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Author Topic: Caterpillar kite - 11ft  (Read 174707 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2016, 07:31 PM »

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I could measure my bridle if folks are having issues. Wouldn't be the first time an inexpensive kite was mis-bridled.
It would be appreciated if you could post your measurements, Allen. I still haven't had a solid breeze to tune it in, and help would be welcome.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2016, 08:27 PM »

Upper leg 23"


Lower leg 33"


Spine 27"


After reading about pockets popping, I looked closely at the stitching. Nose and tail in good shape after 3 flights, 2 on beach, one on hard dirt/grass.



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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2016, 08:37 PM »

For the past couple of weeks it seems like the only time the wind gusts to over 2 MPH is when it's raining, but I did get to fly the green one this weekend.

The wind cooperated long enough to get in about 30 minutes of airtime- out of 3 hours of flying.  I had the kite staked down, so I could do long line launches when the wind picked up. The wind would occasionally muster up a gust that would try and flip the kite over. It did self launch once.

I moved the tow point up around three inches. I might have to readjust that if I get to fly it in better wind.

What # line is everyone using? I used 80# line, but I think I might go with 100-150# in stronger wind.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2016, 08:46 PM »

I use pretty light line. probably 80-100#

They don't pull very hard.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2016, 09:39 PM »

Thanks for the measurements and the photos Allen.  That really helps. 
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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2016, 11:55 PM »

Thanks, Allen - that is completely different from the way mine was set from the factory.
I'll give your settings a try next time we have a cooperative breeze.
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« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2016, 01:51 PM »

Many thanks Allen

The bridle on mine is way out. I will adjust to your settings and tow points and try again.

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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2016, 09:06 PM »

I made a new bridle to match Allen's measurements and have had a couple of days with enough winds and it's a real improvement. It was quite a hit at the kite festival this weekend. Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2016, 04:40 PM »

Monday and Tuesday I put my Centipede up for the first time at Oxnard Beach Park. I put Allen Carters bridle measurements in my wallet, just in case. It was the first time I put the kite together. I measured my bridle and it was exactly the same as Allen's. Yes, it does fly at a fairly low angle and it required 8+ mph wind to stay up. The wind was bumpy at the grass area, but I was to lazy to walk to the beach, so flew on the grass. It is the ONLY single line kite I own. I had several comments as people walked by.Two people came up and asked where I bought the kite. Now, I'm thinking I might have to buy a tube tail for one of my dualies.   Cheesy











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