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Author Topic: When To Add Tail Weights to a Kite  (Read 2703 times)
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« on: July 10, 2010, 09:51 AM »

I can do the Backflip/Turtle with my Hypnotist and SF 2.5 UL.  My Acrobatx Std will not only do the Backflip but if I give it too much slack will keep going a full revolution and become wrapped up in the lines (Yo Yo??).  I like the effect when the kite unwraps from the lines.

The Acrobatx UL is very stubborn to backflip.  I have tried adjusting the bridle to move the nose away from me but still doesn't seem to help.

Will adding a tail weight help?   Is so what type would I use?


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 11:37 AM »

#1yes that is one way to do a yoyo#2 the ul has less mass so it takes a little different input  forget the weight work on slack and  inputs just my 2 cents of course but it worked for me ps the advice you got before was GOOD

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 11:59 AM »

The advice previously given was great.  I can do the backflip on three of my kites now.  The Acrobatx UL is the stubborn one for me so I thought I would ask about the weight addition.

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010, 03:13 PM »

I guess it depends on the kite.

On the kites I fly alot, weight does not seem to greatly affect how well or quickly it will drop into a turtle.  Weight does affect how fast the kite will rollup however.  A little more weight and it will rollup much quicker and also with less effort.

I used to fly a Zephyr alot and it was not the same.  It would rollup easily, just not very quickly.  Adding weight did not help it to rollup significantly faster either.

I've flown an Acrobatx UL before and really liked it compared to the standard.  I don't remember how it rolled up, but tricks like the jacobs ladder were pretty easy on it.  My friend would sometimes put 5g on the tail of his - I am not sure if it was loaded or not when I flew it.  I know that he really likes the kite for tricking.

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