144 pages, 141x18,5 cm, soft cover
45 modèles à construire
written by Charles Lebailly, published
Excellent longevity for this booklet
which the first edition was in 1938. There is a second sub-title:
"How to make them. How to use them".
In the first pages it begins with
some general explanations. Then there is a long list of
kites, shared in four categories. At last all the kites
are described, one by one, in the same order about: the
material, the plan, an explication on the construction.
After we are granted with two pages on the manoeuvre of
To end, the author assess that
all kites are excellent flyers. There are some that I would
like to test like the Marcel Berthon. There are some mythic
kites: the aeroplan, the tri-cellular Potter, the
Roch Donzella, the Hargrave and Saconnay, the parallelepipedic
bird type, which in fact is the "roi du ciel",
the Madiot, the parallelepipedic Schreiber's type, the "torpilleur"
(Torpedo), The Bleriot, the Bergeronnette, the Conyne, the
Franklin, the Elkins...
A very basic book, very brief and
efficient. All dimensions are small, so you can make them
If you have the opportunity to
find one, take it and choose a model to make. You will take
a real pleasure.
It was impossible not to have in
this kite bibliography such book which has inspired so many
kiters in France during several decades.