Peter Powell Stack Of 6 Diamond Kites

Q:
I was given a couple old Peter Powell kites. One a nice tricolor and a stack kite with 6 diamond kites. The stack has never been flown and the control strings are still tied.

Two questions...

1) How hard is it to fly and how much will it pull?

2) How much is it worth. Just hate to break anything that might be worth something being an amateur at kite flying.


A:

Even now and again, someone contacts this site having unearthed a mint condition PP kite. But not so often a complete stack! I bet some collectors out there would be most interested.

To answer your questions...

1) Although I have never flown one, I believe Peter Powells are quite easy to fly compared to many modern stunt kites. A single kite would have a firm pull that would be no trouble for an adult or most teenagers to handle, even in fresh breezes.

With increased sail area comes a corresponding increase in line tension though. So the stack will pull nearly six times harder! An average adult would be able to fly them in anything up to 'fresh' conditions - but for how long would be the question! An expert veteran could stand there for ages, but a less experienced (muscle-toned?!) person would soon be landing the kites and complaining about the pain in their arms.

In the right wind conditions, a stack of 6 might be quite manageable for 15 or 20 minutes at a time. For a male adult flier of average build. That's only a guess on my part. But you see all the factors at play - number of kites in the stack, wind speed, flier's strength / weight.

I'm basing these thoughts on some material I read regarding multi-kite record-setting and competition flying in the 80s and 90s.

2) Although Peter Powells are so very well known and getting quite old now, at the end of the day they are just relatively simple kites made from inexpensive materials. Hence it seems their value is limited.

From the various attempts I have made over the past couple of years to find examples of what they sell for, it seems the value might not exceed a few tens of dollars / pounds per kite for quite some time. If I'm wrong on that, somebody please comment!

You can always try listing on eBay for around $50, and perhaps re-list every couple of weeks at a lower price. Until you get some bites.

Just a had a quick look online, and there's a great video of someone flying a stack of 11 PP Diamonds at a beach. Search on 'peter powell stack'.

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