TrickTail & Tohuwabohu Parts - Specifications & tuning tips

TrickTails have been under a constant state of improvement since their introduction and have had several different frames and fittings.
The list below, (except where noted) is for the last models produced.

 
Framing specifications: Standard UltraLight Vented Tohuwabohu Utopia
Stand off applications
and specifications:
Standard UltraLight Vented Tohuwabohu Utopia
Bridle specifications: Standard UltraLight Vented Tohuwabohu Utopia

New:  Competition Tuning System for the Standard, UltraLight and Tohuwabohu
Brake Sail for TrickTail Std and Tohuwabohu



 
TrickTail Parts & Framing:
Part: Standard* UltraLight Vented
Upper Leading Edge Spar Dynamic 12
32.5"
Dynamic 12
32.5"
Dynamic 6mm Pultruded
32.5"
Lower Leading Edge Spar Dynamic T-13
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic T-8
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic 6mm Pultruded
32.5"
Upper Spreader Dynamic 12 NONE Dynamic 6mm Pultruded
32.5"
Lower Spreaders
(complete with Standoff fittings)
Dynamic 12
32.5"
Dynamic T-8
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Lower Spreaders
(Spar Only)
Dynamic 12
32.5"
Dynamic T-8
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Spine
(complete with "T")
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Dynamic T-12
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Spine
(spar only)
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Dynamic T-12
(tapered) 32.5"
Dynamic 15
32.5"
Stand offs
(links to specifications)
Stand offs
for Standard
Stand offs
for UltraLight
Stand offs
for Vented
Upper Ldng. Edge Fitting Dynamic 12 to Dynamic 12 NONE 6mm to 6mm
Lower Ldng. Edge Fitting Dynamic T-13 toDynamic 12 T-8 to T-8 6mm to Dynamic 15
Trick Tailspar 4mm x 38cm FG 3mm x 38cm FG 4mm x 38cm FG
Silicon Dioxide Coated Tow Ring      
Sail-Standoff Clip .080" .080" .110"
Bridle Line Use Laser Pro HP 170# 
for direct replacement or 
Q-Power line 200# for 
minimal wear
Use Laser Pro HP 100#
for direct replacement or 
Q-Power line 200# for 
minimal wear
Use Laser Pro HP 170#
for direct replacement or 
Q-Power line 200# for 
minimal wear
*Most current model, earlier versions were SkyShark 3P with optional 5P spine



 
 
Tohuwabohu Parts & Framing:
Part: Notes:
Upper Leading Edge Spar .1960"
Lower Leading Edge Spar .1960"
Upper Spreader .1960"
Lower Spreaders
(complete with Standoff fittings)
.2300"
Lower Spreaders (Spar only) .2300"
Spine 4mm 
Fiberglass
Telescopic Stand Off Extensions
Sail-Stand Off Clip (.080")
Tow Ring




 
Standard TrickTail Specifications:
Wingspan: 2.34 m / 7 feet 7.5 inches
Height: 1.22 m / 4 feet
Sail: 36.5 g/m2 (.5 oz) Toray Ventex Polyester
Bridle: 4 point slip, Spectra cored Dacron 100#
Weight: 255 gm / 9 oz
Wind Range: 5-28 kph / 3-18 mph



 
Stand offs for the Standard TrickTail
(early models prior to clip on sail fittings)
Tubular extensions (5mm/.1960" pultruded carbon, lengths as noted below)
Inside Outside Application
20.5cm / 8.1 inches 13.0cm / 5.1 inches (Black) Light wind setting
20.5cm / 8.1 inches 14.0cm / 5.5 inches (Red) Standard setting
20.5cm / 8.1 inches 14.5cm / 5.74 inches* Precision (mid wind)
20.5cm / 8.1 inches 15.0cm / 5.9 inches* Precision (high wind)
* These are optional tuning recomendations and are not supplied with the kite.

 
 
 
Stand offs for the Standard TrickTail
(New model with clip on sail fittings)
   Tubular extensions (5mm / .1960" pultruded carbon, lengths as noted below) 
Inside Outside Application
19cm / 7.5 inches 13.0cm / 5.1 inches Light wind setting
19cm / 7.5 inches 14.0cm / 5.5 inches Standard setting
19cm / 7.5 inches 14.5cm / 5.74 inches* Precision (mid wind)
19cm / 7.5 inches 15.0cm / 5.9 inches* Precision (high wind)
* These are optional tuning recomendations and are not supplied with the kite.



 
Standard TrickTail Bridle Settings:

Standard TrickTail bridle setting
Note: Inch measurements are to the nearest 1/4"



 
UltraLight TrickTail Specifications:
Wingspan: 2.34 m / 7 feet 7.5 inches
Height: 1.22 m / 4 feet
Sail: 36.5 g/m2 (.5 oz) Toray Ventex Polyester
Bridle: 4 point slip, Spectra cored Dacron 100#
Weight: 176g / 6.2oz
Wind Range: 0-12 kph / 0-7 mph




 
Stand offs for the UltraLight TrickTail:
2mm /.080" carbon (lengths as noted below) with 6cm / 2.4" x 5.5mm carbon sleeves.
Note: UltraLight does not use sleeves on outer standoffs. 
Inside: Outside: Application:
20.3cm / 8.0 inches 15.6cm / 6.1 inches Standard low
wind setting
20.3cm / 8.0 inches 16.4cm / 6.5 inches Mid-wind setting
21.5cm / 8.5 inches* 13.5cm / 5.25 inches* 0-wind setting
22.5cm / 8.9 inches* 15.0cm / 5.9 inches* Team setting with
Team bridle
* These are optional tuning recomendations and are not supplied with the kite.



 
UltraLight Bridle Settings:
(Note: all inch measurements are to the nearest 1/4")

UltraLight TrickTail Low-Wind bridle setting
The above settings are for 0-4 MPH winds Aprox.

UltraLight Mid wind bridle settings
The above settings are for 4-7 MPH winds Aprox.


This bridle is to be used with the special Team stand offs listed above



 
Vented TrickTail Specifications:
Wingspan: 2.34 m / 7 feet 7.5 inches
Height: 1.22 m / 4 feet
Sail: .75 oz nylon / nylon mesh
Bridle: 4 point slip, Spectra cored Dacron 100#
Weight: 358 gm / 12.6 oz
Wind Range: 15-56 kph / 9-30 mph




 
Stand offs for the Vented TrickTail:
Tubular extensions 5mm/.1960" pultruded carbon,
(lengths as noted below)
Inside: Outside: Application:
19.3cm / 7.6 inches 14.6cm / 5.75 inches Standard setting
19.3cm / 7.6 inches 15.6cm / 6.1 inches High wind
extreme setting




 
Vented TrickTail Bridle Settings
Note: Inch measurements are to the nearest 1/4"
Vented Std bridle settings
Use this setting with the Standard (short) outer stand offs
Vented Extreme winds bridle settings
Use this setting with the Extreme (longer) outer stand offs


Stand offs for the Vented TrickTail:
 
Stand offs for the Tohuwabohu
Tubular telescopic extensions (all 4) 5.5mm / .2300" x 5cm / 2" pultruded carbon. Solid carbon rod stand offs are .080"
(lengths as noted below)
Inside: Outside: Application:
14cm 10cm Standard setting
14cm 11cm* Optional High
wind setting
* These are optional tuning
recomendations and are not supplied with
the kite.




 
Tohuwabohu Specifications:
Wingspan: 1.82 m / 72"
Height: 34"
Sail: .75 oz nylon
Bridle: 4 point slip, Kevlar cored Dacron 100#
Weight:  242 gm / 8.3 oz
Wind Range:  3-25 mph


 

Tohuwabohu Bridle Settings
Note: Inch measurements are to the nearest 1/4"

Tohuwabohu Brake Sail Plans



 
 
 
Martin Schob's Competition Tuning System
for the Standard, UltraLight and Tohuwabohu
This system allows the pilot to vary the speed and precision of the kite by
moving a pair of spacers above or below the lower spreader-leading edge
fittings. This changes the effective stand off lengths and the kites aspect ratio.
The spacers are made from air compressor hose or any fairly rigid plastic
tubing such as polyethylene. Cut 4 spacers from the tubing. (2) 15mm long
and (2) 30mm long.
Split lengthwise so they can be clipped over the leading edges.
First, remove the lower stopper ring.
 

Clip the spacers to the leading edge below
the lower spreader-leading edge fittings
then reglue the stopper ring below the spacers.


Standard position
(both spacers below LE fitting)
gives the best performance in the lower wind range.
 

First tuning position
(15mm above LE fitting, 30mm below)
kite flys slower and is more precise.
Bridle adjustment is unnecessary.
Best Standoffs Standard: 14cm
UltraLight: 15.6cm 
(This is Martin's prefered setting for the TrickTail Standard and UltraLight)
Tohuwabohu: 10 or 11cm

Second tuning position
(30mm above LE fitting, 15mm below)
For the Standard and UltraLight TrickTails this is only
to be used in the upper wind range. Makes the kite fly very slow but reduces
the size of the window. Flat spins get "kind of sticky" and need more control
by the pilot.
The bridle should be set harder, make upper bridle lines longer in 1cm steps.
Best Standoffs Standard: 14cm UltraLight: 15.6cm Tohuwabohu: 10 or 11cm

Third tuning position
(both spacers above LE fitting)
This makes no sence to the TrickTail Standard or UltraLight but gives the
Tohuwabohu an almost TrickTail feeling, Special for the first contact with
the Toh-Jam, this position makes it more forgiving.
IMPORTANT: in this setting make a shorter upper spreader 30 cm long.
Best Standoffs for the Tohuwabohu: 11cm except for the very lightest winds.