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« on: October 02, 2012, 07:29 AM »

I treat my IS like a daily driver.  Huh

So cartwheel recoveries are part of the routine.

The nose has worn on both sides where the leading edge spars,

even though they have vinyl end caps, have worn through the material.

The lovely Bambi has told me she will sew on a new nose.

What material would be best suited?

Should the old nose be removed or just sewn over?

Anything else to be wary of for beginner kite repairers?

It's the orange one lower left:
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 07:40 AM »

If you're not stuck on doing it yourselves, mike would do a dandy job. If you are, cordura would be the material you'ld likely want (400d?), and especially on such a light kite remove the old one.

Mike replaced the nose on my nirvana after you flew it  Tongue and did great work.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 07:50 AM »

For a proper repair, put it in a tube and send it back to Tim.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 07:58 AM »

i think i may have some orange le edge material. What is on it now?
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 08:47 AM »

I can say what I did for my Vapor when I restored it, well I cut away the original nose, made a cardboard template and cut its shape from Steve's 3 in. webbing just because it's thinner than 2 in. one.
Finally sewn the new nose as shown:





I strongly think that sewing a new nose over the old one is a very bad idea, even if DS nose was made with dacron, if I had to repair it, I'd replace it for sure.
If sail appears worn under the old nose, simply add a little stripe of icarex or mylar to reinforce it.

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 12:28 PM »

Give it to Mike John, he will get you fixed up.
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 01:07 PM »

what is the nose made out of already? ripstop or cordura??
i am one for pull the rods out and mail to Tim for a maker repair....
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 05:31 PM »

For my nose repairs I use the thin vinyl backed dacron used for kite bags or the heavy material MLD uses in their bags.  After the new nose is done a coat of  "plasti-dip" on the top 1/8" makes them bulletproof
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 06:30 PM »

Mike replaced the nose on my nirvana after you flew it  Tongue

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I have to laugh at that comment...

I was so scared watching my friend John fly my <new to me> IS, yankin and spankin it like there's no tomorrow, but he DID show up to visit me during my inpromptu visit.  Grin Grin  Wink

edit: I'm still laughing after my post! Dont ever change John!  Smiley

 
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 09:20 PM »

After the new nose is done a coat of  "plasti-dip" on the top 1/8" makes them bulletproof

Plasti-dip may work, but I could never bring myself to add that to a Benson.  Cry  His kites are works of art to me.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2012, 02:03 PM »

For a proper repair, put it in a tube and send it back to Tim.  Wink

+1 but send only the sail into a letter to keep the postage (and the work time for Tim) down.
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