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« on: December 06, 2013, 06:18 AM »

Does anyone have any experience using "sport nylon "for for a big rok build.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013, 07:05 AM »

from where?
are you referring to the ripstop nylons you can get a JoAnns Fabric shop?   If so it is stretchy and pretty worthless to make a kite out of....good for learning to sew on and to make banners and line laundry out of....but if you want to make a kite go to Skyburner or Goodwinds and buy Risptop nylon and Polycarbs that are more appropriate for kites....
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2013, 08:39 AM »

First off that is not a rip stop nylon and its about 2.5oz/yard.  ITs mainly for banners/flags and definitely not for kites.  You can use their rip stop if you want but it is stretchy and not coated so if you do use it you will need to get some spray on urethane.  I've used it for building prototypes since it can be gotten really cheap on sale but I wouldn't use it for a final build.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2013, 09:12 AM »

btw: here is a thread where Lou tried using that material.... http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=9465.0
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2013, 07:50 PM »

yep, as stated it is not ripstop, it is heavy! I have a new sewing machine and a Martin Blais dolphin kit on the way so sewing practice is relatively what I bought it for. Good news is I bought 4 yds of black, 2 yds of red and about 3 yds of green at JoAnn's for $20. I had kinda thought I could build a big (8') rok and try my hand at applique, but if the best I can do is hang it on the wall after all that work... can anyone think of any kite/laundry project that it would be suitable for. I already made a half dozen kite sleeves and a fairly decent rev bag. Not into flags or banners really but tails or spinners?? mebbe a small flow form or sled?? I guess worst case scenario I could do a black banner with red applique roses or a green tribal dragon flag. Suggestions appreciated!



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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 08:00 PM »

you Could make a basic cylinder sock.....or a soccer ball...a few options....

where are you located? what colored rok would you make?
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2013, 10:50 PM »

THeif is right.  About the only thing that stuff will be good for is small drogues, small socks(over 4' long get too heavy), 3x5 flags or smaller to hang on the line, sleeves for your kites, banners, ground flags/socks, pin wheels and line banners. I'm working on a 40'x 18" banner to hang between the line and a lifter.  Here's a pic of some custom sky shark banners I made out of that stuff only it was listed as banner cloth/utility nylon.

IMG_0279 by Ca Ike, on Flickr


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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2013, 08:05 AM »

yeah thats either a really stiff breeze ya got there or they are really heavy!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2013, 09:35 AM »

bout 10 mph wind but they are on flimsy thin wall 3/4 pvc pipe since I don't have banner poles so the weight and wind are exaggerated.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 12:30 PM »

Thief, I was thinking a black 8 foot rok with either a red rose applique or a green tribal dragon. I am located just south of Indiana, Pennsylvania
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 01:31 PM »

Let me dig... I might have a Christmas package for you...
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2013, 02:06 AM »

Having been around for a few years I have a delta made by Nantucket Kiteman, they were constructed of cotton broadcloth, no worse stretch, stability or porousity wise then that "Sport Nylon" although a bit easier to work with since cotton isn't as slippery as Nylon. Nantucket Kiteman kites were still highly sought after in their day. I wouldn't build a sport kite out of your "Sport Nylon" but polycarbonite coated ripstop polyester wasn't around when Rokkaku's were invented and they flew good enough back then for the inventor or others to make more of them for a thousand years.

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