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Author Topic: Do u modify the weight in your kite ?  (Read 7725 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2009, 06:07 AM »

If you fly the kite anywhere near its sweet-spot rating, it SHOULD fly just fine for what its designed to do without changing a thing.

"What it's designed to do" is a is a very broad statement.  Many people like to make their kites do things that the designer may not have had in mind.

Modifying a kite - be it through ballast, bridle changes, frame changes, whatever - is fine and should be encouraged, providing the person doing the modifying keeps the golden rule in mind.
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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2009, 08:20 AM »

Each person has personal preferences, which may vary from that of the designer. I usually leave settings the same as purchased. The wind varies so much here minute-to-minute or hour-to-hour, that tweaking is useless.

Tweak or Not To Tweak? That is the question.

Tweak and you shall find.

Go forth and Tweak.

The brain is moving too slow to throw the spaghetti. Nothing is sticking today or even hitting the wall for that matter. I'll cut my losses and Tweak no more. Must need beer, but I draw the line at 8am Sunday morning. Did have a left-over whiskey and coke for breakfast a couple of weeks ago. A co-worker in need of an attitude adjustment by lunch time was envious.

We are having a fantastic hot air balloon stampede this year. Only five balloons launched Friday morning, pilot discretion due to upper level winds. Yesterday morning and this morning had almost absolute calm conditions. Yesterday I saw 16 in the air at one time before they drifted out of view. Today I saw 21 in the air at one time. Usually they drift off too fast to see more than a dozen at one time.

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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2009, 09:42 AM »

Ken's kites, Blue Moon, are designed to work with or without the weight as are many others. Adding weight to increase the speed or ease of pitch based tricks. You'll find a point where rotation based tricks begin to suffer becoming not as flat as you might prefer. If your working on pitch based tricks you may want to go ahead and exceed that point while learning, but once you "get it" start taking weight back off until you feel you've found a compromise point where pitch based tricks are consistant for you and rotation based tricks still retain a decently flat rotation.

Of course it's all highly depenent on the kite and flier, some fliers may be able to achieve perfectly flat axels on a very pitchy kite, I'm not one of those though.


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