Plans for the Acara
CAVEAT EMPTOR - READ BEFORE BUILDING
Before you rush out to invest a small fortune in ripstop and carbon you should be aware that this is a fairly old school kite, while it is good at rotational moves like 540s, axels and steady in fades it is not like a modern pitch happy French kite. Feel free to slap some weight on it if you like but I don't want to mislead anyone, do not build this and then complain that it doesn't yo-yo or comete!
Erik Recke (datenland) has created the following plans from my scanned bits of graph paper. They are available in pdf, dxf and Vectorworks file formats.
If you use the pdf plan be sure to clear the tick box to Shrink oversized pages to paper size (Acrobat Reader, other pdf viewers may vary). If you do not, your plan will print out undersized! These pdfs have been created for A4 paper. If you want to reassure yourself that the size of your printouts are correct see this sketch with approximate dimensions (I just counted the squares on the scanned graph paper).
Acara, DXF format
Acara, Vectorworks format
Here are my original scanned scribbles if they are of use to anyone
Acara 1 of 8
Acara 2 of 8
Acara 3 of 8
Acara 4 of 8
Acara 5 of 8
Acara 6 of 8
Acara 7 of 8
Acara 8 of 8
Or... all joined in one huge file (right click and save-as)
I usually make sails from PC31 or Chikara. Chikara is nicer for higher wind kites since it has a little more stretch and excellent recovery so it soaks up gusts well.
For frames I usually prefer either Skyshark or Hi-mod, whatever use something fairly stiff for the spreaders especially. I designed the kite for straight spars so I don't recommend tapered rods, I especially discourage you from using tapered rods as spreaders.
The bridle I usually use is quite short and sensitive to change but for all that it's still my favourite. To avoid variations with different diameter frames I always use tradewinds fittings (theyre the same external size for 6mm and 8mm frames) and I tie the bridle around the fitting. This also has the advantage that it never slips or breaks free in high wind like a c-clip might.
I make the out-hauls from a single piece of bridle cord with a stopper knot at each end, measuring 1085mm between knots (just for your information, the loop around each leading edge fitting takes 65mm).
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