Reverse Engineer




Reverse Engineer

Reverse Engineer

In kitebuilding, this term refers to the act of designing and building a kite from one that has already been made. IE: Building a kite with out a plan.

Cliff Quinn demonstrated this skill during a class he taught for MAKR? in 2007. He presented a class on kitebuilding techniques. For the second portion of the class, he gave all the class members a picture of a kite in the sky. Their goal was to think that this kite was exactly what they wanted to make and put in their bag. The problem presented was NO PLAN. How do you go about developing your own plan?

How big, what sparring, what fittings, what re-enforcements, where do they get placed, what kind of pockets, what fabric, what edge binding, what is the assembly sequence (sewing) what bridling, etc? Each facet requires expanded thoughts. The exercise was presented to stimulate creativity and to help organize the build. The class discussed the plan and made a kite similar to the photo.

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