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A New Fighter kite book on
[CD ROM is compatible with both Mac's and MS Window s PC's]
BOOK IS SOLD OUT!! EXTREMELY LIMITED
EDITION - Only 100 copies made
CD VERSION STILL AVAILABLE
For more info contact NFKA
Over 325 pages of the most comprehensive information
on North American fighter kites ever assembled…including 12 pages of bibliography
entries. There are detailed plans for more than 10 combat tested short
line fighter kites with step-by-step construction instructions and tips -
as well as detailed sections on making bamboo spines from a bamboo pole.
11” x 8.5” horizontal, full color and high quality paper; its binding
is double wire-o binding that allows for folding the book flat for easy
photocopying of plans and for studying on your work table, etc., without
damage to the book.
Fighter Kites and Beyond is an exploration of the basic fundamentals
of fighter kites featuring 14 traditional fighter kites from 5 Asian cultures;
5 modern fighter kites; 10 basic fighters made from ripstop, tyvek, plastic
or paper; and how to fly, fight and play with fighter kites.
11” x 8-1/2”, 96 pages. - $24.00
To purchase this book, and others by Wayne Hosking, visit His website :
or contact: SKYTEC ARTS, 1053 Arbor Hill Circle, CLERMONT, FL
34711 phone: 352-241-8347 e-mail: email@example.com
Fighter Kites: 29 original designs to make and fly by Philippe
Gallot, U.S. edition, published by St. Martin's Press. (The British edition
was titled: Making & Flying Fighter Kites, published by B.T.
Batsford, Ltd.). BUY Philippe's book - it's a MUST!
A Beginner's Guide To Flying Indian Fighter Kites by Shirley
Turpin, c1994. This 18 page booklet was written to help the beginning
flier learn to fly Indian fighter kites, based on advice and tips from
Stafford Wallace, and illustrations by Andy Smith. Shirley and Dick Turpin
are the owners of the famous British kite store, The Highway Men.
Come Fight A Kite by Dinesh Bahadur, published by Harvey House,
N.Y., c1978. The author is a champion of international kite fighting competitions
and owned the famous San Francisco kite store, Come Fly a Kite
(no longer in business). This great little book of information about Indian
fighters is OUT OF PRINT. Look in used book stores, or at the local library,
you may just get lucky.
Visit the KiteLines Online Bookstore
(Hosted on the Gomberg Kite Productions site) to see more Kite Books that
may be available.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, a 1999 Indian movie on DVD, directed
by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. One musical scene in this movie features pink
and purple mylar fighter kites being flown from the roof, while one of the
heroes is challenged to a match by the heroine's father. All the while, the
cast is singing and dancing to a song about kite matches. This song, interestingly,
was cut from the movie when shown in India, to shorten it's length. English translation
of the song.
On The Trail of The Tukkal by Tania Berger. Jaswanth Giani Singh
of India, master of the Tukkal, shows Tania how to make a Tukkal. KiteLinesMagazine,
Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2, p. 49, 51.
Tussles with Tukkals - Who can Fly this Kite? by Steve McKerrow.
KiteLinesMagazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2, p. 50.
News, Rumors & Misc. - Buka Madness. Photo
of Karen Gustavson's Buka made in Bruce Lambert's workshop at the '99 AKA
Convention. KiteLinesMagazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2, p.62.
Kite Review on the Piranha & Bait fighters (Sky Delight
Kites).KiteLinesMagazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2, p.21.
Book Reviews: Cerfs-Volants Traditionals de Combat a' Travers le
Monde (Boitrelle & Petit) reviewed by Pierre Fabre; Fighters
- North American Single Line Sport Kites (NFKA project) reviewed by
Steve McKerrow. KiteLinesMagazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2,
The Manjha Debate Continues... two readers, Nelson Borelli
and Ajay Prakash, contribute to this on-going debate. KiteLines
Magazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2, p.25.
New Sightings at Dieppe '98 by Pierre Fabre. Included are photos
of a Cuban Fighter kite and attached razor blades; and a Chilean
Charetta (reel), plus report on the Manjha Club International's World
Cup Competition. KiteLinesMagazine, Winter '99/00, v. 13, no.2,
Controversies - About Manjha - To cut or not to cut? by
Steve McKerrow. KiteLines
Magazine, Spring 1999, v. 13, no.1, p. 17-18.
Ripstop Hata - The interpretation of the traditional Nagasaki
fighter is forgiving and easy to fly,
by C.A. Williams. Includes plans. KiteLines Magazine, Spring
1999, v. 13, no.1, p. 30-33.
India Skies Text & illus. by George Peters. KiteLines
Magazine, Spring 1999, v. 13, no.1, p. 46-49.
In Pakistan Kites Light Up the Sky, Hans Bauman. Hans describes
Basant, the annual Kite celebration in Pakistan. KiteLines Magazine,
Spring 1999, v. 13, no.1, p. 46 - Sidebar article.
Reviews of “a fine flock of fledgling fighters...”, including the Patang
(R. Gareau), My First Fighter (from Air Wares), Lil Miss Take
(R. Kites, a flying pair), the Lazer (Mile High) and the Merlin
Gem. In addition, a nice article from Tal Streeter, detailing the
best places to go in India to find fighter culture--stuff that supplemented
his book. KiteLines Magazine, Spring-Summer 1997.
The Fighters of Hong Kong plus more on Korean fighters
(from Steve McKerrow's trip there), plus a view of the GA Pro fighter
(Carlisle). KiteLines Magazine, Fall-Winter 1996.
Streeter at Last by Valerie Govig and Find the Fighter
Jewels by Mel Govig.
Kitelines Magazine, Fall - Winter 1996,
p.19 & 21.
Above the Clouds. KiteLines Magazine, Winter-Spring 1996,
Review of the Mighty Mite fighter.KiteLines Magazine,
Bat Fighter by Frank Schwiemann by Mel Govig. KiteLines
Magazine, Winter-Spring 1995,
Randy Shannon's Baby Cicada. KiteLines Magazine, Winter-Spring
1995, p. 12-13.
Super FAST Fighters of Korea by Mel Govig. KiteLines Magazine,
Fall 1994, p. 31-35.
Reviews of the USA Star fighter (This is a styrofoam rotor kite).
Ground School - A Beginner's Guide To Flying Indian Fighter Kites
by Shirley Turpin, reviewed by Steve McKerrow. KiteLines
Magazine, Fall 1994, p.22-23.
Pipas Do Brazil: Kites in South America by Pierre Fabre. KiteLines
Magazine, Spring-Summer 1994, p.31-39.
Adrenaline and Mineral Water. KiteLines Magazine, Summer-Fall
1993, p. 36-43.
The Hornet by Merlin Kites by Mel Govig. KiteLines Magazine,
Summer-Fall 1993, p.17-18.
How to make a Family of Fighter Kites written by Ed Alden of
Washington. This article suggests ways to modify a nagaski hata so that
different sizes of kites fly with similar flight characteristics. Mr. Alden
did a lot of work assuming that larger kites fly better in light winds and
then changing the "tip ratio" and the center of balance to make a family
of kites that perform similarly. Recommended reading for anyone building fighters
and playing with the shapes.KiteLines Magazine, Spring 1993.
Fighters, Front & Center. A very informative article on
fighter kites, including a wonderful chart listing manufacturers &
their kites, the pricing, dimensions, etc., plus a short Rebuttal on Manjha.
The article was written by Mel Govig, and appears in KiteLines Magazine,
Winter 1992-93, p. 38-40.
Review of David Gomberg’s The Fighter Kite Book. KiteLines
Magazine, Spring-Summer 1992.
The Anytime Valentine. KiteLines Magazine, Spring-Summer
1992, p. 20-21.
Postscript: The Astrofighter by Mel Govig. KiteLines Magazine,
Winter 1991-1992, p.16.
More reviews: the GA Fighter (Carlisle), a George Peters
fighter, the Goodwinds AstroFighter, the Righteous Fighter
(Factor Kites) and a Carlisle rokkaku. KiteLines Magazine,
Reviews of the Black Feather, Merlin and Stan Swanson’s
Bee. KiteLines Magazine, Spring 1991.
A review of Philippe Gallot’s Fighter Kites: 29 original designs
to make and fly . KiteLines Magazine, Summer, 1990.
One - Liners To Remember, or The Hole Truth by Mel Govig. KiteLines
Magazine, Winter 1989-1990, p.26.
Kites over Ahmedabad. KiteLines Magazine, Summer 1989,
Reviews, including the Butterfighter/Butterflier, Carlisle
Kiteworks’ Indian and the Karl Szilagi fighter. KiteLines
Magazine, Winter 1988-89
Thai Kites: Ancient Tradition Perennial Excitement by
Ron Spalding. KiteLines Magazine,
Winter-Spring 1987, p.61-71.
Plans for a basic Indian fighter. KiteLines Magazine,
Kites of Trinidad by Judith Johnston. KiteLines Magazine,
Winter-Spring 1983, p.40-45.
A follow-up by Mel on the previous article. KiteLines Magazine,
Mel’s first good, comprehensive fighter article, on how to pick and
fly them. KiteLines Magazine, First Quarter 1982.
Book Review of Dinesh Bahadur's Book: Come Fight A Kite by Valerie
Govig. KiteLines Magazine, Summer 1979, p.14.
What's New: Quicksilver Firebird by Mel Govig, KiteLines
Magazine Spring-Summer 1978 - p.27. Reels Follow-up: A New Korean
Reel by Mel Govig p.27&29.
Review of the Grandmaster.KiteLines Magazine, Winter
Vietnamese Kite by Margaret Greger. KiteLines Magazine,
Fall 1977 - p.64.
is the Perfect Kite by Mel Govig. KiteLines, Summer 1977
, Vol.1, No.2
("Ultimate Questions" Department)
Review of several Kites, including the Kung Flew Kite
by Mel Govig. KiteLines Magazine, Spring 1977 (First issue), p.
Art of the Matter : WindWorks '99 Marks the Arrival of Kites as
Serious Museum Pieces by Tim Devaney. Includes several photos of Asian
Fighter Kites, from India, Japan and Thailand, which were included in the
museum displays American Kite Magazine, Summer 1999, v.12, no.2,
p 22-23, 42-43.
American Kite Magazine Apologizes - Letter from Lawyer regarding
the defamatory comments and libelous remarks made by Mr. Bahadur in previous
published Interview, and Apology statement from the Magazine. American
Kite Magazine, Winter/Spring 1999, v.12, no.1, p.8.
"The man who would be king: American Kite Interview." Interview
of Dinesh Bahadur.
American Kite Magazine,Fall 1998, v. 11, no. 3, p. 43-44.
Flirting with Danger, by Wayne Hosking. American Kite Magazine,
Spring 1998, v.11, no.1, p. 51-57. Includes plan for a Simple Fighter,
Indoor Fighter Kite Plans by Paul Berard. Kiting: Journal
of the AKA, Mar. 2000, v. 22, no.2, p.20.
A Slice of Life by Tom Humphrey. Recap of a NFKA fly in Jan.
and the experiences of fighting with Manjha for the first time. Kiting:Journal
of the AKA, Mar. 2000, v. 22, no.2, p.21.
Waxed Lines stuck together - A tip from Bruce Jarvie.
Kiting:Journal of the AKA, Mar. 2000, v. 22, no.2, p.21.
Single Line Sport Kites - Grand Nationals Report by Bruce Lambert.
Kiting: Journal of the AKA, Jan. 2000, v. 22, no.1,
North American Single Line Sport Kites: A New Sport Kite Category?
by Bruce Lambert. Kiting:Journal of the AKA, Sept. 1999, v. 21,
O, The Tangled Web I Wove by Doug Laubach. Kiting: Journal
of the AKA, Sept. 1999, v. 21, no.5, p.25.
98 Convention Offered More Fighters by Bruce Lambert. Recap
of the Fighter events held during the 1998 AKA Convention in Ocean Shores,
WA. Kiting: Journal of the AKA, May 1999, v. 21, no.3, p.11.
Brandon Eller's Shorts - Fighter Kite plans by Brandon Eller.
Kiting: Journal of the AKA, May 1999, v. 21, no.3,
Fighter Kite Myths and Facts By Douglas Fales, AKA Life Member.
Kiting: Journal of the AKA, March 1988, p. 10-12.
Gem Single-Line Stuntable Kite by Wayne Hosking. Kiting:
Journal of the AKA, July 1990, p.5 & 6.
Kite Plans Made Easy - The Fighter Kite by Wayne Hosking. Kiting:
Journal of the AKA, September 1986, p.11-12.
HOW COME MY KITE WON'T FLY? - Simple Oriental Kites OR The Mysteries
Orient Solved! AKA News, August-September 1983 - Vol V, No.4.
HOW COME MY KITE WON'T FLY? - Adjusting the bow of a fighter
kite. AKA News, December 1982 - Vol IV, No.6
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