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 on: June 20, 2016, 08:19 AM 
Started by honchoboy - Last post by Lex B
Coming from that book, there will be minimally 2 lines!!
Soooooo, there goes your second criteria ....

They all fly - good [maybe good in the old-school way]

 on: June 20, 2016, 05:54 AM 
Started by honchoboy - Last post by thief

 on: June 20, 2016, 04:58 AM 
Started by honchoboy - Last post by honchoboy
Before we get into the build I just want to put down a few thoughts on how I go about kite building. Whatever I am making I more or less go about it in this way.

First off - if you think that making a kite will be cheap then think again. Not only in material cost but also the cost of your time. It takes me hours and hours and hours to finish a build. Admittedly I am the harshest critic of my own work and could cut a few corners but do yourself a favour and put the most effort you possibly can into your builds. Building should provide 2 pleasures and if your lucky a bonus third. Number one and two are the process of building the kite and then being proud of the final result and the latter should be flying/enjoying it. Do not take the latter for granted. I have built a few kites that are horrible to fly and never see the light of day. Do I regret it? Hell no, I learn something new in every build I have done - usually via a mistake. Embrace mistakes, they give you the opportunity to think of a fix. Fixes open up new processes or just simply teach you to take notes so you do not do it again.

Secondly - never throw anything away. I am on the point of obsessive about this. Every scrap of material I have had left over, every broken spar, every bit of "ooh, what's that in the bin, a nice piece of transparent plastic...that could be used for cutout/wing reinforcment", every bit of snapped line gets put into the magic box of kite bits. You will be surprised just how often you will delve into this box. Every part of this kite is being built out of these scraps and off cuts. If you get in the habit of doing this then it will go towards keeping the cost of your build down and you to can be a 'tight Yorkshireman' like me.

Thirdly - and perhaps the most importantly - Always, always, try and keep your work area and hands clean. A clean work area is a clean build. It also helps to keep the loved one off your back when you have to leave half-builds lying around. I have sworn very loudly in the past when I haven't followed this advice and put a dirty oily finger mark onto nice white icarex, cut through completed panels with a soldering iron, got blood on a sail because I left the scalpel out, cut the end of my finger off with a soldering iron that I hadn't replaced in its holder. You get the picture, try and be organised. You'll never know when you need to break off and rejoin real-life.

Fourthly - before building anything do a bit of research. What is it you are trying to accomplish, how have other people gone about it? Can you have a go on someone elses first? Is it worth it? Are there materials you don't have - sometimes they are a real pain to source? Do you have all the tools needed (chances are outside of a sewing machine you have already got everything you need). Think through the build and read the instructions until you can almost memorise them. I build every kite in my head first as it helps me to identify possible problems I could have. Then, and only then, do I start the build.

And my last point - enjoy it. There is no right or wrong way to build a kite. There are ways and there are better ways. Find what works for you. All my techniques have either been stolen from someone else, come from fixing previous mistakes, or laying in bed at night endlessly thinking about the smallest details. Every builder will have parts they are good at and other parts that fill them with dread. For me this is often cutting the standoff holes into the sail (i once cut through a leech line and it still brings tears to my eyes when i think about that day). For others it is often the nose. I spent about 3 weeks solid playing with pieces of card trying to come up with my method of building a one piece no-snag nose. It can become obsessive and you will never look at a kite in the same way again.

Next post i'll start breaking this build down into sections. But first... :-D lunch

 on: June 20, 2016, 04:58 AM 
Started by honchoboy - Last post by honchoboy
Ok then. Let's get started.

I will be having to post this thread in short blasts due to looking after twin 2 year old boys. If I break off its because they are up to mischief. Therefore I apologise now if the post jumps around a bit and there could be some delays.

I am also going to hold off for now revealing what kite I am making. At some point it will become apparent but let's see if anyone can hazard a guess before the reveal.

I have absolutely no idea what the end result will be like, I've never seen one flown, read flight reports, put thought into colour schemes etc. There is a strong chance it will be a real turkey, but as mentioned earlier I really do not care. If you do care then maybe you might want to hold back on building one of these until I have finished and flown it.

The kite I have started to make comes from this book.

This book should be on your bookcase if not already. It is an oldie but a goldie. You can track it down relatively easily and even my local library has a copy of it.

I suppose i should point out now that if you want a kite that can do all the 'latest' tricks then your not going to find it in this book! Go and grab yourself a modern opensource plan if that is what you are after. There is a plethora to choose from.

 on: June 20, 2016, 04:55 AM 
Started by honchoboy - Last post by honchoboy
I was asked what I would like for Fathers Day and I hoped for a day flying kites. Unfortunately the wind decided to feck off so rather than stand staring at a motionless tree I am giving myself the rare treat of a day of building. It's been 2 years since the sewing machine last saw daylight.

I'll post up as the day progresses but here is my criteria:

A) its a build that I doubt I'll ever use, expect anything from, have much desire to fly
B) it has to be built from my scraps
C) it comes from a book you may own
D) it doesnt have 2 lines
E) it is completely for a laugh and is a build for builds sake

So here is the starting point.

I'll drop more clues soon.

Oh and I may show you some of my very best build tips along the way (if I can remember them).

 on: June 19, 2016, 11:54 PM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by chilese
Excellent trickster and I was fortunate enough to win

the last one.

 on: June 19, 2016, 05:39 PM 
Started by Steve - Last post by JimB
Sorry to hear it.


 on: June 19, 2016, 04:46 PM 
Started by dszo - Last post by riffclown
I also agree Chris is very responsive to inquiries.
IMO The Stratus tucks in nicely in size between the Salsa and Jive models but is listed as a light wind Sport kite.. I've never flown one though..I fly Bebop, Boleros and the Maestro

Info From HQ's 2013 Catalog
Art. Nr. 117608

width 185 cm / 73", height 76 cm / 30",
Ripstop-Nylon, 4 + 5 mm
carbon, Dyneema 25 kp / 55 lb., 2 x 25 m / 80 ft. on winder with
straps, incl.
1-4 Bft. (3-22 km/h l 2-14 mph), 14+

This all-round kite combines state-of-the-art technological expertise
to make light wind kite flying fun. Stratus delivers outstanding light
wind performance on calm days when other kites will not get off
the ground. Even the slightest breeze of 2 mph is sufficient to fly
this machine high into the sky. Stratus masters the latest freestyle
acrobatics and most of the old and new tricks while ensuring a high
level of precision all at a down to earth price. The Stratus glides
with the slightest breeze, but even higher winds above
13 mph will not throw this kite off track. With the Stratus, almost
any day is a good day to fly.

 on: June 19, 2016, 04:07 PM 
Started by dszo - Last post by Sapiens
Hi! Do you find user manual for Stratus? What do you think about this kite? I want to buy it too.

 on: June 19, 2016, 03:58 PM 
Started by Sapiens - Last post by Sapiens
Hello Smiley. Im planning to buy Hq Stratus. Does anyone have any experience? Is it fragile? Does it suit for beginner?

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