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« on: October 31, 2016, 08:19 AM »

As Halloween is approaching, I thought a batkite was in order.

I found a 190 cm span kite on Aliexpress and ordered one.
Upon arrival it turned out to be the type with the bowed spar in front of the kite, which I had seen before, but never flewn myself.

As it turned out, this kite fies very well at a very steep angle, you'll hurt your neck looking up to it when the line is shorter than 50 m.
It also has a considerable pull, I needed a 18 Kg line to avoid snapping the line.

After an hour and a half, the kite was reeled in and to my surprise, the two unsupported (no rods) ends of the trailing edge had already started to fray.
Not a big deal considering the price, but the material used was most certainly not ripstop...

I repaired the frayed corners with selfadhesive spinaker tape and sewed over it with the machine.
I also reinforced the sleeves for the wing rods, as the material started to get thin too.
While I was at it, and had the kite taken apart, I took out all glassfiber rods and rounded the ends to reduce the wear in their pockets.

Regards, Jan.

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2016, 08:20 AM »

And another picture of the reinforced wing rod.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 04:49 PM »

I had a lad turn up at my local sports ground with an orange coloured one of these.
It flew well too but flapped it's self to death in a reasonable wind. It ripped as you have shown as if the edges were not heat sealed before sewing and had pulled the stitching through the material as it undid the weave. Certainly not ripstop but no idea what the material is. It had faded areas where the kite had been creased/crinkled when packed in the bag and not due to sunlight. Really strange material I have never seen before in Western Australia.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 12:19 PM »

I looked at one of these a friend got to check out and honestly they are crap.  THe design is good and they fly well but build quality is utter crap.  The nylon used is the same cheap 3/4oz non-ripstop nylon they use for "puffer" jackets. Nothing is hot cut, nothing is reinforced and the rods are rough cut.  THe Demo one my friend got didn't even survive first assembly.  These are pretty much a throwaway kite.
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