after year, I built kites for the 3 to 6 Beaufort wind range.
The models of kites I could find in the magazines, or in the
books didn't necessarily fit with the criteria I was looking
for. So I tried to imagine models which could give me better
satisfaction. And therefore came the Calomil, the Crico, the
Waco and the Yakamate. Some of them have been built in several
sizes or versions. Others, like the Delta, the Dopero, the Flowform
or the Rokkaku are well-known kites.
Beaufort scale shows the wind range:
speeds are those measured in the air near the kite, not on ground which
is absolutely irrelevant. On weather forecast, the wind is given at
- My criteria:
- Pulling: We
can make action on the bridle, or increase the size of the kite,
but some models are more efficient than others with a better
- Stability: No "pump effect", no roaming
in the air.
- Angle of line: The higher it is, the easier it is
to lift the rig for the same pull, but too much usually means
- Sound behavior: No risk of fall under the effect
of a gust or a lateral blow.
- Easiness: for transportation and for
assembly of the kite on the field
each kite, the plan is available:
in gif file
f in pdf file.
units are given in the International System.
The additions to the kites
These are the tails, the windsocks like the fukinagashis, but
also the devices on the bridle.
The anti-draft bridle is designed
for the kites flying in light breezes where thermal drafts are often
flowing up. It set the kite an higher incidence angle when the wind
The compensators ae doing the contrary, they decreases
the incidence angle of the kite to lessen its pull in stronger winds.a