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« on: October 10, 2011, 09:54 AM »

Anyone aware of a kite builder named Ron Martinelli???   Cannot find anything on him...............
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 05:11 AM »

Am about to buy this pair of Ron Martinelli (Martenelle?) kites off thief:



Does anyone know anything about these kites? When were they made? Does this specific model have a name?
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 01:14 PM »

Bumping this up again, as the kites are now winging their way to me across the Atlantic. Anyone know more about what they are?
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 05:15 PM »

Hey lex,
I found out a little more:
Ron was a small time maker in Rhode Island.... He did not make much into the 90s...but I actually have a connection to him..let me see if I can get his email...
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 11:40 PM »

Yes, please!
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 06:40 PM »

I have a stack of Hurricane kites and they look very close to the Martenelle kites.  Got them from a friend. Don't know much about them



Here is a video of them flying.

Stack of 6 Hurricanes Kites
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2014, 07:13 PM »

The pair of kites in the photo posted by Flying Fish were built in the late 1980's.  There is no specific model or name to these examples,and there were no more than 15 or 20 of them  made in total.

The kites in the photo were built for a local Doctor and his "friend", and were an enjoyment to make as well as to fly!  Given the fact that they were made in the somewhat early era of dual lines, these flew quickly, with turns able to be performed crisply  and accurately.  Although simple in design, the kites were made with great attention to detail, including all cuts on the ripstop done with a hot knife, seams folded, all sewing backstitched, as well as an equal amount of stitches on the left and right leading edges.  I felt that all of this contributed to a kite that was durable, balanced, and fun to fly.



There is an identical kite on display in the Weifang Kite Museum, in China, that was donated by myself on an early trip there in 1989, as I recall.

Thank you for your inquiry, as seeing these again has brought back some fond memories!

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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2014, 12:03 AM »

Thanks Ron!
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2014, 06:01 AM »

Hi Ron!
These kites were from Art St Pierre and Beth Bowen off New Bedford. Art told me that they were part of their competition bags!   This is great to see you here, hope you pull out a kite and they flying again!
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