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« on: June 19, 2012, 11:08 AM »

I noticed the other night while looking at my Aussie MEFM that is says "MEFM Big Easy Kites" on the back side of the trailing edge, its hand written in gold pen. Im almost 100% sure this is not a Big Easy version, it uses rubber tubing for connectors not the custom made peices that Ray used. Did Warren do this on all Aussie kites?
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 11:26 AM »

Hmm, interesting.

I have a Big Easy & AUS version and they have the same type rubber fittings.  I assumed that's what they all used, but perhaps not.  I suppose there were variations in the different generations.

Now I want to go dig them out & double check.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 11:38 AM »

Hmm, interesting.

I have a Big Easy & AUS version and they have the same type rubber fittings.  I assumed that's what they all used, but perhaps not.  I suppose there were variations in the different generations.

Now I want to go dig them out & double check.  Cheesy

-Mike

That is interesting. I wonder if Ray was using rubber tubing early on? Im pretty sure mine is Aussie. All the Big Easy versions were carrington cloth right? Im pretty sure mine is icarex.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 01:42 PM »

All the Big Easy versions were carrington cloth right?

No they weren't.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012, 02:06 PM »

EFMs were nylon with rubber tubes.  Early MEFMs were poly with rubber tubes.  Not sure when the clamshell fittings came along, but I have MEFMs that don't have them.

I don't recall any of my MEFMs having markings on them either.  I looked at 2 MEFMs and 2EFMs I just acquired and none of them are marked.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2012, 02:15 PM »

Interesting. What are the odds mine is a Big Easy with rubber tubing and an icarex/ripstop sail?
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012, 02:49 PM »

02/06/1995 is when he applied for the patent - Abstract:

A kite framing-member connector for forming a connection between at least two elongated kite framing-members. The kite framing-member connector comprises: a first framing-member connection fitting attached to a second framing-member connecting mechanism. The first framing-member connection fitting is adapted to receive and hold the end of a framing-member such as a spreader. The second framing-member connecting mechanism includes a flap portion having a flexible, flap-end portion that is securable to a kite framing-member, such as a leading edge spar, by surrounding and gripping a section of the kite framing-member. It is preferred to include an attachment structure carried on the flap-end portion that is connectable with a harness line in a manner such that tensional force on the harness line causes the second framing-member connecting mechanism to increase the gripping force applied to the section of the second kite framing-member about which the flap portion is secured.

Maybe someone can figure out when the first MEFMs were produced.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012, 04:48 PM »

Here's a pic. How did Ray sign? How does Warren sign?
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2012, 01:14 PM »

I got a chance to look at an aussie kite. The spars are different as well. And the sail material feels different. On the one that says "big easy" the spars are carbon, but do not looked wrapped. But on the aussie kite the are wrapped avia g force ul.

Any more thoughts?
Just trying to figure out if I lucked out and have a Big Easy version.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2012, 04:11 PM »

As I recall mine are the same.  Pultruded carbon vs. wrapped carbon.  I keep meaning to dig them out, I'll try to look at them tonight to confirm.

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2012, 09:56 AM »

The Ray Bordelon made MEFM used G Force UL.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 10:36 AM »

Even the early ones?
What about the custom LE connectors? Do you know if they always had those?
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2012, 11:57 AM »

The Ray Bordelon made MEFM used G Force UL.
For the Leading Edges and Lower Spreaders.

Upper Spreader and Spine were Avia .2200 or sometimes Beman strong 14/64".
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2012, 02:20 PM »

Even the early ones?
What about the custom LE connectors? Do you know if they always had those?


I have no idea whether all (Ray made) MEFM's came with custom connectors and G Force, I can only say that mine and all the ones I've ever seen did.
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