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Kieron Jansch

Videos: Kite Making by Kieron Jansch (1-3)

Having just seen the third in his series ourselves, we thought our readers might enjoy these very popular videos by Kieron Jansch… Kite Making from Kieron Jansch on Vimeo. I’m often asked where I got the kite I happen to be flying; the answer is that I make them. This generally leads into a long […]

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Issue 74: Build a D-Stix Tetrahedral

When I was a junior in high school I became obsessed with the geometry of the fourth dimension. I later turned that obsession into an award-winning science/math fair project, but at 16 it was just a weird fun thing to be enthusiastic about. In the process of reading books like The Fourth Dimension Simply Explained, […]

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Issue 71: Kite Plan – Crowell Cross Deck

I am not sure how everyone else builds kites, but I will assume that anyone wanting to build this kite will know how to sew and will have some familiarity with the materials used. TOOLS Hot knife Sewing machine Poster board 1/8”-diameter fiberglass rod, about 4’ long ( for pattern making) Cyanoacrylate (“super”) glue Stick […]

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Issue 71: Kite Plan – Stacked Deltas

Whether the Marconi-rigged kite actually gets added performance from its overlapping jib and Venturi slot is questionable. However, there is no denying that it is a spectacular looking creation. This is especially true of the Four-Masted Schooner by Arthr Kurle*. It can also be said that the construction is rather complicated. One might hesitate to […]

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The Tekaweya is named for the Mohawk word for "two wings."

Issue 70: Kite Plan – Tekaweya

This kite design challenged us more than any other we ever set out to create. Our main purpose with the Tekaweya was to explore the contest between weight and drag reduction in sport kites. Our premise was that reducing drag would pay off in a wide wind range without sacrificing durability or branding the kite […]

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Issue 70: Kite Plan – Ohashi’s No-Bridle Kites

When is a bridle not a bridle??When it is a single line attached to a single point on a kite. Eiji Ohashi of Japan, known around the world for his kite trains, originally called this design system the “one-bridle kite.” But he reports that kitemaker Reza Ragheb challenged the terminology. “Seeing my kites he said […]

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Issue 46: Applique – How do they do it?

The focus of this article is to help explain with both words and photos just some of the many techniques available to create you very own appliqued kite! This article is intended for people that may have sewn and framed a few kites in the past but have never dared to tackle applique before. I […]

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Issue 42: Laminating a Bamboo Spine

There is one aspect of bamboo spines in fighter kites I have never liked. I really like bamboo as a spine material, and I think it is the best spine material available. However, when flying in humid or damp weather, often, the bend I put into my bamboo spine will begin to straighten or sometimes […]

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Issue 38: Tangler Fighter Kite Plans

Specifications   The following method of building a fighter kite works really well for me; it doesn’t require special skills and is reasonably quick, about 2 hours to make a kite. Obviously there are many building methods that result in successful fighter kites, this particular method has worked very well for me for several years […]

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