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Phil Broder Ice Crystal

Ice  Crystal  

Presented by Phil Broder, Lewisberry, PA
TYPE OF CLASS:  

Sew Project


CLASS SIZE: 

Class Size - 15

SKILL LEVEL: 

All Skill Levels


CLASS LENGTH: 

Full Day Project
 

TIMES OFFERED: 

Offered Once 


SIZE OF PROJECT:

Ice Crystal -- just under 6 foot by 6 foot cell

WIND RANGE: 

12+ mph
 

Project uses 

Mirai Ripstop Nylon


Description:  The Ice Crystal is a high wind cellular kite originally designed by England's Carl Robertshaw, then modified by Germany's Armin Krauß 

Although the kite is almost 6' from tip to tip, this version breaks down to a 3' size to make it packable. 

There are six "blades" around the kite's equator, and two "hex blades" -- made up of three of the regular blades stitched together -- pointing north and south. The adjustable bridle runs from the tip of the north hex blade to the central hub.  You can chose a different color for the blades and the hex blades, or have a solid color Ice Crystal.  The kite is framed with pultruded carbon tubes, with fiberglass reinforcing plugs, and a three-piece fiberglass hoop joining the blades. 

This is the kite to pull out when the wind is really blowing; it's low end is about 12mph, and it will fly better as the wind gets stronger. While not a tumbling kite, it does require some attention, as it likes to dip and dive a little bit.

Although there are no particularly advanced skills required to build this kite, it does require quite a bit of repetition. Your sewing machine should be in good working order, and be ready to get right to work on the sewing.

Supplies/Equipment Needed for class -- Sewing Machine, thread, ripper, scissors and regular sewing supplies