The wind has finally started to cooperate so I got a chance to take some more aerial photos. My wife and I are building a new house and we wanted to get some aerial shots of our building lot as the construction progresses. This gallery from March 26th shows the lot with the trees cleared and the surrounding lakes.
Today Scott and I wanted to try again as the weather improved and the sun came out, however the wind wasn’t that great so we only got a few of the building site. We figured that a drive down the coast may improve our chances of getting decent wind. We ended up in prospect village and had some nice steady winds.
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I built this kite after seeing a post made by Yvon Hache on the Kitebuilder.com forums. The “Double Star” topic is the most popular topic on the forum with over 47 pages of posts. Ferruh Baysu is the designer of this kite and he provided the auto-cad drawings and plans to all the forum members. Continue reading
Well today the wind was about 30 Km/H gusting to 40 km/h and I foolishly decided to try and fly my double star… woooo hoooo what a ride.
The first challenge was putting the kite together on a soggy field with howling wind and -10c temps. That didn’t stop us though. I hadn’t bridled the kite yet so I did that in the field as well, very cold fingers after that .
It was a little too cold to adjust all of the tips so I decided to give it a go anyway.. and it Flew… It launched with the roar of a jet plane and was stapled to the sky. When the wind would shift it would sweep a little but nothing a little slack in the line didn’t fix. Very happy!!!!
What a great feeling…
The wind was really blowing hard and I had visions of the 10 mm Carbon rods snapping like twigs…Lot’s of pull on this kite. So I handed the kite off to my friend, and walked the kite down.
Here are is a photo taken by my friend Ian. The sky is grey today but I brightened the photo up the best I could..
Finally the Double Star is complete. I finished off the last of the bottom section late this evening. This kite is really impressive when it’s fully assembled, a full 10 foot diameter!. I haven’t adjusted the tip tension much but it seems that the MKS fittings from Kitebuilder.com will work out fine.
Here are the first pictures of the kite completely assembled. I have to add the bridle and it will be ready to fly!
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