So I kept on flying!
As you can read from the heading, the wind was on the light side of the scale so the first kite out of the bag was the Spider that Anders has made for me. It’s a stunning kite with a pretty intricate bridle set up. I have actually never really gotten to grips with this set up, but today the wind was good for tinkering.
First I flew the Spider for ten, maybe fifteen minutes to get a good feel. Nah… Something seemed not quite right. For some reason I thought the brake lines sagged a little more than I’ve noticed with other kites. …and the breaking itself was not as crisp/sharp as with my other quads. I can’t quite describe the feel other than … spongy… Sort of…
Well, enter tinker mode. I removed a few legs on the bridle and for every pair of legs I removed I took the kite for a spin to feel any difference. With one part of legs removed the kite became very oversteering, spinning like mad almost uncontrollable, but after more tweaking it got better. Still a bit spongy, but a bit more crisp and predictable.
Good enough for flying in the current conditions, however I still need to do more work to that bridle. There’s still room for improvement.
Then the wind calmed even further down and it was time to pull another kite out of the bag, more suited for the very light winds.
I also opted for my 10m (approx 30ft) line set and soon the light wind kite was dancing in the air.
You can do a lot of fun with such short lines, like hovering just inches away from the camera shooting great close ups. It’s also perfect for catches and throws and the light wind DYI kite at the end of the lines is an awesome glider. Just a quick tug on the front lines and the kite just dives down directly into my hands. Don’t even need to move about, just put out my arm and grab it!
Not more to say actually rather than it was a great afternoon, which I guess you can see from both the photos and the video!