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Something about the Cody box kites that has always intrigued me.  I think they look awesome. Named after Samuel Cody, who is famous for his work with large kites, some used by the British military in world war one for artillery observation.  He may have also been one of the very first 'kite boaters' as he successfully used one of his kites to cross the English channel pulling a boat.  I have a smallish 'Spirit of Air' cody that was relatively cheap at around $80AU, but you get what you pay for and I wouldn't really recommend it.  It's not the most stable flyer and I had to unpick and re-sew one of the seams that overran into another panel - not great QC.

HQ make a bigger, much more complex version.  If you don't mind messing around with quite a few spars, it would probably make a good lifter or kap platform.  Certainly a stunning looking kite.

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Cody

This cody, made according to the standards of Lutz Treczoks, is a friend for life.

Superior workmanship and made of the finest materials, this Cody rocks.

This classic kite performs best in medium to higher winds. Our 35er Cody with top-sail is especially suitable to hauling up all kinds of line laundry as a result of the strong lift it develops. 

rec. accessories: groundstake, windturbines.

Width 260 cm / 102"
Height 120 cm / 120"
Sail Nylon
Frame Carbon 3 + 6 + 8 mm
Line rec., 90-145 kp / 200-320 lb.
Wind 2-6 Bft. (6-49 km/h, 4-31 mph)
Age + 14
 

There's also some nice video of it flying too - looks like it flys at a nice high angle and pretty stable too.  Skip through the German intro/review to the last bit of assembly and flying at 3:30ish

 

Found a bit of a review on it from issue 104 of The Kiteflyer:

This Cody has a third sail on the top to aid stability but we found that the tensioning line which had to held in place by trapping the knot in it between the front support stay and its retaining clip was not very satisfactory as the slightest jar seemed to knock it out. Our friend Michael from Solent Kite Fliers came to the rescue here by dispensing with this line and tying off a new one on a permanent basis. The first time we launched the Cody was at Weymouth. With medium pull it rose swiftly and smoothly in to the air. It immediately started a procession of admirers and a list of questions to be answered along with a few interesting anecdotes about grandfathers’ involvements. I raised a few “oohs” and ”aahs” when I gave it lots of slack an let fly around and then recover on its own. At Middle Wallop we even had some of the ‘power boys’ interested. With an easy to adjust bridle to alter the trim if you need, this will be an excellent lifter kite and we will be using it to show off all sorts of line laundry. Treczoks Cody is just one of a number of large kites we will be reviewing but it is so relaxing and such a joy to fly that when Ben asks for it back – I’m going to swear blind that I lost it! 

Priced at US $298.95.  

Edited by jhn.holgate

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Thanks for that John, I've always found Cody's fascinating myself and while I think they are beautiful, they seem like something that requires too much fuss with so many pieces. I'm more of a get it together and in the air, which is one reason I was drawn to foils to start with. With all of that aside, I am STILL intrigued and excited that a major manufacturer is making one, as all the one's I've seen have been hand made... coolness.

 

Thanks for that review!

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Another huge fan of the Cody!!:D

 

They look awesome, even sitting on the ground.

 

Biggest drool over a Cody was one year when I arrived at the Adelaide kite fest, and in the few days before they had an international kite maker run a course and a number of the Adelaide crew made little 30-40cm Codys. :crybaby:

 

I really need to learn to sew.

Edited by nigel

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On 6/20/2015 at 10:56 AM, jhn.holgate said:

This Cody has a third sail on the top to aid stability but we found that the tensioning line which had to held in place by trapping the knot in it between the front support stay and its retaining clip was not very satisfactory

I have recently purchased the same type referred to "HQ Invento" (Treczoks Cody) and the topsail stay has a worse problem now. There is a thin support spar that attaches to a fitting on the mid wing, however the tension on this arrangement distorts the trailing edge of the mid-wing very badly! (in both cells) If any reader has advice on this I'd really appreciate it rather than me having to return the kite to the seller.

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On 05/04/2018 at 10:47 AM, skyblue said:

I have recently purchased the same type referred to (Treczoks Cody) and the topsail stay has a worse problem now. There is a thin support spar that attaches to a fitting on the mid wing, however the tension on this arrangement distorts the trailing edge of the mid-wing very badly! If any reader has advice on this I'd really appreciate it rather than me having to return the kite to the seller.

Can you post a video or photo?

 

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Hi Jason, here's a .jpg image... enlarge it for the best view. If the kite was flown in this condition the mid sections would be collapsed even further so it's an expensive  DNF (does not fly) kite at the moment!  :-(

 

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A couple of weeks on from my photo post and I have received zero support from the manufacturer. Not even a reply to two emails sent to them by their dealer!

Given the situation I'd strongly advise anyone not to buy the product if they want to avoid a huge disappointment.

 

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Sorry to hear there is no reply from HQ.

I'd keep at them, pester them long enough and they should get back to you.

 

There was one of these Cody's at the Rosebud kite fest, it was rock solid in the swirly 15 knot winds we had.

So I am quite sure there will be a fix, or some help available.

Might even be worth contacting HQ USA??

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@nigelThanks nigel, it's pain when a well-known mfr doesn't reply. I've emailed the dealer again just in case an email has gone astray.

I saw a T-C last week up high and it looked great, "nailed to the sky" even in a blustery 12 knot wind, so I know the potential is there.

Good idea, I'll give HQ USA a go.

 

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It took almost 3 months to get a reply from HQ.

I had forgotten about my enquiry (looking for a Quad line "Piggy") when the email finally turned up it was a negative response to any old stock anyway.  

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@Chook  Putting it mildly...That doesn't seem to be the best way to encourage business! :-(

I just don't understand HQ policy. A quick reply with regrets and a pointer to something similar might have made you a customer.

 

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