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 on: Today at 01:18 PM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by Palmahnic
Rob, Rest assured that you can do the work on most machines. Pfaff and the like do make things a lot easier, especially in the heavy sections like the nose and tail. Mainly due to the walking foot that helps move material through the machine, but I have completed kites on much worse. I don't recommend it but I sewed two kites with a 25 year old Kenmore 14. Cry Bottom line is there is great joy in creating and building your own kites. Give it go!
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Two words : Brother Cs6000i, Le Quartz (technically four, but yeah well..)

Affordable beginners sewing machine with lots of fine tuning and different stitches, that is  highly recommended on Amazon, and comes also with a separate walking foot (similar to the IDT on the Pfaff). Does a very good job on kites, for me at least. And the Le Quartz has a step by step guide that teaches you all the basic techniques.

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 on: Today at 01:17 PM 
Started by HK-guy - Last post by asburyparkjohn
Although I am lucky with a beach it is still difficult. Most of the beach is lined with buildings and the only open beach to the west with no buildings in which 50% of the wind is generally from is a dog beach. It is cleared out after 8:30AM in the summer but in the off-season there is always 12-24 dogs in which one always likes to chase kites (occasionally). German Shepard, black dogs, whatever ...

Try to fly on short lines for a dual (50 feet) or quad. Sometimes I will go even 40 feet so not to interfere with many people.

They say learning tricks can be easier if the kite is IN but of course your REACTION time must be quicker which indirectly makes it difficult. 100 foot dual lines take up an ENORMOUS amount of area - particularly in a park.

Not everyone is blessed to be a great flyer. This could be due to lack of commitment, age, money to buy high end custom trick kites or zip code as we call here in the STATES.

IMO ... unless you are obsessed with flying it does not look good.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

APJ


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 on: Today at 12:20 PM 
Started by HK-guy - Last post by HK-guy
Oh about the Kite Festival at the Kai Tak Airport. That's just a special event 17 years ago. Public have no permit to enter that area in the normal days.

Any playground, football court or basketball court, beach, park, empty construction site, car park, public grassland.... all are prohibited for kite flying.

We fly like theif here.  Grin

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 on: Today at 12:01 PM 
Started by HK-guy - Last post by HK-guy
APJ you know, beside the lack of open place for kite flying. There are several reasons to stop kite culture in Hong Kong.

One is the Aviation Law (5KM away from Airport, 60M away from road and buildings, 60M flying line limited...)
Even you lucky find a place satisify the law, for example a beach, or I'm now fly in a small park at the top of a small hill (I have to climb stair 45min up there). Public people will not welcome any kite flyer. Because they always misunderstood Kite = Fighter Kite, with blade sharp flying line....
HK is a kingdom of Fighter Kite around last century 60's (now is Brazil as I know), so after half century people still keep that line wound in mind.

So, now I just can fly at night-time after people go home for dinner. And because that small park was covered by tree and a slope dam. I just can fly in swirl or silent, with a LED bulb on the kite tail.
However, when wind lower to 3-5kph. The swirl is quite acceptable to study tricks! (with The shame of walk every 2 minutes)

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 on: Today at 11:20 AM 
Started by True Rookie - Last post by HK-guy
Thanks once again for the detail talks Doug.
I just found your last post was 2 years ago and think that my reply may not get noted.

So, the spars flexibility is really a matter (not just the weight, balance is important).

I don't think I can get the exact materials to fit the strength in spec. But at least now I got the picture in mind what I have to look for.
If I prefer a glider have better climb ability then the stability on the same set of frame. Maybe I can play with the cross line, or spreader position to keep the Dihedral (at least can keep it at the nose part right?).

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 on: Today at 09:33 AM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by Krijn
Yes, just on top.
As a glue I always use Pritt-rollers:



I've tried other (cheaper) brands, but they do stick on the needle or are not as easy to handle.
The Pritt does not stick to the needle. I use it everywhere, Icarex on Icarex, Dacrontape, Spinnakertape, reinforcements, ...

I can do about 2 kites with one roller ($5), but for me, that is worth it.


Krijn

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 on: Today at 08:40 AM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by Otherone
Krijn, Do you tape/glue the pinstripe on top of the taped/glued panel seams before sewn? Just curious, wondering if the added layer of glue leads to more needle gum up.

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 on: Today at 08:29 AM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by Krijn
White
Brown
Cedar green
Gold

And some pinstripes for a stained glass effect

 9 
 on: Today at 06:08 AM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by Charles G
What are you bringing? I bring quite a bit more than a large kite bag and there's more than enough parking on the north side of the pier.

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 on: Today at 12:46 AM 
Started by Otherone - Last post by OCPablo
Got to see this kite a few weekends ago in flight... coming along nicely! 

 Cool

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