Category Archives: Kites

Ultrafoil 15 mods for stability part 2

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It occurred to me Ray Merry has a design signature: the meshed slot is a nice detail on the original Flexifoil and he has used a similar feature on the Ultrafoil. It’s a neat way of getting air into the … Continue reading

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Ultrafoil 15 mods for stability part 1

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Shortening the middle bridle line had an adverse effect on the stability of the Ufoil. it actually made things worse.  A short discussion with Ivo van Olmen pointed towards excessive internal pressure so I decided to vent the crazy weaving … Continue reading

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Ultrafoil 15 Bft 5 stabilty

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Update. Ultrafoil 15 crash. My confidence in the Ultrafoil has been building and I think I have found it’s upper wind speed limit. It does well at the lower end of Bft 4  but can be a real handful as … Continue reading

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ITW Ultrafoil 15

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I saw this in use by Randy Anglin and promised myself I’d try one out when the oportunity arose. In prep for the OWLP workshop (which is stalled by rain again) I made a visit to my favorite kite store: … Continue reading

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1st Oct 2015 flaky wind on Midsummer Common

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The last wire snapped in place, connections checked..the case screwed shut at last and almost no wind. High pressure and an dominant NorEasterly are never good in these parts and so it proved to be- the one lifter (the Jones … Continue reading

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Look: no gloves!

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I have had an original Dan LeighR8 in my possession for a while now. It’s an interesting lifter and I’m lucky to have it- Dan doesn’t make them any more. While my RC controller is at the machine shop I … Continue reading

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Ruggedised transmitter for remote camera control: part 7

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Range check. As Ramon pointed out in comment to the last post the 2 radios have to co-exist and this is not simply a matter of putting them in a box, supplying power and bolting on antennae.With the kite line … Continue reading

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Progress of flight 1910

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A  fragment from the Flight Magazine October 1910: I’d love to know what sky hook Gamage’s supplied for the scientific flight at Wimbledon. They were exporting kites by Brookite, Skylark and ‘Finbat’ War kites (a keeled diamond with slit vents..nothing … Continue reading

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Royston 2015. Hitching a ride

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It took us an age to organise our antenna but by 13.00 we were live and catching signals from Europe. The wind was an on and off affair with the wire dropping at irregular intervals, even though the kite was … Continue reading

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Kites radio…& KAP

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As prep for this years Royston Kite Festival I have been asked to provide an information panel to explain the pile of wires and string we will present to the public on the day. Last time we did this we … Continue reading

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