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« on: September 21, 2013, 05:40 AM »

I've got a lot of great info here on stunt kite building so I figured I'd post my progress. 

I ordered my P31 here http://www.kitesandfunthings.com.  Great prompt shipping! 

pic of colour scheme



This is the first time I've used Icarex it is great stuff!

I've got to head to one of the sail lofts today to see if I can get some mylar scraps. 




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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2013, 01:26 PM »

Welcome to the forum.  Great choice for a first build... where are you located? If you have success finding mylar, let us know where, as sources have been scarce as of late.  I'm looking forward to more pics of your build (I'm fond of your colors, and have several kites of similar choices.)
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2013, 01:37 PM »

sparkling colors  Smiley

are you sure about the pinstriping between the two orange panels?



good luck with the sewing


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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2013, 05:49 PM »

Welcome to the forum.  Great choice for a first build... where are you located? If you have success finding mylar, let us know where, as sources have been scarce as of late.  I'm looking forward to more pics of your build (I'm fond of your colors, and have several kites of similar choices.)


Well my search for mylar was unsuccessful.  I'm in halifax NS Canada so there are a lot of sail shops. The one down the street must have just went out of business.  I might have a box of scraps coming from another shop. 

Do you think I can use Mylar tape for the reinforcements?

Here's the last kite I sewed with these colours.



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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2013, 05:52 PM »

sparkling colors  Smiley

are you sure about the pinstriping between the two orange panels?


Krijn

You know I wasn't completely sold on which way to go.  I really liked the way that yours and others came out without the pinstripe there.  I kept going back and forth then I just decided to sew it down! 

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2013, 07:29 PM »

Here's the last kite I sewed with these colours.






Great looking Stealth. 

Your Sixth Sense will be a little smaller project.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2013, 05:31 AM »



Great looking Stealth. 

Your Sixth Sense will be a little smaller project.  Cheesy


The Stealth is a great kite.  It's about as big as I'd want to go!  Heres the problem with big kite sewing.....




My pool table substitutes as a sewing table I broke 2 overhead lights while throwing all this material over it!
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2013, 05:43 AM »

I've gone through a lot of options for glueing seems.  I find tape gums up my needle quickly.  I have settled on using glue stick.  Heres how I try to keep it neat and under the seem.

First I tape the pieces to the plans and make sure everything is flat. 

With the panels overlapped in the proper order I place a very low adhesive painter tape on top of the seem. 



I then fold the top panel down. 



I place a piece of scrap paper underneath  then I glue away. 



I can get a really good amount of glue on the seem and prevent it from going everywhere!



Hard to show the final results, but I found this worked pretty well.  It helps if the tape is very low adhesive.  after removing tape double check that everything still lines up
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013, 07:33 AM »

What type of glue stick do you use?
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2013, 04:28 PM »

What type of glue stick do you use?

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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2013, 06:43 PM »



I've got the two halves sewn and joined.   


Krijn you're right about the pinstripe! but I really don't think I'm going to get the seam ripper out triple step is a huge pain to remove 

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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 02:03 PM »

scored some Mylar today so hopefully I'll be able to work on the TE tonight
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 07:35 PM »

You're doing a great job! Your Sixth Sense is looking sweet! The pin-striping makes the panels pop! You won't regret building it ...an assurance that many can attest to!
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« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2013, 08:29 PM »

How important is the Mylar reinforcement?  Is it primarily to save the sail from roll-up tricks?  Or does it effect flying characteristics in some way?
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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2013, 11:31 PM »

looking great!



the mylar is to reduce wear and support the trailing edge in yoyo- and lazy-tricks, also it slows down the kite

not much more to do with the flightcharacteristics


you can also use dacron, heavy spinnaker, some other stuff, i would not just leave it away
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