Another Light Wind DYI Quad Kite!
This project actually started back in april, but then I just got the sail panels cut. Yesterday however, I finished it!
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The 27th Nordic Kite Meeting
Blokhus Denmark
June 2nd - 8th 2025
Blokhus Wind Festival
Blokhus Denmark
June 2nd - 8th 2025

After the success and fun of building the Zaephay and the Skiron, I decided to build another light wind quad lined kite. This time an indoor flyer was on my mind and I started to google for some inspiration. I found quite a lot of it and after a quick chat with Anders, I got to work. I cut out the sail panels and – well, that was it, for the time being.

Yesterday, however, I had some time on my hands, and I put the sail panels together, and while at it, I just finished the complete kite and managed to squeeze in a test flight before the darkness set!

Preparing some reinforcement!
Preparing some reinforcement!
Some sewing is required
Some sewing is required
Sewing the leading edge
Sewing the leading edge
Kind of hard to see, but I'm half way there!
Kind of hard to see, but I’m half way there!
Details
Details
Wingtip detail
Some more details
The wing tips are ready
The wing tips are ready
Bridle parts
Bridle parts
Bridling completed
Bridling completed
Ready for the first test flight
Ready for the first test flight

So just before the darkness hit, I walked over to the local park to give it a go, the first test flight. The conditions were aweful with really gusty winds coming from all directions! However, I hid in the wind shadow of some trees and managed to get, no, not good conditions, but somewhat better.

So my first impressions must be regarded somewhat … skewed by the conditions. The kite surely did fly, but as I feared, it felt a bit “flat” in the air and it was difficult to keep a constant forward speed. Pulling on the handles din’t make the kite accelerate the way I’d like it to and this also gave the kite a skittish feel when flying.

I did some field bridle adjustments and things got a bit better but not to my satisfactory. But I have a few ideas on how to improve things!

First, the leading edge is pretty straight, so one of my remedies are to put a more significant curve into that LE. Second, I’ll go over the bridle and see if all measures are correct and symmetric. I might do some more bridle tweaks as well.

So stay tuned for more on this … still unnamed kite of mine!

3 Responses

    1. Thank you! ?

      The test flight revealed some issues, but hopefully they can be remedied. I’ve lengthened the LE thus adding some curve to it. At least it *looks* better! ? Hopefully it flies better too!

      I’ll keep you posted!

  1. By the way, I’ve just named the kite…

    Chorís Aéra (χωρίς αέρα)

    Meaning “No Wind” in Greek! 🙂

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