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« on: September 10, 2011, 07:24 PM »

OK, I've been flying for a while now and want to go a bit deeper into the sport. I'm not really experienced at tricking, but I really love a kite that is a great, accurate flyer with potential for tricks. I own a BMK Exile Nitro. Although I don't expect to replicate this kite, it gives me a really good idea of what I want to achieve.
So, what I'm looking for is suggestions for a kite to build. So far I have plans for the Le Quartz. Is this going to meet my goals, or should I look for something else.
Just for reference,  I'm and engineer,  I mentor a robotics team and I'm really good at building things and I seem to have an artistic side.  The challenge of kite making seems like it might be something I can really get into,
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 02:04 AM »

Vortex by Christian Derefat, great fun kite.
 
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 02:59 AM »

The Invictus by Davide Equizzi looks pretty good.

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=5717.0

or for a huge range http://www.kiteplans.org/
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2011, 07:17 AM »

I'd suggest you start here; http://www.tweelijners.com/tom/
Its a fun kite to fly and building it will give you a solid foundation to base future builds on.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2011, 08:10 AM »

You almighty consider trying to build a single line kite first as the designs may not need the exact details like a sportkite might.....
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2011, 08:40 AM »

I'd suggest you start here; http://www.tweelijners.com/tom/
Its a fun kite to fly and building it will give you a solid foundation to base future builds on.  Wink

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You nailed it! That is where I got the plans and found the bits of info I hadn't found elsewhere yet.

Vortex by Christian Derefat, great fun kite.
 


I'll look into this as well. Again, I'm just looking for a design that will be a great flyer when finished. I would rather have a slightly more difficult build if the finished kite is a solid flyer with good tricking potential.

I've read all the way through this thread on building the 2011 Bzar. http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=5165.0
Sugarbaker gives a lot of excellent info in that thread. I'm sure I will follow some of the mods being used to make improvements along the way.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2011, 09:24 AM »

For a first build I'd recommend an Orange, simple, very well documented.

While I'm not pushing my own kites, Hans Raue did a great write up of building one which you might find informative if this is your first build: http://web.mac.com/hpraue/Hans/Thornback.html
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2011, 12:49 PM »

Have a look the  Davide Equizzi kite blog Stuntkite Palermo. He has video of the Organic and Vortex plus his own kite the Invictus. Denny has hit the nail on the head, Toms kite site is great and can easily be used to show you how to build other plans. Check out Sugarbakers B'zar build here for a very good demonstration of a self build.  The Vortex is a good flyer, the Organic is a trick monster but a bit psycho killer and I have not finished my Invictus so can not really comment on it in the air. It is fun building and flying your own kite!
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