Yoshizumi Fighter Kite Kit
The excitement of interactive kite play can be yours in building this easy to learn how to fly fighter kite. In the world of kiting, much of the kite tradition is that of building kites that battle eachother by crossing over one's line and bringing the other's kite to the ground. This kite is built to allow you to direct its movements. This is an Indian style figher designed by both Bruce Lambert and Nobuhiko Yoshizumi. It is of washi and bamboo. You supply scissors and white glue.
Recommended Age: Excellent for middle school and up, to teach art, culture and recreation.
Decorations: The simplest method would be to use marker pens, watercolor, ink or collage, (be mindful of the moisture of the glue and build up of the paper layers, let the sail completely dry before applying spars). Try substituting the bond paper for more interesting light weight paper with color or patterns would work. Note: do not increase the weight of the paper, matching the weight of the bond paper supplied is critical in the flight of this kite.
Ideal wind conditions for this kite: Light ( a flag on a pole is gently moving, not fluttering).