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« on: October 23, 2009, 07:06 PM »

When printing out sail plans. I noticed that on my computer at the print screen it says plan size is at 61%,should I change that to:shrink to fit page,or to 100%,or leave it at 61%,then print it out. Any help in this would be greatly appreicated in helping print out my first sail plan.
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 07:20 PM »

Change it to 100%


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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 12:31 AM »

many plans will come with a hash mark somewhere in them. something which looks a bit like a place to play tic-tac-toe. the resulting squares on the printout should match the measurement indicated by the author of the plan, so those squares could be centimeters, or inches, but they're a measurable indication as to whether your printout is the correct final size.

some others will include a few dimensions for your to cross reference. they're not always obvious and of course on the internet there's no consistency either, but usually there's some way to know if your printout is the same size as the plan calls for.

but in any case you never want to shrink to fit for a final size plan.

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 09:09 AM »

Thank you for the replies i'll get started on my print outs today.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 03:13 PM »

so which kite ya makin?
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 01:08 PM »

Either the:Le Virus or the Thronback this will be my first build.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009, 02:19 PM »

Short of a full size plotter, I've had the best results from printing a pdf version of a plan. Acrobat has an option to tile large pages that will spread it across your paper size and will even print crop marks.

When I design my own graphic in a vector drawing program, I'll ultimately save/export it as a pdf to utilize that ability. If you have access to an 11"x17" printer, all the better.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 02:26 PM »

cool, a thornback was my first build.

take your time and if at any point you feel rushed, take a break. cut your sail pieces one at a time instead of trying to cut two so they'll be twins. it's too hard to get the temperature perfect so they don't stick together and when they do they fray at the edges when you pull them apart.

when you have everything cut take extra, extra care when assembling the wing making sure it's exactly how you want and exactly to plan. if the panels aren't fit just right at this stage, it will affect how the kite flies, so a few extra minutes are warranted to get it perfect.

i hope you enjoy the process and good luck. in the end it's so satisfying to see the thing actually fly.

be sure and show us a pic would ya.
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2009, 04:40 AM »

Either the:Le Virus or the Thronback this will be my first build.


On my plan page for the TB there's a note about printing and a link to a little  sketch giving the major dimensions of the finished plan so you can make sure you got it right (ISTR all my updates are missing on the copy on Kiteplanbase)
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2009, 05:51 AM »

What size seam allowance should I use on this build? This will also be my first time usine a sewing machine.
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2009, 06:07 AM »

Here is a wealth of great information on sewing kites: http://www.geocities.com/gengvall/sew/sew.html
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2009, 06:32 AM »

What size seam allowance should I use on this build? This will also be my first time usine a sewing machine.

Depending on the plan. Most have the seam allowance on the plan already. There should be two lines at each seam. Those show the overlap of the two pieces of material. Most plans will have templates for the individual pieces. After you cut out your templates make sure they fit the plan before cutting any material. The templates should go to the outside lines on each corresponding piece on the plan.
FWIW I use poster board (Staples) for making templates. Print out the template. Tape it to the poster board. Cut it out with scissors. Then lay the template on the material and cut it out with a razor knife. I've never had any fraying problems with sail cloth. You'll probably want to hot cut the dacron & webbing though. They do fray.

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2009, 06:45 AM »

Depending on the plan. Most have the seam allowance on the plan already.


If you do use the Thornback plan they DO NOT have seam allowances included.

I run round my templates with a washer and a pencil (technique described on the site with photos) to give about 4~5mm on each side, except the leading and trailing edges where I don't add a seam allowance at all. I dont add anything to the TE because I use .75oz ripstop tape for the leech line tunnel.
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2009, 07:10 AM »

Here's a super easy to follow first build. And a pretty nice kite too.  Wink

http://www.tweelijners.com/tom/


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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2009, 06:42 PM »

Here is a wealth of great information on sewing kites: http://www.geocities.com/gengvall/sew/sew.html



Gary's site is now:
http://members.cox.net/gengvall/home.html
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