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Personal logo badwargamer Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Jun 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

Hi, does anyone have any information on Chinese kites? I'm trying to make some for some armies. I've found some info online but not a lot, and was wondering if anyone has any more info. in books etc

bsrlee07 Jun 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Pretty much all pre-Hargrave kites were flat diamond shaped with a flexible tail, same as the basic modern children's toy kite. The same kites, in a variety of sizes, are still flown all over Asia in various festivals and competitions (kite vs kite aerial combat!).

Lawrence Hargrave in the late 1800's (before Cody et all)developed and perfected the 'box' kite, including manned kites, which in turn let to some guys by the name of Wright 'getting off the ground' with powered flight.

Von Trinkenessen08 Jun 2017 3:23 a.m. PST

BSRLEE one has to mention you Hargrave as most of his work was in NSW.
But don't forget Captain B.F.S Baden-Powell and his man lifters in the 1890's.
What era are you thinking about , try contacting the Kite Society of Great Britain.
Also Weifang in China is a major kite flying centre try there.

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