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I've built several single line kites over the past few years.  All different shapes and sizes.  This will be my first stunt kite build.  Finished the sail yesterday and will make the leading edge today.  Not only is it my first quad build, I am experimenting at the same time.  I'm going to omit the mesh and just attach the leading edge with tabs only.  Will either frame it with diamond rods, three wrap rods or green race rods.  A lot depends on the wind the day I'm flying.  Wish me luck. 

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I used my Elliot Shook Mesh quad as a pattern.  The last time we were in Corolla and visited Cath and Elliot, he gave me a lot of tips on the construction of his quad line kite.  The appliqué is a simple design and the sail is in three pieces; two wings and a center section.  It went together in one evening.  The hardest part was getting the appliqué centered and even on both wing sections.  

After the initial measurements and cutting ( and a lot of thinking and planning), it has gone so quick I hadn't even thought about documenting it.  I will post a photo when I get the leading edge on it and, hopefully, when it flies.

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Definitely more complicated than a Della Porta, a shield or a rokkaku.  It's the leading edge and tab placement that makes this a harder build in my opinion.  The 48" ruler is my best friend.

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This may make you re-think the leading edge. I've built it and it works. The only drawback is that it leaves the LE tube exposed and susceptible to abrasion. Note that the "v" in this design is quite shallow, and this in combination with the change in the angles of the sides of the sail give the kite more than 300 square inches more sail area. The dashed line shows the approximate size and shape of a Rev 1.5 for comparison.

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The only change from this design that I made was to make the air spaces shorter near the middle and progressively longer toward the tips. Less pressure near the tips should add a bit of stability overall. 

Post pictures when you are done.

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I'm making a closed sleeve for the LE rods.  Tabs are connecting the sail to the LE sleeve.  Where the mesh usually goes, I'm leaving open.  I hadn't thought about no sleeve at all. Interesting.  Thanks for the information.

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I opted for no sleeve to reduce weight. Weighing in at less than 4.5 ounces, including diamond frame, and with about 350 square inches more sail area should make it a light wind demon. However at this point, I realized that I oriented the fabric weave in the wrong direction and will have to make major alterations before the sail sits right on the frame without too much flop in the belly. It will probably be a winter project since I'm too busy flying during the warm months.

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Here it is.  The first image of my homemade quad line.  It needs just bunjis, end caps and bridle and I'm good to go.

 

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Wow super pretty! I don't know much about quad lines yet but it sure looks like it will fly! The appliqué(?) Locks fantastic too. do you think it's possible to apply pictures to already-built kites?

Good luck on the final steps!

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I think it is possible if you can remove the sticks and not distort the sail with the sewing.  And you would have to be careful where the bridle points are.

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Looks great, but I prefer my bananas with chocolate on them. :D Should be awesome in light wind, especially if you skip the chocolate.

You may find that the leading edge of the sail flutters at higher speeds. If so, you can slip a very small diameter carbon rod into the seam to eliminate the flutter, or sew a stiffer material strip along it. See the photo I posted, the LE is attached to the front and back on this design for that purpose. I am also making a second kite where it only attaches to the front.

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I don't see any verts in it, so I'm guessing all the wrinkles will come out when fully assembled?!? 

Very pretty - but I need some veggies to go with it! :lol:

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Very nice indeed. I think I would enjoy making a kite. I know my way around a sewing machine alright.

I think I'll start as soon as I complete the slanted baffle down sleeping bag kit that I started in 1973, 43 years and counting! 

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Well, there's no chocolate sauce but the bunjis, end caps and bridle are now on the banana quad line.  Tomorrow, if the weather cooperates, it will have its inaugural flight.  If it flies, there will be photos.  If it doesn't, it's back to the drawing board.

Wish me luck.

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IT FLEW!!!!! The wind was very light, almost too light. But it went up and I was able to do turns and hovers with no problem. YEAH!!! (Pics to follow.)

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Ok, now you must change your handle to "flyingbananas".

I had no doubt it would fly. Special kind of fun/warm/fuzzy feeling when one of your own creations flies, ain't it?

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Yes.  It's a feeling I never get tired of.  Worth all of the angst of building.

The reason for the bananas will become clear at the Carolina Kite Festival.  I can guarantee there will be pictures.

Now, on to practice, practice and more practice.

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6 hours ago, photomom said:

The reason for the bananas will become clear at the Carolina Kite Festival.  I can guarantee there will be pictures.

Looks awesome, can't wait to see it in person.

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