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Author Topic: Kite arches and trains, best sail shape?  (Read 35877 times)
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« on: February 22, 2017, 02:37 PM »

I am getting ready to start on a Train or Arch kite set.  This will be a add on project as I go.  Questions:

What is the best - stable - easy sail pattern?

Least amount of framing?  (I'm guessing a diamond)

Fastest build of sail skins ?,( before applique)

Most stable in variety of wind, arch vs train.

I'm thinking diamond, but would like a little bigger overall shape to do applique designs.

any comments are welcome
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 04:04 PM »

Very different pieces....
The arch is awesome to create the half circle that is attached at both ends.. It is easy to fly multiple arches instead of adding more kites to an arch.  They take up more groundspace

A stack is easy to add more kites to and make a bigger ladder to the sky.... But it is totally vertical...

Stacks you can do all sorts of shapes, but arches Excel at diamond kites or pentagonal shapes
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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 12:39 PM »

Build both. They are both great!

I built my vertical train using diamonds made from plastic bags, sticky tape, fibreglass spines and piano wire cross spars.
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 12:40 PM »

Great arch train plans here...............

http://www.kiteplans.org/planos/aksarch/aksarch.html
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