The fighter review on this page was written by Brent
Johnson of Calgary, Alberta Canada.
by Joel Scholz
The Butterfighter is certainly the largest of my fighter kites and the
most complex to assemble on the field. Joel has done his homework with
one folks.....the kite is over 2 ft tall and almost 3 ft wide at the
This might seem an exaggeration when you see the kite. Trust me on
one, it takes up alot of sky!! The kite's wings fold and flap with
and tug of the line. This to me is exciting as the kite takes on life!
are truly magnificent in the sky.
Please note use heavy! 10 lb. min. tensile strength with this kite
as it allows for
better control and recovery in dives.
When I first flew my butterfighter, it had a rubber nose for protection
against driving it point first into the ground [lost it!] and soon
delicately curved center spar [damn!]
Luckily, Joel had the presence of mind to include a spare spar and
up and away shortly thereafter.... a word on assembly of this kite:
very careful and read the instructions included! They will help
becoming confused [as I often do -never do read instructions ] the
spars can and do become crossed. Mine is an earlier version and
I subsequently revamped
the large o ring which holds the wing spars and center spars together
one of my daughters hair bands....ain't being a parent lovely! hah!]
any ways this
kite will do everything you ask of it and more....
The first time I flew it I caused a major sensation ...as it will go
a dive, deceptively quick!, and just as quickly, tah-dah!, turn its
nose up and
streak [remember this is a large fighter kite] into the heavens!
Bring lots of fighter line...it needs lots of room to maneuver! bring
chair and a bottle of water as you will be answering questions from
everybody and his neighbor about your kite.
This kite attracts attention like nothing else I fly....maybe its the
butterfly motif, maybe its the colors [reminiscent of the NBC peacock]
I don't know? people
just want to see it up close.
One small complaint, remember that mine is a much earlier
version than those sold today, Joel made the bridle with a nylon
rope [for lack of a
better description] it can and will slip....change the bridle by moving
the tow point back
about a 1/2 inch and tie, knot, use wax whatever suits your fancy and
hearts content. I found that in the bridle setting this kite can be
for sunday warrior or gee whiz folks that's a pretty kite that does
tricks...mark your bridle... you'll need it as the kite just begs for
Love the kite Joel. See you on the field!