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« on: August 31, 2015, 06:26 AM »

I was contacted not long ago by Howard Zemser, the father of US Navy Midshipman Justin Zemser. The two used to fly kites together before Justin left for the Naval Academy. In May, while riding the train home to New York to see his family, Justin was killed in the Philadelphia train wreck. Howard commissioned me to build a kite to memorialize his son. This is the result: A Wonderful Boy.



I took a lot of detail pictures as I was building it, so if you're interested in technique and the process of how it all came together, you can see the details on my Facebook page https://business.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=531899706965296&id=412778105544124

Thanks to Ken Conrad of Great Winds Kite Company of Seattle for doing the dye sublimation printing.
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 09:24 AM »

A very nice kite built for a very special purpose.  The "how to" photos are just extraordinary.  Thanks for sharing them.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2015, 12:25 PM »

That is an impressive kite and I'm sure it is one that will mean a lot to the parents.  Well done.

Apart from the time it took you to make this, I also appreciate the time it took to document the project with your photo collection.  I learned a few things just from seeing those shots that I'll put to use in my next Rok.  Some nice details there. 

Again, well done, and thanks for sharing this - 
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2015, 12:27 PM »

That was a moving tribute, thank you for sharing it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2015, 12:54 PM »

Very nice.  Hope to see a photo of it in the air.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2015, 06:34 PM »

Have to wait for the test flight. The field I fly on belongs to Red Land Little League -- perhaps you've heard of them lately? The new US champs? -- so it's been a little chaotic with the victory parades and t-shirt sales and whatnot.
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