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Newbie - next kite advice

Fri May 22, 2020 10:52 pm

Hi there,

I'm total newbie. I live in a pretty windy area and as I have been fascinated by flying (mostly free flight aircraft models) I thought I could get some of use of the wind, instead of complaining about it. I've been tinkering with flying a stunt kite for a while (flying kites is considered a child activity, mostly in autumn in my area - but who cares). I've been amazed be tricks that are possible with just two lines, and what is better relax in this overtechnologized age than a kite attached to your arms in a wind...no electronics, no internet... so I have bought Orao FYF 500 as my training kite, I have done first flights and I am learning the basics to control the beast.

now, as I know from my other hobby - one kite wont be enough, and as my b-day is approaching fast, that rises a question - what kite to but next as a step up for somone who wants to get into a world of tricks an master them after I learn basic stuff? I see Benson kites are considered as one of the best - superfly or supernova? other options? lot of the links for kite making brands are dead already, it seems I'm late to the party. I was also playing with an idea of building one by myself (due to my nature of liking to make and build stuff), based on the open source plans, but as I don't own sewing machine and buying the materials would cost a fortune it's not very feasible option.

thank you for any advice.
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Re: Newbie - next kite advice

Sun May 24, 2020 12:14 am

Hi and welcome to the forum 8)

The Benson Deep Space is really good to get you to the next level for tricks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN9G8q9DtNg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_I0VDDDzt8

But if you do fancy making your own there are lots of great options around, have a look here:

https://kareloh.com/ickytv_wp/wordpress/category/ostk/
 
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Re: Newbie - next kite advice

Sun May 24, 2020 1:54 pm

Thank you! I've found the site, because well, I'd love to build stuff, so the second thing I searched for was dyi kite plans :D ..I just don't have sewing machine and buying one just for sake of making a kite...probably if I find someone from whom I can borrow it..but definitely great options on that site, hard choose from.. I need to study a bit more on kite building - like for example - I understand that frame and sail shape will have the biggest impact on the flying characteristics of the kite, but what about panel layout if I don't like that particular for a given plans? Can I change the layout while keeping the shape of the sail without having impact on flying characteristics of the kite?