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The following are responses I have recieved from the network about the Twisty Tube Plan and their results and modifications.

Many thanks to all who have replied.

Peter en Marleen Simons <info@simonstuinenboomzorg.nl> on Thu, 23 Jan 2003 [photo]
At last, I started to build the Twisty Tube variant. Its not yet been finished, but I remebered your "test" with the vacuum cleaner to see if the design works. And it does...

Peter Simons

Anthony's Reply... I like the way you inserted a flat 'ribbon' between the lobes of the tube. Very smart looking.


Peter en Marleen Simons <info@simonstuinenboomzorg.nl> in Sun, 12 Aug 2012
After unfinished in the cabinet for years today the first flight took place of the twisted tube tail variation we have discussed earlier. Here is an unedited video, I just wanted you to share the result. Maybe I should change the inlet to have it twisting more regularly. Anyway; just have a look!

YouTube Video

Anthony's Reply... I Think it needs to be longer to stop it flapping so much, and thus stopping it twisting around.


Peter en Marleen Simons <info@simonstuinenboomzorg.nl> in Sun, 12 Aug 2012
Geez, did I make this tube 9 years ago?! Time flies when having ehh... kids...

You're right that a longer tail would turn smoother. The wind was horrible that day, the (box) kite went up and down and so the tail did. Not a suitable situation for an impressive demonstration. I will test the tail in more steady wind. Perhaps I should add some length: the first windings will sure be in the turbulence zone just behind the air inlet. They do not contribute the spinning force.

The swivel is OK, I suspect the turbulent wind conditions caused this performance.

To be continued, earlier than 9 years ;-)


amand <amand@01019freenet.de> on Thu, 23 Jan 2003 [photo]
I'm a kiteflyer from germany an found your tube tail plans a long time ago at your website. But at the beginning of this year I got the idea to build my own one. first - to study how it works - I built one from faric of an old nylon tent. the result was satisfying me.

The next step was to build a 3 colour double twisted bulge tube. the result is a very nice tube tail which loooks very well in the air.

Thank you very much for offering the plan to use.

Much windy greatings from germany


Again many thanks to all who have followed this plan and responded. Especially those which included any hints and tips they found while building.

-- Anthony Thyssen.


Created: 11 December 2000
Updated: 13 August 2012
Author: Anthony Thyssen, <anthony@cit.gu.edu.au>