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 on: Today at 11:34 AM 
Started by voodoo_joe - Last post by skb
Some Dacron Insignia Tape to repair rips in the leading edge's mesh.
I've found that it starts to go after a year or so of regular flying, no matter how carefully you fold the kite back up.

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 on: Today at 11:22 AM 
Started by voodoo_joe - Last post by Allen Carter
Good advice above from very experienced folks.

I'm the opposite. A total Rev hack. After years of flying Quad every now and then I still don't have great control and beat up my kites pretty good. Bungies and washers stretch and wear over time, but I mainly know this from buying a lot of used Revs and seeing the condition of these parts after many previous owner hours. I've only ever broken end caps and bungies (which were very old) when flying on hard surfaces and landing with little or no control repeatedly. Never broken a spar, even in way too much wind.

Compared to most dual line kites, Revs are practically bullet proof. This is partly due to good design and materials (Rev carbon is top notch) but also due to the style of flying. Less yank and spank and more speed control than with duallies.

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 on: Today at 10:39 AM 
Started by dragonfish - Last post by Michel
[...] In other words, it depends on how the cloth is coated.  Some cheaper cloths are only coated on one side.  Increasingly these days, cloth is coated both sides

Icarex is coated both sides ?  Thanks

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 on: Today at 08:51 AM 
Started by dragonfish - Last post by sews a lot

Challenge fabric is an excellent choice for kite making.
No need to concern yourself with "front or back".

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 on: Today at 07:46 AM 
Started by povlhp - Last post by Allen Carter
$169 for a new EXP in choice of colors from A Wind of Change is pretty hard to beat. Click on the link to the right ----->

The EXP is an excellent Rev. The high end kites have some advantages, but not really much for a first time flyer.

One of the huge differences between cheap quads (and Rev knock-offs) is the frame. Rev wrapped carbon rods are the best in the industry. Revolution carbon is one thing no one else offers and it's a big difference.


 6 
 on: Today at 07:25 AM 
Started by povlhp - Last post by thief
Bob Matteo has a Spirit Quad for sale in this thread....it will get you going!
http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=11964.0;topicseen

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 on: Today at 03:25 AM 
Started by Krijn - Last post by Kareloh
Like: Sewing the sail
Dislike: Centercross/tail dacron (always make mistakes there) and framing the ULE in combination with TAPA's.

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 on: Today at 03:22 AM 
Started by Krijn - Last post by stapp59
There were lots of little challenges and frustrations when I first started building kites.  After Ken's workshop, a good machine, and several dozen builds later, kites go together pretty smoothly now and there is something to learn from each one. It's gratifying to be able to create something appreciated by others.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:16 PM 
Started by dragonfish - Last post by KaoS
Yes... there is a shiny side and a dull side, the shiny side is the front.

No... both sides are equally shiny, either side can be used as the front.

In other words, it depends on how the cloth is coated.  Some cheaper cloths are only coated on one side.  Increasingly these days, cloth is coated both sides

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 on: Yesterday at 09:50 PM 
Started by dragonfish - Last post by dragonfish
I just received my first order of 3/4oz ripstop nylon kitemaking fabric.  I believe the brand is Challenge Sailcloth.  I can't really tell if there is a front side and a back side (or right side and wrong side?).  Is there a difference?  Does it matter?  Time to start experimenting with sewing this stuff soon. 

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