Two different stunt kites can be stacked

by Dean Wardell
(Vanessa, Ontario, Canada)



Thanks Tim for your encouragement to go ahead and give it a try. I had no idea if it was even possible. All of the photos and information I could find online was from people stacking the exact same kites. But as you can see in the photos, I took my two kites out into the white Canadian sand today and gave it a go.

The end kite is my new 2.4m Prism Hypnotist, purchased online for around $150 USD. The lead kite is my first stunt kite. It is a 1.4m Albatross, purchased online for around $26 USD.

I made 5 equal length (90cm) stacking lines from the string that came with the inexpensive kite and I used the Spectra lines that came with the Prism kite as fly lines. I have an anemometer that I measure the wind with and I was getting readings fluctuating between 2 and 8 kmh with gusts in the 12-15 kmh range.

The duo was a little tricky to launch because they wanted to turn sharply and land nose down back on the ground. I was surprised that I was able to cartwheel them together back into the launch position most of the time.

Once in the air they flew perfectly together at 8 kmh. I didn’t try anything too fancy, just some spins, figure 8’s, loops and stuff. The only time they came out of sync was when the wind dropped below 4 kmh and they went into a stall. Not surprisingly, the larger kite fell a little faster than the smaller one but thanks the many hours of practicing landings with a single kite, I was able to land them together in the launch position more often that not.

I did notice a considerable difference in the pull of the two kites in the 15kmh gusts. I had to lean back and hold on! Now I understand why most stacks are made with smaller kites and I will make sure I don’t try this in stronger winds.

Thanks again Tim.

Keep up the good work. I love your website!

Comments for Two different stunt kites can be stacked

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 05, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Back in the day ,,. (Anonymous)
by: Dean Wardell

Since I posted the story I have stacked many different sizes of stunt kites, up to 5 in a stack. I put the largest kite at the top of the stack and the smallest one attached to the control strings and if the wind is proper I have always had good success!

I encourage you to get out the old kites and give it a try. You might have a good time!

Jul 05, 2017
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Back in the Day?
by: Anonymous

Hi

Many years ago I was very keen on kiting...

I had/have a Dunford flying machine + several original Peter Powells. Also loads of books so made my own (loved Vietnamese 'fighting' ones... single string jobs!).

I also have several cheap plastic diamond kites (sorry, forget the manufacturer/ Worlds Apart?) and they came with string 'links' to enable you to stack them! The most I did was 6 diamonds!... Simply made additional string attachments to the main cross spreader of each diamond... about 1 metre apart. All worked a treat!

I have been on Google/Ebay etc today... and sadly can't see any cheap kites that could do the same. Maybe the Brookite Diamond could be used?

But even they = about £50+ for only 5. Very tempted to get back to the kites at the back of the garage and dust them off!

Apr 05, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Cool story, excellent descriptions
by: Florida Flyer

I have to admit that I am very new to stunt kite flying. But the idea to have 2 kites stacked sounds very exciting. Thanks for the great descriptions Dean. If I ever get 2 kites of my own I'll give it a go myself.

Apr 04, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Experimentation
by: Tim Parish

From my own and others' experience with kites in general - sometimes you never know until you 'give it a go'!

Stunt flyers are in the minority of visitors to this site - but they will find your story interesting for sure. A few might rush out and try it for themselves.

Let's see, we have a $10 delta 2-liner and the latest Peter Powell diamond stunter. That would be bizarre...

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Flying Kites - Most Recent Stories.




E-book special of the month (25% off)...

Click to get 'Making The MBK Parachute Kite'

This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

Every kite design in the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...

  • Materials are plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
  • Tools are a ruler, scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
  • All cuts are along straight lines.

For the greatest chance of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough, since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small differences from my original.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Parachute 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.

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.



What's New!

  1. Rokkaku Kite

    Aug 16, 17 06:00 AM

    This previously published page is full of general info on this type of kite, including some history. With a video clip and a good photo, it's worth checking out...

    Read More









 


E-books


Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!



More E-books...





Testimonials
(unedited)

"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

_________________

"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."

_________________

"I've just bought your super e-book and spent most of last night pouring through all the great stuff in it!

Very detailed and USEFUL information - thanks for such a great book."

_________________

"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"

_________________

"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

thank you"




Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!



More E-books...





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