A blog detailing our collection of Peter Powell kites, and chronicling our flying of these kites. Plus a bit of PP kite history thrown in. Our collection to date can be seen here. I am keen to expand the collection, so if you have an old Peter Powell kite, whether made in the UK or the US, gathering dust and looking for a new home, why not get in touch? Depending on the kite (does it bring something new or different to my collection?), its condition (is it flyable? how much TLC does it need?), and the price you ask (+ shipping if from outside the UK), we may well be able to do a deal.

Monday, 31 December 2018

End of 2018 - overview of the collection

Another year has passed, another end-of-the-year blog post, taking stock of my Peter Powell collection and what has been added to it this year.

My collection of original UK-produced Stunters has grown from 18 to 21: I added a blue alu-framed Mk I, a red fibreglass-framed Mk I, and a special Poppins-branded Mk I.

I was also able to add three to the collection of US-produced PP kites, going from 11 to 14: a second Skyraker, a ripstop Mk I, and a second Wing. Plus I added a second Skychaser to the one I already had (but that doesn't count as an extra kite, as stacks count as one).

A further three Caribbean Kite Company kites added to the five I had, bringing that section of the collection up to eight: a Little Cayman, a Mustique, and a Tobago.

And, finally, I added one more 'Poppy Powell' to the one we had, bringing the number of modern PPs up to 10.

Adding all this up means that the collection increased by 10 this year, growing from 43 to 53. Not as large an increase as last year, but that's to be expected: as the collection grows, there are fewer and fewer 'new' ones to add.

Which made me ponder what the maximum number of kites in the collection could be. So I did some back-of-the-envelope scribbling .... if I manage to get my hands on at least one example of every model produced in the past, and assuming I'll have more than one of those that came in different version, plus assuming that Mark and Paul will bring out a small handful of new models in the years to come, I come to a figure of just under a hundred. So that appears to roughly be the maximum size of the collection. Which does mean two things: 1) I'm more than halfway there; and 2) there are still a lot of Peter Powell kites to collect for me!

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