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This was my first 'real' kite. It is built according to a plan (27K) by Carl Crowell, published in Drachen Magazin. It is made of Carrington and 8mm/5mm carbon spars with about 2.8m wing span. The detachable graded tail is 25m long. The kite is only slightly customized: I wanted a different colour scheme - this required 6 panels instead of the suggested 4; and the vertical spars are inserted in "tunnels" running the length of the sail, instead of being pocketed.
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This kite flys very nicely in light winds achieving an extremely high angle - as a Genki should. It seems more stable than standard Genkis, which I attribute to the over-sized flares and additional longeron. The tail isn't required, as long as the wind doesn't get too strong, but it does add to the visual impact. I like the fact that the trailing edge is taut instead of loose as in the original Genki design; I don't like a flapping sail.
It seems to be a bit oversparred for light winds. I think a 6mm spreader ought to work just as well and would reduce the weight. OTOH it's always nice to have a safety margin for crashes and freak gusts.
In case you're wondering how the black stripes (just the stripes, not the central panel) were applied to the sail: they're simply sewn on top of the yellow panels. Sort of like applique, but without any cutting. This didn't seem necessary for the colour black.
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