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1.02x, 1.05x, and 1.08x Carbon Whirlwinds
Nominal spans ~104 to 112 inches (on paper, flat). The last 5.5mm carbon spars tested in the standard sized Whirlwind and Wildcard were excellent, but they turned out to be yet another discontinued size(!), so it looks like one way forward will be scaled-up versions of both kites using one of two currently available 5.5mm dia. carbon fiber tubes for the wing spars, with the risk that one of the two may be discontinued in the future. A third new prototype is in the full sized plan stage.
96% Size Carbon Whirlwind
~99.5in span (flat). A good flyer, this one will probably be developed further even if one of the scaled-up versions proves to be excellent. The next prototype will likely be the same size, but with scallops more closely proportioned to the original. Its advantage is that the 5mm carbon rods in its leading edges are almost unbreakable.
The nose angle is the same 100º used on all Whirlwinds. This prototype has the 60 inch radius of the Standard Whirlwind. To be exactly in proportion would require a radius of 57.6 inches, giving a slightly deeper scallop. The 5mm unidirectional carbon rods used for the leading edges are also used in the R6.
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The next Wildcard will be scaled up by the same factor chosen for the Whirlwind, namely over +2%, up to 5 or 6%, and have have 5.5mm carbon fiber tube wing spars.
One of the test kites, an early prototype, has proved to be the best Wildcard we have ever made, but unfortunately its carbon wing spar tubing is no longer made, and the Ramin hardwood used for the center spine and spreader strut is no longer available with the same quality it once had.
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