Here's some of the stuff I've built until now.

Last update : January 28th 1997

My latest kite, the Parasled. Built just before Fanoe '96 by scaling down the plan published in Kite Lines by 2/3. So it has about 7 m^2 sail-area and I used 5mm carbon spars. I really love this kite as it is so forgiving. No matter how high or how low the wind is, you just throw it into the air and there it flies, stable like hell and you won't have to think about it until you pull it down in the evening. A great lifter in moderate winds. Here's the first picture I took from the parasled using my camera-cradle which I built about three years ago and never used until Fanoe this year. If you need a kite for KAP (kite aerial photography) or to lift tons of windsocks, go build a parasled. (BTW: the parasled needs no tail, we added Bernhards unused tail only for optical reasons).

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That's the piranha-windsock I built to stabilise my gecko. The design is Peter Lynn's and some weeks ago I got a fax from him indicating that the design is not copyrighted anymore, so I will publish a plan for it soon (maybe not too soon, you know, so many ideas, so little time). The original design consists of triangles of three different colors, but I built mine to fit the gecko. And then - pink and black is the combination that makes everything fly - no matter what you build!!!

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A moderate wind and one of George Peters Pterosauri (sp?), that's all you need to find AoxomoxoA. 4 of them, a sunset at Fanoe and some friends and you'll have the most AoxomoxoA-moment in your life!!! If you think this guy must have been in the sun too long, have a look at the AOXOMOXOA-Page. If you still don't understand, you'll never understand. (The only thing that I'm a little irritated about is how a kite with so little pink and black could give so much AoxomoxoA!!!). Oh, btw, I managed to loose the tail of the Ptero on Fanoe. It's about 2 to 3 meters long, blue and orange stripes (each about 10 cm wide) and there's a blue dacron segment at the bigger end of the tail. If someone by coincidence found it, please send me an email.

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This fishbone is a prototype I built several months ago. I got the idea while finding the TV program too boring so I took out some Tyvek and two hours later, the fishbone was fishnished, aeh finished. It needs a decent wind which I only have during business hours, so it's virgin flight was on Fanoe. It seems to attract lots of people. I will further develope it and build a bigger and colored version as soon as I find the time.

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This is the extended wing cody (cell-size 45cm) with the top sail which I built mainly using the plan of Andreas Rathge as well as all information about Codies I could get. It's a lot of work to build a Cody (there are e.g. about 120 reenforcement patches), but it flies extremely stable and looks great.

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This is my pink'n black gecko (10 m), just before his virgin flight on Romo, October '95. As soon as I have finished the plan, I'll make it available on this homepage (but this may take some weeks/months/years).

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My gecko (have I mentioned that it's pink and black?) at his virgin flight. Due to the lack of a proper rotor, piranha or other stabilising windsock, I attached a shopping bag filled with 3 kg of sand. The gecko flew well for several hours and made it to the television on his first day out (there was a crew of a local german TV station).

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That's me trying to convince the gecko to start. Please note that I wear a matching polar-fleece-sweater (pink and black) ;^))

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That's the result of a two-days workshop I did together with 8 german scouts. It consists of a 7 feet rokkaku which displays the lily (the symbol of the biggest german scout association) as well as of 4 Edo-like kites painted with the letters DPSG (the short-name of the association). The train is built of Tyvek and wooden spars and although most of the work was new to me, too (first rokkaku, first train, first edo-like kites, first use of wooden spars) and all the others were total newbies to kiting, the thing flew right from the beginning. The boys and girls really did a great job!

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That's the first kite I've built (the one with which all started), a Parafoil built of Tyvek according to the plan published by Wolfgang Schimmelpfennig. It flew well at the beginning but currently need some rebridling.

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Images I'll add as soon as they are scanned:

The Electron (my first stunter, pink'n black plus some more colours)

A stack of three dart-type kites (one of them pink'n black - no doubt, this one flies best!)

The Batman (a quadline kite similar to the Batman logo, totally black, forgot to put some pink in)

A micro-stunter (wingspan 30 cm)

Two Paraflex (I gave the nicier one -it's pink'n black- to a friend, you bet I regreted that several times ;^)

The Sputnik 4 (5m^2, pink'n black checker pattern, quadlined inbetween)

My living-room-ceiling-cody (cell-size 15 cm, only black, no pink)

A 3m^2 Quadrifoil

A 2m^2 Quadrifoil (nice color-combination. Guess what it is? You're right - it's pink'n black!!!)

The Definitely-not-a-Stranger

The Sputnik 4 (2m^2, white with 'Sputnik' written in blue 3D-letters, closed outer cells and cross-ventilation)

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