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Author Topic: Maidenflight of the Colibiri  (Read 1867 times)
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« on: November 12, 2011, 01:22 PM »

Got my latest project into a shape that it was ready to fly, the Colibiri.
Sadly the wind was a little to low:

Colibiri 1


But first impression, very stable in flight, slow and graceful, turns on the wingtip. Also glides very well when moving towards in a downward flight to gain back ground.

Wingspan is 404cm, Keel length is 60cm and height over all is 93cm.
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2011, 02:34 PM »

wow....that is neat looking...got some pictures?Huh

Where do you fly Andre?   A good number of kites in the background!

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 02:56 AM »

Pictures come later today,

but here is another video from yesterday, same crappy winds, but different perspective:

Colibri 2


The location is a decommissioned airfield, smack right in the middle of Berlin. Its glorious.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011, 09:02 AM »

And a few Pictures of the kite itself from today:






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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011, 10:35 AM »

nice and graceful
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 08:27 AM »

From this week, a nice shot of the kite up in the air:



Since the rest of the picture was also all blue, I cut it off Smiley

Flies pretty nice at about 3BFT, slow and graceful, but still turns like a much smaller kite on the wingtip.
Pull is minimal, I had it on 150ft lines, Liros DC40 (80lbs breaking strength) and it felt like the line is still to thick.
Bridle needs some extra work I think, the kite takes up power during turns. First bridle was a turbo, that was suboptimal, it flipped to much back in a turn. Right now its a standard 3 point. But I think a reverse turbo would smooth the flight out some more.
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2011, 09:06 AM »

on the first and second picture: is that my old akuji sul in the background??
i guess it is  Grin




wingspan 4,04 m  Huh

flies very stable (considering the aspect-ratio)


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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2011, 09:14 AM »

Krijn: unless you sold your akuji to someone in Berlin, i guess not Smiley

skb: Nah, its just for what we germans call Schönfliegen. Just to fly nice.
Aspect Ration is 16:1 btw
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2011, 01:23 PM »

That is so cool. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2011, 05:49 AM »

What an original kite! and it is beautifully built, is it your design?
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2011, 06:08 AM »

The kite is based on the Horton XVI Colibri sailplane prototype from 1952. It only flew once.
I turned it into a kite based on a simple top view schematic. Barely more then the outline.


So not my design shape wise, but my design in making it a kite.
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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2011, 07:27 PM »

A friend of mine who is an avid pilot and kite builder will surely love the originality of your design, are you planning to publish this design in the future?
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2011, 11:56 PM »

Haven't decided yet what to do with it. Maybe I will find a commercial outlet with some company, maybe I will sell it myself, maybe I will release the plan, maybe I will scrab it because i don't get it to fly as I want. But scrabbing it would be a pitty, since the design seems to gather a good deal of interest. I think its because it looks very elegant and is beside the norm for a stunt kite.
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2011, 01:23 AM »

Amazing!
Very beautiful.
You should indeed make it available to people somehow (company, selling, opening).
Your design is very clean light and balanced. I think it is very adequate for the shape.
Great job!

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