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Author Topic: Ozone's new life  (Read 2070 times)
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« on: January 18, 2010, 04:44 PM »

Hi guys, here is the whole repairs I made on an Ozone I bought from Tom (tpatter) some weeks ago. Tom told me that the previous owner have had some..... hard times with the mylar center panel and made some ugly and poor repairs on it, so when I got it I straight decided to make an interely new restoration. The patches featured plenty of sand around them, so I immediately peeled them off, here are how the center panel appeared as soon as I removed the patches and cleaned it :

Here are the cardboard templates I made to cut the tedlar and dacron:

Then I decided to simulate the fibers of the mylar with bridleís core:

The tedlar patches in place:

Bridles were worn on the ULE fittings, so I decided to make a new one, keeping the black and red section:

Finally here is the Ozone ready to fly , flown just today and itís great!

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010, 04:56 PM »


Wow - I'm glad that somebody showed this kite the love that it deserved!  Nice work - you could probably go into business with this sort of repair.  Most of the Ozones that I see on the field have some some sort of damage to the mylar.

Nice work.

I'm interested in how you tie the bridles - is there a certain technique that you use?


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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010, 05:34 PM »

Thanks Tom, I was sure you would have been the first one to reply me  Smiley

In business.......uhmmmm......interesting thing, actually the repair took a whole afternoon to complete, and you know time is money  Grin

About bridles, I use the old ones as a template, I study where is better to begin to make the first knot, this isn't necessarily at one end of the bridle, but sometimes is better to begin with an internal knot. This varies bacause each bridle is different from another, sometimes I start in one way, then I notice that it's not fine and de-tie the knot restarting in another way. In the Ozone, for instance, I saw that it was better to start from the ULE knot. The hard thing is to calculate the length you loose with knots, my way is to leave some length in excess and try, if the final length is fine it's Ok, otherwise I retry till it go. Generally it's better that the final length is a little bit shorter then the original bridle just because you have to keep in mind that you have to tighten each knot adding a litttle bit of length try and retry is the way.
Hope this help.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2010, 05:41 PM by Svolazzo » Logged
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