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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2013, 09:04 PM »


I used to really like Rok's and now I'm starting to become obsessed with them. I have to admit, the whole materials thing is actually confusing me.  I know, I should be embarassed.

There are a lot of options. The best way to learn is to ask lots of questions.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2013, 10:26 AM »

After all our research and the more I think about it, and the more Odessa and I talk about it.  We have decided on a "plan of attack".  We are going to buy a kite from Steve now (thanks again steve), and another kite from Steve when money allows.  That will cover the stunt kites.   
 We are going to build Rok's :]
Thank you guys for all the advice and all the help.  We will definitely be posting pics as we go :]
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2013, 11:10 AM »

Awesome decisions! The possibilities are endless and you guys are going to have a ball!
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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2013, 12:07 PM »

Excellent news!
Please post pictures of everything once you get started.
Post pictures of the stunt kite you finally chose and both of you flying it.
Send pictures of the building process of the Roks! Really interesting for everyone and for any other newbies that wish to start a process similar to yours.
And of course, when finished, the Roks flying!

We will all be looking forward to knowing more and seeing it all!   Wink   Cheesy
Cheers and have loads of fun!
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2013, 01:21 AM »

Roks really rock! They have a great presence in the sky. They lend themselves to sail design too. I'm going to make some "skewer" sized Roks with my kids during winter. Get them to draw the designs on.
All the best.
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2013, 09:42 AM »

now I just need to find a decent 8 foot plan, I find plenty of sixes, and I could scale the plans up, but I'm not sure how that would effect what thickness I'd need for spars, I want to use FB
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2013, 10:40 AM »

Build, build, build.  It's great fun.

#1 - read Kite Sewing 101

https://sites.google.com/site/kites4all/home/kite-sewing-101

#2 - A very good plan for a Rok.  Basic plan dimensions are 6', but scales up to 8' - see end.

https://sites.google.com/site/kites4all/home/rokkaku-plans
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 01:10 PM »

thanks TBH.
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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2013, 05:58 PM »

now I just need to find a decent 8 foot plan, I find plenty of sixes, and I could scale the plans up, but I'm not sure how that would effect what thickness I'd need for spars, I want to use FB

I built a couple of 8' Roks. One out of Tyvek and another out of terrible Ripstop nylon. Keep in mind... 8' Roks _really_ pull hard! I've had one up in 10mph winds and it's a chore to pull down. I'd not recommend scaling up... I'd think about building a 6' Rok at most.

You want to use FB? What is FB? Fiberglass?
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2013, 07:02 PM »

I recently got a 6 foot Rok, thanks Kaos!, and I wasn't prepared for the amount of pull it has. Pleasantly surprised.
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2013, 08:22 PM »

OH my GOD!!!! We got our kite today.  Thank you SO much Steve.
 It's a Prism Snapshot 1.4.  Today was more windy than usual and we had SUCH a great time. It was by far the best kiting experience I've EVER had.
 Not only am I super excited, but my daughter wants her own 1.2 now, and my 15 year old step son (who usually doens't want to do anything other than play video games) wants to go fly kites tomorrow !!!
 I'm putting the Rok's on hold for a while. The first sewing project is going to be a tube tail.  I am SO in love with this kite
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2013, 05:37 AM »

Gotta love that new kite rush! Awesome to hear!
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