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« on: April 09, 2011, 09:05 PM »

I'm fairly new to the kite community, and beginning to build my collection.  Started looking at Fighter kites but can't seem to find any basic directions on how to properly control a Fighter once I have it up.  If someone could help me with the basics, it would be appreciated.   
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011, 11:29 PM »

Tried this site: http://fighterkitecentral.com/?
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2011, 11:38 PM »

Hmmm... I'm sure you've probably heard or read the basics. A properly setup fighter kite is unstable when held at a neutral tension or releasing line, that is it will spin. Actually when properly tuned and you stall it low to the ground in a nose up position it should "Cobra" (sit and wobble back & forth) at neutral tension. When the nose of the kite is pointed in the direction you want it to go pull in on the line, either hand over hand or with a spool if you choose use one. That causes the bow spar to flex and forms a dihedral allowing the kite to move in a basically straight line. Past that it's pretty much practice to get the feel.

Put a Crepe Paper tail on the kite to start, say 3-4 + feet depending on the kite. It will slow the rotation down significantly and give you straighter flights. Once you are keeping it off the ground rip a third or half off that tail and fly some more. It really helps to get the movements you will be using down with some time to react.

Have you found http://fighterkitecentral.com/ ? much good info there, flight basics, tuning, plans and a forum which is still pretty active. I would go spend some time there. (beat me Dromel)

What kind of fighter have you gotten? I really should get back to building some and flying them again.



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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2011, 11:55 PM »

Anticipate and pull when the nose comes around to where you want to go.  Keep pressure or draw in line to keep it going in that direction. Let out or release pressure to spin.

To me it feels like: pull, push, pull, tug, draw in line, push, let out line, micro pause waiting for nose to come around, pull hard, slight pressure release to change direction, pull and draw in line, let out line, pull, etc.  All within about 20 seconds.  Of course that is with a small zippy kite.

It takes some getting used to the feel for it and timing, but it's doable.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2011, 05:47 AM »

Gee here I am thinking its tougher then it really is.  Thanks for the assist folks, now to go out and see how many kites I can damage before getting in an actual "fight"
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2011, 07:03 AM »

Here's some more basic info:

http://www.gombergkites.com/howfight.html

Self launching is probably the hardest "basic" skill to learn. Having a helper in the form of a person or something bulky to prop the kite against is very helpful. More time spent in the air

Bruces' starter page from fighterkitecentral (kind of buried)

http://fighterkitecentral.com/pdfs/your%20first%20flightrv.pdf
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2011, 01:17 PM »

Here's what I use to launch fighter kites. I cut up a wire clothes hanger to form a large U and pushed it down the corrugations in the cardboard.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_3ZEEy1wCCQE/S84Y9_maXAI/AAAAAAAAAOc/cBVvbsSV5JA/s128/IMG_0180.JPG
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2011, 03:33 PM »

Sweet little trick.  Inexpensive and get the job done.  I just bought a new string trimmer, now I have a use for the box too.
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