Unlike the other Flexifoil kites, the Standard Matrix came to me as a sail with a bunch of spars, the winglet supports and a complete bridle. So I first had to frame the sail, get the necessary small bits and bobs (connectors, end caps, arrow nocks, etc), make the stand-offs, and bridle it.
Saturday 22 April 2023
Monday 10 April 2023
Recently we got our hands on two sets of Matrix kites, one set made by Flexifoil, one set from Carl Robertshaw. That opened up the possibility of flying pairs of Flexi - CR Matrix kites. Following the ULs and SULs a few days ago, the 23-35mph winds today told us to fly the Super-venteds.
First on the lines was the Flexi Supervented.
And then it was the turn of the CR Supervented.
Wednesday 5 April 2023
Recently, and via two totally different routes, I got my hands on a set of five Flexifoil Matrix kites (SUL to Super-vented) and a set of four C(arl) R(obertshaw) Matrix kites (UL to Super-vented).
So I thought it would be fun (and potentially interesting) to 'pair them off'; in other words, to create Flexifoil - Carl Robertshaw pairs and see how such Flexi-Carl pairs fly together.
Some of the Matrix kites were ready to fly, while others needed more or less TLC; the Flexifoil Standard came as a sail, with a bunch of spars and a bridle, but no stand-offs, connectors or other usual small bits and pieces (it did come with the winglet supports, though).
With the wind forecast to be good for flying ultralights, we took the Flexifoil UL and SUL and the CR UL to the field.
First on the lines: Flexi UL.
Monday 3 April 2023
Recently, I got myself a black Peter Powell kite with orange stripes, which we flew together with the black Peter Powell kite with flo-green stripes we already had. They look well when flown together, I think, but I felt more could be done to increase the spectacle. Specifically, both kites could be expanded to a triple-stack by the addition of two entirely black kites. Black tails on the front and back kite, with the middle kite in each stack having either a green or an orange tail. Should look really good in the sky!
Now to be clear, we've never flown two Peter Powell triple-stacks, with tails, together .... It will certainly pose a challenge for us: two triple-stacks means six tails that can get tangled up, with each other or with the many stacking lines!
Each of the stacks on their own look great on the ground as well as in the sky.