Youtube is now the home to videos showing all sorts of 'how-to-do-it's. One of the latest is a series by Bruce Lambert [who, along with the rest of the NAFKA gang, are America's gift to the world of fighter kites] on working with bamboo to make fighter kite spines and bows. You'll find the first [on spines] at
The techniques shown can be applied to all sorts of kites with bamboo structures such as bukas, sodes and surugas. Once you pick up the technique, you're off and rolling for all sorts of small [under, say, 400 sq.in. area] kites.
Bamboo fighter kite 'bones'
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