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Re: Trains To Archs - Possible??

Posted: Fri, Mar 21 2008, 10:44 AM
by Jim Foster
Rod's Deltaconynes will be tethered to a single line much as in Mike's drawing, except there will be no kites on the "arch", just a line to which the deltaconyne lines will be attached.

Re: Trains To Archs - Possible??

Posted: Sat, Apr 19 2008, 02:29 AM
by kiteguy
Trains as arches....I guess one needs to think outside the box. Or rather it has been already done. I have a book that is written in Japanese, I think. I can't understand the words, but I do understand the numbers and pictures.

There are several pictures of kite trains that are in arches. From the pictures it appears that the arch is oriented to the wind differently than we are used to seeing. Just put a real long string on the back side of the topmost kite. When you get the train up, go out to the end where the string is hanging down and then start reeling it in, pulling the top kite down. Soon you will have an arch that is parallel to the wind flow, instead of perpendicular.

Of course I think you would have to fly the kites from the point where the kites spars cross, like the Eddy kites. Or the wave fighter kite train like Cliff P. has taught at several kitebuilding retreats.

I will try to scan the pictures and post them one of these days.

Re: Trains To Archs - Possible??

Posted: Sat, Apr 19 2008, 03:17 AM
by kiteguy
I think it MAY be done IF you do not fly as a "normal" arch. Fly parallel to the wind instead of perpendicular to the wind. Hold both ends down and it might work. If enough space is left between the kites. And if they are hooked to the bridle line properly.

I had some information from a book that I bought some time ago. So I scanned a few pages.

OK, did it. I scanned 6 pages and have saved them on Photobucket.

The book also has several pictures, and plans for kites to be flown in train. I do not want to scan them, though as I don't want to break the spine down any more than I have.

Maybe I can figure a way to photograph instead of scan. IF anyone is interested.

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Re: Trains To Archs - Possible??

Posted: Sat, Apr 19 2008, 06:08 AM
by Mike
very cool ideas. I'd like to try this method.