Not being one to easily let something go
I thought that I might finally follow through on something I raised here
, a mere 5 years ago.
I set up an improvised rig to see where the CoG moved to with and without weights.
First up, the tail weighted Cosmic TC XS; on the left weighted and on the right without:-
Secondly, a full sized Fury that uses both nose and tail weights; same deal:-
As I hope this demonstrates 14g. of tail weighting moves the static
CoG a little bit (it's about 2cm along the spine on the CTC XS). The two 15g. weights make somewhere in the region of bugger all difference to this point on the Fury.
However, the difference in how these kites fly and especially how they Yoyo is enormous. I'm not sure I'd even bother trying to Yoyo an unweighted Fury other than to try to prove whether or not it was
So... even a very minor change to static
CoG makes a huge difference to this one aspect of a kite's performance but those weights really are important. Thus their effect isn't due to CoG changes - right ?
Mike,original article now here. It's a good article in may respects and worth a read.