Karl Longbottom - My Designs

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6 - 81 (six dash eighty one)

New for 2012.

With a growing interest in indoor flying, this is specifically designed for zero winds. Made from Icarex and lightweight carbon.

Available in various colours.
0.55m high by 1.15m span, 50

6 - 81

Bernard Bat

First commissioned in November 2011 but delayed by decision of a suitable name... Introduced to the range for 2012.

Available in any colour with black detailing on the wings and reflective facial features.
Standard 1.0m high by 2.8m span, 250

Bernard Bat

Sola Box (pronounced sula)

First seen in Norway 2011, designed for high winds. It is made using 12m of exel carbon spars with a 45g ripstop nylon sail.

This particular version has pink and white sails with the ribbon box in black.

Available to order in your choice of colours.
Standard 1.0m high by 0.8m span, 195

Sola Box


Updated and relaunched for 2011.

A figure kite inspired by the early Maori man kites, available with a range of head shapes. They can be flown as a train.

1.75m high by 2m span, 150.00


Blockhead Kite

Pterodactyl XL

Introduced to the range in November 2010, it became a starting point for the Jabberwocky.
The tie dyed versions of the XL pterodactyl are unique.

Available to order.
XL 3.5m span, 425
Tie dye version 475

Pterodactyl XL Kite

Four Wing Thing (FWT)

Originally built a few years ago but now introduced into the range for 2011.

The holes in the kite are as important as the sails, it nearly was called the three holed kite.

Available in various colours.
Standard 2m high, 125

Four Wing Thing

Rocket Kite

A similar kite was originally made as a commission in 2010 but with an adapted tail it is included in the 2011 range.

Available in silver, black or red
1.83m high by 0.65m wide, 225.00

Rocket Kite


First seen in April 2009 and most popular kite for 2010. This small single line kite is at its best when flown on a light line in low winds. Both the larger Icarex verson and smaller ripstop kite are great fun to fly indoors.

Available in a multitude of colours.
Standard 1.15m span, 35.00
Large 1.75m span, 85.00

Pterodactyl Kite


The original Dove Kite, first designed in May 2009 and very much admired for the realistic feather detail and wings that flap. Stunning when flown as a pair off a bar. Reflective pieces for night flight are an added extra.

Available in white. 1.5m span.
Single dove, 85.00
Pair of doves, 170.00

Dove Kite

Swifts and Swallows

In keeping with the theme of bird kites we add more light wind soaring kites; the Swift Kite and the Swallow Kite. Basically the kites are the same but with different tail details.

Available in black, dark blue or two colour versions as standard; can also be seen in orange or white.
2.1m span by 0.97m high, 85.00

Swift Kites and Swallow Kites

Red Kite

This is an ultra lightweight kite that flies in next to no wind; made from Icarex and thin-walled carbon. A kiteflier's favourite that in very light winds can be made to perform a number of single line tricks, including flat spins.

Available in Light Grey, Dark Grey, Brown, Black and Red. Combinations or other colours available to order.
1.2m high, 115.00

Red Kite (2 Colour version)


Designed in October 2007; became a workshop favourite in 2008. It is a steady flier in low winds; an attractive and unusual white kite with orange/yellow and black detailing.

Available in Whooper or Mute varieties. Also sold in kit form, ask for details.
2.08m span, 1.22m high, 85.00

Swan Kite


The owl uses the same Yakko wings as the Bee Kite, this gives a good performance in a wide range of winds. Ideal for night flights.

Available in White & Grey, Brown & Black or Brown & White.
0.9m high, 45.00

Snowy Owl Kite

Yakko Bee

This kite is a tribute to the kite making skills of the Japanese. As a fan of the Abu-dako style of kite, but being unable to get hold of one Karl decided to make his own version in carbon fibre and ripstop nylon.

This kite is the result. It flies well in light to medium winds and looks particularly spectacular when several are flown as a swarm.
0.62 m high, 50.00

Yakko Bee Kite


Designed in late 2006 to complement a Christmas display of Angel Sculptures by Carl Robertshaw. Consequently the micro angel is a Christmas Tree decoration that flies. The large version won the Eddie Megrath Kite Innovation Trophy in 2007.

Large 1.2m high, 90.00
Medium 0.8m high, 50.00
Micro 0.4m high, 15.00

Large Angel Kite


These fighting pants first made their appearance in early 2006 in France, but soon became a hit at UK Festivals. It was not long before Karl was asked to produce a female version.

They fly like a fighter kite hence they are not really for beginners.

Available in a variety of colours, personal monograms can be requested.
0.6 m high, 55.00


Pants Kite

Ladies' Knickers

These became an obvious partner to the male pants and appeared mid 2006. Featuring frilly decorations, they have the same flying characteristics as the male version, but fly very slightly slower.

Available in a variety of tasteful colours, trimmed in lace.
0.6 m high, 55.00


Ladies Knickers Kite


The shorts were first seen in September 2007. Although based on the popular pants they do not have the same fighting characteristics, they are a stable single line flier. Football shorts or boxer shorts, with button fly detail, are available in a choice of colours.

1m span by 0.6m high, 45.00
Unique tie-dye shorts, 55.00


Shorts Kite


This humble vest was made to complement the pants and shorts. It first appeared in India in January 2009 but then hid at the bottom of a kite bag for a few months, along with the dirty washing!

Available in red or grey at the moment.
0.8m tall, 50.00


Vest Kite

Delta Sled

Introduced in 2006, as an alternative altitude sprint kite to the Dunton Delta. Made in Icarex.

A larger version, made in ripstop, is ideal for use in kite aerial photography (KAP) because of its high angle of flight and stability in the sky.

Standard 0.9m high, 45.00
Large 2.5m span by 1.5m high, 125.00

Delta Sled Kite

Fighting Edo

Several years ago at the Shrewsbury Kite Festival, Tony Slater suggested using Edo kites for fighting competitions as an alterative to the usual Rokkakus. This kite is the result, it flies like a Korean, but pulls harder due to the lack of hole in the centre. Great fun to fly.

0.7 m high, 45.00

Fighting Edo Kites


A variant on the Hexagon which gives a unique shape in the sky with the added bonus of a greater wind range.

The Tangram came second to the Delta Sled in the Edwardian Kite Competition at the Wirral Kite Festival in June 2009 where the kites were marked on their angle of flight and stability in the sky.

1.05 m, 55.00

Tangram Kite

Mad Hata & Mini Mad Hata

This was designed as an attempt to produce an original looking kite. It flies well in most wind conditions being constructed in ripstop and carbon fibre and having a long ribbon tail.

Mad Hata 3.2 m, 110.00

Mini Mad Hata 1.15 m, 30.00

Mini Mad Hata Kite


The design was developed to make a different looking kite. It flies best in steady winds and can be a little anti-social in poor wind conditions.

1.45 m, 60.00


Toody Kite


Inspired by the classic Japanese kites, this one combines the sleeve wings of the Yakko and the basic rectangular shape and bridling of the Edo. The 50m long bridles are difficult to set up but the effort is worthwhile once you see it in the sky.

1.7 m, 490.00

Yakkedo Kite

Hawk Bird Scarer

This kite was designed in 2004 and was first supplied and marketed in April 2005.

An updated image and more information appears on the Hawks page.

Hawk Bird Scarer



Photo of Mini Mad Hata by John Dobson.