Philadelphia, PA Running Press 1989|
There have been at least 2 printings of this book for making stunt kites.
|Publisher||St Martin's Press, 1989|
Emphasis on quick and easy!
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