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    • According to the patent, an Eddy has equal length spine and spar, and these cross 19% of the way down the spine.  It has a 2 leg bridle and a bow for stability, and flies with no tail.  Part of the Eddy's stability comes from having a very loose fitting sail so that, in addition to the bow, it curves back either side of the spine to give the effect of a keel. The "standing wave" kite in question is not an Eddy.  It is a diamond.  I read that if you use equal length spine and spar and cross 25% of the way down the spine, you can bridle directly to the intersection with a single point, and this is what I did.  Rather than a bow, you use a tail.  This particular kite follows this pattern.  It is very sensitive to what tail is attached.  Because it is a paper kite, it is very stiff and flat in configuration.  If I had used plastic sheeting or cloth it may have been more flexible and therefore more stable. Over the last few weeks, I have made an Eddy and a diamond using the same length of spars - each kite using two 18" garden canes.  The Eddy has a plastic sail and has spar pockets so it can be dismantled.  The diamond is a permanent structure with the spars taped into place.  The Eddy flies like it's pinned to the sky.  The diamond dances.  Unfortunately, it does not always dance prettily.  Sometimes it dances like a drunken uncle at a wedding. My personal preference is for kites without tails, and I also prefer "demountable"kites as I carry a bag with about 15 kites in it.  I took early retirement a month or so ago and I have taken the opportunity to get out my old kites and give them a good airing, and I have also started to experiment with making a few.
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    • The spars in that configuration = Eddy. The Eddy kite is less stable than the typically available commercially made diamonds, and should make it easier to replicate the action. If you bring the bridle point down a 1/4" it should increase the tendency to rock. Even 1/8" should make a difference. The bridle point is the actual intersection point of the spars as I understand it. Am I correct in this assumption? There is not a bridle made of bridle line attached to the frame? distal = army medic
    • A (relatively) small parafoil is a great kite to learn with. The lack of a frame makes it very forgiving when you crash the kite, and it's a good intro to stunt kiting in general. It will give you a good idea of the dynamics of the wind window and how to work the wind to your advantage. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
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