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Tutorials : How To Assemble A Stunt Kite

Setting up a stunt kite can be a bit complicated. Its important that you first understand the anatomy of a stunt kite. Check out my other video "Anatomy of a Stunt Kite"

Once you have a good understanding of what the pieces are to your stunt kite, now we can start setting it up.

First of all, remove the kite pieces from the sleeve it came in. Most stunt kites have a rubber band holding everything together for shipping. You can remove this.

Lay everything out on the ground, spreading the kite out and place it with the front up so that you can see the Center-T. The Spine should be on the ground.

Most kites will have a single upper-spreader and 2 lower spreaders. Put these to the side, but within arms reach.

Now lets get started putting everything together.

Depending on the type of stunt kite you purchased, the kite may have a two-piece leading edge. You will want to assemble the leading edge first by inserting the lower leading edge into the upper leading edge. Then use the wing-tip cord to keep it in place. (this can either be a bungie or a string)

Make sure that the bridle is untangled.

Next, take your single upper-spreader (which is the smaller of the three rods you put to the side). Cup the upper-spreader fitting with your hand and slowly insert the upper spreader. You can twist the spreader a bit to put it in, but be careful not to push to violently or you could slip and poke a hole in your sail. Repeat on the other side.

Take a look at your lower spreader rods.

Some kites use equal length rods that are stuck into a center-T. Others will have one rod that has a solid ferrule that sticks through the center piece, and the second rod will fit over the ferrule.

Determine which one you have and we'll continue.

Make sure when you are assembling that you don't wrap the bridle around any of the spreader rods. This will change the control of the kite dramatically and could also lead to a break in your kite.

If you have equal length rods, and a center-T, you can begin by putting one end of the lower spreader into the fittings on the leading edge, just like you did with upper spreader.

Then put the other end into the center-T. Repeat on the other side.

If you have two different spreader rods, you will start by inserting the lower spreader that has the ferrule into the leading edge fittings, but this time, push the ferruled end through the center piece as far as it will go. Next insert the other lower spreader into the fitting, and the other end over the ferrule.

Again, make sure the bridle is clear of any of the rods.

Now we can start putting in the stand-offs. You will see these attached to the trailing edge of the kite. Just insert these stand-offs into the corresponding fitting on the lower spreaders. Make sure the stand-offs are perpendicular (at a 90 degree angle) to the lower spreaders. This ensures the sail shape is how it was designed.

Your kite should now be ready to fly. Just attached the kiteline using a larks head knot.

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