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 81 
 on: July 26, 2015, 03:06 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
After some sail refinements, lots of bridle tweaking, LE spreader connector adjustments ...I've finally reached a point where I'm very happy with the flight characteristics of my kite creation I've called a 'Valor' ...with the 'V' shaped center color panel inspiring the name I chose!

Besides being very capable of the latest & greatest tricks ...at least the ones I can do ...I was pleasantly surprised that it also does very clean locked-in push/pull turns! That was something I didn't expect and surely wasn't there the first couple of times I test flew it.

I'm currently building a new Std. Version that will be Sky Blue, Lt. Grey, Black & White for myself! Eventually, I'll also be making a couple 'finished' Valors in the Florissant Green combination, same as my 2 prototypes! Once that is done, I'd like to make the prototypes available to a few accomplished fliers for their review & feedback ...if any of you out there are interested!

Although I'm pleased with how it flies ...there is always room fro improvements in a new design & there may be a Version II somewhere down the road!

Here's the current build I'm working on to date:



For those unfamiliar with this project I'm attaching a photo of the 2nd prototype I built and the Photoshoped color rendition of what should be very close to what my current build will look like when finidhed!



I also have other color combos in mind for the future including a 'no-color' Black, White & Grey one.




 82 
 on: July 26, 2015, 02:33 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by photogbill
I've been using Pam 'Cooking Spray' with some success to slide tight new apa LE connectors & lower spreader stahndoff connectors into place! Cleans off with a cotton cloth & a little rubbing alcohol!

 83 
 on: July 26, 2015, 02:07 PM 
Started by ezme6 - Last post by indigo_wolf
Quote


ATB,
Sam

 84 
 on: July 26, 2015, 01:44 PM 
Started by ezme6 - Last post by ezme6
similar shape, not same at all. Look at the framing.  Wink

 85 
 on: July 26, 2015, 01:44 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by Fly Market
APA and JACO connectors available here, in all sizes.  http://www.flymarketkites.com/standoff-connectors/

 86 
 on: July 26, 2015, 09:05 AM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by Flying Fish
Another empty space in the sky  Sad I never met him, but we were in email/FB contact regularly, and I loved his designs (especially his Colibris).

Does anyone know what happened?

 87 
 on: July 26, 2015, 09:02 AM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by stapp59
The spray can was from a local auto parts store and the 3in1 bottle from Lowes I think.  Either one will work, I prefer the bottle which I found recently.  Make sure it's pure silicon and not an oil compound with silicon added.

To be clear, I do not use Silicon on the lower spreader APA standoff connectors as I ream them out for a sliding friction fit so they are easy to install.

Silicon is very helpful installing the LE APA fittings on the leading edge tubes as I leave those with a tighter fit.

Boiling will heat and soften the fitting materiel to ease installation.  I just prefer the silicon.

Also if you have a hard time disassembling your kites at the field, Silicon applied inside the LE fittings with a Q tip will help.  Apply once or twice a year.

Do not put silicon on a surface you want to glue later without cleaning with mineral spirits or some such first.



Do you know where silicone might be available locally to buy?  I've seen some industrial lubricant sprays at Home Depot, but I wasn't sure if that was for this type of application?

 88 
 on: July 26, 2015, 08:52 AM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by reef runner
R.I.P.


We'll miss you," Andre"

 89 
 on: July 26, 2015, 08:37 AM 
Started by ezme6 - Last post by thief
Hmmmmmm.....I would really have to see one fly in person before I put that much out.... Martin Lester's hypar is the same shape, comes in three sizes and is a much better price... It does not have a quad bridle though.... Just a sweet flying single line.

 90 
 on: July 26, 2015, 08:06 AM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by Trip
no contest.....   da beach.

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