Winter Kite Build

by Ken
(Oklahoma City, OK, USA)

First kite I've made in 50 years, my last one was made from news paper and small flat pine sticks. I have to admit this one is much better.

First flight was today. Temp was 10 degree's F. with about 4" snow on the ground. Wind was only 2-3 mph at best. The kite flew great and appears to be balanced properly. Once a little altitude was reached it flew even nicer.

Now that I know it's a good design and I was able to successfully build it, I will build more for my Grand Kids.

Thanks for the plans and detailed instructions.

Okie, now flying...

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Floater
by: Tim

Yes, this one is a real light-wind floater. In stronger breezes it will be less stable, but then you can just add tail as required.

In the lightest wind you can safely fly this Diamond on 20 pound line, for even better performance.

Very few people mention flying these kites over snow, so you are perhaps only the third or fourth one so far to leave a 'snow story' here. It's something different anyway! (I've seen snow for just one weekend in my entire life.)

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    Jul 17, 19 07:59 PM

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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