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Author Topic: Which low wind glider is the best for outdoors?  (Read 65722 times)
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« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2016, 07:35 PM »

Another one you can build from a free online plan is the Ginga. I might make one as my next project. They look really cool...

http://www.windsweptkites.com/ginga.html
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« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2016, 08:15 PM »

Jason you should really send a message to Doug Stoat....you will really like his kites and not spend an extraneous amount.
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« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2016, 09:57 PM »

Yes, he and I have been in touch, and his prices are very reasonable (especially since every kite he makes is custom, by him), and at least on video, the BOP looks like the greatest glider of all time.

But I did have a rare chance at the last Chiroptera in the world, so for now, I took it, and sadly, my kite fund isn't infinite, so I really need to take it one kite at a time!
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« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2016, 06:51 AM »

Someone if we ever meet we will have to fly my chiro and yours..... Mine is the second prototype........
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« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2016, 03:29 PM »

Ha!  That's pretty awesome.
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« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2016, 03:38 PM »

Another one you can build from a free online plan is the Ginga. I might make one as my next project. They look really cool...

http://www.windsweptkites.com/ginga.html


I have one of the traveling Gingas built by Christoph. It's a great little kite, but not a zero wind glider. Wide wind range. The larger versions are probably more glider-like.
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« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2016, 03:47 PM »

I know they're terribly niche, so there's no economics of scale, but it seems like a shame that similar kites aren't widely available for $50. 

Gliders are by nature fragile. Making a kite lighter than the Wala at the same price point would make for a lot of unhappy customers. The Wala is right at the sweet spot, able to be mass produced cheaply and still be durable enough to put on the mass market. Even so, it is a niche product.

For those of us on this Forum, we can go for more specialized designs and fly them with care and understand if something breaks. We are a very, very small niche. A kite like the Chiro or BoP would be a nightmare  for the average kite store. Every other joe off the beach would either give them to a 5 year old to fly, or put it up in 10MPH. Instant unhappy customer.

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« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2016, 05:24 PM »

btw: as stated, the ginga is an AWESOME light wind kite to fly, but it is by no means a glider!   this design family (there are 4 versions) have a bowed spine and a bowed spreader as well.   Those do not work well for gliders Wink But they do make for a super fun kite to have.   I always have at least one in my car ready to fly at a moments notice.

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« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2016, 09:08 PM »

I keep my BOP in the car for the same reason. Always fun to fly when nothing else will stay up.
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« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2016, 12:26 AM »

Sorry, a bit late into the discussion

Bi Plutz in action at an indoor Fest in Singapore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0rKUbxU_VE

enjoy
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Spend the extra $30 and get a Skate....

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