See drawing at bottom of this message:
I experimented with making an "X Quad" 6 years ago or so. I only made a
small one, perhaps 4 feet wingspan out of Tyvek, but I _do_ remember that it
seemed like a *great* quad-line kite.
I also recall experimenting, with favorable results, with dihedral... and
with placing the two outside vertical rods on the front of the wings and
placing a stand-off back to each of the inside "v"s, giving it *billow*.
Now, I am in need of a *new high wind* quad for those days with too much
wind. I was thinking about putting screening in the inside panel (hatching
in the drawing), but just got to thinking, why not just leave that panel out
completely? Take a look... yup... should work, huh?
Another thing I might do is make the outside panels out of that clear
"Prism Kite" stuff with the mesh, outlined with black borders... whoa, mule,
whoa! ...this might end up being a great kite! Should also be fairly simple
to make, except for that freaking fitting at the top and bottom of the
middle vertical spar... they have to pivot smoothly and the only thing I
came up with was to bend an aluminum ferrule, insert it into one of those
T-fittings, drill a hole through the fitting and insert a pin (nail) to hold
it... a very funky setup, but they last a long time. Of course, a nice
precision-made, light-weight fitting would be great, but hard to make/find
While waiting for decent proper wind... (see new video message, below) for
the last three Puppet Kites, I may get to this kite this week... the weather
looks frightful :-(
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