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 on: Yesterday at 06:16 PM 
Started by Bob D - Last post by OCPablo
Came back after being away entirely for over a decade... now there isn't a day a kite in not in the car.  Finding time can be hard, but a sweet hour can turn a whole day around.

 on: June 23, 2017, 05:33 PM 
Started by Bob D - Last post by glenn193

       GOOD FOR YOU. Grin

 on: June 23, 2017, 01:34 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Palmahnic

I've changed the standoffs reinforcements to better protect the connection to the sail, to my understanding. The plan instructs to double the standoffs icarex panel with a Mylar panel.  However, seeing as one of the standoffs sits right on the seam of than panel, I've made a reinforcement stencil that is much smaller than the whole panel but is wider, but I to better cover the entire area.

Because this is a standard version I've decided to double it with an identical strip of dacron.

As you can see by the picture, I've already marked the places for the standoffs when the sail was glued to the plan, as I did also for the APA positions, yo-yo stoppers and center T,  by drawing an indication line that points to those on a bit of masking tape, a little trick I learned from Krijn.

I also decided to alter the plans in the standoffs positions. I'm going to put the outer ones 2 cm inward and the inner 1cm outward. This correlates with experiments I've already done positioning the connecting APAs to the LS closer to each other. I will be using screw on standoff holders to try different settings, if I'm not happy with the initial results.

 on: June 23, 2017, 06:00 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Dolittle
Brilliant!  Thank you for your kind offer, fly market.  I am going through all of my kites and will make a list of what needs to be fixed.  If I can't figure out the repairs myself I will be in touch.  Smiley  J.

 on: June 23, 2017, 05:42 AM 
Started by Bob D - Last post by Bob D
Ron Graziano I'm not. Since moving to upstate NY 5 years ago I haven't flown as much. I'm cycling more and flying less. But I still love it. I found a nice field 40 minutes away so it's a bit of a drive. Yesterday the winds were from the SW at 8 mph off the Mohawk River so it was a nice smooth breeze. The conditions couldn't get much better than that.

I brought my DS and Widow Maker Spider as sure fire trickable kites that I get along real with and my Fearless. I decided to fly my Fearless because it gets so little air time. The wind was a little light at times but the Fearless handles it well. I didn't have a great day because it's been so long and because the Fearless is harder for me to trick than the DS and the Widow Maker. Cascades took more work - more walking forward and yanking and spanking. Roll ups worked pretty well. Snap lazies were not bad because the Fearless likes rotational tricks. Slots were pretty good too. I never quite mastered Jacobs Ladders and it just wasn't clicking yesterday.

It might have been easier to fly the Widow Maker because it does everything for me. I like the DS second best but I have a harder time with rotations with it. In light wind I like the Exile or the Nirvana UL.

I have to make more time and get out more. Part of the problem is that I'm out of practice. Hard to believe but I couldn't remember how to flic-flac. Yesterday was nice because I remember how much I like the personality of different kites and just being outside on a nice day.

 on: June 23, 2017, 04:42 AM 
Started by np - Last post by Bodega Bay Flyer
Nice tribute video!!! I miss seeing him around!

 on: June 22, 2017, 07:20 PM 
Started by np - Last post by Ca Ike
Yea it is hard to believe.  He's still a part of our festivals as we have kept the candy drop going in his honor and he is always there in spirit at our fun flys.

 on: June 22, 2017, 04:19 PM 
Started by np - Last post by np
A tribute to the "Candyman"..........."Time to Fly". It's hard to believe it's already been five years since Jim passed.

 on: June 22, 2017, 11:51 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Fly Market
You could, of course, just send all the kites to Fly Market and we'll take care of the repairs. Parts, a nominal fee for the repairs (all depends on how much time it takes), and return shipping is all it will cost. Or if you want to DIY, we also sell calipers.

 on: June 22, 2017, 11:33 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Dolittle
Thank you for all the tips. 

My husband and I have met Elliot and Cath at flying smiles and they were extremely helpful with a few repairs last summer when we were at OBX.  I can't really go back to them until I've saved up enough to buy one of those beautiful Revolutions! They were so kind and I really owe them a pay back. Kiss

I know James at Sun Oak has been very helpful with replacing a couple of cross spars which he did for me last week.     

I will pick up a set of calipers and see what I can rig up. These little odd spars are really pesky--especially when they get dropped and lost.  Or one of my hq kites showed up from the store missing a piece.  I suppose I can put together a little order of random pieces and send in to fly market. I was just hoping somebody had a student home for the summer who loves to fix kites.  Oh, well.  Smiley

Thx again. J.

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