Here's a handy way to make kite tails for all the MBK kites. A few
photos and some comments showing you how to make plastic rings and then
loop them together. The first photo down here on the right shows a 1-Skewer Rokkaku kite in flight, sporting a long tail made from rings of clear freezer-bag plastic...
As described in some of the kite-making instructions, simple streamer tails are quicker to make. However, the following technique using plastic loops certainly works great and looks great...
By varying the width of the loops, and choosing different sized bags, you can come up with tails to suit just about any size of kite. Specifically:
Often essential for smaller kites, a tail improves the directional stability. This just means that the kite now has a strong tendency to point its nose into the wind when aloft.For sheer spectacle, this Tie Dye Kite Tail Set on Amazon is hard to beat. Check it out if you really need something a little fancier and more colorful than my DIY ideas.
Once you have got the knack of making kite tails this way, you can just use any kind of clear or colored plastic bags or garbage bags. Like the small blue plastic shopping bag in the photo.
Firstly, if the bag has handles, cut straight across to remove them. Then, keep cutting straight across to create rings as shown.
Accuracy is not important here. In fact, ragged edges might work better!
Throw away the handles, if any, and also the closed bottom of the bag.
Now take 2 rings and loop them together, as in the photo.
Gently pull the 2 rings fairly tight, then attach more rings in the same way.
Keep going until you have the required length of tail, according to the instructions for the kite. Usually it's in terms of the kite's height. For example, 'at least 6 times as long as the kite itself'.
If a kite's tail is a bit longer than specified, that doesn't matter at all! Bear in mind that very long tails will make your kite fly lower. Making tails just long enough to keep the kite stable is the best idea!
That's all there is to making kite tails for the MBK designs. Of course, feel free to experiment with other ideas too. Combining simple streamers and loops, for example.For the Tie Dye Kite Tail Set on Amazon, it's just a matter of attaching 1, 2 or all 3 tails at the same point near the tail end of the kite. Depending on how big the kite is and hence how much tail is required to get it stable.
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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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