Kinetic Kite - first ripstop version
In the summer of 2001 Rosemary saw the new Kinetic kite (by Yukio
Akiyama) plans on the JKA website. It was made of bamboo and paper but
Rosemary thought she could make it of ripstop and dowel. Not being sure of
success it was made with random scraps. After a bit of tuning it flew
beautifully in a light & steady breeze.
Photos were sent to Masami Takakuwa of the JPA website and he believed
it was the first ever ripstop version and he really wanted to have the original
kinetic kite, not Rosemary's second kinetic, the rainbow version. Rosemary
swapped the original for a rokkaku. Photos below show original flying in
Rotorua, and also in Japan with Yukio Akiyama flying a paper version
alongside. There are now many ripstop kinetic type kites around the world.
Kinetic and Poppy Kites
Ray has come to appreciate recently just how much of an impact the loss of his
two grandfathers to the consequences of WW1 injuries has had on his family.
Knowing we had a youth organised ANZAC Kite Festival in 2015 and with 100
years since WW1 it seemed reasonable to remember his grandfathers through
We had seen the poppy kite (by Alain Micquiax at www.morphodesign.fr ) in
photos from Dieppe and thought they would be a nice way to remember his
grandfathers. Having made a Tichi Tako in 2006 we could see how to make
replicas of the poppy kite.
The three poppy kites are in memory of Alexander McCully and William Carter
who both died following WW1 and Ray's stepgrandfather Hector Aekins who
served in WW1.