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Looking into the 11’ and 19’ Mesh (Willi Koch) Delta. Is it just design, or does no mesh handle better or worse in different conditions? We are leaning into purchasing a 19’ Delta currently.

 

 

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Overall, mesh based designs are more tolerant of gusts and gusty conditions.

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I have the 11 footer. It's been a while since I have flown it, so I don't remember wind conditions, but it flew well. I think it might have taken a bit more wind than your average delta, but not much more, to get it off the ground. 

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Mesh is intended for wind that is strong enough to collapse the frame on a standard sail. The mesh area(s) allow a percentage, large or small by design, of the wind to pass through the sail. This can greatly reduce the pressure of the wind pushing against the sail, usually to a safe or at least comfortable level. In other words the kite won't drag you down the field and slam you into a brick wall at the other end. It also dampens any other effects the wind has on the kite, such as gusts, change of direction, etc. It will take stronger wind to launch and fly it than it would a standard sail.

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My bride and i have lighted mesh deltas, 2 nine or ten feet and one a foot smaller.  They have 64 lites sewn in, a program flasher and a long lasting rechargeable battery.  When assembled the whole thing is darn solid and balanced.  Battery trapped into a holder, spars are thread-wrapped & epoxy coated, tapered carbon (TOUGH)

The two larger ones are pretty effortless fliers in low wind, surprisingly low wind actually and the lights from a 100 or so feet high will illuminate an entire field below.  The further you let them out the less impact on the show below!

We bought one big one from "Cobra Kites in NJ", assembled in on the bed and promptly ordered another one w/o even flying it, we were so impressed w/design and construction.  These kites are super reliable, you can hand 'em off to spectators and know that they will be just fine, even if never having succeeded in the past.  Oh & the thrill on their faces, with your trust in them.  Of course they let out more line, just make 'em wind in back in before you accept the kite back.

This is an incredible financial value for a show piece at night.....you will love it! (them, you won't settle for one)

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the 19 foot mesh delta has been flown successfully INDOORS

at the National Air & Space Museum Annex by Dulles Airport with Ron Sitnk piloting,...

not for long and not for very far, but undoubtedly flight worthy (if you want it bad enough like him)

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