A short movie clip of the first trial, mp4 format, 344 kB. (very light wind that day)
Test flight, on very short lines, not even any control handles yet. Photo 1 – Photo 2
Posing with me and the walnut tree. treeandme_f2kbwr_3719.JPG
Some construction detail photos: greentape3694.JPG - le_mid_seam_a3697.JPG – le_mid_seam_b3698.JPG – le_mid_seam_c3700.JPG
More details and photos here.
Used as a tail on my Pilot 18:
- hanging as line laundry.
And a short movie, in MPEG-4 video format (4.5 MB) or Quicktime MOV format (1.3 MB).
The pattern is based on Kitemonger's Spinsock Pattern. When I made the panels I pieced them together from fabric cut across the end of the 5' roll, not along the length.
Kite #3 - A 1.8 m wide two-line foil, designed by David Holt.
July 11, 2009: new photos and stuff.
FF04A Flowform Kite # 4 - now with matching tapered tube tails
August 8, 2009 update: first flight with the tube tails.
April 18, 2009: Kite #5 - Sunshine, snow is gone, some light wind, and the ground is thawed enough to put a stake in the ground. Woohoo! Test flight of my One-Piece Cody box kite.
August 15, 2009 - Pearson Roller (some photos, text still under construction)
Kite # 6 - This was built during the Dieppe 2009 International Kite Festival, at a workshop given by Karl Longbottom. As near as I can determine, it was the last kite out of the sky on the last day of the Festival, just before the wrap-up banquet.
It is an excellent flier, although the lines connecting the top to the lower wingtips may need more careful adjustment in stronger winds.
August 30, 2009 - Dunton-Taylor Box Delta
Kite #7 - Another very nice low/moderate wind kite. I had read many favourable comments about this design, and had to make one for myself. (Lost sometime in Fall of 2010. It must be somewhere.)
Oct. (?), 2009
Umbrella Rotor - built from the skin of a broken golf umbrella.
Sometime in here - #8, a quick-and-dirty low-wind/no-wind glider kite (Still missing photos, and it got damaged at the Dieppe Canada 2010 Kite Festival)
January 4, 2010: Borelli Glider Kite
Kite # 9. This is my lowest-wind kite yet.
March-June 2010: Pocket Sleds
Kite #10 Kite #11, April 22, 2010.
May-June: #12, #13, and #14.
October: #18, March 22, 2011: #19
Mini Mock Form - July 19, 2010
Kite #15. Aug. 28 - the tails are done.
Deep Pocket Sled September 2, 2010.
Kite #16, an unsuccessful experimental kite design.
Urban Ninja September 15, 2010
Kite #17, Great for low-wind/no-wind conditions.
Thermik-Delta (Variant) May 9, 2011
Kite #20 - scaled down to about 2/3 of the width of the original plan. It's still unstable, and I have to fiddle some more with the frame and fittings.
Brazilian Fighter - RCAF Theme June 19, 2011
Wee Wun Fighter (Variant)
Kite #22 - begun sometime in 2009, I think, but never got it to fly properly until July or August 2011. It's loosely based on Tony Slater's "Wee Wun" low-wind fighter, and modified to take economical advantage of some scrap materials I had on hand. I had recently added adjustable tension lines on the spine and the spar (both are 2mm carbon fiber rods). My original problem was that I didn't realise that fighters are (by design) somewhat unstable. It does not have it's own page yet. (See the same photo, medium, or large.)
August 31, 2011. Kite #23 - an Ohashi/Poster kite, built to be donated to a fund raiser auction.
May 29, 2009 - Kite Anchors
A half-baked idea.
July 11, 2009 - SUBwoofer
(page under construction) A resonator device to amplify the sound of the wind in a kite line.
Nov. 15, 2009 - An idea for a DIY fitting: bowed spreader bar to leading edge spar.
May 18, 2010 - Woohoo! A new (to me) sewing machine with a table.
May 21, 2010 - It was too nice out (sunny, wind NE 8-15 km/h) to continue mowing the lawn so I took the Pearson Roller and the newer pocket sleds to a field along Folkins Drive, mostly so I could photograph the pocket sleds. Just before I started packing up to leave I noticed these spider silk strands on the flying line for the Roller. These would be from small spiders that were travelling by ballooning. I had maybe about 200 feet of line out.
800x600 version, or 1600x1200 version . . . . 800x600 version, or 1600x1200 version
There were dozens of them, many at least 20 feet long or so. They were a bit tricky to photograph, because the best viewing angle was almost directly into the sun.
November 21, 2011
iKap - versions 1 and 2, My quick-and-dirty KAP rig for an iPod touch on a Pearson Roller.