Plan files (click links):
Leading Edge Exel Cruise 6mm 135 cm
Upper Spreader Exel Cruise 6mm 56 cm
Lower Spreader Skyshark 5pt 68,5 cm
Spine Exel Cruise 6mm 74 cm
Rollbar Spiral wound glassfiber 3mm 43 cm
Standoff Carbon rod 3mm 25 cm
These dimensions were measured from the nose sewing (red lines in close up) to middle of connector:
Upper LE APA 34,5 cm
Rollbar LE 52 cm
Lower LE APA 86 cm
Center Cross 50 cm
Three point bridle, pigtails at ULE, LLE and Center Cross):
Upper outhaul 47 cm
Lower outhaul 51,5 cm
Inhaul 58 cm
Leaders 150 cm
Some construction notes:
- This kite can be build using the techniques described on Tom’s excelent le Quartz website. We use double sided adhesive phototape rollers to fixate the sail parts before stitching instead of glue. The list of materials is quite (but not completely) similiar to le Quartz as well and can be found on the website mentioned above. Sugarbaker, author of the highly detailed B’zar 2011 build thread, will document his P2 bulding project on the Gone with the Wind forum. Also Krijn’s P3 documented build can be found here.
- The P2 was developed and adjusted WITH rollbars (original concept by Benson Kites). Fitting them is important since it improves the weight distribution and overall flying characteristics of this kite. We use C-quad connectors and c-clips on the Leading Edge and long 3mm Jaco sailgrabbers. You might need to make the hole in the c-quad connectors a bit bigger after removing the swifle pin to fit around the 6mm LE rod. Black 3mm spiral wound glassfiber works great as rollbar material since it is a lot more wear resistant compared to white spiral wound glassfiber rods.
- The sail in the nose area is quitte loose which results in creases. These creases are gone when there’s pressure in the sail. The loose sail (coupe) improves the (lower) windrange.
- A Bisonyl nose similair to those used on most Kitehouse kites was fitted. Just close the spine tunnel by stitching it 2 cm below the top (see detail picture above).
- Nylon tape is used for the Trailing Edge and the area around the Standoffs and Rollbar is fitted with extra folded Dacron tape. Although i didn’t add this in the example kite, it is advised to use a wider piece of dacron at the standoffs.
- The leechline is adjustable by using bungiecord at the centercross.
- A lead curtain weight (25 gram) cut to length (18 gram) was used as a tailweight.
- Alternative rods instead of Exel Cruise 6mm pultruded carbon: .240″ (6.1mm) pultruded carbon or Structil 6mm.