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Author Topic: Ginga - Travel Size!  (Read 2481 times)
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« on: February 20, 2014, 10:21 PM »

I've flown this little Ginga only in light wind in the past, but today gave it a go in a fairly strong breeze. Big Fun!

In light wind it is a very active, involved glider, loads of spinny fun, keeps you on your toes.

The Ginga has been called a gliding fighter, and in strong wind this "travel size" version is much more like a fighter, but one that pancakes and spins when given sudden slack. Most fighters this size get stable in a strong breeze. They get hard to turn. High wind fighters tend to be small and very fast. The extreme bow in the Ginga makes for a kite with a fairly slow forward speed in wind, but with the ability to pancake and spin for quick changes in direction.

Next time out I'm going to tweak on the bridle a bit to see if I can get more traditional fighter like spin to go with the glider-like pancake.

This is a really great, unusual, little kite. Very robust, as can be seen in the pictures, it's a great fly anywhere kite.
I think Windswept Kites still has some.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 08:11 AM »

Any vid?

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 11:00 AM »

Next time I fly without the dog I'll take the tripod and see what I get.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 05:48 AM »

It looks built nicely.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2014, 06:14 AM »

The ginga family are hefty built kites if Christophe builds them.... the amount of easily procurable kite building materials in Belgium is slim... so he makes kites out of materials others might not use (one of his award winning kites has a tail made out of his wife a wedding veil)....durable kites though.....
Yes, the ginga can handle a bit of wind due to the center of the bow being fiberglass.... It bends backwards very nicely to create an even deeper keel.... but that affect does slow it down a bit - like a automatic variable venting kite being springy  to a sharp tug...
Great size to travel with or leave in the car for anytime flying....
And yes there is a couple left.

Kites kayaks & corgis again!!!
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