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Title: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: HiNator86 on January 09, 2019, 05:51 AM
I'm getting into kite building. I was wondering if anyone has done a colored leading edge?
If so, what material did you use?

Thanks
Nator


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: Krijn on January 09, 2019, 08:15 AM
Dacron is available in every color.

I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

But luckily everyone has got different taste, so good luck.
But I will stay with black (maybe I will use grey sometime).


Krijn


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: HiNator86 on January 09, 2019, 10:11 AM
do you know a good supply place to get some?

Nator


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: thief on January 09, 2019, 10:50 AM
black and white dacron here from Phil: https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/dacron-tape (https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/dacron-tape) and blue too: https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/texlon-40oz-dacron (https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/texlon-40oz-dacron)


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: riffclown on January 09, 2019, 12:52 PM
I've done a few using Red back when Flymarket had a supply of that color.. I am very pleased with the results.. I use white all the time. Really gives a nice contrast when flying low to the ground. I prefer White over black simply because it sets my kites apart from the typical. You can also see though the white to deal with the spars enclosed within.


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: riffclown on January 09, 2019, 01:02 PM
and another few.


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: HiNator86 on January 10, 2019, 04:24 PM
those are cool!! Thanks! I may have to do that!!

Thanks
Nator


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: Lee S on January 10, 2019, 08:20 PM
In the "old days" there were several kite makers who rolled the sail material into a spar pocket, so it was exactly the same as the rest of the kite. Search pictures of Peter Betancourt kites. John Chilese has many good pictures.


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: REVflyer on January 11, 2019, 03:24 AM
we've used that assembly process (rolled over sail for the leading edge) w/"no sew" sport kite projects made entirely of a single skin of icarex, you have to reinforce specific areas with grosgrain or Dacron patches BEFORE finishing and I highly recommend 3M's 9460 VHB adhesive too.  It doesn't have to be "craft ironed", simply weighted-down overnight is sufficient.

Flown quads built this way for 3,000 hrs, the fabric directly next to the seam fails eventually, but never the taped bond!


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: Michel on January 16, 2019, 05:53 AM
I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

+ 1.

Here one of the 6 North Shore Radical full white limited serie built by Patricia Tabor.

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/mini_190116025248634002.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116025248634002.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: HiNator86 on January 16, 2019, 06:36 AM
Cool! Thanks for the pictures and the info. As I get more into building I'll try some different techniques out!

Thanks
Nator

P.S. More input is always good. Keep it coming!


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: Michel on January 16, 2019, 07:49 AM

I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

Yellow or orange Leading Edges are not so ugly IMHO.  ;)

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/190116044756108635.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116044756108635.jpg.html)

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/190116044511400332.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116044511400332.jpg.html)


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: midibot on January 16, 2019, 07:51 AM
I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

+ 1.

Here one of the 6 North Shore Radical full white limited serie built by Patricia Tabor.

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/mini_190116025248634002.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116025248634002.jpg.html)

That is one eye-popping NSR. With upgraded or more modern fittings, as well.

Beauty.

.


Title: Re: Colored Leading Edge Material
Post by: HiNator86 on January 16, 2019, 09:04 AM

I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

Yellow or orange Leading Edges are not so ugly IMHO.  ;)

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/190116044756108635.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116044756108635.jpg.html)

(https://nsa40.casimages.com/img/2019/01/16/190116044511400332.jpg) (https://www.casimages.com/i/190116044511400332.jpg.html)

Count me in on these looking nice with the colored LE!! ;D