A figure from the original patent
Aim is to make a pair of modern replicas, one with a Japanese plane, one with a German plane (picture credit: Craig Wilson)
Most of the necessary bits and bobs
10m of sky-blue ripstop
Creating the templates for the sail
Cutting the sail panels
Sail panels done! Other two look exactly the same (;o)
Sewing the sail panels together
Leech line around the sail
Creating the silhouette for the Japanese Zero plane
Silhouette for the Zero plane ready to be sewn to the sail!
Wing markings for the Zero plane
Sail for the Target:Z kite finished!
Wing tip reinforcement for bungee cord
Frame for the Target kites - 6mm carbon & fibreglass
Ready for first test flight, still without rudder system
Frame flexes a lot, and sail billows too much ...
... but it flies pretty stable!
Will need to replace the frame with a stiffer, larger one, to reduce flex and billow
Creating the silhouette for the German Focke-Wulf plane
Silhouette for the Focke-Wulf plane ready to be sewn to the sail!
Wing marking for the Focke-Wulf plane
Sail for the Target:FW kite finished!
New (8mm carbon) frame for the Target kites
Target:FW kite framed and bridled!
Target:FW kite ready for its test flight; with new 8mm frame, but still without rudder
Much less flex in the frame ...
... and much less billow in the sail!
Test flight of the Target:FW, with the larger, stiffer frame - much better!
Both Target Kites framed and bridled!
Straight and angled spar connector on the spine and through holes in the sail
Pieces of 6mm spar into the spar connectors, serving as skeleton for the keel and hinge for the rudder
Pieces of spar cut to size and end-capped off
Parts for keel and rudder
Fixing the keel in place
Keel in place
Dacron hinges for the rudder
Fixing the rudder in place
Rudder in place
Steering lines connected to the rudder
Rudder working on the ground
Rudder working in flight!
Test flight of the Target:Z - rudder works fine, but has no effect on overall control
Keel and rudder ready to be fixed to the Target:FW kite
Target:FW kite R2F!