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 on: Today at 11:28 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by sugarbaker
of course I have a day off today... and not a speck of wind!  not a single shiver of a blade of grass.  Maybe later this afternoon.

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 on: Today at 07:08 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by swissfish
If your problem is the 5mm, ship me the kite, I happen to have some available  Roll Eyes

 3 
 on: Today at 05:42 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by Tim P.
Oh wow, that is gorgeous!
Beautiful kite, nice job!  Definitely need some in-flight pics or even a video.

 4 
 on: Today at 04:45 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by JJF6
I have to agree with this post,

I fly in Brisbane, Australia, I have a very large kite collection from mainstream to custom kites.

The world is changing, the next generation of people live within the walls of computers, the concept of leaving there world to another place is foreign to them.

Reality and the pleasures that come from that are not appreciated with the next generation - In my opinion!!

I have flown alone now for about 10 years, my skill has improved immensely, love my kites!!

Cheers
Keith

 5 
 on: Today at 04:23 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by stapp59
You always do nice work Steve and this is another fine build  Cool

 6 
 on: Today at 01:57 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by SparkieRob
Great colour choice! I like that s lot.


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 7 
 on: Today at 12:01 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by chilese
That's a fine looking Monster.

Air shots soon? (hint, hint)

 8 
 on: Yesterday at 11:23 PM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by sugarbaker
Well,  it finally came down to me wanting a monster more than the video equipment I intended to acquire to film the construction.  Originally my thoughts were that I would document the entire build with dialogue and close ups of film.  That being said, I was never happy with the level of production I was able to achieve and so I have thrown in the towel on this particular project. 

The result is a fine kite (minus an upper spreader right now, as I find I'm out of 5mm carbon... which is now on order).  I can add this to the stack of kites I've built but yet to fly!

Some notes on the design:
Should you build this kite, beware the mylar panels.  If your stitches are too close together, it will just tear a hole in the mylar sections.
The frame of this kite is great... the lower spreaders, upper leading edges and lower leading edges can all be cut to 73mm.  I set a stop block on my DIY spar cutter and just cut away (6 spars all the same length)
3pt bridle is just the right dimension so that a keeper line is not needed to prevent tail wraps. 
Hopefully "imitation" really is the higher form of flattery.  If you look close at the kites I build, you'll see the clear influences of my favorite builders (Paul Shirey, Ken McNeill, Lam Hoac, to name a few).

Frame is:
3pt leading edges
5pt black diamond lower spreaders
5pt spine
5mm upper spreader (on order)
approx 12 grams weight in the tail
leech line



And more related to another thread (the "which part of kite making do you like the least" thread), here is a shot of the nose.  The nose, being close to the last thing I do on the sail, always presents one last step for me to mess up!  This nose has a mylar sail re-enforcement, along with a dacron pocket in the rear for the spine.  The dacron pocket is lined with 'moonie tape', as i find this helps the spine slide in easily and keeps the dacron from splitting over time. 


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 on: Yesterday at 08:32 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Tim P.
Tricking is more for the flyer. It doesn't lend itself well to attracting the uninitiated. The ones that can mainly appreciate the skills involved in tricking are other kite flyers, who have a sense of what is required. Ours is a visual sport, for onlookers. The bigger and more elegant the visual, the better for spectators. Way back in '86 when I was flying for Kitty Hawk Kites, the ones that ALWAYS drew the appreciative crowds was a stack of Peter Powells with the long tube tails. The Hawaiians were loud and buzzy and precise. Folks would stop and watch for a few minutes and move on. The Flexifoil stacks would drag us up the dunes at Jockey's Ridge. They'd scare off the older folks and attract the younger, until they learned how much they cost. The Peter Powell stacks and tails never failed to draw a crowd of all ages. Folks would just stare, mesmerized. They were a HUGE visual, filling the sky with their graceful, easy to follow patterns. Everyone could follow along, understand and appreciate.

If you're looking to draw a crowd, get some appreciative onlookers and generate interest, then big colorful stacks of kites with tails are the ticket.

But sometimes you just got to fly for yourself and not care what anyone else thinks. Which is most of the time for me.  Grin

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 on: Yesterday at 05:07 PM 
Started by bplant - Last post by tcope
Agree with both of those. I once made an outdoor rev without the screen and it did not fly smoothly.

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