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« on: August 21, 2009, 12:45 PM »

anyone know where there is a plan for one of these ?
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 12:55 PM »

anyone know where there is a plan for one of these ?

Right here:

But I gotta ask, what do tube tails have to do with sport kites?
Maybe the building & repair section would have been a better place to post this.  Wink


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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 03:58 PM »

I have seen lots of flyers having fun with a tube tail on a dual line kite.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 04:17 PM »

I did 2 axels with a 100 foot tube tail in a BASKL sanctioned competition. IIRC, Mr. Hall and Chris were both there to witness it at Berkeley several years ago. It's the only time I ever got applause in a comp. Of course, we Novices had very little to lose back then.  Cool That, and I have no pride as you can tell by my avatar photo.  Shocked

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2009, 05:28 PM »

I never could get a tailed stack to axel. Always ended on the ground a complete mess Sad

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2009, 09:47 PM »

What part of.... oh, for heaven's sake  Angry


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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009, 10:14 PM »

Back in San Diego Dave would let me take out his Tramontana and a 100ft tube tail.  It proved useful in baiting the kids away from the other club members so they could fly
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2009, 06:34 AM »

If you want a long tube to fly behind a dual line, I doubt if you really want a tapered tail. I'd imagine you'd only want a tail about 3"'4" in diameter so there would hardly be any taper to it.

I'm sure Steve can get you a long tail like the old Trlby tails, or just take some 10" wide nylon, cut strips and sew together for length desired, hem the LE and TE and run the side seam. Sew a taper into the last few feet if you'd like. The trick will be turning it right side out. Tie a line to the TE, inside the tube to pull with. Feed some weed eater line into the LE hem if you want to stiffen it and provide something more stout to tie to. Use a swivel.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009, 03:19 PM »

I've flown a 4" 120' tube tail with a taper down to maybe 2" in the last third. It was made of very thin material, intended for UL flying. The taper was intended to help keep air pressure, hence tube shape. It worked pretty nice, but would be a hassle to build. I've had a good number of straight tube tails from 20'-100' made from all kinda stuff. My current fave is 5"x 100' and is getting better looking after a couple dozen hours air time, less crinkly. It matches my Proph really well. I had a really large one once, over 6" I think. It was too stiff & heavy.

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