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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2012, 01:26 AM »

Wow, this topic has come along at just the right time for me, I've got three EO 6's on the way and want to make an active train with them   Grin

It's answered all my other questions about swivels and attachments etc, but I've just got a newbie question about what line strength I would need for the primary line.  For a single kite it comes with 20lb line, so I'm guessing that with three on there I'd need at least 60lb?  Is that about right or is there some weird aerodynamic law i need to take into account when their bouncing all over the place  Cheesy

I actually wondered if I'd get away with using the original 20lb line, but that didn't seem like a good idea...
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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2012, 05:54 AM »

For just three the line with it would be fine......
For more than three definitely kick the line weight up......personally I like 50# and above for all of my single lines as I can hold onto it better...
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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2012, 09:22 AM »

I'd wondered about this too. The way I figured it the main line should be heavy  enough for the lifter kite. Then the branches  could be whatever the branched kites came with. I do wonder if the branch lines are too gossamer... will they end up being tons harder to deal with in terms of untangling? BTW don't forget to put swivels on the kite end of the branch,  too.

I still haven't had a chance to grab a picture - will try to get one soon. As for the beads/swivels being all on one line as opposed to separately assembled sections,  in the end I really liked having it all one line. Before I got the swallows, I made a line by larks-heading 3 swivels together with detachable branches. Figured I could add as many sections/ kites as I wanted each time I wanted to use it.

Turns out my way was a whole lot more work. If I don't want all six birds I can just larkshead its branch to the main line to get it out of the way.

A truly fun project-- can't wait to see what you come up with!

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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2012, 10:37 AM »

The branched lines on my stacks are 50#....the main line around halfway and upwards the length of the line is 100# and the lower half is 150#.....
i do not have swivels at the end of the branches (kite end)...
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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2012, 11:09 AM »

For line weight I'n using some 90 Spectra Sport that I used with first dual line kite. It's been cut into seqments. Should be light enough and strong enough.
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« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2012, 07:06 PM »

I'd go up on the line wieght as much for the abrasion resistance as for the pull. The kites in a train like this can run into the lines, the edges of the EO's aren't real abrasive but $4 - $6 seems cheap insurance for $120 worth of kites. Or splurge $11.00 on the black 50 lb, it disappears in the air more then the white.

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« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2012, 07:24 PM »

I'm using 90lb Spectra Sport.  Cool
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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2012, 01:20 AM »

Hi, If it is still of any use ;-).
I have added a better drawing on how my kite train is built-up.
http://b-kites.blogspot.com/2006/01/birds-line.html.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to react
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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2012, 02:20 AM »

Thanks everyone, great advice and a great thread Smiley

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