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hey, you need a tail ...

all by hand! ... supermarket shopping bags? ... i like the monroe one ... can i have a try ... flying fighter kites is a lotta fun ... so is building and decorating them ... in fact it’s a whole thing ...

... and here follows my tale ...



a few months ago [july 2002], i visited a new neighbor.

i noticed two kite books on his book shelf ... ‘please, take them and read them’, he said, while reaching behind a large chair and retrieving a handful of kites. ‘ever seen one of these?’, he asked. i shook my head indicating a firm ‘no’.

later that afternoon, i joined him for a fly...

a bit of fighter kite history ... the basic materials used for early kites ... silk and bamboo ... were being produced and cultivated as early as 2600 bc ... and that the first kites were being flown around 1000 bc ... the fighter kite was developed and flown as a form of enjoyment as early as 1000 ad ...

fighter kites require focused mental concentration ... buddhist monks in the far east used them in meditation ... and brought them on their travels throughout the far east ... hundreds of years later, many countries had developed their own fighter kite designs ... with each culture developing their own variations on the sport of kite fighting ...

the indian fighter ... the most common and well known, is made of tissue paper and bamboo ... indian flyers fly millions of kites each year ... one of the largest kite festivals in the world, takes place in jodhpur, around mid-january each year ... they say it is difficult to see the sky on this day, with thousands of fighter kites entwined in battle ...

originally, fighting is fought using cutting line, called manjha ... crushed/powdered glass is coated onto a cotton line using rice glue ... allowing one fighter kite to cut an opponents line ... and, whoever picks up the kite, keeps it ... and more than likely will attach a new flying line and engage in combat ... since these paper fighters are only meant to last the day, the cost is usually a small sacrifice for the fun of the fight ...

fighter kiting today, has developed into a sport ... manjha is only used in demonstration fighting ... short line combat, as well as sets of predetermined moves, that test a pilots’ skill ... building, designing and decorating fighters, is as much a part of the sport ...

modern fighters use modern materials ... skins are now hi-tech ... mylar, tyvek, orcon, icarex ... strong, rot-proof, light and durable ... spines are generally still hand carved bamboo ... but bows are sometimes carbon fiber or fiberglass ...

what follows are my endeavors into the realm of designing, building, decorating and flying fighter kites ...

may the wind on your wings ... blow long and strong

ralph resnik

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