I'm a total newb on both KAP and kites in general, but would like to get started. While looking for information on Google and in various forums, I ran across this video by Tom Benedict of this forum:
The video camera was attached directly to the kite - no Picavet rig - and weighs about 1/2 ounce. I'm familiar with these cameras, although the one I have is the auto keychain remote fob style rather than the gum pack he used. The cameras are $15 or less on Ebay, plus a memory card. In looking at the video, I was surprised at how stable everything was a lot of the time.
Well, I would like to dip my toe into this, but the budget for it is very small at this point. From my research, it appears that a Rokkaku is a good choice for this purpose because it has good lift and is stable (as certainly appears to be the case from the video). But Tom's kite is a 6-ft size, and I've found that I can get a 4-ft Rokkaku for a lot less money, as little as $25 in kit form, plus line. And since we're only talking about a 1/2-ounce camera, with no rig, I just wondered if the 4-ft size might work ok.
I understand (I think) that for a given kite style, larger kites have a better lift-to-weight relationship than small kites, and therefore operate better at lower wind velocities. I was just hoping that a 4-ft Rokkaku would still take off at fairly low wind speeds. At the same time, a smaller kite should tolerate stronger winds, which could come in handy (I'm in Oklahoma). I would appreciate any thoughts anyone might have on this kite size question.
I did look at the possibility of building a larger kite from scratch, but on looking at detailed plans for a 6-ft Rokkaku by Gary Engval, I found that I just couldn't understand the instructions. I don't know the lingo at all, and with no experience at kite building, it all just went completely over my head. Maybe someday someone will do a video. :-)
I think Tom's video is really cool, and would like to be able to do similar videos of all the kids in the family flying the kite. So having the camera always looking back down the line would be just fine for that purpose.
Comments and suggestions would be appreciated.