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Zeeko Spitfire foil

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Created by warwickl 1 month ago, 17 Mar 2017
warwickl
NSW, 710 posts
17 Mar 2017 5:40PM
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Wet weather is getting the best of me so looking a bit ahead.
Next session will be number 6 for me on SS 24 in school gear.
I like the sound of the Spitfire with back foot pressure and coming from strapless surfboard kiting how would this be in the next level of learning.
Is the Spitfire difficult for learning?

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
17 Mar 2017 5:52PM
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warwickl said..
Wet weather is getting the best of me so looking a bit ahead.
Next session will be number 6 for me on SS 24 in school gear.
I like the sound of the Spitfire with back foot pressure and coming from strapless surfboard kiting how would this be in the next level of learning.
Is the Spitfire difficult for learning?


The Spitfire has a smaller range of movement to control pitch than the Zeeko Green&White. So more sensitive and lively.
this takes some relearning for those somewhat into their foils learning adventure.
for beginners as a first foil, the debate is about would they notice the difference and just learn at same rate? Or not.

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
17 Mar 2017 6:25PM
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And for those trying to message me re Zeeko gear. I will reply when I can access my messages.
have emails telling me of messages but can't access.

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
17 Mar 2017 6:28PM
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And Alloy series Zeeko Hydrofoil are now available with KF box and Tuttle/deep Tuttle

warwickl
NSW, 710 posts
17 Mar 2017 10:03PM
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What is the weight of the Spitfire foil?

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
18 Mar 2017 7:09AM
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About 3.8kg

warwickl
NSW, 710 posts
19 Mar 2017 9:54PM
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Videos not working.
Plus a larger Spitfire version seems to be coming?
Is the current front wing a little on the small side?

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
20 Mar 2017 8:34AM
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Don't know why no video.
Spitfire lift is same as Green&White. Any new wings will be to emulate the Carver wing.

bigtone667
NSW, 674 posts
20 Mar 2017 8:13PM
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I am assuming front wing will remain unchanged and only the rear wing will get larger.

But having said that, I rode the spitfire and zeeko/carver yesterday in similar conditions with a 9m kite and they both have excellent lift at low speeds. The carver combination still works at a lower speed than the spitfire.

Still haven't figured which carves/turns better.

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
20 Mar 2017 9:32PM
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May not be safe to assume that only front wing will change. As both wings lift, changing one will effect balance.

juandesooka
65 posts
22 Mar 2017 3:06AM
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RAL INN said..
May not be safe to assume that only front wing will change. As both wings lift, changing one will effect balance.


I am intrigued by the canard capabilities: 1) easier turning, 2) less wipeouts when front wing breaches. I haven't yet ridden a spitfire, I am hoping to demo one this summer. In the meantime, I've seen one and my plan is to turn my fuselage around and carve a couple wings with similar profile out of g10 ... I'd call them a copy, but they will no doubt be such a botched franken-job that it would be disrespect to say so!

I am going to carve the wings 20% larger, to see if that helps with the low wind take off and slow speed stall potential. However, I won't have anything to compare to, until I also carve a normal size wing or try an actual spitfire.

In layout out my templates last night, I scaled up both main wing and front wing 20%, but the front one looked way too big. So now I've scaled the back one 20% and front one 10% ... so I will be able to report if this caused a balance issue soon.

I figure the nice thing about going bigger....I can always carve them down, but once too small, that's it.

Bletti
WA, 110 posts
23 Mar 2017 8:38AM
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Any idea when the larger spitfire wing(s) will come out? I wouldn't mind if it was a single larger rear wing and the centre of lift shifted back a tiny bit.

RAL INN
VIC, 2108 posts
23 Mar 2017 3:45PM
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Bletti said..
Any idea when the larger spitfire wing(s) will come out? I wouldn't mind if it was a single larger rear wing and the centre of lift shifted back a tiny bit.


No but knowing Nico anything can happen anytime

Fly on da wall
WA, 430 posts
24 Mar 2017 9:44AM
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warwickl said..
Wet weather is getting the best of me so looking a bit ahead.
Next session will be number 6 for me on SS 24 in school gear.
I like the sound of the Spitfire with back foot pressure and coming from strapless surfboard kiting how would this be in the next level of learning.
Is the Spitfire difficult for learning?


Warwick, when you go from the 24 inch mast to the 30inch solo mast it gets easier and is a lot more forgiving to ride. The 34.5 inch mast feels a lot different to ride again with just a dive of the kite and lift your front knee for a second then your away and have a lot more height to use for keeping board height correct for the conditions. No where near as sensitive as the 24inch touch and go. The shorter the mast the more sensitive it is to control the height.
Hope this helps!



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