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Yesterday I completed yet another build project and today I was up early to fly it before the winds died down!
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If you’re allergic to funky colours, you better stop reading now! And if you continue reading, well, you’ve been warned! 😉

The sail of this new rokkaku is made from leftover fabric from a couple of previous build projects of mine. I’ve patched them together and cut out a rokkaku shaped sail of the patchwork.

Nope, I wouldn’t have selected this colour combination for any other reason than using the left over pieces. But hey, if it’s a good flyer, who cares? 🙂

So I pulled it out of its sleeve, inserted the rods for the spine, tightened the bowlines and checked out the angle of attack. And after a few adjustments, I was ready to launch the quite colourful kite.

A nice breeze ticked in from the sea, grabbed the kite and lifted it high up into the air while I was feeding the line. About 30 meters up there I tethered the line to the ground and took a closer look at the kite. Somewhat unstable but after yet a few tweaks things got better.

For some reason the kite felt kind of heavy and more wind was needed to keep it in the air compared to the other rokkakus I had up there. Maybe it’s a good idea to replace both the bridle and the bowlines with thinner and lighter pieces of string? I might do that later, but hey, no worries! It flies pretty well with its current setup too!

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