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Author Topic: Seeking advice on miniature indoor single line kite design.  (Read 3035 times)
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« on: May 07, 2011, 11:25 AM »

I've been thinking about making some miniature indoor single line kites to give as Christmas presents this year.  About 10 years ago a friend of mine bought a "cocktail Napkin kite" at an auction and I was blown away at how well it flew. It seemed like magic to see it fly so slowly. You didn't need to drag it through the air, only a light tug was all it took to make it fly.

I'd like to make some sort of box kite instead of a diamond.  The thing is, I won't be happy unless I can get that magical slow flight characteristic of the cocktail napkin kite. I figure if I can build it light weight enough, it could be done? 

Looking for advice on:
Which style of kite would be best other than a "flat" rok, diamond etc.  I'd love something 3/d but not just a tube.

Size to shoot for? Maybe 2.5" wide?
I know there's a lot of internet info out there about this sort of thing; I'm just asking here because it won't hurt to hear what you kite gurus have to say.  Smiley

My ultimate goal is for very slow flight.  I want people to have zero doubt that it's a kite that's flying and not a piece of paper being drug through the air. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2011, 12:52 PM »

If you seek out Glenn Davidson's miniature kite website he is full of great mini kite info!

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2011, 03:32 PM »

i believe layangman knows a thing or two about micro kites. might send him a pm here on the forum.

Micro Owl Kite - Indoor Flight.wmv

i was blown away by the flight of this kite first time i saw it.

0.06 gram mini Rhombus kite indoor fling test .
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 08:12 PM »

Can't really help with a design but I do hope you'll post us up some pics when you can, I've enjoyed seeing your craftsmanship in the past.

I would cross post this over to the Kite Builder . com forum, dpb over there does some fantastic minatures although the ones I've seen are flat but very unique shapes with hand drawn celtic knot designs. Check out some of his threads for some inspiration, these were his latest creations. Also Tom Tinney who has not been active on any of the forums lately but he popped up on Facebook a couple months ago so he's back online. You'll find him at littlekites(dot)com.

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 08:02 AM »

Hey John,

A few years back I made up a cody varriant for a club workshop.
Send me an e-mail and I will reply with a full size template.

I might still have a kit or two left from the workshop.
If I can find one I would be happy to mail it to you.

You can find some photos here.

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2011, 08:42 AM »

here's some interesting minny's

Dang! Embarrassed Mike beat me to it
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2011, 08:51 AM »

Thank you guys for the information; I'll let you know what I end up making.

kiters are the best!


PS Gary, email sent.
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