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Types of Kites

Kite String or Fishing Line
Kite String or Fishing Line

This Stake Line Winder, 30# x 500 ft. product on Amazon seems like good value, if you need some kite string. It would suit smallish kites up to 3 feet in span. For heavier line, simply do an Amazon search for 'line winder'.

Plastic Sheeting or Recycled Garbage Bags
Plastic Sheeting or Recycled Garbage Bags

A friend of mine had the brilliant idea to launch a Kite Flying Party to celebrate nothing in particular, except recycled materials and wind. I must admit that getting together with a group of friends to stare into the clouds was the most fun I’ve ever had with a recycled garbage bag and a spool of fishing wire.

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The Barn Door Kite
The Barn Door Kite

Similarly, the various kinds of Barn Door kites would have more or less of their sail area up front. Hence, they would tend to be more or less stable. Just like Diamond kites, Barn Door kites can be bowed to add more stability.

The Delta Kite A Mass-Produced Delta
The Delta Kite A Mass-Produced Delta

Even a cheap mass produced plastic or nylon Delta kite will perform well enough to impress most onlookers! Indeed, the Delta design is an efficient one that out-performs most other flat kites in light winds.

The Diamond Kite Small Retail Diamond
The Diamond Kite Small Retail Diamond

This Stowaway Diamond on Amazon is an example of a quality retail kite. This one packs down very small for transport. By the way, I'm not covering 2-line diamond stunt kites here! This page is strictly about the single-line variety. Here's a few comments on each of the above points. Size.

The Diamond Kite Small Retail Diamond
The Diamond Kite Small Retail Diamond

On the other hand, a Diamond kite is a popular choice for makers of miniature kites. These can be as small as the palm of your hand or even smaller, and can be flown on ordinary sewing thread. Shape.

The Dopero Kite
The Dopero Kite

Scott Haefner used a Dopero kite to hoist a 1.3 kg (3 pound) KAP rig in light winds, near to where the original panoramic photograph was taken. Kite Aerial Photography enthusiasts like James Gentles are fond of this design.

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The Dopero Kite Patriotic Dopero (Scottish)
The Dopero Kite Patriotic Dopero (Scottish)

The Dopero kite has a well-earned reputation for being an excellent light wind flier. It flies at high line angles like a Delta, and yet has very good stability and lifting capacity as well. Modern Doperos are often constructed from Rip-stop nylon sail material and carbon fiber spars for minimum weight.

The Rokkaku Kite Large Custom Rokkaku
The Rokkaku Kite Large Custom Rokkaku

Some Background. The Rokkaku kite is a traditional Japanese fighting kite that in the 21st Century is still quite popular in the West as well. The Rok, as it's often referred to in the West, is a tailless bowed design, hexagonal in shape.

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The Rokkaku Kite Large Custom Rokkaku
The Rokkaku Kite Large Custom Rokkaku

The Rokkaku kite is a traditional Japanese fighting kite that in the 21st Century is still quite popular in the West as well. The Rok, as it's often referred to in the West, is a tailless bowed design, hexagonal in shape.

The Roller Kite Home-Made Roller
The Roller Kite Home-Made Roller

A little should be said about the old Roloplan kite, since it was the fore-runner of the Pearson Roller, and a quick glance at the plans will confirm how similar the 2 kite designs are. The Roloplan was marketed by Steiff, a German toy manufacturer in the 1930's.

The Sled Kite Small 'Soft' Sled
The Sled Kite Small 'Soft' Sled

Or you can buy soft ones that can be stuffed into a very small space for carrying. Further down, there's a photo of a couple of bigger ones of the soft variety. The original type of Sled has 2 straight spars running the length of the kite, and a tail hanging from the bottom end of each spar.

The Sode Kite Artistic Sode
The Sode Kite Artistic Sode

The frame of a Sode kite looks pretty much the same regardless of the overall size. The thickness and strength of the spars are just scaled up or down depending on how big the kite is.

The Sode Kite Artistic Sode
The Sode Kite Artistic Sode

The Sode kite is a good light wind flier, but often needs a tail to cope with stronger winds. Interestingly, many Japanese believe that a kite that needs a tail is poorly designed or built. It's true that most traditional Japanese kites fly without tails.

Twine
Twine

Twine tied around trees, Portland, Oregon Twine is a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarns twisted, and then twisted together. More generally, the term can be applied to a cord.

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Twine
Twine

Twine tied around trees, Portland, Oregon Twine is a light string or strong thread composed of two or more smaller strands or yarns twisted, and then twisted together. More generally, the term can be applied to a cord.

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Wooden Dowels, 90cm
Wooden Dowels, 90cm

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