Assembly Of Traction Kite

by Hannah
(Northern Ireland)


Found your site using Google as I'm having a little bother assembling a kite I just bought. Its a Zeruko 2.5 traction kite 4 lines. I have flown kites before when I was traveling however they where always ready to fly with all the lines attached. It came with barely non-existant instructions and I was wondering if you or anyone else could shine a little light.

Appreciate it!


I have found some info online that should help. The kite itself should be pretty similar to the one on this page...

Now click on the 'Manual guide' icon on the left, under the photo of the kite. A PDF manual comes up in a new page, titled 'WING - para WING'.

Although there is a small amount of text in English on the left, your best bet would be to examine the diagrams on the right.

At upper right is a series of photos showing how to attach one line to the kite with a Lark's Head Knot. If that's not clear enough, try my illustration of a Larks Head.

Once you can do this knot, scroll down a bit to the wide illustration with a big '4' at the top left. From this, we can see that...

1) The 2 main flying lines are thicker than the 2 brake lines.

2) The main flying lines both have a loop tied into one end. For each flying line, this loop is Lark's Headed to where the front straps come together. The front straps are the bridle lines nearest the leading edge of the kite. The edge with the air intakes.

3) The 2 brake lines, the thinner ones, should attach to the rear straps in a similar manner. These are the bridle lines nearest the trailing edge of the kite.

4) Now, I'm not sure if your lines are already attached to the control handles...

If they aren't, the flying lines should clip to, or be tied to, the end of the handles which have hand grips. That is, nearest your hand when you are flying the kite.

The thinner brake lines should then attach to the other end of each control handle.

You've flown before, so by this stage it should all be starting to look familiar.

Hope this helps. Happy flying!

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