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Title: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 13, 2010, 01:54 AM
Something out of my kite brewery :)

(http://www.gods-inc.de/flgel1.jpg)
(http://www.gods-inc.de/flgel2.jpg)

Prototype of a ultra high aspect speed kite.


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ezme6 on April 13, 2010, 05:12 AM
I have a need for speed...!


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 13, 2010, 05:16 AM
Hi guys,

Specs for the kite are:

hight 1 feet, wingspan 7.5 feet, weight around 300grams


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: adx1592 on April 13, 2010, 08:02 AM
looks sweet!


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: turbo23 on April 13, 2010, 08:36 AM
I dig the design, how much faster are we talking compared to a normal stunt kite?


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 13, 2010, 08:47 AM
Hard to say without actually measuring it. But its a lot faster. Easily as fast as a big flexifoil stacker.


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: tonycarl60 on April 13, 2010, 01:58 PM
 Looks great! I always thought that a speed kite should look like that, a high aspect ratio glider wing:)


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 13, 2010, 04:09 PM
Yes, a higher aspect ration provides a more effective airflow around the wing. but they are a real pain to get stable, both from the frame and bridle setup.
I needed like two weeks to get this one to fly stable. but it still has the occasional hyperspeed yoyo effect when the lines get slack for a moment for example.
But its a fun ride to make it fly well and stable. no one else ever did such a high aspect dualie, beside from foils.


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: DaveH on April 13, 2010, 04:31 PM
I would LOVE to see a vid of this kite flying.  Do you have/know of one?


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 13, 2010, 04:36 PM
Sadly i don't know of one. But its on my list of things i want to do.


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: thief on April 13, 2010, 05:35 PM
andre. that is amazing.....would love a video!!!


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: UPNET on April 13, 2010, 07:39 PM
Sweet! I would like to see some close up pictures..as well as a video, whenever you get the kite sorted out. I have a Tiger II...but have only flown it once...mostly due to lack of wind. Keep us updated on your progress with the kite.

Regards,
Chris


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: tonycarl60 on April 13, 2010, 11:44 PM
I think it would be interesting to make one out of Styrofoam.........


Title: Re: Rapier Speedkite
Post by: ae on April 18, 2010, 03:49 AM
So, i managed some close up pictures before the stupid batterie ran out of juice ...

(http://www.gods-inc.de/rapier4.jpg)
(http://www.gods-inc.de/rapier5.jpg)
(http://www.gods-inc.de/rapier6.jpg)
(http://www.gods-inc.de/rapier8.jpg)

Video is still been worked on, didn't had a camcorder there yesterday and todays wind are to low to get it into the air, so maybe next weekend.