2020 kite gallery

Bob's and Charmayne's kites in 2020

Moth The year began with 2 more butterflies. Well, one more butterfly and one moth. These little butterflies first arrived in 2014. There are now five that flutter around.
In winds between 3 and 6mph, they flutter and dart and dodge gently around. Wind above 6mph will bend their wings back too much to look nice.
blue butterfly butterfly flock
Moon eyes We have another Jimmy!!!!
Jimmy is one of my favorite kites. We taught him at Ft. Worden. And one of my students could not attend but wanted the kit. And that kit came back to me. He fits in so well with the others.
Jimmy the Third
Jimmy number 1
Jimmy the Third
Jimmy the Second
UCVGP:  Frantzen Planeur Cerf-Volant Voilier
System L.P.F. type 1922

New kite construction process:
Bob makes a miniature...
Bob drafts the patterns...
Charmayne cuts fabric and sews...
Bob rigs, makes rods, bridles...
Bob makes them fly.
Bob's miniature sewing
UCVGPP 2020 Frantzen type 1922 UCVGPP 2020 flight
Kay's kite A second eight-winged box kite designed by Mike Bithell. We made a blue and yellow one in 2019. More information about it in the 2019 Gallery.  
I decided to try to resurrect our pink and green line laundry. It has been retired for quite a few years. The pink faded considerably. The green somewhat. It looked brownish in the sky.
We sorted out the pieces which were mostly green and I made a new Zwirbel. This was to see how it would blend with the faded green pieces.
new green line The new green blends with the slightly faded green. The color difference is not going to be noticeable without someone looking for it.
We kept the chain, Bob's ring and Donut Guy.
Zwirbel closeup Zwirbel  
Next we decided to revamp a long worm, my combo tube.
We put it on the line and decided "why not try it". We carry a small repair kit. Bob cut off the front with a snap knife and rebridled it with a large needle and the old bridle lines. If it looks better, I would do a permanent job at home with a new neck opening.
old and new Still not the best with the faded pink but so much better with much of the pink gone. It gets to stay.
green hippo The green hippo is the brother to the blue hippo. This one doesn't have a tube in the mouth opening. I used mesh instead. I decorated him with some left over green polka dots. (Every hippo needs pizazz.) Teal foot pads and ears and he was ready to fly. Click on the photo to the right for close-ups of details. hippo closeups
green hppo dots new green line Flying on August 3, 2020.

hippo movie

The Hippo Movie

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