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4 Traditional shapes

 

Sagara

 

 

 

 

Suruga

 

 

 

 

 

Kerori

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Although two of my earliest decorative "no sew" fighter kites were very traditional Japanese Sagara and Suruga shapes, I have not built very many of these kites. They can be flown as quite agile fighter kites in most winds ( the Suruga performs surprisingly well in very strong winds), and offer relaxing and enjoyable flying. But I have not yet found a way of altering the bridling, or spar arrangements, that offer the opportunity for much beyond good directional and speed control.

The Kerori (built with a 3-leg korean-style bridle) is one of my newer experiments - but an experiment that seems to offer some exciting freestyle flying. A kite built to a fairly high aspect ratio (it almost looks like a mini-Revolution) is very responsive and secure in the stall, and can easily be coaxed into very fast flat spins. The kite can also perform something like a "Yo-yo" routine (with the single line being wrapped around the kite from front to back) by quickly reversing forward flight - when the kite returns to a stable stall, a quick application of line tension can reverse the looping and wrapping of the line to restore the kite to normal controlled flight.

I am still experimenting with the proportions and bridling of the Kerori shape in order to increase precise control, and to secure the predictability of the more radical "tricks". Although the kite is already fun to fly, I feel that this is still very much "work in progress".