See at 10 - sew at 12 - fly at 2.
....just because you can assemble the pieces in a couple of hours - does not mean you can get it to work. Heaps of praise on the Globerider folks for not only coming up with the idea but sticking with it 'till they found the right angles.
Even as I was sewing it - it seemed the pulley would naturally want to settle at the bottom of a flexible triangle. I had to do summer school to graduate from high school, so I don't know sh-t about the math...
In flight the pulley seemed to stay near the front and the rear of the tips would 'pinch stall' as usual when the backlines were pulled hard.
Yet, I've been on a bunch of sailboats - I think I know of a way I can get it to work..but it's a holiday weekend here and I can't order any stainless 'till tuesday.
Poor old Rhino 1 get's heaps of abuse, but if anyone wants to suggest a good kite to someone who can't afford new - these are the great. Does pretty much everything well.
........the above was Saturday...the below is Sunday's
Here's another version. The top photo is what the new looked like leaving for the beach...the lower one is what I came home with.
I found a couple of bits of stainless. My idea was; make one similar to a "traveler" on a sailboat. The problem with v2 is the diameter of the S.S. rod was only 1/8th"/3.25mm. I've got some 3/16's/5mm which should certainly be strong enough - but it's time to carry this farther.
The next plan is to make a "full length" rod with adjustments on both the front and back. I'd leave the front to move freely some distance with a pulley - say 4"/100mm...but make the back fixed/variable on the ground. I suspect it could get a bit wild with them both sliding around on the fly!
I think I also figured a way, using the usual pigtails to make the angle of the rod adjustable on the ground also. I had nobody around yesterday to see if I got any fore/aft movement of the pulley before they bent...
After initial testing I took it down for a 16 and then later in the session it got lit-up out there, so threw it back up and just flew the hell out of it, bent rods and all.
BTW: I self launch in wasit deep water in case any of my junk blows up on the launch pad. I'm not near people, rocks or trees...and I awalys wear helmet, vest....and eye protection.
(since this is a revison of the first post - I cannot see any comments, so I look any repy if needed...)