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Author Topic: Looking for suggestions for first build  (Read 1161 times)
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« on: July 15, 2014, 07:42 AM »

Hey there,
I'm about to build my first kite, and looking for suggestions on what to make.

I'm thinking Le Quartz, but I'm open:

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 02:25 PM »

It would be a great first build. There is great details on the website to help with the build.   

The other nice thing about Derefats plans is that he marks the location of the APA connectors. It eliminates measurement errors.

No matter which plan you decide to build you can get a lot of help here.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2014, 11:40 AM »

As many will attest, you can't really go wrong with a Derefat build! And you are wise to go with the straight line version instead of the curved panel version ...since it's your first kite! You can always make another with the curved panels in the future, after you've gained some sewing and build experience, if you are happy with your results!

You can get all of your build material needs from Jon & Marieanne Trennepohl's kite parts supply website.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2014, 12:38 PM »

I agree that LeQuartz is a great build... I've made three, one with the simplified panel scheme from tom's site (was my first kite too!) and then two with Christians original straight line scheme (which tom' sis derived from).

This first kite, which was made of less than good sail material has since been recycled... Frame and bridle salvaged for the red black and white kite shown second... The sail destroyed and never to be seen again. (The material was great at the beginning, but stretched unevenly and never held the right shape again... For your first kite, use tried and tested material such as pc31 or nylon ripstop.

The second version, and clear improvement over the first, although that is expected as I built no less than 20 kites between my first and second LeQuartz.

And the my last build... Actually started at the same time as the red, black and white kite, but built up with skyshark frame.  Ironically, there is little difference in the spec 6mm carbon frame and this skyshark build.  Start with the cheaper materials... It is a wonderful kite.
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