Cover Story: Stairways to Heaven, the kite trains and Expansible Box Kites (with plans) by Eiji Ohashi of Japan. Features: Jon Burkhardt on the Singapore International Kite Festival, and Shakib Gunn with an essay on one of the festival’s notable kites, a traditional Japanese o-dako with Ta Mo monk face painting, left behind by the Shirone Kite Association; the International Exposition of Small Kites in Harper’s Ferry, WV, with writing by Valerie Govig and 17 photos by Ted Manekin of the entries plus two full-size kite plans by Charlie Sotich and John Spendlove; Leonard Conover on the how-tos and how-not-tos of kite train flying; an international smorgasbord of kite clubs. Departments: Letter from the Publisher: an award for Kite Lines and some words on the magazine’s purpose and philosophy; What’s New: Kites: Four from Wycombe Kites (the Scalloped Delta, Fringed Delta, Super Tube and Wasp), the Möbius stunt kite, Tethered Aviation’s Mini Mite Box Kite and a Flexifoil update; What’s New: Books: Drachen bauen (Kitemaking) by Backes, Kites for Everyone by Greger and Flight Patterns by Toy, plus a comparison of classic Eddy instructions from the Greger and Toy books; Innovations: Thomas Caldwell and the Counter-Rotating Quadruple-Section Multiple-Cell Box Kite; For the Record: achievements and attempts from Ocean City, MD, including 140 Hyperkites, 728 pounds of parafoil power, measuring kite lift and the largest stunt kite in the world, plus an interim Trlby record in Detroit; Empty Spaces in the Sky; Arnold Brenton, Richard L. Ames and George P. Turner; Shopping Around: a new feature, with Lou Kane poking into kite shops around the country; Best Of Show: Feather Kite by George Greger, photo by George Greger.
The Expansible Box Kites of Eiji Ohashi are among the most arresting and innovative of modern designs . Each kite is made of many cells joined together with string hinges to allow the kite to open out like an accordion for flight and then fold flat for transport and storage . Discover how Ohashi makes his “Rainbow” and “Empire State Building” on pages 27-29 of this issue. Photographs courtesy Eiji Ohashi.