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« on: September 13, 2009, 08:29 PM »

Today, the winds were in their usual bumpy mood, ranging from 10 to 20 mph. I had the Team Hawaiian out for photos (our very first kite).

After taking some pics, the kite was sent up on 110'x150# lines with a very big 100'x7" diameter tube tail.

While the kite looked and sounded very cool, the wind would often drop to where the Team Hawaiian just ran out of ability to pull that 2+ lb tail around.

On a whim, I pulled out the City Styx (or is it Styx City) (STX 2.1). Note that 2.1 meters translates to less than 73". But somehow I felt that the very fast kite (tight leech line) might be a match. Tied some line just above the center-T to the swivel and launched. That little kite pulled that big lineset and tail around very, very quickly. Much better than the Hawaiian. I got several really tight spirals and could cut reasonable figures, considering the weight the kite was dragging.


So, there you go. Sub-7' kite handling a lot of weight easily.

Whodathunk?

What do you folks use to pull the big tails around? Any surprise kites?

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2009, 09:01 PM »

If my Proph and tail didn't look so good together, I'd use a smaller, faster kite. I only drag a tail when there's lots of wind (OK, I did muscle the Proph & tail in 5MPH at KP, same day this photo was taken) so a big wing for lift isn't a necessity. Spinny is more fun. PBSKs work great as tail pullers.

Photo by "k239" on Flickr. Thanks whoever you are.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 09:04 PM »

PBSK designed a kite specifically for pulling tails, the Windwhip.

Now everybody run away before Z8 shows up.

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2009, 09:14 PM »

I really like that pic of yours Allen! NICE!

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2009, 09:41 PM »

Micron - 45' x 3" poly tube tail.  Doesn't slow the kite down much.  Best part was after landing the kite and watching the tail stretch out towards the horizon compared to the short height of the kite.  Worst part was rolling the tail up in high winds  Sad

HQ BatKite - hauling 24' tails x 3 (1 Tube Tail off the spine and flat transition tails off the each wing tip)

Dopero - 2 48 foot tube tails to the vertical spars

WindDance 3 - 2 Premier tailsets (each tail set is 6 15' segment).  Premier very quietly released these about 12-18 months ago.  Since you can mix and match the segments, they're pretty versatile.

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009, 09:57 PM »

PBSK designed a kite specifically for pulling tails, the Windwhip.

Now everybody run away before Z8 shows up.

 Roll Eyes

First time I ever flew a tube tail was on a crowded beach at WSIKF. I was chatting with Peter and he was doing his thing with a Windwhip and 100' tail. I said "I'd like to try a tail someday". He said, "I've got another in the car, here take the lines, I'll be right back..."

30 minutes (seemed like hours) later he was back and I was happy to report I hadn't crashed or tangled once. Hell of a intro to flying in a festival crowd.  Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2009, 10:30 PM »

Now everybody run away before Z8 shows up.



I am trying a new tolerant approach to such frivolities but let's keep it brief for my sake, shall we ?  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2009, 10:42 PM »

I got a bet in for 6 pages of frivolous kite tail tales  Huh


<* Runs away quickly *>


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