stunt kite bridling question

I recently built the 'Speedwing' and 'Standard 200' from the book
'Stunt Kites to Make and Fly.'  Both fly, but not as good as
the GX-3 from KiteLines magazine.  The Standard-200 has a tendency 
to fall from the sky when one line is pulled to quickly.  The
Speedwing flakes out when flown too far into the edge of the
wind, flipping over (!!!) and dropping to the ground.

The puzzling part is that they wouldn't climb until the bridle was
adjusted 2-3 inches above the position given in the book.

Any ideas or solutions?


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