Bridle attachment points?
(Whitefish, MT, USA)
Hi, Thanks for the instructions. My daughter and I are working on this kite. How do we know where the bridle attachment points are?
Answer: For the 2-Skewer Diamond, you just attach the upper leg of the bridle to half-way between the nose of the kite and the point where the spars cross. Similarly, the lower leg attaches to half-way between the tail end and the point where the spars cross. In fact, you can see the tiny loops of both slip-knots in the photo, right under the title How To Make A Diamond Kite Bridle. Look carefully along the vertical spar.
These 2 points don't actually have to be accurately placed - it's the adjustment of the towing point, using the sliding Prusik knot that is important!
With the kite suspended from the flying line, lower it down to the floor so it lies flat, and move your hand until both bridle legs are taut. Adjust the sliding knot until it is directly above the upper slip knot on the vertical spar. This should ensure that the kite flies.
Go out to fly, and experiment with shifting the sliding knot back towards the tail. A tiny bit at a time. An 1/8" or so! If you end up going too far, the kite will struggle to climb. In that case, just shift the knot back to where it was before.
PS: The deficiencies in the on-line instructions will be fixed when this kite gets re-designed and re-documented later, along with most of the other 2-Skewer kites. It's on the To Do list!
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