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Title: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: Svolazzo on June 28, 2010, 04:18 PM
I wasn' able to resist and I started to sew my first two kites  ;D
I choose to build the Vortex by Christian Derefat in the STD and UL version. The STD is framed P200 and P300 as LE, spine and US are Excel 6mm, LS are 5PT, turbo bridle and 20gr weight according with the project, reinforcements in Mylar 75gr. The UL is framed P90 as LE, spine Structil 6mm, US Structil 5mm, LS 3PT, turbo bridle and weight 12gr, reinforcements in Mylar 60gr.
And now let's fly the Vortex.
Here are some pics of the building I'd like to share, the STD is the purple one and the UL is the yellow.
A new building is already in progress, so stay tuned  ;)

Paolo.

(http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/3421/2797906170105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2797906170105122638Mvkbue)

(http://inlinethumb52.webshots.com/28979/2291442700105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2291442700105122638AtVePL)

(http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/45209/2086603500105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2086603500105122638ejbyWP)

(http://inlinethumb56.webshots.com/46967/2390134270105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2390134270105122638oulJCa)

(http://inlinethumb56.webshots.com/44663/2120782990105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2120782990105122638DJfXuF)

(http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/46959/2633577760105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2633577760105122638DIpEZL)

(http://inlinethumb08.webshots.com/1543/2499330350105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2499330350105122638bJEuvm)

(http://inlinethumb49.webshots.com/45680/2409985980105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2409985980105122638juDLki)

(http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/44874/2993561380105122638S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2993561380105122638FAdHnm)


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: tpatter on June 28, 2010, 04:22 PM
Very nice looking - how long does a project like this one take?

I can't wait to see them fly.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: art on June 28, 2010, 04:38 PM
The color combos look great and the close ups of the workmanship is stunning. I also hope you post some pics in flight.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: Svolazzo on June 28, 2010, 04:50 PM
Tom, it's hard to say as I didn't marked all the working time, however working 4 hours every day (or night) I'd say a week but they were my very first buidings so I think that with some more experience time could be less. Consider that in the begining you have also to print the plan and make the templates for the sail, for that the best way is to print everything in A0 size to have sharper references. Besides you have to make templates for the nose and all the dacron shields, and some references and measurements about the bridle and the frame. All these things are time consuming in the first buiding but you don't have to replicate them for the following.

Paolo.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: fidelio on June 28, 2010, 05:38 PM
Bravo!


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: Will Sturdy on June 28, 2010, 06:38 PM
Outstanding! Very nice looking ;D


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: KaoS on June 29, 2010, 12:32 AM
Good to see someone else using yellow, black and grey in a sport kite.  ;D

(http://www.ozfeathers.com.au/kaos/pics/vortex.jpg)

Nice work Paolo!


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: benjai on June 29, 2010, 02:20 AM
They look really nice. Well done Paolo.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: RobB on June 29, 2010, 04:13 AM
Paolo,
Congratulations... Great job ! That's a big inspiration to me to go out and buy a sewing machine... This is your first kite project ? Even if it's not, very impressive.
So, is this a start of a new career ? With the amount of time that you spent on those, it makes it easy to understand why a good kite costs $300-$500 (US).
I'll be interested to hear your flying impressions, and what's the next build going to be...
~Rob.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: DWayne on June 29, 2010, 01:42 PM
Very nice indeed. You said these were your first sails, but I'm guessing this wasn't your first time sewing.  ::)

Denny


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: Svolazzo on June 29, 2010, 05:35 PM
Thanks for all your kind words, I appreciate very much your fine comments and I very happy you like so much my work  :) :)

Rob, no it isn't a new career, I already have a job: I'm a dentist. The title of the topic was just for fun. I spent a lot of time maybe just because those were my very first buildings, I'm sure that with some more experience working time could get shorter.

Denny, maybe it could sound strange, but this has been the first time I sewed something. What can have helped me could have been a great experience (more than 30 years) in hobby modeling and my real job (read above): doing those things you absolutely must have a great control of your hands, don't you think so?  ;)

Paolo.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: mikenchico on June 29, 2010, 07:14 PM
Those look great.

Can I ask what methods you used? Taped seams, glue stick or another method? Did you hot cut or cold cut? And as always asked over on Kite Builder, what did you learn?

I haven't really studied Christians plans but from what I've heard they are pretty complete. Did you find any other websites helpful with your first attempt?

I ask all this because new builders often come up with the most unique solutions since they bring different skills and knowledge into the process, we can all learn from a new builder, as much as they might learn from us older "Stuck in a rut" builders.

I'm sure your speed will increase, first builds always require a lot of "Think Time". So much that we have a "thinking" couch in our workshop for just that purpose & a drawing pad sits close by to sketch out ideas.



Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: RobB on June 29, 2010, 07:36 PM
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Rob, no it isn't a new career, I already have a job: I'm a dentist. The title of the topic was just for fun. I spent a lot of time maybe just because those were my very first buildings, I'm sure that with some more experience working time could get shorter.
I was just kidding about making it a new career. I think most guidance counselers would advise against it, anyway. But then again, I've been at my job for 23 years, I would welcome a career change at this point.  ;D


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: JimB on June 29, 2010, 07:52 PM
Paolo.

They both look great.

Thanks for letting us see them.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: chilese on June 29, 2010, 07:54 PM
The black/yellow/grey is beautiful and your workmanship is excellent.  :)


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: Svolazzo on June 30, 2010, 08:44 AM
Those look great.

Can I ask what methods you used? Taped seams, glue stick or another method? Did you hot cut or cold cut? And as always asked over on Kite Builder, what did you learn?

Thanks for your comments, I used stick glue to keep parts together before sewing, and hot cut just because it seems easier and faster to me.
I found some tutorial on the net, but most of all I followed several times the Jest of Eve kites channel to see from live the whole building process, just because I think that seeing the real thing is better than 1000 words.

I haven't really studied Christians plans but from what I've heard they are pretty complete. Did you find any other websites helpful with your first attempt?
I ask all this because new builders often come up with the most unique solutions since they bring different skills and knowledge into the process, we can all learn from a new builder, as much as they might learn from us older "Stuck in a rut" builders.

Yes I found Christian's plans pretty complete with almost all the informations needed, what I added or modified came from observing my other kites and by my own ideas.

I'm sure your speed will increase, first builds always require a lot of "Think Time". So much that we have a "thinking" couch in our workshop for just that purpose & a drawing pad sits close by to sketch out ideas.

I absolutely agree with you on this, it's exactly what happened to me.

Paolo.


Title: Re: New sailmaker Svolazzo
Post by: stucm89 on June 30, 2010, 02:33 PM
These are great looking kites! I've built an Organic, and I'm building a Vortex now. Good work for a first time build, and I think Mark from Jest of Eve would be a good person to learn from for sure!