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Sail..............: 3/4 oz ripstip nylon
Full sized ....: 85cm high
Wind range.: good
The Pan Flute is a soft kite (no sticks) made of 7 connected windsock like tubes or cells. It has a good wind range and flies at an angle of 50-60 degrees.
Start by making the two templates from stiff cardboard. Dont forget that a 0.5cm seam allowance is included on the sides. Use the templates to cut out seven (7) B panels and seven (7) T panels. The B panels make up the bottom deck and the T panels make up the top deck. For aesthetics try alternating contrasting colors for each cell or create a rainbow pattern.
When sewing together work from the middle to the outside. For each seam (except the two outside) you will be sewing 4 pieces together -- 2 T panels on top of 2 B panels. Be careful that they are properly oriented before sewing. On the end cells you will need to roll up the body of the kite into the inside-out cell to sew the seam. Turn the cell outside-out to get the seam inside.
Attach ribbon or loop ties at each corner of the completed kite. The front ties are used to attach the bridle (~2 x 1m) and the back ties are used to attach lines for a drogue or tail. The kite is now ready to fly.
Note: This plan is based on a short article in the Dutch magazine _De Zette Vieger_, Nbr.6 (Fall 4) which references another kite newsletter (86-4) by Piet van Stallduinen.
Construction Tips and Comments from builders of this kite.
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P E A C E Last Modified Aug 1996
Buck Childers (email@example.com)