|KMS - Kite Reel
by Karsten M. Schneymann, Germany
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One of my first home-built kite line winding-devices was a design very close to the 'Deep Sky Reel' shown in 'The Penguin Book of KITES' by David Pelham. Since I didn't like to operate the reel just by slipping my hand through a webbing loop, so I changed the webbing for a kind of welded steel frame right away. Overall the design was pretty heavy for its size, but really sturdy too. Last winter (to be exact: late December 2006) I switched to a kite reel comparable to the one shown in the following. I built it as a birthday present for a kiting-friend in June 2005.
The basic design is well known: Two round wooden discs (with or without holes) and lengths of doweling glued in to form the core. I disliked the usual way of holding and operating the reel by means of grabbing a central handle inside the wide circular opening of the outer disc. Instead I had the idea of a two-handled 'frame' made from hardwood. This way I could use a bicycle spindle as an axle, like on my old sky reel.
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Film-faced plywood, 8mm (5/16″)|
This plywood is used for trailer boards or other vehicle housings (mainly in the kermis scene) and is therefore glued to be waterproof; you can get it in different thicknesses like 4mm (5/32″), 8mm (5/16″), 15mm (19/32″), 20mm (13/16&Prime).
(Sizes of manufacturers vary...)
|core doweling||beech, 8mm (5/16″)|
|frame / handle||I'm not sure about the exact wood here, but I
believe it is beech, too. This wood comes from an unused potato lattice, made for
storing freshly dug potatoes in the dark cool cellar for wintertime. I took it
apart, closed the remaining nail holes by drilling 4mm (5/32″) holes and
gluing in lengths of doweling that matched the drill holes.|
The cross section measures approx. 20mm by 25mm (13/16&Prime by 1&Prime).
The frame actually does not have any me tall parts in its design, everything is glued waterproof. All joints are reinforced by glued-in hardwood doweling.
|bicycle hub||lightweight aluminum type (The only thing that's lightweight here...)|
|Measurements||All given non-metric sizes are approximately!|
|outside disk diameter||298 mm||11 3/4&Prime|
|inside core diameter||160 mm||6 5/16&Prime|
|core width||75 mm||3&Prime|
|minimum line take-in (one turn on empty spool)||502 mm||19 3/4&Prime|
|frame length||450 mm||17 3/4&Prime|
|handles||200 mm||7 7/8&Prime|
The kite-reel introduced here doesn't have any brake system.
Due to its large diameter it is comparably easy to stop. The maximum capacity is
still unknown. Last summer I heard my kiting-friend say, that he had 800 meters
(more than 2600 feet) of dia. 1.7mm (little more than 1/16″) line on
it, and it was filled just a little over a half.
As I mentioned at the top of this page, I switched to a large
kite-reel in late 2006. Even if I started out building my own kite-reel earlier than
the one for my colleague, it took me 18 months longer to get it to a working state.
(I know, I'm a slow kite-reel-builder...)
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