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« on: February 23, 2010, 02:52 AM »

   I'm an older Dude from the 60's and mostly I do single line layed back type kiting but for the fun of it I got a cheep X-kite DC -60 from Wally world for like 20 bucks and tryed it out.  first off let me say I got the cheepo kite cause I figured if I crashed it all up hey no great loss. But for once in my life the kite turned out to be pretty tough and not trash at all . It has survived many a chash so far with no  major damage.So it seems to be a pretty good kite for the money. Now to the questions------- First of all I need to slow it down----- I was told to put  plain nylon line on it and make the lines longer there by  giving it some strech to slow down reaction ... Does that sound right? What about tails ? maybe tube tails ? Will that slow it down any? Or maybe an air brake? Drone shute?  Any help will be appreciated...  .....   .....  Thanks Tom


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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 03:26 AM »

it moves too fast or it spins too fast?
because if it moves too fast just about anything you can tie on to add drag will slow down its forward movement. if it spins too fast and is uncontrollable that's a different matter and has more to do with the size/shape of the kite and the dimensions of the bridle.

many of the kites made by toy manufacturers do tend to be pretty tough to control because of their small wingspan and low aspect ratio (height to width).

one thing which may help is if you can move the two tow points of the bridle*, out toward the wingtips by an inch or two, it should help slow down the spin rate.

i wouldn't suggest using a stretchier line. it'll just make the kite even harder to control.

* one on each half of the kite, left and right, where 3 lines come together and meet in front of the kite, where you connect the flying line to the kite.

glad you decided to pick up a dual liner and make your way to the forum. you found the right place to ask questions. welcome to the sport.

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 03:54 AM »

And if you decide that you really dual lines and think that you might stick with it, check out the Swap Meet. If you don't see anything there that's in your price range, go to the Wanted section and post for something in your price range. There's a lot out there that someone might want to part with and would be good for someone getting into the hobby.

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 04:36 AM »

   Thanks for the info and for making me feel welcome at this site.   I think it's both spin and speed but if I can bring speed down some it will help me control spin a little....(make sence?)  I have an extensive one line collection and many tails of all kinds . Drones ,drags , and shutes etc. etc. How about a tube tail ? I have them up to 50 ft. How about two 20 footers . Also what about the length of my lines ? Longer ? 80 ft. ? or is that going to just slow down reaction time? Maybe that might actualy help some? Don't know... Well thanks again for the help and hospitality....Tom

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2010, 05:35 AM »

A)Longer, heavier lines will slow it down, BUT you risk giving up control if they get too long.  But since you're not doing tricks yet, that's probly not an issue. B)Tails are a cool idea, probly the best in your case, and they look really good and add fun.  And I mean long tails, don't be timid here.  C)I doubt if you could spin with them, but you can also add "nappies", they look like they'd be easy to make.  Check this page out :

(the link at the top doesn't work, but you can scroll down.)

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