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Author Topic: how long would it take to make up a kite from scratch?  (Read 688 times)
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« on: May 18, 2014, 04:19 PM »

hi guys,
just curious,how long would it take to make up a new sport kite from scratch to completion ?
looks like a lot of time and work goes into it!
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 04:52 PM »

If you
   have all the materials
   have a pattern
   have a good sewing machine
   have sewing skills
   have read several tutorials on forums
   have never made a sport kite before

2 days.

If you have made thousands of kites, less than 6 hours
unless the kite has countless little doodads and appliques.
 
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 05:06 PM »

oh ok cool,just wandering!
im NOT thinking of making one myself,lol,just curious thats all! Smiley
im happy and its good to see lots of kite manufactures out there making these awsome kites for us to enjoy!!! Smiley
may the sport continue to grow @ a fast rapid pace! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 06:09 PM »

Ken McNeill used to take around 4 hours.  When I was making them in batches, I'd knock out 10 in a 40 hour week.  Now I only do custom builds I take about 7 to 8 hours per kite.  Something with a lot of complexity (applique work, hand built fittings and the like) will take about 16 hours i.e. 2 days
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2014, 06:12 PM »

My fastest one was 2 hours, and on the other hand i also toke several months for one ...
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2014, 05:46 AM »

My fastest one was 2 hours, and on the other hand i also toke several months for one ...

Several months if you toke?? 😉
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2014, 08:27 AM »

Ken's workshop was two days focused on the sail.  The frames and bridle were premade and would have added another day to the effort.

Early home builds took a week of evenings working through the details and learning techniques. 

After three dozen builds I'm down to a solid 10 hours or so per sport kite.  Batches of two to four are the most time efficient.

Time to build depends on complexity of project, quality equipment/tools, your skills, time to focus, attention to details, etc.

I don't have jigs save the panel templates and generally use the MMCAS method (measure, mark, cut, assemble, swear).

Can't wait to get the first thousand under my belt to drop the time under six hours  Smiley  Roll Eyes

In reference to the above, toking would not help the effort but proper caffeination is essential...
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2014, 10:59 AM »

I gotta believe having a proper workspace cuts down on the time as well. Just like a woodshop. Takes lots of time to keep rearranging materials and tools depending on what you're doing.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2014, 11:05 AM »

In reference to the above, toking would not help the effort but proper caffeination is essential...

i know some kite makers that would challenge that toking comment...........
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2014, 12:20 PM »

Whatever it takes to get one in the 'proper' frame of mind I suppose.  Cheesy

In reference to the above, toking would not help the effort but proper caffeination is essential...

i know some kite makers that would challenge that toking comment...........
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2014, 01:11 PM »

My hat's off to those of you that can build a kite that actually flies, much less flies well. When you carefully look at a kite, you realize the amount of work and attention to detail that is required, and that isn't even getting into the design of the kite which is a whole other world.   
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2014, 01:55 PM »

Yeah, if you factor in R&D time required to get a final, production kite, you have to build and sell a lot of kites to make a decent hourly wage.

Or, you can skip the R&D and just build a kite. That's the difference between a Benson/BlueMoon class of kite and more run of the mill, but maybe profitable, kites.

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2014, 04:21 PM »

There was a sport flyer here in the northeast who decided to try and make his own design....he ended up getting some clearance skins from GoFlyaKite and used them as the framing prototypes....they worked pretty well for his purpose and price he paid....and then made up his own skins.....

but...the looks that he got when he tried his prototypes out in Wildwood was priceless.....
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 08:32 AM »

You mean not everyone can build a quality kite?  Roll Eyes  Good design is even harder.  Even a well designed and quality built kite will fly like crap if not adjusted and tuned properly...

There was a sport flyer here in the northeast who decided to try and make his own design....he ended up getting some clearance skins from GoFlyaKite and used them as the framing prototypes....they worked pretty well for his purpose and price he paid....and then made up his own skins.....

but...the looks that he got when he tried his prototypes out in Wildwood was priceless.....
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