Oldest MBK 2-Skewer Delta
Oldest MBK 2-Skewer Delta
Anyone who's been out flying kites will have a story or 2 to tell. Particularly, it seems, if a favorite kite managed to find it's freedom!
Also, in this age of cheap and convenient digital photography, plenty of good kite imagery has been taken. Some of it ends up on-line, on sites like this one. Not to mention plenty of personal Facebook and Pinterest accounts!
Feel like typing something in right now? You can do that in the next section down there on this page. Within 24 hours you'll see your story pop up in the site blog page, which is under the what's new!
link in the menu. Near the top of this page.
There's no need for 'polished writing' - just rattle on for a few paragraphs and I will take care of any little typos or slips.
There's a few real gems to be found among the tales of flying kites and photos people have already added to this site.
What's YOUR Best Kite?
For many of us here, it's usually the last one we've made. But it might also be the last one you've bought.
If you've been flying something amazing recently, why not type in a few paragraphs about it here. Mention any details you think other kite fanciers might be interested in - you might get some comments!
It's time to show off your latest project or purchase :-)
Recent Stories Left By Other Visitors
Click below to read the stories and see photos from other kiting enthusiasts...
A big applique Rok seen at our local festival
"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."
This site has been collecting these real-life kiting stories and
photos for some years now. Mainly single-line stuff, since this site reflects my personal preference for flying kites
on one line. However, contributions from multi-line fliers are more than welcome!
The 4 sections below group all the older contributions together by category. Enjoy...
Kite Loss Stories
Kite-loss stories! Oh yes, but don't laugh too hard. Something similar just might happen to you one day.
You couldn't make this stuff up, honestly. Like the self-destructing
dowel-and-plastic light-wind kites tearing up the sky during a
much-too-windy day at an Austrian kite festival. And then the last one
managed to take out a couple of exquisite (and expensive) retail kites,
sending them into the Blue Danube. But you've got to read the whole
thing, it's quite a yarn!
Or, how about a young lad, many
decades ago, managing to lose his box kite into an air intake on a
landing military aircraft. I kid you not.
Can you top any of this? We're waiting for 'the next great story'. It has to have that ring of truth to it though.
Kite-flying Or Kite-making Stories
All the other single-liner stories, but there are still some nice ones in here.
I guess the key-word here is variety. From night-flights to
snowy-weather flights into cloud, to high-altitude excursions over
sea-water, to Sunday School outings. I don't think any 2 stories here
are remotely like each other.
If you're into flying kites, do yourself a favor and read some of these. Do us all a favor and contribute something yourself :-)
Pictures Of Kites
A whole range of amateur kite photography on show. Mainly
single-surface single-liners - but there are some magnificent
Many of these photos are just plain spectacular! In most cases, that means physically big kite.
For example, there's a monster Butterfly from some enthusiasts in the
Czech Republic, Europe. Also, an incredible 3D Dragon from England (see the photo) and an interesting large design from the Ahmadabad International
Kite Festival in India.
Drop in here for a truly international selection of kite photos!
Stunt Kite Stories
Stunt kite stories
is a new category. Designed to collect reports of incidents or other
interesting happenings either during a sport kite's flight or perhaps at
its abrupt termination!
There's not much in there right now. But there's so
much sport kite flying going on out there, it's just a matter of time.
Maybe 2 or 3 of my regular contributors could help me out here, to get
things moving... Thanks in advance!
Aerial Kite Photography
Kite aerial photography is another new category. This is for anyone
who has ever hoisted a camera with the aid of a kite, or would like to
view the results of doing that. If you have ever obtained an intriguing
result, this is where you can upload it for the rest of us to see and
think 'I wish I took that!'
It seems that everyone has their own spin on flying kites to get a
different photographic perspective on our surroundings. Some of the
results are really intriguing, whether obtained with a featherweight
camera and ice-cube shutter release, or the latest concepts in
radio-controlled KAP rigs.
Tell us all about your own methods
and gear, and back it all up by posting some photos! Different people
will be keen to read about different aspects - the kite, the KAP rig,
the photo subject or even all 3.
For more of a kite-making spin with story-telling, check out all the links to step-by-step instructions under the Kite Making section of this site. You might have to dig down a bit...
For example, under Kite Making | Simple Kites, follow the link to the MBK Simple Diamond instructions, under the diamond kite photo. Near the bottom of the page that comes up you will see an invitation to contribute. Many have, for that particular design!
There are also a bunch of other visitor-submitted stories under the Kite... | Festivals menu item. Down near the bottom of that page.