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Butterfly Kite
This, one of the prettiest of all kites, is quite simple to make. There is a minimum of framework and the covering is quite straightforward. It can be strikingly decorated. Altogether it is a kite you will want to make.
Double Butterfly Kite
This pretty kite is a development of the one previously described. The framework is necessarily more elaborate, and so the instructions must be followed carefully. The kite is one of which you may be proud, both for its appearance and performance.
High Flyer Kite No. 1
There are very good reports of the flying performance of this kite. It will readily attain a good height, and being strongly made will withstand fairly rough weather. The framework is constructed of split cane throughout to give maximum strength, and the two-piece bridle and tail improve stability.
High Flyer Kite No. 2
Here is another easily made kite with a good flying performance. Like the High Flyer No. 1 the framework is formed of split cane, about 1/4 in. thick, because of its lightness and strength.
Loose Cover Kite
This kite flies on a different principle from most kites. In action it is more like the sail of a boat which billows out in the wind. In effect the action of the sail forms what may be called an anhedral angle, which is reverse in shape to dihedral.
Smiling Face Kite
This kite is formed after the pattern of the Pegtop kite and if made properly should prove to be a good flyer.
The Box Kite
This is probably the best known and most popular of all kites. It is an excellent flyer, and is made to withstand rough weather. No difficulty will be met with in constructing one, if the instructions are followed carefully.
The Festoon Kite
This kite looks very attractive in flight, and is one which is well worth making. It is a combined kite, that is, two kites arranged on one backbone. It has a comparatively slender framework and needs to be handled with care.
The Forktop Kite
This kite is given its name because its backbone is divided into two curved prongs at the top. It has the double advantage of being bow shaped, and possessing a large sail area. The operator will find that it will move in a lively manner.
The Glider Kite
This kite when it is in the air, bears a striking resemblance to a glider. The fact that it is bow shaped in two directions means that a considerable degree of stability can be expected. In the absence of a tail a device is fitted which will help in directional steadiness.
The Happy Man Kite
Kites are made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are conventional, such as the box and the pegtop; others are more original, and to this class the Happy Man Kite belongs. It is a humorous novelty and will cause some amusement when it is flying in the air.
The Hexagonal Kite
This is a simple flat wing kite, which can be readily adapted to different sizes. It has a lively performance, and does well in a gentle breeze. It is one of the class which is not bow shaped. This bow shape forms what is called the dihedral angle, and as we have seen in the comments upon the Tonking kite, dihedral improves stability.
The Pegtop Kite
The Pegtop is a good choice if one is looking for an easy-to-make kite. The framework is a simple two-piece unit. When this is covered, and a bridle and tail added, the kite is ready for flying. It is not, however, one of the easiest of kites to handle.
The Sail Kite
This kite shows the influence of the box kite in its structure. It is in two parts; one being in the form of a triangle; the other in the form of a sail. It is designed to achieve steady flight in different weather conditions, and should be capable of attaining to a good height quickly.
The Small Fish Kite
Here is a kite of unusual design, which looks very attractive in flight. The time and care needed in the construction will be amply repaid by its performance. Being a multi-frame type, it is important to maintain the correct proportions of every part.
The Star Kite
This pretty kite possesses two interesting features. One is that there is a centre piece of metal foil, which reflects the light; this is an effective decorative device. The other feature is that the kite is equipped with balancing cups, to assist its flight.
The Three-T Kite
As the name implies, this kite is an arrangement of three triangles, which give it a rather unusual look. It is a flat-type form which depends for stability upon a two-piece bridle and a flexible tail.
The Tonking Kite
As its name implies, this kite is of eastern origin. It has a very simple structure, about which brief comment may be made. First, it is light in weight, because there is a broad wing or cover area with a minimum of framework.
The Wing Kite
Robust construction and pleasing design are combined in the wing kite. Because it carries a comparatively large area of framework, which results in increased weight, it may be found to fly best in a fresh to strong wind. However, in practised hands this kite proves to be quite versatile in flight.



19 Great Kites to Make