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A lot of drag is created at the front of your streamer tail because it is constructed with a straight edge, but it billows and flaps when flown behind a kite.
I believe that on the GKPI streamer tails the leading edge is designed so you can insert a rod or stiffener and hold it in place. Fold back one end of the leading edge seam, slide in a spar (piece of dowel will do fine), and fold the seam back over. This stops the leading edge of the tail from billowing and will reduce the drag in light winds without the need to do anything else.
If the wind gets really light and you still want to fly, do what Todd (tcope) recommends. Tie a fuzzy tail in a loop from one tail point to the other, this is REALLY effective.
Allen, this type of medium size spinner has worked great for me here with my (new to me) Sutton 16 in low wind, try one like this, and I'm sure you'd like it A fuzzy tail won't work as desired on our foils, work great on small slk's though. . P.S. Fly one for me at KP this year, I'll miss seeing you and my other brothers. -d
I rarely travel without the family in tow especially someplace warm in the winter. Kids school schedules make it harder since somebody has to drive the taxi. I *am* off this weekend to the umake kite builders retreat just NW of Chicago. Linda Sanders is going to teach me to make a banner It's just as cold and dreary there so I'm allowed to go.
Better go tie that bridle of won't be able to ship those kites tomorrow...
Indeed. There are few activities where you can afford to buy the best equipment available from the craftsman who make and fly them. A few hundred dollars can get you a lot of enjoyment. Like Tom, many of us have 'rented' our share of nice kites over the years.
I suppose you can build your own and potentially save money. After totaling up the cost of equipment, supplies, and experience needed, that seems a remote future possibility. It's all fun
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