They are, but I would be 100% certain that they were exactly on spec when made.downunder wrote: a proof that all attachments are waaay off from the design
You don't believe lines shrink? Fortunately belief is not required for science, you have the proof in your hands. Maybe you would like to propose global warming had something to do with it?downunder wrote:OR the lines shrunk so badly (which I do not believe).
I would think it would distort the LE slightly in such a way the the fabric at that area could be more likely to flap.downunder wrote: the line a3 is shorter than designed that would fold the kite at the connection point.
The flysurfer measurements I believe are from the very end of the bridle to the other very end.downunder wrote:The question is how to measure ?
Really? that does not seem likely. Are they sewn to the LE? But anyway it is not necessary to take them off to measure.downunder wrote:We can't take the bridles off
May I suggest you just post your measurements as numbers rather than pictures of measuring tapes.
You can just add pigtails to correct the bridles. Use lighter line than the bridle and make the loops with an 8 knot. The strength of the line used when doubled into a loop should be slightly stronger than the bridle. FS usually lists the bridle material, i.e. strength, they used in the line plans.
With foil kites it is often done to just correct the bridles so they are all shrunk the same amount and not to original length.