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Cell and compound kites

Cell and compound kites

Cell and compound kites

The cellular or box kites are formed by square, rectangular or triangular prisms forming open cells on both sides. They were invented in 1893 by the Australian Lawrence Hargrave and are characterized by their great capacity for support and stability. Some have wings and new geometries, being called compound kites.

I have several kites of this type in my collection. Undoubtedly the most spectacular is an HQ Treczoks Cody (see more about this kite).

He oldest ones I built with the help of Ana using beech rods and cotton and nylon fabric. The framework joints were made by partially cut plastic tubes to join the rods at right angles.

Rectangular prismatic cell kite of 140 x 80 x 40 cm. It has great traction power and is very stable. On one occasion I broke the line and in another I used it as a flying banner in a demonstration with a slogan written with adhesive letters in one of the cells. The one you see in these photos was built in 1987, twenty-seven years ago in 2014, but it’s still in top shape.

Cometa Conyne of own manufacture. Nylon fabric and wooden rods. It is a cellular kite composed very stable in flight. It was my first kite.

Kite bird of own confection with cotton fabric and wooden rods. It is also a very stable composite cellular kite in flight.

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