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 21 
 on: January 14, 2017, 11:09 AM 
Started by np - Last post by np
I've been able to do one of these Doubles... but have been freaked out by actually pulling off the first that couldn't get it together to even try the second. I will be working on this... it took me how long to complete the first challenge ?   Roll Eyes

I looked for the AVFFF video on your You Tube channel, couldn't find it. Guess I'll have to take another look.
It was a while ago... time flies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7rGFStIAww

Looks like you slipped a little on the fourth rotation as it didn't go back into the fade, rather a Barrel roll.  Sad

 22 
 on: January 14, 2017, 10:11 AM 
Started by np - Last post by RobB
I've been able to do one of these Doubles... but have been freaked out by actually pulling off the first that couldn't get it together to even try the second. I will be working on this... it took me how long to complete the first challenge ?   Roll Eyes

I looked for the AVFFF video on your You Tube channel, couldn't find it. Guess I'll have to take another look.
It was a while ago... time flies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7rGFStIAww

 23 
 on: January 14, 2017, 07:28 AM 
Started by thief - Last post by Controlled Crash
Does the fact that you can get custom items help?

  • Would you/are you happy with stock offerings from the industry?
  • Do you need to have something slightly different to make you smile? 
  • Do you need to have something that is totally different than everyone elses?

I don't think I own any custom kites, other than the simple ones I have made myself. I have a few non-mass produced kites, but they were not customized for me. So, no, custom kites have not helped in the kite invasion in my basement. Not that I wouldn't mind having custom kites, but I think the small builders and large manufacturers do a better job with color combinations and materials used than I could, i.e. I leave those decisions to the people that (should) know what they are doing, people that know what works.

The "stock offerings" can be hit or miss, I think there is plenty of design varieties out there, lots of very cool, mass produced kites from which to choose. It is disappointing when a kite, that looks great and should fly well, doesn't because of poor build quality.

I don't need anything different to make me smile, but I guess I do smile more when I fly the simple kites that I have made. I do like to see custom/unique kites, most of them are impressive. Sure, it would be nice to have kites that are different than anyone else's kites, but I am limited by funds and my own imagination...and room in the basement.



 24 
 on: January 14, 2017, 06:27 AM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by thief
I always loved Peter Betancourt and Paul's designs with the main emblem in the center.
(Not trying to imply you nicked your design just admiration of the clean design aspect)

 25 
 on: January 13, 2017, 10:30 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by Krijn
I already had my colors ready with ms paint...

but great job again, mike!

 26 
 on: January 13, 2017, 09:47 PM 
Started by np - Last post by np
Hey Norm...
And hey, what happened to the metal D-ring, you switched to plastic ?

The Wrist Straps have always been made with a plastic end piece and ALL finger straps were made with metal "D" rings.
The pictures above don't lie like I did.  Cheesy Cheesy Looks like you knew more about my straps than I did.  Embarrassed Looks like I have used some plastic for Finger Straps on 1" webbing and 3/4" webbing. I don't think I used any plastic on the 9/16" webbing and I know I used nothing but Plastic on the 1" Wrist Straps.

 27 
 on: January 13, 2017, 09:40 PM 
Started by np - Last post by np
I've been able to do one of these Doubles... but have been freaked out by actually pulling off the first that couldn't get it together to even try the second. I will be working on this... it took me how long to complete the first challenge ?   Roll Eyes

I looked for the AVFFF video on your You Tube channel, couldn't find it. Guess I'll have to take another look.

 28 
 on: January 13, 2017, 09:04 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
After fooling around with Mike's 'Valor' Colorizer ...I came up with these GWTW color scheme samples ....for those of us old-timer forum members who remember.  Huh

I may just have to build one of these for myself but anyone else can feel free to do the same!  Wink


 29 
 on: January 13, 2017, 06:20 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
added it to my collection, check the link in my signature  Undecided
I thought you meant the website button on your signature (that only goes to a dead youtube page).
Looks cool...love playing with them!

Don't mean to boast ...(welllll maybe just a little bit) ...Wink ...but the Valor design lends itself to dozens of color combinations that all look real nice!

Here's one I  made with the star-shaped upper spreader rub patch:



Here's one where I actually combined some of the panels together which turned out looking great in flight & had fewer panels to sew together, making for an easier build:



Here's the much simplified sewing pattern for the above black, yellow & red consolidated panel layout above.


 30 
 on: January 13, 2017, 06:17 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
If someone has the ability to make my colorizer an 'active' one that doesn't need a graphics program, feel free to do so & please share that with the kiting community!

added it to my collection, check the link in my signature  Undecided

Thanks Mike! I just downloaded it & it works great! I'm sure other builders will appreciate it!  Wink

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