There are thousands of great ideas surrounding
the construction and flight adjustments for indoor models. Here
are a few.
- Use smaller or thinner spars to build a lighter kite.
- Use the lightest covering materials.
- Use tweezers to place spars instead of using your fingers
- Use a "jig" to help you build with the correct
- If you use tissue paper, iron it flat.
- Christmas tinsel works well for tails.
- Use Ambroid, Testor's cement or Duco cement because they
are very lightweight. For most kites small amounts of
white glue are just fine.
- Use very little cement. For most miniature kites a drop
is too much. Use a toothpick to apply small spots of
- If you're using film, use spray adhesive to attach the
film to the kite frame
- Be very careful handling razor knives or razor blades.
- Avoid touching the kite so that it does not get creased,
folded, dirty or broken.
- Store your completed kite in a box that does not contain
other objects that might crush the kite.
- Recommended tools: scissors, tweezers, ruler, toothpick,
- Fly the kite indoors by walking
- As you walk with the kite, and try varying your speed to
see how the kite reacts
- As you walk, your arm and your body create turbulence.
Keep the kite away from your body
- Use a flying rod such as an antenna from Radio Shack or a
dowel from the hardware store, hobby store, or craft
store. We call that a flying rod. You attach the end of
the thread to the tip of the rod and it makes it easier
to fly the kite by waving the rod in a figure eight. If
you walk with the kite it will fly too, and the rod helps
give the kite "clean" air rather than the
turbulent air near your hand or behind you as you walk.
- Do not "whip" the kite around by flicking your
wrist. This generates excessive speed and may damage the
- I recommend a dowel that is 1/4" in diameter and 2'
or 3' long. They should be fairly cheap... less than a
- Store the kite carefully to prevent folds that will ruin
the ability of the kite to fly.
- With practice, you can dump the kite out of the box
...and fly it in one quick motion. It's very impressive!
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|Japanese Kites, Concepts
by Dan Kurahashi. In chapter seven
there is an excellent explaination of how to split bamboo
and it gives instructions on how to make a Canada Goose,
Hummingbird, Pteranodon, butterflies, birds, mini Edo,
Coyne, Winged Box and Mini Cody kites. See the weights of
different materials on page 4-4.
Eden. See Chapter 42. Instructions for Eddy, Delta,
Optical Confusion and modified Japanese Wanwan kites.
"What a surprise to find so many people making, flying, and
competing with these little wonders. You making this information
available online has sparked a renewed interest in one of my
favorite hobbies. Thank you ever so much." -Raven Poes
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