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« on: February 06, 2010, 11:53 AM »

Got a facebook friend who sent me this link of a kitebuilder he knows:

http://stegmich.de/2009/01/wolsing-bildergalerie/
Big and beautiful kites for sure. There must be a panel count record on 1 of them.

My new friend's website is:

http://stegmich.de/category/drachen/zweileiner/
It's in German, duh.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 12:01 PM »

Hi John,

thank you for posting my links - yes, my homepage is in german but the picture speak for themselves. If you need any translation, I will try! :-)

The kitebuilder's name is Guenter Wolsing. He is over 80 years of age, lives in Hamburg and is already building large kites. His biggest one has about 12 meters wingspan!

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010, 12:52 PM »

 Huh

Whoa.  That's just plain amazing.  Thanks for that link.

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010, 01:24 PM »

Hi Michael,

nice to see you here! :-)

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 01:49 PM »

awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010, 03:40 PM »

Will talk to my friends in Hamburg the next time I am there.

Thankx for the link.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010, 02:53 AM »

Günter must fly in pair with Ray Bethell !  Wink

Günter Wolsing : born 11.1.1927
Ray Bethell : born 03.01.1927

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010, 06:43 AM »

awesome stuff! beautiful kites.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010, 08:12 AM »

Some of those kites are HUGE! All are gorgeous.

I didn't notice it at first, but the construction of the larger ones is really interesting with the diagonal brace/spreader from the center of the LE to the center T.

Thanks for the link, John.
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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2010, 09:51 AM »

... but the construction of the larger ones is really interesting with the diagonal brace/spreader from the center of the LE to the center T.

Very good framing on them, but did you notice on the close-ups that he uses a three stitch flat fell seam on those crazy quilt patterns? Unbelievable workmanship too.

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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2010, 10:42 AM »

...a three stitch flat fell seam...

I stopped and looked at those, too. That's a lot of parallel lines! Couldn't tell if they were flat fell or rolled, though.
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2010, 10:46 AM »

 Wow!! There's a lot of interesting construction here. Some multiple spine and batten variations. He really has a love for experimenting.
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2010, 11:09 AM »

I like this image



Makes you think "is that one of those camera angle tricks like with the model cars?"

But no, it's a really, really big kite.    Huh
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2010, 12:50 PM »

Awesome stuff, looks like a ton of work.
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