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Author Topic: Stacking test - two oldschool HighFlyers Club Spectres  (Read 75 times)
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« on: Today at 03:04 AM »

As some of you may know from the build threads I am trying to make some new versions of these to stack. I had planned on making 5 but after today I might scale that back a bit.

The other day though, a guy on the Fractured Axel forum let me know that one was for sale on ebay, so I picked it up and I had a go at stacking it on my old one this morning. It was a bit windy but not too crazy and even with two I was pulled pretty well along the grass.

I learned two things:

1) I don't need to stack 5 of these, it would be suicidal. 3 might be too crazy even
2) I need padded straps. After 10 minutes I couldn't feel most of my fingers!

Maybe I should have just bought the Prism Nexus 5 stack. I thought they might not pull well enough but... well... 5 of these Spectres will be insane!

Here's how awful my setup looked:
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I have a couple of (now pretty old school) kites:
Highflyer's Club Spectre (p8 on the link below)
Flexifoil Scorpion (p5)
http://www.whkf.org.uk/Scrapbook/MK93.pdf
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Yep, it suprising how much some of these old designs can pull when stacked! I have a Delta Hawk 2 stack and that, as you say, is plenty!

Padded straps are a must - they are fairly cheap, I think I paid about 8 for mine, and a set of strong lines, I use 220lb for the Hawks - snapped 150lb set like cotton the other week.

I actually made my own 2nd Hawk and set it up with just the link lines instead of an actual bridle then fitted extra pigtails to the lead kite so that the links just larkshead onto the pigtails and it's ready to go. That way I can quickly change from solo Hawk when it's really windy to a 2 stack if it drops a little.  Good fun!

Now you need some tails!! ( Don't mention those on FA whatever you do!!)
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 07:26 AM »

That is one thing I realised - I put the pigtails on the 2nd kite, which was really backwards Smiley
Going to swap them over for sure so I can just fly the one.

Agreed on the lines, these were 150lb and I have no idea how they didn't break, I guess the load was just pretty evenly split between the two. Plus I'm 'only' 75kg and I just ended up moving rather than loading the lines, haha.

I might look to creating some reinforcement on the lead kite too, a couple of times the lower struts just popped out - and they were pretty well wedged in when I launched it!

Next step, finish the 3 I'm building and see what happens when stacked - I imagine it will end in tears.
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I have a couple of (now pretty old school) kites:
Highflyer's Club Spectre (p8 on the link below)
Flexifoil Scorpion (p5)
http://www.whkf.org.uk/Scrapbook/MK93.pdf
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