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« on: December 08, 2012, 02:36 AM »

It's a plan of my Eddy kite glider.



As you can see it is a hybrid of the Eddy kite and fighter kites. It has a wide tail like as fighter kites have and it has a short nose that is closer to Eddy proportions. The spreader is bowed in two directions - from nose to tail and upwards over the sail.



After assembling it requires a tuning. A proper weight should be set on the nose for a smooth gliding.

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012, 07:28 AM »

looks pretty good! what do you recommend for a sail and framing? I see that the measurements are in general units which is good so it can be scaled up easily but what sizes do you have now for it that you like?
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 11:40 AM »

The kite shown on the photo above is made of Tyvek. I prefer the paper-style Tyvek 1025D instead of the fabric-style 1443R. PET film (12-25 micrometer) is good material also. If you want to use fabric it must have a high diagonal tensile resistance.
I recommend fiberglass for a spreader. Fiberglass is heavier than carbon but the glider must have a weight on the nose anyway. The best material for a spine is carbon.
I've made many prototypes of different sizes suitable for different materials. The size of kite shown on the photo above is based on the 1 meter spreader length. One unit is 120mm, W = 960mm, H=720mm.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2012, 12:06 PM »

I may just have to try making one.  I have a Liama, but it's too big to fly in my small backyard.
Thanks for posting this.

I do have a question:
Is the distance from the tail end of the spine to the lower bridle connector one unit of measurement (as with the nose-to-upper bridle)?
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 12:26 PM »

Thanks, Boris. I made a few glider-kites myself after seeing (and barely believing!) the YouTube videos of the "Zen" glider-kite. No real successes in my bunch. Then I bought an iFlite (and another!) which "scratched my itch" But I may build one of these, some day. . .
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 01:53 PM »

Is the distance from the tail end of the spine to the lower bridle connector one unit of measurement (as with the nose-to-upper bridle)?
Yes, it is one unit distance.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2012, 11:17 AM »

Great job... looks fun to fly.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2012, 09:01 AM »

Thanks John
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013, 07:05 PM »

Sweet Kite.

Thanks for the plans.

If I can source some fabric for this I will give it a go.

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 03:33 AM »

Thanks WA
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2013, 05:07 PM »

Boris,
Do You know where I can get Tyvek 1025D online?

Also, does your tension line stay tight or do you release it to pack it away?

Just wondering about the portability of the kite.

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2013, 05:09 AM »

WA,
Sorry for a delayed answer. I use tauline knots to adjust a tension line.
Tyvek i've bought at an offline store at a nearest Dupont dealer.
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2013, 09:39 AM »

WA - if you use an adjustable tension line for easy packing, try this trick! Mark the usual flying spot on the line with a Sharpie! Then when you go to set it up next time, move to your mark! I've done this with another glider I use - works easily!!
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