MBK 3-Skewer A-Frame
With only a few meters of line out, the kite just sank out every time
after short tows into the air. Perhaps I had overdone it when shifting
the towing point back. So, I edged the knot forward just a little and
tried again with more line let out.
This time the kite climbed more
willingly and found just enough air to hang up there at a modest 25
degrees or so of line angle.
Talk about marginal conditions!
Anyway, it did provide an opportunity
to snap off a few photos. Also, I took a couple of videos. I always take more
than one these days in case the camera focuses on something other than
the kite! It's happened before.
After the photo session was done, it was time to see just how high the kite would go.
It was a rather slow climb, with the kite gradually heading out
along the line of sight. Hence the line length was increasing somewhat
faster than the altitude of the bright-orange kite. Never-the-less,
after quite a few minutes there were signs of faster air. Only slightly faster, but it was enough to power the kite up over 50 degrees of line angle. That was more like it!
Finally, at about 300 feet above ground, there was a constant
pull on the line. But it was nothing a 4-year-old child couldn't handle.
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wooden winder slipped slowly across the grass when I put it down, which I did just
out of curiosity. And this kite is nearly 1 m (3 ft.) across! The weight
of my kite bag with another winder inside plus hat, tapes, and so on
easily held the winder firm against the ground.
The 3-Skewer A-Frame kite was barely moving as it responded to tiny changes in the direction and speed of the breeze. The looped tail flowed out behind and twisted just a little here and there. But the air was remarkably smooth (compared to the usual inland turbulence we get), the location being several kilometers from the sea.
At this point, just over 120 meters (400 feet) of line was out. Several small children appeared and one of them excitedly pointed up to the small orange dot in the sky, with the black plastic tail barely visible.
Not long after that I checked the time on the digital camera, before starting to take the kite down. It was an easy job today with only light tension in the line.