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 on: March 18, 2017, 12:18 AM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by chilese
That was fun.

It helped bring a continuity to the 3 days.

Thanks.  Smiley

 on: March 18, 2017, 12:00 AM 
Started by vkirkfield - Last post by vkirkfield
Hello Mike,
This is wonderful information...and I especially am grateful for the names mentioned in the correspondence which I will definitely follow up on.

I did contact the Drachen Foundation as suggested by Thief and they responded immediately. Scott doesn't believe there were actual mail deliveries with kites, but certainly messages were sent and received...probably regarding army movement. Your leads will help me discover if that is the case. Whether it was mail or messages, I'm excited to continue working on the book and the research.

You all have been quite kind and I'm grateful for the assistance.
Thank you so much.

 on: March 17, 2017, 11:02 PM 
Started by brettgrant99 - Last post by mikenchico
Gloves you got, if they are really big get a large caribeener or pulley that you can get over the line, put it on a leash to hold onto and walk them down. Never wind down a large or even medium size kite, leave them staked and walk them down.

We find a good dog leash made out of webbing works well to anchor a kite to an existing tree or pole, just larkshead it around something by passing the free end through the loop handle, I don't trust the hardware on the end and cut it off then just tie a knot to larkshead the flying line to.

Oh and when staking a kite out it's always a good idea to invest a few dollars in a roll of surveyors tape to tie on the line to make it visible to others so nobody gets "Clothes Lined" by your line in the park. Just a few tabs bowtied to just above head height.

 on: March 17, 2017, 10:46 PM 
Started by vkirkfield - Last post by mikenchico
As far as the type I would bet they were either simple flat diamonds such as Ben Franklin used in his electrical experiments, or the French Pear Top design which was popular in France and also appears in Dutch literature of the time. I've seen Franklins description of the kite he used and it was very similar to the first published description of a kite in England which you can find on ReedDesign here -

Or if larger or maneuverable they could've been designed after the kite used by George Pocock on his  'Charvolant' in the early 1800's. A search will find much information on it.

Good luck

 on: March 17, 2017, 10:21 PM 
Started by vkirkfield - Last post by mikenchico
Very little additional info then you've probably gathered off the internet but here is the text of correspondence from Commander Woodward noting the construction of kites for use at Vicksburg in 1863 - Maybe give you a couple names, dates and locations to use in your search.

Report of Commander Woodworth, V. S. Navy, regarding the preparation of kites for use in the operations.

U. S. S. General Price,
Below Vicksburg, June 29, 1863.

Sir : Your communications and scraps were received this afternoon.

 I have an expedient for getting them into Vickshurg, where they will be more sure of reaching the parties for whom they are intended than the shell.

I am having a number of kites made, and shall have them landed into Vicksburg to-night or to-morrow morning.

Please send me some more of the scraps.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Selim E. Woodworth,
Commander, Commanding Price.
Acting Rear-Admiral David D. Porter.

 on: March 17, 2017, 09:57 PM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by vertigo2u
I did a couple versions special effects stuff but you miss seeing a lot.  So without further ado John Chilese's Photo's from Kite Party 2017' ...

I want to Thank John for permission to put this together...

 on: March 17, 2017, 05:31 PM 
Started by Nosetotail - Last post by np
I don't think I am very adept at rebuilding a bridle, so I think I am going to send it back to HQ to have it either tweaked or rebuilt as a three point bridle.

I don't think HQ would actually know how to tweak it to YOUR liking.
I'll make you a new 3-point bridle, but I'm not sure if you will like it either.
Where do you live?

 on: March 17, 2017, 04:39 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Charles G
I had the same question on Ron's new kite. Is it available for sale? I have not checked his website.


I think Ron is more active on Facebook than his website. The one he's holding in that pic is the prototype, I know he has made a few of them.

 on: March 17, 2017, 04:34 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by asburyparkjohn
I had the same question on Ron's new kite. Is it available for sale? I have not checked his website.


 on: March 17, 2017, 04:32 PM 
Started by esteveskan - Last post by KaoS
Looks like an old Radian in all mylar - not new  Sad

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