New Cellular kite design

after reading the posts about Lee Sedgwick’s round yfo style kite on the kitebuilder.com forums I decided to build one. this was a cool kite, and was super simple to build. While experimenting with bridles one day it struck me that I could make a pretty cool cellular kite with these discs. I wanted the discs to intersect each other at 60 degrees forming an equilateral triangle.

So this evening with the template for my yfo kite in hand; I cut out three sails and started to build. I first started with the discs that are cut out of the middle of the kite to make sure that my idea would work. Then onto the real thing!

Here is the final result.

when I made the sails I decide to have the rings not intersect at any of the 12 points. It was much easier for bridling and building if the spars crossed 15 degrees from one of the points on the circle. I attached three lines to form the bridle. Each line was attached to a pig tail that is connected where the spars intersect. The classic “out-in-front-of-my-house” test proved that the kite will fly (always a bonus :D :D ). The only problem I have had so far is that it overflies, however I beleive I can correct that once I get some real flying and tweaking time in. The kite flys with the edge of the triangle towards the flier. This creates much more visual appeal than flying with one of the flat sides toward the flier. It looks really really cool when it’s flying… and the shadows that the street light was casting were incredible

So it needs a name.. any suggestions ?

I am really really excited about having built this kite.. It’s exciting trying new things… :) :D

Cheers,
Bill

  1 comment for “New Cellular kite design

  1. 11 September, 2007 at 8:00 am

    That’s a pretty sweet lookin kite mate, nicely put together & thought out.
    Love the interestions, visually quite stunning *bows*

    Happy Days.
    Dubs’

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