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Hello fellow kite-flier,

How's the weather in the Northern Hemisphere? Down Under, there has been plenty of unseasonal rain all round the country. Not to mention several large wind storms, including the category 5 Cyclone (Hurricane) that flattened or flood-affected most of Queensland. And that's an area that makes Texas look tiny ;-)

What's this got to do with kite-flying? Not that much, apart from perhaps prodding me once again to think about designing a few high-wind kites. Designing, testing, documenting, tweaking. Fun but so time-consuming. Surprisingly, no-one responded to the high-wind kite single-question survey. With so many modern retail kites sporting very good wind ranges, and so many of you flying them, perhaps it's a non-issue. Make yourself an MBK kite for very light weather, otherwise dive into the kite bag for the shop-bought high-wind Delta or something.

For a change, a couple of visitor kite stories came in from the How To pages. That's particularly satisfying for me, since it shows somebody out there is actually bothering to make and fly the MBK designs! Human nature being what it is, I guess for every such story that comes in, 20, 50 or maybe 100 others have done something similar but just not bothered to report it here. That's OK, it will all ramp up in time. :-)

Have you noticed the new pages going up? Some are better than others, but I hope there's been at least 1 or 2 that have been interesting and / or informative for you. Might cut back to 1 every 3 days (on average) next month, so some other work can get done! Like the continually delayed KAP Project. Ahem, moving right on...

Tim P.

"Every new kite is an adventure!"

P.S. Have decided to give you a break this month. No single-question survey this time!

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Table of Contents

  1. Visitor Contribution Of The Month
  2. Kite Flying Report Of The Month
  3. MBK Kite Making News
  4. The KAP Kite Project

Visitor Contribution Of The Month

As mentioned already, a couple of stories came in from the kite-making pages of the MBK site. One from Sweden concerning a Dowel Barn Door and one from Japan regarding a Dowel Delta. Both on the same day would you believe!

The latter story, about the Dowel Delta, illustrated a couple of things about the process of making and flying your own kites. Firstly, the Delta was scaled down and done in 4mm dowel. That's the main reason for publishing measurements in Dowel Lengths. Secondly, some strong gusts eventually caused the kite to fail! Embarrassing? Well, it's not that unusual when flying light-wind kites made from hardwood dowel. Eric's attitude is great - he'll just beef up the spreader a bit and try again. End result is more kiting knowledge and a better kite!

Read about this person's first MBK Delta experience. If you have ever put together this particular kite, why not add a comment of your own...

Kite Flying Report Of The Month

As hinted at in the Title of this email, I flew a paper kite this month. Big deal, you might say. Well... this was a Sled with no separate spars. Instead, 'spars' were folded from the paper like a piece of Origami! The challenge was, to write something on the keyword phrase 'paper kite'.

Rather than write some yawn-provoking research piece on traditional paper kites, I thought this idea might really appeal to the budget and simplicity-conscious crowd. You know, the parents who just want something super-simple to whip up in a few minutes for their child to tow along and have a bit of fun.

Perhaps something similar has been done before, but it was fun developing the kite and testing a couple of versions. I'm quite proud of the result, which uses a single sheet of copier paper and not much else, to produce an air-worthy Sled kite! The wind range is naturally rather limited, but it does fly perfectly well in that range. Here's the full flight report as proof, complete with accurate wind speed data!

MBK Kite-Making News

1-Skewer Rokkaku Kite

The 1-Skewer Roller was down for construction, but time ran out. Next month perhaps!

So, the MBK Paper Sled was it for this month. Hey, I've been busy writing new pages for the site :-)

An initial version flew fine in the back yard, but the method of attaching the bridle line was going to prove difficult for people. Heck, I mucked it up myself when trying to make another kite! Driving a skewer through a layer of sticky-tape and paper was tricky. So, some extra thought went into making an even simpler and fool-proof way of getting an accurate and secure connection.

Here's the resulting page on A Paper Kite For Kids. The video down the bottom shows the kite as a long gust of almost-moderate strength came through. The day was nearly calm, with thermals in the local area.

The KAP Kite Project

Yep, nothing to report this month. However, if you are a new subscriber...

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Issued on Tuesday, Feb 22nd 2011 Issue #0043
My Best Kite
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