Box/Cellular Kites

(High Wind... Fast Flyers)

This little box kite has had a tough life as it has spent most of it's flying time in the winter on the ice. It is called a Pop Box and is approx 10" square by 36" high. Not the most expensive kite on the market but flys well in a steady stiff breeze.

"The Block" A Mike Ryan design box kite. It is one cubic metre of low wind fun. A 1 mph wind will be enough to keep this baby in the air. It has 4mm carbon edge spars in pockets and 3mm cross spars meeting at a 4mm centre stabilizer spar. Worth making if you have light winds..

This is a very cool addition to my kite bag. it is a Dan Flintjer 10 foot Cody. I purchased it at the GLKS auction in 2004. According to Dan, it is one of two in the world made in the colours green/white/blue. It is from the collection of the late Mike Decker. A beautiful kite to look at and fly.

I believe this falls under the term "cellular" kite. This very round kite sure isn't a "box" ;) It is however called a circoflex which is a very recent design (1993) and a very interesting one at that. This one is 20 feet in circumfrence or a little over 6'-4" in diameter and 16" front to back. The checkers are 8" sq and count up to 60 in number. An 1/8" foberglass rod makes up the rame in the leading edge and there is a string tensioner in the trailing edge. The tensioner decreases the trailing edge diameter and creates some drag to keep the kite up. It flew amazingly well for this shot in very gusty winds. In a smooth beach beeze it should park itself in the sky and stay there. For this one I just put a double twist in the frame to bring it down to around 3 feet in diameter for transport. A fun kite.

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