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« on: November 15, 2012, 08:18 AM »

For something as important to me as getting a virtually timewarp condition Synchro back into the air I took my good, sweet time finding good enough tubing for the connectors. But now the job is done. Behold !




#324 "Randy's Ram"

This will be one of the very few times when it is outdoors. In what I perceived as no wind and with a random set up just to see how things are, a little tension on the lines had it hovering overhead in an instant and still feeling overpowered.

Many thanks to Charly at Kite Classifieds for the sale.

Mike.
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 09:44 AM »

Tell me you at least put it up in the air once. Please.

A kite worthy of your collection. Thanks for the pics.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 10:01 AM »

Tell me you at least put it up the air once. Please.
I gave it a quick flick, just to savour those tabletop 540s...... but it was over powered in wind I could not feel. It deserves the correct environment and a community nuclear defence bunker carved into very solid rock might just be it. There's one near.

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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 12:25 PM »

Did you weigh, mark, and flex-test the spars? Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 01:27 PM »



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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2012, 02:41 PM »

Congrats at getting it back in shape!
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 07:00 PM »

Please don't the great outdoors scare you out of enjoying your Synchro Shocked When everyone else was working up a sweat flying their SULs, you could be kicking back in your bare feet Grin Grin Nothin' better. Chilese flew mine to perfect, flat 900 (like a 540 and a half and some change) some years ago outdoors. I even let Barressi fly it.

BTW, what tubing did you finally use, and where did you find it?  I need some myself.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2012, 07:20 PM »

Did you weigh, mark, and flex-test the spars? Wink

The spars (including a Breeze US) were intact, it was just the fittings that were gone. All still have their weights to two decimal places marked.

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Did you buy a Dodge Ram to haul it in?

I did not and I shall not. Pickups are not a European thing. At all.

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BTW, what tubing did you finally use, and where did you find it?

I ended up with light and unreinforced air pressure tubing, 5mm ID, from Clas Ohlson. Before I tried aquarium suppliers, tool stores, even a medical supplier. It's fractionally larger than spec. but seems OK. Cut with my sharpest knife (ceramic blade) then a hole punch.

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 07:22 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2012, 07:40 PM »

For my Spectre i use PTFE tubing, very light, and stiff for a flexible tubing and seems also very damage resistant, plus its slightly slippery thanks to the teflon, which makes inserting and removing the spars easy and still gives a good solid hold. And available in a wide range of diameters and wall thickness to suit our needs in building a kite.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2012, 08:33 PM »

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It is good to see that the old customs are still being observed  Wink

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2012, 04:55 PM »

Very nice Synchro Mike !

Did you weigh, mark, and flex-test the spars? Wink
The spars (including a Breeze US) were intact, it was just the fittings that were gone. All still have their weights to two decimal places marked.

I don't understand : Avia Breeze UL are tapered rods. For the Upper Spreader ?
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2012, 05:59 PM »

I don't understand : Avia Breeze UL are tapered rods.
True but Breeze Excel is/was a straight rod. Rarer than hen's teeth but still..

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2012, 02:53 PM »

I don't understand : Avia Breeze UL are tapered rods. For the Upper Spreader ?

There where cylindrical Breeze rods as well. By now they are close to unobtaninum. Plus you are better off with a good pulltruded 4mm tube, stiffer, less weight, less thick connectors.

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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2012, 03:12 PM »


There where cylindrical Breeze rods as well. By now they are close to unobtaninum. Plus you are better off with a good pulltruded 4mm tube, stiffer, less weight, less thick connectors.

OK. And what do you think about a .125" (3.18 mm) Avia pultruded tube for the Synchro or the Spectre XUL Upper Spreader ?
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