|KMS - Kite Reel, Version 2
The Next Generation
by Karsten M. Schneymann, Germany
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The picture to the right shows the complete kite reel system.
Reels can be switched by twisting off the flat centre knob (turn counter-clockwise). Gently pull off the reel from the spindle. Choose the needed reel and set it on to the spindle while aligning the ‘interacting’ parts of reel and spindle. Then put the centre knob back in place by twisting it on the centre thread.
|#1: Kite Reel Set|
The main woodwork of the frame is the same as for the single-reel system. Still there is a T- and L-handle, as is the reinforcement of the middle section. The spindle mount has been modified and the L-handle now is aluminum covered.
The dia.10mm centre thread is welded-on to the (black colored) flat steel, that in turn is bolted to the hub, along with the small wooden disc. When mounting a reel on the spindle, the flat steel rod needs to be lined up with counterparting deepenings inside the reel. This construction prevents the reel from twisting around at the spindle when the drum brake is applied.
In picture #6 you can just see the hook-shaped tip of the brake lever.
For clarification picture #7 shows the spindle separated from the frame. While kiting
the break lever has to be pulled towards your body to apply the drum brake. Looking at
the picture that means the hook-shaped tip needs to be pulled downwards.
|#2: frame front|
|#3: frame back|
|#5: spindle side view|
|#6: middle section|
What is a comfortable size of a kite reel can be discussed for hours, if not for days. To me it means it should fit into a large sports bag, together with all the other equipment that a kite enthusiast carries around.
Using this reel as the main reel means that it is going to be used most. Usually I try to have at least three kites up in the air at the same time. If winds are good I try for more, sometimes I even make it up to ten kites. At least five of them provide about the same drag. When it comes to bring down the kites in a hurry the reel has to withstand the forces of several kite lines wound in under tension – a real hard quest for the core!
The tank of an old garden sprayer (handheld compression type, made from polyethylene plastic, definitely waterproof, even chemical resistant!) was cut to receive a nicely shaped ring (see picture #11). Circular deepenings at the inner sides of the disks provide support to the ring to prevent deformation due to tensioned kite lines.
Easy to see that the knobs used here are skateboard wheels. (For the pro’s of you: No brand name, but ABEC 5’s; still an overkill for my needs.) These wheel-knobs add considerable weight to the reel, so they had to be placed as exact as possible.
Picture #1 shows the reel with five separate 100m-length’s of 30kg and 40kg kite line on it. The maximum capacity still is unknown. I believe it is somewhere between 1200m to 1500m.
|#8: outer disk inner side|
|#9: inner disk inner side|
|#10: inner disk outer side|
|#11: core upright|
|#12: large reel front view
||#13: large reel side view
||#14: large reel back view|
|#15: bolts & nuts|
|#16: small reel|
Materials used here are the same as for the earlier built single-reel system, except where otherwise stated.
As you will have realized, this new kite reel system indeed does have
a drum brake. But the brake lever is difficult to reach and very uncomfortable to use.
Unfortunately the given lever can not be easily removed without damage. Up to
now this part of the construction is incomplete. Until today I could not make up my mind
on how to build and where to position a good functioning lever mechanism...