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.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

'The Monster'

The American arm of Peter Powell Kites started out with producing diamond Stunters very similar to those produced in the UK, but quickly diversified their product range. As well as deltas (of which the Skyraker was the first), they also started creating smaller and larger versions of the standard diamond Stunter. Meet the 6' version of the classic diamond Stunter, called 'The Monster'!

We first got to fly this large PP at the Leominster & Hereford Kite Festival at Berrington Hall. The wind was quite variable, mostly 3-15mph. In these conditions, 'The Monster' took to the air slowly and gracefully, and proved itself to be easy to handle and steer, though obviously needing more air space to fly loops and circles.

Pull was firm, but nothing that couldn't be handled. However, the official wind range of this kite is 5-40mph, and I can well imagine that the kite will become a serious handful when the wind goes above ~20mph. An indication of that is the fact that the kite has an extra cross spar behind the sail, strengthening the frame and preventing the leading edges from collapsing in high winds ...

First flight of 'The Monster' was with an all-white tail, but I'm going to see if I can get a tri-colour blue-pink-white tail for this kite. Watch this space!

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