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Author Topic: A brief comparison: Wala vs WALA XL  (Read 3231 times)
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« on: July 03, 2010, 11:28 PM »

Have about a half hour on the XL......................First noticeable:

XL, being more than twice the size of the Aerobe, seems much easier to glide in 0 to low winds..........It will even stay stationary in 1MPH or so without having to keep tension on the line.........just stays there.......could become boring I suppose, but it dooesn't seem to need as much tending as the original version.......I've slso discovered that the motions needed  to turn and bring the kite around, are far smaller than the original...........IMO, this kite is easier to fly, for a somewhat challenged greenhorn with controllable SLKs.............Fun kite, easy to set up and to transport.........


Almost thinking we should have gotten two at the intoductory price

Jim

   PS: We may have to dump a bunch of duallies to feed this new habit  Kiss



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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010, 12:15 AM »

So do the cross-spars go on the front or the back?
I flew it both ways and couldn't tell which was better.
Of course the winds were over 10 mph most of the time.
If those grey panels are supposed to be a bird beak, they should have been mango IMHO.
Fourteen pictures start at the link below:
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 01:16 AM »

John,

I went with the spars in back... thinking of the Rev and other such kites.
But come to think of it, it they're supposed to be in back, why would there be a hole in the sail at that point then?Huh

Either way.  I'm looking forward to a little no wind action with it.
It was flying mighty pretty at 300' the other day though in 7mph winds.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 07:09 AM »

i set up mine like the how i set up the aerobe...with the spreaders on the front.........
hmm..
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 07:30 AM »

I seem to remember that spreaders on the front were for light wind and on the back for higher, the logic being the sail shape is more constant and thus more suited to gliding with the spars on the front,, but the structure is more stable with them on the back and more able to weather higher wind. (well that was how it went with the original Wala)
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 07:40 AM »

Getting the tail rolled back up into a small circle took several minutes, but at least the tail then easily fits in the bag with the kite and the line.

Getting the dihedral through the center hole was a tough go. Happily, I didn't tear anything.

When my friend Chet took off the tail at the end of our flying lesson, he left the metal hooks on the kite wingtips.

I like that for a few reasons:
1 The metal hooks are easier to attach to the tail than the wingtips.
2 If you fly the tail from the keel, the free end has no metal whipping around.

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 08:09 AM »

. . .  If those grey panels are supposed to be a bird beak, they should have been mango IMHO.

John,

I just thought the thing had funky eyes tacked on.  I did not/don't particular like the pattern.  Not till your "beak" comment did the rest of the "face" appear to me.  Mango would have been nice.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 08:20 AM »

Getting the tail rolled back up into a small circle took several minutes, but at least the tail then easily fits in the bag with the kite and the line.


We need to get you a neck tie winder  Grin

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If I had known, I could have snagged you one for (God)Father's Day.  Sad




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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 10:55 AM »

So do the cross-spars go on the front or the back?
I flew it both ways and couldn't tell which was better.
Of course the winds were over 10 mph most of the time.

I have gone to always putting the spreaders on the back side of the sail.....................It improves the glide on the original one and doesn't really affect (too much) the low wind capabilities.....[spreaders on front.....more billow/more lift.......... on back better glide/higher wind capability...............Btw John,

great choice of color.........the best one of the lot.   Wink

Jim

Just my opinion. of course Huh
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 05:45 PM »

Thanks, but the choice was not mine.

It was on loan for photos only.

Soon to be returned.

I may play with one of the photos and make the beak look more like a beak.
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010, 12:16 PM »

The official word on the spreaders.  Front for light winds, back for strong winds.
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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 01:19 PM »

speaking of spreaders....

i noticed something quite interesting on mine this morning....
my spreaders are plugged on one end!  there are some smaller rods inside the end of one end of my spreaders (as well as the top end of the LE)...not an exact fit but they are still trying!!!!  granted i would imagine that the darn center T piece would bend and rip first.......

have to go home to night and glue on the darn spine end nock and mark the spreaders for which end is plugged....
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 01:35 PM »

Thanks Sam! none of my ties fit in those things I'll have to see if transition tails will.
Rob
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 02:59 PM »

well come on rob..if your ties were not all 7" wide and polka dotted......
although your pants do match the tie Wink
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010, 05:06 PM »

speaking of spreaders....

i noticed something quite interesting on mine this morning....
my spreaders are plugged on one end!  there are some smaller rods inside the end of one end of my spreaders (as well as the top end of the LE)...not an exact fit but they are still trying!!!!  granted i would imagine that the darn center T piece would bend and rip first.......

have to go home to night and glue on the darn spine end nock and mark the spreaders for which end is plugged....

Thanks for that....I hadn't noticed it and while tearing it down for the Windriders fest this next weekend I had them in backwards (I think),,,Is the  general consensus that the plugged end should be inserted in the tee?
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