What have I done since? Made the sail for the second of the two Target Kites, this time showing the silhouette of a German Focke-Wulf plane. Built a new, slightly larger frame, now using 8mm carbon. Bridled the Target:FW kite. So the key question was of course: does the kite fly better with the new frame?
Stoney Cross Plain, last Saturday, the Target:FW kite is ready to fly:
Wind was 6-12mph, so slightly stronger than last time. And boy, oh boy, did the new frame make a difference!
Much less flex in the frame, much less billow of the sail (just compare the picture above to the one shown here), and much better control! But don't just believe me; judge for yourself (and, again, compare this video with the one here):
Now watch this promotional video from the 1940s, and compare the way my modern replica flies with how the original Target Kite flew:
You have to admit I'm not a million miles off!
OK, next thing to do, obviously, is to make a second frame like this for the Target:Z kite. And then I need to start thinking how best to build the rudder. Even though I can control the kite and even fly pretty small circles without the rudder, a modern replica of a Target Kite just has to have a rudder!
As mentioned before, pictures of the entire build process up to now can be found here. To be continued!