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Title: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: Michel on November 21, 2012, 09:28 AM
Hi all,

I have to replace the nose of my Synchro.

The nose is built with spinnaker... and is a bit damaged...

How is yours ?

Do you think that I could replace the nose by Dacron or do you recommand to keep spinnaker (less weight but more fragile) ?

I have read too into the “Synchro I instructions” :

"The SYNCHRO is not reinforced (leading edges, nose, etc.) like many kites, in order to reduce weight and to increase performance. Therefore, it will not tolerate aggresive flying, rugh handling, ground drags, etc. without wear ans possible damage.

NOTE : SYNCHRO II does have some reinforcement, has a higher wind range, and is more tolerant, but take care should  be exercised”.


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Who knows where are the Synchro II reinforcement ?

Thanks in advance for your advices.


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose
Post by: thief on November 21, 2012, 09:47 AM
Michel:
how did you wear it out?   Are you going to wear the next one out in the same way?   
As in.....did you drag it around on its nose for a bit and will you do that again?

I would definitely say put ripstop back on there....keep the weight down........


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose
Post by: Michel on November 21, 2012, 10:05 AM
Hi Thief,

My Synchro is a second hand, but very nice kite.

The nose has a damage (a very little hole) on the back of the sail but I wish to make a very very clean repair.  :)

How is your Synchro nose Thief ? Spinnaker too ?


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: thief on November 21, 2012, 10:52 AM
ahh.....
i do not have one.....i would not do it justice!!!!


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: mikenchico on November 21, 2012, 03:52 PM
You could split the difference and use the 1.5 oz Dacron used on leading edges in SUL/UL's, you would hardly know the weight difference on that small of a piece and would gain considerable wear resistance over .75 oz.



Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: zippy8 on November 21, 2012, 04:18 PM
You could split the difference and use the 1.5 oz Dacron

HERETIC !!!!  :-[

Sort of the point of the Synchro is the ob-ob-ob-ob-sessive pursuit of low weight. Slapping some everyday, run-of-the-mill Dacron™ on it is bordering on defacement. I feel the need to break out an image I've used before to illustrate things that can be done but really should not:-

(http://assets.carbuzz.co.uk/blog/Ferrari+tow+bar.jpg)
Don't make me spell it out.

It deserves an appropriately low weight repair. With P31 Icarex™ at that.

Mike.


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: Michel on November 21, 2012, 04:57 PM

Sort of the point of the Synchro is the ob-ob-ob-ob-sessive pursuit of low weight. [...]

You're certainly right Mike but why are the sail standoffs connectors of my Synchro (and perhaps yours too) in metal ?  :D


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: zippy8 on November 21, 2012, 05:05 PM
You're certainly right Mike but why are the sail standoffs connectors of my Synchro (and perhaps yours too) in metal ?  :D
Plastic was considered inferior, clearly  ;)

The build details of the Synchro are old. Like really old. And the press-stud fastener as a stand off connector was one of those ideas. Changing it would need some trailing edge surgery that I'm not prepared to undertake so they stay on mine.

Mike.


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: ae on November 22, 2012, 06:06 PM

Sort of the point of the Synchro is the ob-ob-ob-ob-sessive pursuit of low weight.

Hehe, wait till Michel gets his hands on a certain other kite. :)


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: thief on November 23, 2012, 07:13 AM

Sort of the point of the Synchro is the ob-ob-ob-ob-sessive pursuit of low weight.

Hehe, wait till Michel gets his hands on a certain other kite. :)
Has Michel ordered one?


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: kiteguy on November 24, 2012, 05:13 PM
Herb Weldon of Synchro passed a couple weeks ago.
We have lost several outstanding kite builders this past year.   :'(


Title: Re: Herb Weldon Synchro nose repair
Post by: kiteslinger on November 25, 2012, 06:32 AM
 :(