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Author Topic: Fuzzy tails ? and tails in general  (Read 712 times)
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« on: June 21, 2011, 09:17 AM »

One thing I am considering is a 9ft Delta Conyne for those kinds of conditions when others kites get unhappy (and it just so happens to have some KAP capability). Already have one fuzzy tail but would plan to buy one or more new ones to match the new kite

Now one thing I have yet to experiment with is what effect the tails have depending on how it is attached

If I have a 50ft fuzzy it can go straight from the centre spar on a Delta or it can go looped from wing tip to wing tip. Or should I get two big fuzzies and have one on each wing tip - anyone help me understand what differences the tails make to the flight ?

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 11:24 AM »

you can put that tail on any way you wish....
for the most part deltas are going to be super stable no matter what....so a tail usually is an accessory for the look of it....

where to put it...depends on the wind....and the framing of the kite.....the spine is going to have the tail pulling straight off of it....no worries....
wingtips in a U shape (wingtip to wingtip) will be pulling the wingtips both backwards AND towards the spine....for a lighter LE kite that might be detrimental....

tail length....depends on the area you have to fly and how you want the look...

there are strip tails (just a flat piece of ripstop up to flat gomberg banner tails) that work well...they drag a little bit less but have a great presence in the air...

spinsocks: the best drogue tails..these will calm down a kite pretty well in heavy winds...and as they spin they look cool too...

with the DC you want to get/have you can do tails off the two spines with ease...or if you wanted to use a single tail on it you would want to make a quick "y" shaped bridle to center the tail piece between both spines so it is centered on the kite....


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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 03:05 PM »

Fuzzy Tails have good drag, but as pointed out above for the most part any well built Delta shouldn't need a tail in all but the highest winds. But if you are inland where you may  experience some swirls and updrafts then they do sometimes overfly, a tail may help with that. theif also pointed out the wingtip concern, a looped fuzzy may try to bow in the wingtips.

If Gomberg has the Transition Tails in a suitable color scheme 2 or 3 of those off a Delta or Delta Conyne make a great sight. One of my favorites is Gombergs Miami Delta Conyne with Miami Transition Tails.

Remember (since David hasn't been in yet to remind us) all Gomberg/G-Kites products may be purchased through GWTW/Chico Kites, just give Steve a call or an email for a quote.

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 06:10 PM »

As an added bonus...transition tails may be able to be ordered in custom colors...if you ask David Nicely.

He made me two all black transition tails for my Ocius SUL (it is black as well).  Looks great!!!

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