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Author Topic: Serious Standoff Connectors  (Read 3834 times)
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« on: September 02, 2010, 03:23 PM »

New R-Sky bits



Looks like a practical solution.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 04:08 PM »

Now I LIKE those! I'll have to get some! (I'm down to one r-sky connector left after I lost a button from a loose stand off last weekend.)
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 06:02 PM »

I can hear it now....

"My kite is acting erratically, I must have a screw loose."
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 09:11 PM »

Wrong in just so very, very many ways.   Angry 

WTF(rick)Huh

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 09:18 PM »

I dont like the looks of those.... Just.. no.
I like the old ones! They were never a problem for me...
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 09:30 PM »

I can hear it now....

"My kite is acting erratically, I must have a screw loose."
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I think we all have a screw or two loose. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 09:44 PM »

I prefer the flathead hex socket on the back of my Seven to these rounded Phillips numbers.  Wink



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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010, 10:47 PM »

What is with the standoff connectors?  In years of flying, I've never had a single one fail.
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010, 10:56 PM »

The preceding R-Sky style had a push-in plastic pin that had a horrible tendency to break off the head. The common-in-the-UK Tradewinds are nice and straightforward but can leave a little catch point if not properly melted flat or covered. Jaco's version is quite large diameter, which can be a problem, and the O'ring (it's an Irish invention) either perishes or disappears.

Etc etc.

I like that people are trying to improve and refine something so mundane. But yes.... breakages shouldn't be a daily occurrence.

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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2010, 04:30 AM »

Erm....HQ have been using Standoff connectors practically identical to those for the last couple of years, I have them on a couple of my kites.  I've never seen them for sale as spares though ( at least here in the UK).  Good connectors, don't snag at all but the little screw can get rusty and clogged with dirt and is then  hard to unscrew. I rub a candle over the 'X' to fill it with wax which solves the problem.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2010, 01:29 PM »

Il Duce says:

I have removed the last reply.

Graphic injury photo not needed, please.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2010, 01:11 PM »

Erm....HQ have been using Standoff connectors practically identical to those for the last couple of years

That's true.

But the best Standoff connectors in my own opinion are the Drôle d'Oiseau one.

Screws are in plastic => lighter and never rust !


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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2010, 03:12 PM »

I'd be concerned about those cross-head screws getting roughed up and poking holes in the kite when its rolled up in the bag.
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« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2010, 11:36 PM »

I gave up on the original R-Sky type connectors after loosing a dozen or more and several standoffs. Went to 3mm Jaco's and have had zero problems since. I had to make the holes in the sail slightly bigger for them to fit and may need to replace a rubber washer in the future if one rots out. But I haven't lost or snagged a line on one yet.

My first thoughts upon seeing the new type listed here was weight and rusty screws. Then again those may not be real problems in actual use.
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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2010, 01:07 AM »

I'd be concerned about those cross-head screws getting roughed up and poking holes in the kite when its rolled up in the bag.

I don't know about the R-Sky version, but on the HQ ones the screw is slightly recessed in the the plastic.
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