If I could reveal an easy way to deal with the bridle of your Edo, would you
rethink modifying it?
The Edo has survived hundreds of years of kite history as one of the most
elegant flying kites ever conceived, and the key to this success, is its
The multitude of thick sagging lines that make up the bridle of a flying Edo do
much more than just support the network of fragile sticks that make up it's
A kite with it's stabilizing tail out in front is the legacy of the classic Edo.
That said, here is how to tame Rapunsel's locks.
Sew a tube of cloth as long as your bridal and just big enough in diameter to
easily hold all the bundled lines (say 36 mm, for a kite your size) sew one end
shut, and with a rather large clip or safety pin attached to that closed end on
the outside, and a piece of line also attached, running down the inside of the
tube and out the other end. Knot this free end or attach a bead.
Now comes the fun part. Clip to the line attachment point of the bridle of the
kite. Now holding on to the line coming out of the tube, slide the tube inside
out over the bridle lines toward the kite. The bridle lines will be drawn into
the tube and kept tangle free. The open end of the tube is now at or near the
sail of the kite with all the bridle lines coming from there attachment points
at the sail, and going right into the tube. The open end of the tube may be held
in place here with another small clip or safety pin to a loop on the face of the
kite. Reversing the process deploys the bridle and up she goes. No muss no fuss
and best of all we won't have to rename your kit from an Edo to a noodle.
> I made a 2.4mtr x 1.4 mtr Edo according to the plans used by the NKG for the
> sky gallery. However I am fed up with the numerous miles of bridle.
> Does anyone out there know of a way to fly this on a single line.
> I suppose I would have to group the original bridle into two lots (top &
> bottom) and then from two lines to one line.
> Anybody done this before?
> Please help }:-(
> Martin At***er
Seven raffish engines pulling in a train-
sinewed arms and shoulders muddled little brain.
Robert J. Horton Sr. Equipment Designer, CAD - retired.