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 on: April 17, 2018, 07:41 PM 
Started by midibot - Last post by Gamelord
Harbor Freight, 14 bucks.  More than adequate for kite rods.

 on: April 17, 2018, 05:30 PM 
Started by midibot - Last post by dayhiker
If you like old school ways buy a vernier caliper that reads to .001".  No batteries, no delicate dial, no adjusting, you can drop them & they will forgive you.  You will have to educate yourself slightly to read one but it will be good for your brain.  I have lots of precision instruments, including many electronic ones.  I do like my vernier scale calipers & micrometers the best.  SHBKF

 on: April 17, 2018, 01:19 PM 
Started by midibot - Last post by sugarbaker
I agree that metal calipers with a dial is great.  I like mine as it tells me mm and inches on the same caliper (it has two hands in the dial for the different units).  For kite building, I think I may purchase a 4Ē version of the same as I rarely use it to find lengths greater than an inch.  Iíve used both the expensive and cheap calipers... and for our purposes I have nothing against an inexpensive metal caliper with a dial (in the 30-40$ range).  No reason to spend $100+

 on: April 17, 2018, 12:23 PM 
Started by midibot - Last post by ZekeII
I have 2 digital calipers, one reads to 3 decimal places, the other to 4. Got the last one from Goodwill, it needed a battery.

 on: April 17, 2018, 11:46 AM 
Started by midibot - Last post by Fly Market
Yeah, a good micrometer/caliper is a must. I admit that as a retailer I get frustrated when expert kiteflyers contact me and say, "I need a new spar. It looks like it might be about an eighth of an inch in diamater, I think." Invariably, that winds up being the wrong size. We measure spars by the 1/1000th of an inch, and your eyeball probably can't consistently tell the difference between a .180" and .188" tubes.

Fly Market sells these...  Metal body, dial reads to the 1/1000, you can measure both OD and ID. It's what I use myself. I had some digital versions, but they only read to the 1/100th, which isn't accurate enough.

 on: April 17, 2018, 10:18 AM 
Started by midibot - Last post by breezin
Iv'e got a stainless steel Maxwell 150 mm digital caliper. Cheap and has worked really well.Iv'e never dropped it though  Smiley.

 on: April 17, 2018, 10:03 AM 
Started by breezin - Last post by breezin
Talked to Paul and going to stay with the Dynamic T15. He said the ferrule should be the standard .240. Extremely pleased with the Hydra. As hard as I am on kites surprised this is my first repair on it. The only other kite Iv'e had that screams do it, do it is the Addiction. Hydra is better and for the price point should be.Very exciting kite.Thanks for the replies.

 on: April 17, 2018, 08:18 AM 
Started by midibot - Last post by thief
for rod sizing you can use a digital or dial version. I like dials because they are what I grew up with.
metal body is a must though, the plastic ones can twist and distort and give off bad readings.
Metal ones are going to be more accurate, but do not drop it!

You can also use a micrometer too(big c shaped tool) that would work.
note: Micrometer is only for external measurements. the calipers have jaws on one side that are for external and the other end are for internal too.

both I would spend at least 20$ on...and more as needed.

Amazon, grainger are the places I would start with to find a good set.

 on: April 17, 2018, 08:05 AM 
Started by midibot - Last post by midibot
Sugarbakerís current videos on kite making made reference in video #3 to calipers, which is something I have been wondering about. (I haven't viewed all the vids yet, but will.)

I have a cheapo plastic analog version that I definitely need to upgrade for use in measuring spars, rods and whatnots (some of my stash of spars are unmarked, yikes!).

Any comments on some good options for these would be appreciated. Make, models, price, where obtained for example. Or just comments in general.

I realise that, to a large degree, one gets what one pays for, but what is a good -- yet economical -- option that you have personally used, or own, and that has the accuracy required for this kind of work? (Play?).



 on: April 17, 2018, 07:57 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by midibot
Video #3 is now posted.  Parts overview discussion.

Just watched this and am very impressed. Well done!

Must look at the others and those to come.

(It raised in my mind a question about calipers, which I won't clutter up this thread on, but pose elsewhere)


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