The Roloplan is one of the few kite shapes which are truly German in origin. The Steiff family (of soft toy fame) first introduced it in the size illustrated below, in 1909. Then, the sails were blue and yellow, but later, red and yellow. The two-piece Roloplans were built in sizes from 120cm to 360cm. In the First World War the kites, made of lighter fabric and used for planes, were used as targets in anti-aircraft training.

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Roloplan Measurements(in cm)

The bridle points are shown by the circles w1 .. w7

Constructional Details:

Flying Instructions:


Pictures and further online-informations:

English translation : Philip Le Riche & friends

©1997 Thomas-Michael Rudolph