At the worst Turtle, if it doesn't tighten up from the inside you could add a light weight circle/ring around the outside of the 5 points of each hexagon to stiffen things up in that plane, but doing this also makes the whole kite heavier.
Hmm looking at things in a slightly different way, you could just create 12 circles (icosidodecahedron), cover them and join them together so that the connections between them create the triangles without any extra weight. The surface area of each 'side' goes from being the area of a pentagon within a circle to the area of the circle itself so you'd get a larger total surface area over all 12 sides, without including any other triangles. You just put cloth over each circle and leave reinforced holes at 5 equal points around the circumference so that you can just use zip ties to connect all 12 circular panels together, semi permanently, without using one triangular filler panel.
I meant to call you out in the last post for your thoughts and ideas. Reading my mind again!?
So those are interesting ideas for variations on the frame! Alas, the kites I have seen with circle & arc frames all use carbon rods and those are not in my budget.
Besides cost, my 'big idea' here has been to have the frame be the edges of either a Platonic solid or an Archimedian solid. One possible method to forestall the floppiness in some of the forms would be to make my connectors rigid by using aluminum tubing. The problem here is again cost, as well as the difficulty (that I perceive) in bending the connectors to the correct angles.
While trussing up the new kite is challenging -if not daunting- I will persevere. I know it works from the Flymaxion™, so seems reasonable to think it will work again. I was thinking maybe starting with fixed-length lines for a mockup, and maybe for the final if it works well.
On the sliding adjusters, small buttons were suggested to me rather than the metal washers. Will report back on that in a turtle's rush.
I took the kites to the beach again and successfully flew the Flyoctadron™. It urns out to be an 'active' flyer, by which I mean that in a steady wind it flies steady, but if the wind gusts or you tug the line a'sudden the kite rolls and dives and darts about. After a few crashes, I figured out that I could recover from dives by slacking the line with a step forward or extending my arm. I only had 50' of line, but I could tell this kite will take whatever line you give it.
So yeah, Flyoctadron™ is a great active flyer.
Edited by Turtle, 27 September 2017 - 08:24 PM.