A Success Story With A Roller Kite

by Craig Ensey
(Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA)

Taken on my birthday over in Newport, Oregon

Taken on my birthday over in Newport, Oregon

So, got inspired to build a Roller by this site. It took about 6 hours, but I used taffeta nylon instead of a bag. It was OK for a first try...

When I got to the beach over in Newport, Oregon I let it out in about 8 mph winds hoping for the best. I flew from altitudes varying from 100-300 feet and it flew great the whole time. I'm thinking about switching to bigger cross spars like 1/4" 'cause they bend a lot. I'm thinking bigger is better, yes?!

It's a great design... If you're thinking of building one - DO IT!

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Stiff breeze
by: Tim Parish

8mph winds are a little stiff for this design if made exactly according to instructions, yes. Give 1/4" dowel a try if you are likely to fly in this kind of breeze most of the time.

I fly my Roller in the lightest of breezes, and usually in thermal conditions inland.

Thanks for encouraging other would-be kite builders out there!

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