by Ron Green
Grandson and I had built a few Dopero kites to fly, but the weather was either too bad or no wind. So the other day it was about 20 degrees F. with a fairly strong wind.
Wind chill was or had to be around 15 degrees or to me it felt like 5 degrees. But when you have a chance to fly what is a few degrees. LOL.
I could not find my kite winder so we used a cheap one that had 2 knobs on one end and a handle on the other, no way to stop the line, you just used the knobs to crank in the line or let line out.
The 2 skewer 22 inch, just would not let me adjust it's bridle, or the wind was just to strong, it took a good nose dive. But did not really hurt it much. So I put on a tail help it settle down a little, I think it was cold too. Then it ripped in a couple of places, but must like flying in the cold, cause it just flew great. But I put him away so he would not get hurt any more.
Then my grandson wanted to fly the big 2 skewer kite, I used 24" skewers, so that made it 4 feet tall. Ok I used 48" dowell, I cheated. I offered it to the wind and it took it for a good flight, no tail needed. I wanted to take a few pictures, so my grandson took over the kite. I told him to let out more line, well the wind gusted and took off with the kite, the 2 knobs just kept spinning around beating his knuckles, I am looking for the kite in the camera and all I heard was Help! Grampa Help!
So the moral of the story is when it is cold make sure you wear gloves, and be careful of the cheap line winders.
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