Quad vs. dual?

Quad vs. dual?

Post by Chris Johns » Fri, 05 Feb 1993 13:03:39


I have quite a big interest in dual line stunt kiting. I have 4 dual line
stunt kites, 2 of which I have made myself. I really have liked trying to
make kites now as well. I think the challenge of trying to create a good
flying kite is just a challenge as learning how to fly the kites themselves.
But I was wondering if there is something else.
        Quad-lines perhaps? I was wondering if the kites are just too hard
to attempt flying or what. I haven't heard too much promotiion of them though.
So I was wondering if there is any kind of a catch. Seems like if they were
a lot more that there would be more people flying them. I do have a pattern
that is very similar to some of the quads on the market. I presume the pattern
is easy since there are no curved surfaces. If I make this kite, will it be
so hard to fly that I never end up flying it? Well if anyone has any experience
with quads, I would appreciate any kind of insight.

                                                                Chris
Spring is around the corner, and so are the winds!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 

Quad vs. dual?

Post by Andrew Beatt » Sat, 06 Feb 1993 07:07:40


Quote:
>    Quad-lines perhaps? I was wondering if the kites are just too hard
>to attempt flying or what. [...] If I make this kite, will it be
>so hard to fly that I never end up flying it? Well if anyone has any experience
>with quads, I would appreciate any kind of insight.

Different Quads fly differently.

I understand (from articles in r.k) that Quad deltas and the Quadrifoil
fly much like a 2 liner, but with added abilities.

The Revolution (which is what I guess you are thinking of building) is
however, completely different.  You will need to forget
everything that you know about flying kites, other than to remember to
stand up-wind.  It isn't really difficult, it's just that it is totaly
different.

I like to encourage people to build, but I would hesitate before encouraging
you to build a Rev, if you don't have someone to turn to who files one, so
that they can:

1) lend you the training video

2) help you learn to fly

3) check that your home-made kite does fly properly (and help you to
fix it if it doesn't).

I say this because I bought a genuine Rev I, and was very dissapointed because
no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it to do much more than hop off
the ground.  I thought that I would never master it, until someone pointed out
that the kite was set up all wrong (lines too long, not enough sail
tension).

Also, to do the job properly, you want to use wound graphite spars, to get
sufficient stiffness, without weight penalty, so you may find that your
home made doesn't save you as much as you might think over the genuine
article.

Andrew
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