Kites: Site Blog

Welcome to this fun and educational Site Blog page on kites. Appearing here...

  • Our latest Flight Report posts and local kite club activities.
  • Interesting kite-related news stories from around the world.
  • Occasional contributions from visitors, which often includes photos or links to videos.
  • Just once a week, a good quality older page will pop up here too, so it doesn't stay buried forever. Always a good read!

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Apr 02, 2020

Global News Report:
Kite Class In China

The kids might be making diamonds, but check out the more advanced designs on the wall...

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Originating during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) as the "wooden bird", kites are one of the most time-honored handicrafts in Chinese culture. People have been flying kites as outdoor entertainment since the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Most kites resemble birds, such as swallows and eagles. Made of bamboo canes and painted paper or silk, they reflect the unique aesthetics of Chinese artisans.

On March 29, the inheritor of kite-making craft in East China's Jiangsu province held a benefit course, teaching local students basic techniques for building a kite.

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SOURCE: ChinaDaily

URL (full story and/or photos, video): https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202003/30/WS5e816d35a310128217282ff1.html

Apr 01, 2020

MBK Rokkaku Kites

This previously published page links out to many illustrated flight reports on the various Rokkakus designed here at MBK...

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Mar 30, 2020

Kite Parts Glossary For Beginners

For beginners who might not be familiar with all the kite parts mentioned in the Knots pages of this site. This illustrated glossary should help!

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Mar 29, 2020

Flight Report:
Line-Working Practice ;-)

Earlier in the afternoon last Saturday, gusts were blowing through the yard, shaking leaves and twigs. Evidently, there was ample breeze for lofting a bunch of Tyvek diamonds on a single 100 pound line...

By the time I ended up down at the large square field though, things had calmed down quite a bit. Not to worry, since the carbon tube diamonds with soft Tyvek sails had a good history flying in fairly light breezes.

So began a frustrating 20 minutes or so, as attempt after attempt failed to get the train to stay up. Even with plenty of spacing and plenty of line out to the furthest kite, the average breeze strength just wasn't up to the task. Initially, there were promising puffs of air that got 2 or 3 kites away, only to have them sink back down regardless of my efforts to get more line out and pull them higher.

I was kicking myself for not bringing along a back-up kite in case of this very situation. The super-light Dowel diamond would have been good. Or even the re-made Dowel Sled which hasn't been flown much lately.

But all was not lost. I would simply attach a 50 pound line to a single diamond and tow it up on at least 200 feet of line. That was the plan!

Well... Now the air was really dead and the flights became an exercise in seeing how much I could delay the inevitable landing! Only the merest of thermal gusts were drifting through, marked by large changes in direction. Never mind. Despite not even being able to get the camera out, it was a 'better than nothing' line-working workout.

So the moral of the story was to always bring a backup kite. Even then, you have to guess which situation is more likely to happen - more wind than expected or less!

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- Tim P.

Mar 27, 2020

Global News Report:
A Successor To Bethell?

There is a dedicated Vietnamese flyer who could prove to be a very worthy follow-on to the late great Ray Bethell...

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After 18 years of practice, 50-year-old Pham Van Tam can perform amazing feats of flight with four kites at a time.

{see the well-shot video - 1:48 in length}

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SOURCE: VnExpress International

URL (full story and/or photos, video): https://e.vnexpress.net/news/video/vietnamese-man-takes-flying-kites-to-new-highs-4070812.html

Mar 26, 2020

First KAP was off the cuff

Used a kite from a home watch dump run. People threw things like three kites with one parafoil which I used for this KAP. I used my apple phone with a

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Mar 25, 2020

Delta Kite Stories

This previously published page links out to many flight reports - all of them about one type or other of MBK delta kites...

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Mar 23, 2020

Latest MBK e-book product

Check out the very latest e-book product from Tim Parish, owner of MyBestKite!

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Mar 18, 2020

Sled Kite Stories

This previously published page links out to many flight reports - all of them about one type or other of MBK sled kites...

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Mar 11, 2020

Diamond Kite Stories

This previously published page links out to many flight reports - all of them about one type or other of MBK diamond kites...

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Mar 10, 2020

Tying Down Kites: 4 Methods, Many Scenarios!

Here are tips for tying down kites that can be flown by 1 person. 4 illustrated methods are described (some step-by-step), with many scenarios described.

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Mar 09, 2020

Flight Report:
Stiff Winds At Club Fly

The monthly club fly day came round again and conditions didn't look too bad at all...

A nice smooth breeze of ample strength was just on-shore enough to en-sure good flying :-) The sun blazed down and the air temperature was pleasantly warm, by Adelaide standards.

By the time we arrived, all the 'big stuff' was up. A flow-form and parafoil lifters plus a number of large inflatables. Both semi-flying and non-flying creatures were gently writhing in the air.

I spent some time wandering around snapping photos and taking a couple of short videos. Mike was entertaining kids with the usual 'ball suspended under the red parafoil' trick. Ian and Ellie had the big Panda flow-form doing it's thing with the huge Chinese Dragon inflatable slung underneath. Andy had a mid-sized Trilobyte up and other inflatables. As usual, Henry had taken charge of the 4-cell white parafoil and this time had the large Gecko inflatable underneath.

Somebody had the blue pilot kite lofting the inflatable Puppy. A gold-colored pilot was hoisting a semi-flying Dragon inflatable. Newer members Dean and Justine might have been involved there.

As time wore on, the breeze strength rose and fell but the general trend was up! I had brought 7 diamonds to fly in a train but thought twice about it, before putting up the Fresh-Wind Sled. A great KAP workhorse, the sled, but also my high-wind backup kite! So up the sled went and after a small trim change to the bridle knot, the kite stayed up on just 20 meters (60 feet) or so of very tight 100 pound line.

Towards the end of the afternoon's flying, Mark had his large delta over the dunes. The delta struggled, spending plenty of time to one side in the ferocious airflow. I made a brief trip down to the sand, determined to at least try 3 diamonds on a 100 pound line. So, I now know exactly where the top of their wind range is :-| Something like 38kph!

Julie was sensible and did not attempt to fly anything, at least towards the end...

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- Tim P.


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