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*when NO Accessories???*

Posted: Sun, Feb 11 2007, 03:04 PM
by Hector Herrera
I am frantically working with Ike, the Red Baron, last time I flew it I noticed it was bending, so I bought a couple of SLE tubings and there is some improvement.
See these pictures and notice my self made whatever, you may call it.
It looks good to me...and again no planing, I just went to home depot and my mind was brain storming on it's own...
I didn't even went to church... :oops:

well, my priority is to have IKE, the R. B., ready for the Kite Party.
See you there... :LogoRevAni:

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Posted: Sun, Feb 11 2007, 03:42 PM
by Mike
The rev spars are quite strong and can bend quite a bit and that's ok. Actually, I like it to have some bending. I think you get smoother flight since it absorbs the gusts and quick stops.

I have an old Hawaiian Spin-off dual line that uses that kind of tubing to attach spars.

Have you seen how a standard Rev attaches the spars at the top? They use bungee cord which helps to absorb the shock when you land. Otherwise the spars tend to get knocked out of their endcaps or break the fabric.

I can post photos or show you in a couple weeks if you don't know what I'm talking about.

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Posted: Sun, Feb 11 2007, 11:17 PM
by Frodos Majik
Great brain storming Hector, but I would have to agree with Mike. You may cause other problems by making the kite too rigid. Better off leaving it a little spongy or soft.

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 08:34 AM
by terry229uk
Here is my vision of stand by fitings
Reenforced rubber pipe with a brass feral so it slides for taking apart.

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 08:36 AM
by terry229uk
And heres the quad line its on that I made last week.

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 08:57 AM
by Mike
Thanks for the photos, Terry.
There many different ways to attach the spars, it's good to see what different folks have come up with.
I've also used tubing, but still attached it to bungees. Hector's method and your method have the advantage of reducing those line snagging bungee knots.
Now I use the more expensive, but lighter weight, plastic endcaps. I'm still using the bungee method.

I like colors of your kite--IKE club colors!
:LogoRevAni:

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 02:35 PM
by awindofchange
We carry the actual Revolution replacement caps in stock. These come two to a package and come with the pre-cut bungee cords. There are three different styles, standard 1" end caps, end caps with stoppers, and end caps with dust covers.

Dust covers are usually used on the leading edge for the down spar connections, end caps with stoppers are for the SLE rods, and the standard end caps are for the down spar ends (trailing edge) and the end caps for the 1/4" rod. All of the caps are actually the exact same cap and the same cap will work for the standard 1/4" rod as well as the SLE rod. It fits on the outside of the 1/4" rod and on the inside of the SLE (hence the use of the stopper to protect your bridle line).

You should be able to get the end cap kits from your local kite shop. Cost for the packaged pair w/bungee is usually less than $8.00 for the dust caps, less for the others.

The tubing works great as well. I also have the PVC tubing on my 8 stack of 3/4 Hawaiian's and several other (old school) kites.

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 08:55 PM
by Hector Herrera
The bungee method is probably safer for the kite, but not nessesarily the best, and I did not have accesories similar to the original handy, and because there were NO accesories, we've got to do this things. I am comfortable with what I have done.
In respond to the rubber and BRASS, I think I read somewhere, probably from the American Kiteflier Association, AKA, that NO METALs should be used in kites; that is posibly to avoid any accidents from electric storms, and I personally prefer to stay away from them. (metals)

I guess I need to buy me A REAL REVO KITE.

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Posted: Mon, Feb 12 2007, 10:00 PM
by Chris
Hector, what kind of sewing machine do you have?

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Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2007, 07:14 AM
by Mike
Well, yeah, a real Revolution does fly best. You can borrow one of mine while I'm there.
In the mean time, what I've done before is used a piece of hose like you did, but I drilled a hole cross-wise thru it and ran a bungee cord thru the hole. A poor mans rev-style end cap.

You can find bungee at camping stores. The stuff at sewing stores is too thin.

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Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2007, 08:15 PM
by Hector Herrera
Hi Chris!
I have a Brother, model LS2125, It os a good machine, and not so expensive, I think I paid around $78.00.! It has 16 different pattern selections, and others that I don't use, I basically use the straigh and the zig zag, to do my sewing.
and Mike, please bring an extra kite for your poor buddy, I may not be able to buy that kite yet. See you at the beaches of California. 8)

Ohh...Mike, my wife received the mail from Kite Harbor today! Warp Speed Shanti Sport Line, there are 1000'/90# Shanti kite company, made from SPECTRA high performance fiber. 8)

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Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2007, 09:17 PM
by Babbman
Hector Herrera wrote:
Ohh...Mike, my wife received the mail from Kite Harbor today! Warp Speed Shanti Sport Line, there are 1000'/90# Shanti kite company, made from SPECTRA high performance fiber. 8)


It's good line... I got 2 sets of 120's out of them and they are great!

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Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2007, 09:26 PM
by Jim Foster
That line is what I had ordered from the "other place" that didn't come through. Guess I have to make a call to Chicago tomorrow.

Jim

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Posted: Tue, Feb 13 2007, 09:40 PM
by Mike
That Shanti is slippery stuff and works well.
David has sold several bulk spools to members of IKE.

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Posted: Wed, Feb 14 2007, 12:55 AM
by Frodos Majik
Why yes, yes he has. :up: :mrblue:

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Posted: Wed, Feb 14 2007, 03:20 PM
by awindofchange
We have been using the Shanti line for a while now and find that it is super nice stuff!!! We also have bulk Shanti Warp Speed line in stock in most sizes if you can't seem to find it at your local dealer.