YOUR Pictures Of Kites!

Your Biggest, Best Or Most Colorful...

The pictures of kites featured below are contributed by visitors to this page. Except for the huge white Delta further down this page, which I snapped at a recent kite festival.

In my view, the visuals contribute a lot to the pleasures of kite flying. How these creations fly, home-made or otherwise, is only half the experience for most people.

This Rainbow Arrow Delta kite is a riot of color. Which kids love, of course. Still a good flyer though, according to the reviews.




It's Easy To Upload A Few Photos Here...

Yes, you can upload up to 4 images. Handy if you can't decide which one is the best! I'll comment on every submission that I approve.

Ideas: If it's an in-flight shot, you could ramble on about the weather at the time, how the kite behaved in the air and even such things as the reactions of onlookers or the antics of curious birds flying around the kite!

P.S. Please try to write at least 300 words to give some background to the pictures. Don't worry, a few short paragraphs soon add up :-)

Kite Pictures Left By Others

Click below to see photos of some interesting kites from other visitors to this page...

Christmas Day in Illinois 
I have flown my kites in December before, but yesterday was my first Christmas Day flight. Beautiful day.

Delta Double Box Kite for Fishing 
Here's two pics of a kite I made for myself for surf fishing. I just Googled 'Lifting kites' and so much stuff came up it was incredible. Anyway, the …

My Flat Diamond Kite 
This is an experiment building flat Diamond kites without the usual bowed or dihedral form and keeping the spine unattached to the cross-spar. This …

Eddy Currents 
“Spring is here, the sun is shining… well…now it’s raining.” “Let’s wait five minutes” “Now it’s kinda sunny, but super gusty” Much were my frustrated …

Adelaide Kiteflyers
November Kitefly
 
Last Sunday saw several of us down at the beach near Fort Glanville (Semaphore Park). The wind was around 18 to 20 knots with gusts up to 25 - as capably …

My Original Bird Kite 
My attempt at making a bird kite - with inspiration from George Peters' kites that I viewed online.

Balsa Box Kites 
I have made a couple of box kites with balsa and heat shrink Mylar - the kind model airplanes use. They are super light but I have not found the right …

Box Kites Over Lebanon, USA. 
Sadly, this was going to be the last outing to "the park" in Lebanon so I wanted to do something special in view of this. Since then, we have moved …

Art kites - my new passion 
I love creating these finely crafted pieces of art - that fly!

Brennan's Blustery Hot Air Balloon Box Kite 
I've often wondered what is so alluring about building and flying kites. For me, a big part of it is the "creation" or "process" if you will. There's …

My new 6-foot Barn Door kite 
After my initial success with the 4-foot Barn Door kite last fall, I decided to build the 6-foot version next. I finally got to fly it at the local riverside …

Fresh Winds Dowel Box Kite 
I finished making your fresh wind Dowel Box kite. I used 1/4" dowels for a little extra strength. The kite was flying in 16-20 mph winds. Gusts were …

My 2nd Cody Warkite Success 
Hi there, me again Mark from the philippines. This is my 2nd Cody kite made from bamboo sticks, japanese paper, paste and string. There's a kite making …

Cody War-Kite Success 
Success Tim! Success! It is made from bamboo, Japanese paper, paste and triple sewing string. I can't believe it... it flies stable. Many people want …

The home made twisted box kite 
There is a long story behind this unique specimen. Although this type of kite is found fairly often in the high end kiting stores, to me, spinning box …

The Listing Rhomboid Box Kite 
At one point in time I thought newspaper would be a good sail material... Then I tried using it on a box kite. Let's just say my use of newspaper sails …

A Kite Building Challenge... 
...A delta-style kite without a horizontal spreader spar. From playing around with some kite designs in folded A4 paper and use of straws for spars …

Fish Dopero 
I made this Fish Dopero from the MBK plans over the last 2 evenings. I adapted the techniques a bit for some ripstop nylon I had (from an old spinnaker …

Mini Gallery - Multiple Kites In Flight  
9 Foot delta with laundry plus small Wild Horses delta. Lake Michigan, Muskegon, in Michigan

Big Diamond Kite 
I took the kite plans on Tim's site here (thanks Tim) and stepped them up. This big Diamond kite is 8 ft. at the tips. I just flew it in Tybee Island …

New Kite Tails 
I made the tails for this kite from nylon. The kite is 7 feet across the bottom. The tails are 2 ft. wide x 10 ft. long. I just went to the beach 24th …

Dragon kite 
This 23 ft dragon kite took me about 4 months to design and make and over 30 hrs to sew it. I have shown it in the past at Weymouth and Bristol kite festivals. …

Kite-flying at West Coast Park 
Today is the 3rd time we went for kite-flying at West Coast Park, thanks to my brother-in-law, Tim who made us a kite when he came to Singapore with May …

Flying With No Wind 
One of my goals is to fly kites in every month of the year, not just when it is warm. This was inspired when I saw kites flying in China in temperatures …

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Simpler Power Sled 
A while back I asked about the function of the partitioned cells in the Power or Double Sled Kite. I decided to test the design with simple cells instead …

"A" Form Three Stick Kite made with Tyvek covering 
My wife had cancer and I wanted to contribute something for the cause of cancer survivors so I made a kite. It is a basic A frame. See pictures. …

My first attempt at kite building 
After finding "My Best Kite" web site and reading the monthly updates from Tim for months, my kids gave me a Christmas gift of a kite building book, "Kites …

Ring Kites at an Indian Kite Festival 
This is my ring photo. Both ring kites were made by me. Black ring diameter is 55 feet & orange ring diameter is 30 feet. I flew them at the International …

Tetra Kites 
Inspired by a recent question about tetrahedral kites, I found some 'spoon straws' at a local variety store. I gather the spoon bit on the end is used …

Seaside, OR, US 
Just a tiny kite, one of several on this trip. This is a DC made from mylar wrapping paper and small (2x30 mm sticks). The size determinate was the mylar …

Mini Gallery - Static Kite Displays 
Pictured - myself, Paavan Solanki, one the leading international kite flyers from India. I have participated in the Borneo International kite festivals …

Rock My Rok 
I've had so much fun with your kite instructions, and the Rok caught my eye because I've tried several versions. I like your bridle ratio, easy and foolproof. …

Mini Gallery - Single Kite In Flight 
Donned my coat in 40 degree (F) weather and headed out to the beach. What a lovely day.....! Rekindling the kite flying bug from childhood. Purchased …

Rogallo Flexible Kite (Flexikite) 
Replica of a Rogallo Flexikite. Tarp material was used as Mylar was rather hard to find in the proper thickness. Completely sparless single membrane plastic …

Kiting in Illinois Not rated yet
It was an incredibly beautiful day here in Illinois before winter arrives. I had my Dragon tail Delta up over 50m when I realized how beautiful the sky …

Traditional Indian Kites Not rated yet
If you want to see kite-making in India, using traditional methods, please come to Hyderabad. These fighter kite designs come in a range of types and sizes. …

West Coast Park Kites Not rated yet
A few days ago now, we were at West Coast Park in Singapore for some kite flying. We are on holiday over here for a couple of weeks. My brother-in-law …

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Pictures Of Kites - a guge white Delta we saw at a festival.

Feel free to contribute here if you have a...

  1. Photo of a good-looking home-made kite. On-the-ground close-up or an in-flight shot, it doesn't matter. Just fill the frame with the kite, and try to ensure it is well-lit by sunlight or flash.
  2. Nice photo of a shop-bought kite, or kites. Some of the pricier ones are very tastefully designed!
  3. Great kite photo, where the art is in the photo itself. In this case, it doesn't matter if the kite isn't in the foreground.




Want To Contribute? Please Read...

Your fellow kite-fanciers who browse through here will really appreciate any extra info you can supply. The kite pictures are 'the main thing' sure, but people will love it if you type in a short description of your building techniques, materials and so on. Or if not a home-build, where did you buy it and what is it called? Just in case people say 'I want one!'

Now, a couple of tips for best results...

Pictures of kites straight from your camera can be uploaded successfully. However, transferring these large raw digital images can take many minutes over a slow Internet connection. Re-sizing the image to around 100Kb or so will still result in a high-quality image on a computer screen.

For maximum impact on my site, a photo that's taller than it is wide works best. This way, when my site re-sizes the photo to fit the page, it will appear as large as possible.

When photographing something like this Rainbow Arrow Delta kite, try to get the sail off towards one corner, rather than bang in the middle. It just makes for a more interesting photo!



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Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

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What's New!

  1. YOUR Kite Aerial Photography

    Dec 07, 16 09:00 AM

    This page features some KAP work by site visitors. From the 'just having a go' to the rather more professional!

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7