Tell us about yourself
I've just gotten into KAP recently. I've been lurking the old forums for a little while and figured now would be a good time to join since the forums were migrated. Some of you may recognize some of the pictures below from the KAP group on Facebook.
Now, a little bit about me and how I got into KAP. I had a kind of unusual (I think?) journey. When I was a kid, my grandfather was very much into kites, model airplanes, and lots of other things. I used to fly kites with him when I was very young. As I got older, I got more interested in model airplanes. I've designed, built, and flown many myself, and even turned my passion into a career in aerospace engineering.
This year, though, I rediscovered my love of kites, and the potential to lift a camera with decent quality (much better than the tiny FPV camera on my model plane) got me interested in KAP. I started out building dowel-and-plastic kite designs from Tim Parish's website, my-best-kite.com. Then I learned how to use a sewing machine and built this 65-inch Dopero for KAP, scaled up from his 48-inch design and adapted for carbon fiber and ripstop nylon construction.
My KAP rig is also custom-built out of lite ply. It allows rotation in the pitch and yaw axes, which must be set prior to launching, and lifts a small Canon Powershot camera running CHDK. I'm still very new to this but have been getting pretty decent results lately, just going to different local places. Here are a few of my favorites.
(Hopefully I'm inserting those images correctly. I've never used Vanilla forums before. They seem maybe slightly squished when displayed on the forum? Maybe not. It's a little hard to tell. If you click them, you will see the correct aspect ratio.)
Based on some recent struggles with the Dopero in light winds (remember, it's not a full-size Dopero), I decided to build a 2.5 meter barn-door style kite, also adapted from plans on Tim Parish's site. I will post pictures here when I get it finished.