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    • Rods: The difference ?
      Ok. Was a bit worried that my diamonds would stiffen. Or my next set might behave a little different. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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      Not that way Rob, like Gen1 compared to Gen2 rods, or the new style to the old style rods.
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      Thanks for the replies. @RobB unfortunately there are no tensioning lines on the cheapy wham-o kites, nor the prism so adjusting the bow across the spreaders isn't an option.  Too high of wind could be the case on the prism, I've flown it on days where it's blowing pretty strong.  The puzzling bit is on the same day as it dive-bombing I had the kids playing with the two (same exact) wham-o kites where one flew perfectly and the other dive-bombed just like the prism.  That leads me to believe it wasn't the wind itself, it's something with adjustments on the bad wham-o and prism. I never realized SLK's required tuning the way it appears they do.  I figured they'd either fly (enough wind) or not (not enough wind).  I guess it makes sense if they're cheaply made, or off balance, but the prism has good build quality that makes me think it's me, not the kite. @hyzakite you're right, no tensioning lines.  Both of the cheap wham-o kites do actually have tails so both kids will be happy. Next time I'm flying them with the kids and those kites, I'll try to compare bridle adjustments to see if one is set with a different angle than the other.  That could explain the difference in flight of their two kites. As for the prism I'm flying, it appears to have 2 knots about 4" apart on the 2-point bridle.  Between those two knots there is a short piece of line for attaching to the kite line which has a double-larkshead.  It looks to be 2/3 of the way toward the bottom knot of those two knots which gives the kite a more flat-to-the-wind angle.  Now that I look at it based on your comment, I'm guessing that the short attachment line is intended to be adjusted since it has the double-larkshead.  Next time I'm out with the kite in similar conditions I'll try moving that up/down to see if it flies any better. @makatakam the kites all have a 10-15° (estimate) angle on the spreaders away from the line.  I guess in the "beginner" section  of the forum everything needs to be spelled out, but I know the shape of the kite isn't to "scoop" wind, but is shaped like a boat hull to pass the wind to the sides of the sail.  The dihedral fitting is fixed on the wham-o kites and I'm not sure I'd be able to break the glue without further damage to the $2.50 kites... The Prism, however, has a fitting that is attached to the sail, but can slide up/down along the main spine of the kite.  It seems I can move it up/down but because it's fixed to the sail it will create a wrinkle in the sail depending on where I try to locate it.  If I slide the fitting down, there will be a crease on the sail just below the attachment point of the fitting to the sail.  If I slide it up, there will be a crease just above it.  It seems like there is a natural place for it to be.  I'll make sure it's in that natural place before the next time I fly it because I didn't pay attention to that the last few times I've had it up in the air with the dive-bombing problem. My mom bought the kites for my kids because I recently reminded her about the TRLBY my parents bought me as a kid and how I was getting into kiting.  Here's a link to the cheap wham-o kites:
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