Picture by Phil Womack
Name is Pete Ross, I go by the name "Popeye" in the kite world. I
live in Brighton, MI. I am a professional engineer.
I design my own cellular kites and compete actively in the National Kitebuilding Championship every year.
The Enigma was originally posted by Phil Womack of the UK. The
original can only be found as a mirror on the KPB, (a site that has
lots of plans).
The Enigma is one of those WOW! kites. Everyone says that. The
first time I saw a picture of it I thought "I could never do that".
Well, as some time passed, I began to think about Enigma again. After
studying some sketches from Phil's old post that had only a few
dimensions, I reconstructed it in CAD. I took the liberty of changing
the framing from the original to modern ultra light/ultra strong
wrapped carbon fiber. The result is a kite that is almost half the
weight of the original. It is a strong wind kite but flies well in
6-8mph winds. The original design as I have presented, needs tails or a
drogue since it has almost no tail drag and tends to want to overfly.
It was originally done in all black fabric, which adds to its mystery.
I would not recommend this for a first time builder with no prior
knowledge of kitebuilding, but certainly with the instructions I have
provided in the text and some patience, the Enigma is something that an
experienced builder could complete in 25-30 hours.
Cost to build one is about $175.00. Market value is about $800.00. Well worth the effort.
Click here to download a zipped folder of pictures and instructions to build this kite.