Two different stunt kites can be stacked
by Dean Wardell
(Vanessa, Ontario, Canada)
Thanks Tim for your encouragement to go ahead and give it a try. I had no idea if it was even possible. All of the photos and information I could find online was from people stacking the exact same kites. But as you can see in the photos, I took my two kites out into the white Canadian sand today and gave it a go.
The end kite is my new 2.4m Prism Hypnotist, purchased online for around $150 USD. The lead kite is my first stunt kite. It is a 1.4m Albatross, purchased online for around $26 USD.
I made 5 equal length (90cm) stacking lines from the string that came with the inexpensive kite and I used the Spectra lines that came with the Prism kite as fly lines. I have an anemometer that I measure the wind with and I was getting readings fluctuating between 2 and 8 kmh with gusts in the 12-15 kmh range.
The duo was a little tricky to launch because they wanted to turn sharply and land nose down back on the ground. I was surprised that I was able to cartwheel them together back into the launch position most of the time.
Once in the air they flew perfectly together at 8 kmh. I didn’t try anything too fancy, just some spins, figure 8’s, loops and stuff. The only time they came out of sync was when the wind dropped below 4 kmh and they went into a stall. Not surprisingly, the larger kite fell a little faster than the smaller one but thanks the many hours of practicing landings with a single kite, I was able to land them together in the launch position more often that not.
I did notice a considerable difference in the pull of the two kites in the 15kmh gusts. I had to lean back and hold on! Now I understand why most stacks are made with smaller kites and I will make sure I don’t try this in stronger winds.
Thanks again Tim.
Keep up the good work. I love your website!
As mentioned earlier, there's another alternative to towing indoor kites if it's just not possible to fly outdoors...
"Kites Up!" is my downloadable board game. It's a PDF file which has all the documentation for the game plus images for all the components. Tokens, cards, the board itself and so on. Anyway, just click that link to see more info :-)