Very few designs beat the Baby Bat Kite for long-term popularity. Modern versions of this little kids Delta have hardly changed from the original.
You can still see this iconic design promoted here and there as an ideal starter kite for kids! Also, particularly in the U.S., older kite fliers still reminisce about the timeless Baby Bat.
Which brings me to 2 other related kites from the same company. I might as well mention them since they are based on a very similar sail outline...
The Super Bat Kite, at 110 cm (50 inches) across, was a little
bigger than the Baby Bat, which was (and is!) about 93 cm (42 inches)
Also, the Super bat had a somewhat more realistic 'head'. If
you could call it that! See down there in the photo.
The other one was the Sky Spy Kite, which had similar 'monster eyes' to the others, except on a plainer-looking white sail.
I guess the emphasis was those ghoulish eyes, hence the name. Spying from on high, in the sky, logically enough.
However, I'm not going to recommend the latest Super Bat design on Amazon, since the reviews are mixed to say the least!
Another possibility would be to make your own Delta in dowel and plastic. Then get a permanent marker and add those eyes...
Making The MBK Dowel Delta Kite is a printable e-book. It's a PDF file download.
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
A Closer Look At The Baby Bat Kite
Clever monster eyes - look carefully
Right from the earliest one, the sail was jet black plastic, with a
scalloped trailing edge, to give it that 'bat' kind of feel.
Out In The Field
Delta kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
mentioned, 2 'monster eyes' adorned the nose area of the sail. Complete
with livid red veins, which, if you looked very carefully,
actually spelled out the name of the company which created them. Some
people out there weren't aware of this quite subtle detail for many
years, even decades!
A generous keel was intended to keep the Baby Bat kite stable. I suspect
though, that quite a few would have swerved into the ground at high
speed during enthusiastic handling by child fliers! The standard flying
line was generally 60 meters (200 feet) of cotton or twine, packaged
with the kite.
The earliest of these kites used dowel rods as spars. It
seems this was still the case in the early 80s, but at some point a
switch was made to using plastic spars. The very earliest Baby Bats are
now worth a lot more than the materials! Apparently, mint condition examples from 1972 and 1973 have fetched close to US$100 when auctioned.
Regarding the rather large bat design in the video below, the crowd loved it when the wind picked up and the kite started to flap! We spotted it at the Adelaide International Kite Festival, where it was anchored to the jetty on a fairly short line.
With a little zoom, the kite loomed large in the viewfinder.....