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« on: January 09, 2019, 05:51 AM »

I'm getting into kite building. I was wondering if anyone has done a colored leading edge?
If so, what material did you use?

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 08:15 AM »

Dacron is available in every color.

I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

But luckily everyone has got different taste, so good luck.
But I will stay with black (maybe I will use grey sometime).


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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 10:11 AM »

do you know a good supply place to get some?

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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019, 10:50 AM »

black and white dacron here from Phil: https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/dacron-tape and blue too: https://www.flymarketkites.com/dacron/texlon-40oz-dacron
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 12:52 PM »

I've done a few using Red back when Flymarket had a supply of that color.. I am very pleased with the results.. I use white all the time. Really gives a nice contrast when flying low to the ground. I prefer White over black simply because it sets my kites apart from the typical. You can also see though the white to deal with the spars enclosed within.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019, 01:02 PM »

and another few.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 04:24 PM »

those are cool!! Thanks! I may have to do that!!

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 08:20 PM »

In the "old days" there were several kite makers who rolled the sail material into a spar pocket, so it was exactly the same as the rest of the kite. Search pictures of Peter Betancourt kites. John Chilese has many good pictures.
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 03:24 AM »

we've used that assembly process (rolled over sail for the leading edge) w/"no sew" sport kite projects made entirely of a single skin of icarex, you have to reinforce specific areas with grosgrain or Dacron patches BEFORE finishing and I highly recommend 3M's 9460 VHB adhesive too.  It doesn't have to be "craft ironed", simply weighted-down overnight is sufficient.

Flown quads built this way for 3,000 hrs, the fabric directly next to the seam fails eventually, but never the taped bond!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 05:53 AM »

I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

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Here one of the 6 North Shore Radical full white limited serie built by Patricia Tabor.

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 06:36 AM »

Cool! Thanks for the pictures and the info. As I get more into building I'll try some different techniques out!

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P.S. More input is always good. Keep it coming!
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2019, 07:49 AM »


I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

Yellow or orange Leading Edges are not so ugly IMHO.  Wink



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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2019, 07:51 AM »

I've only seen a few which I liked. For example a all white kite with white leading edges.

+ 1.

Here one of the 6 North Shore Radical full white limited serie built by Patricia Tabor.



That is one eye-popping NSR. With upgraded or more modern fittings, as well.

Beauty.

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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2019, 09:04 AM »


I used yellow once, the kite looked awfull...

Yellow or orange Leading Edges are not so ugly IMHO.  Wink





Count me in on these looking nice with the colored LE!! Grin
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