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WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 08 2011, 05:00 PM
by Jeepster
This spring brought another kite build from Barry Olgetree. This one is a 100 sq ft foil of his own design that addresses the overflying issue of some foils. After completing it, I found that although it didn't overfly, it did need tails for stability. Based on the guidance of others, I bought a pair of custom tails from Gomberg ... 12 inch diameter by 65 feet long. I bought them 'cuz, I couldn't buy the fabric for what he offered them at. After flying them here in the mid-west, I found that there were way too much tail for the lighter winds we have.

After kicking around several concepts, I stumbled upon the idea of making the tail look like a crayon. Dug around in the scrap bin and came up with enough red to make a single tail 11 inches in diameter by 11 feet long. Had to ignore the grain direction and had to finally decide to do some applique. The red tail is the first one completed. Decided to drop the color name from the emblem and applique an emblem on both sides of the crayon. Once that one was finished I decided to try one more. Found enough dark blue in the scrap bin, so built the second one.

Here's what I learned:

1) Applique is a lot of work! Fun, but time consuming.

2) Use contrasting colors for applique work ... black on dark blue was a mistake. Black on red is the right idea. Will probably build two more this winter ... orange and yellow!

3) Having a number of crayon tails is an advantage. I built them so that they can be linked in a line. Thus, they can be used one on each corner or two in a row off the middle. With a couple more crayon tails, that will broaden the wind range considerably. One looks a little overpowering on the mini-mock, but it works.

4) When your new/old sewing machine starts going clunk-clunk, you should have oiled the bobbin hook an hour or two ago. Just about had a heart attack on that one!

Anyway, today was a terrible day for flying, but a beautiful day for pictures. Took a half hour of standing in the middle of the field waiting for the wind to pick up to get this picture. Flying SLKs has some of the same characteristics as flying quads.

Cheers,
Tom


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WK100 w/ crayon tails
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Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 08 2011, 05:13 PM
by prairierose
Love the crayons!!!
Beautiful work, Jeepster, what a delight to look at!

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 08 2011, 05:16 PM
by Darkspark
It is gorgeous! So If the crayons are 11' long that makes the whole kite Huge! It is always hard to get some scale in a picture.
Very nice work!

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 08 2011, 06:39 PM
by Mike
Beautiful! Nice work.

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Sat, Jul 09 2011, 07:27 AM
by Elix
Yeah, you can technically call it an SLK, but that's no schoolboy toy. Awesome work on the kite and the creative tails. Hope to see it in person some day.

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Sat, Jul 09 2011, 10:52 PM
by goestoeleven
Nice kite (and tails)! :up: I'll bet it pulls a bit! (assuming you get some wind)

I also hope to see it in person some day.

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Thu, Jul 14 2011, 01:13 PM
by backdraft
Looks great Tom!!!!! Even better then you described.

Big Mike

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Thu, Jul 14 2011, 09:47 PM
by makatakam
COOOOOOOOL!!!!

I bet I could trim about a pund off of it for those lighter wind days, like my blk/red 1.5 sle. ;) ;)

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 10:36 AM
by Jeepster
makatakam wrote:... I bet I could trim about a pund off of it for those lighter wind days, like my blk/red 1.5 sle. ;) ;)


Oh, but it's already been lightened to make this Rev-like progressive stack.

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Almost looks like the real thing doesn't it? But, the largest kite in the stack is smaller than a Rev II.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 10:40 AM
by Elix
Wow, I'd like to see a video of that stack moving around, and also of it on the ground next to someone for scale reference. Looks very sharp!

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 11:35 AM
by Jeepster
Do videos, but here's a picture of the "half-pint" stack next to Mike Kory's standard progressive stack.

Cheeers,
Tom

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Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 11:43 AM
by Jynx
Jeepster wrote:
makatakam wrote:... I bet I could trim about a pund off of it for those lighter wind days, like my blk/red 1.5 sle. ;) ;)


Oh, but it's already been lightened to make this Rev-like progressive stack.

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Almost looks like the real thing doesn't it? But, the largest kite in the stack is smaller than a Rev II.

Cheers,
Tom

AWESOME set... and photo too!!!! :up:

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Aug 05 2011, 07:15 PM
by Jeepster
Finished a new WK100 this afternoon. Barry added a lifter design to the WK100 line of kites. He normally cuts out the ripstop, but instead sent me the keel and rib profiles because I wanted to make a cross color kite. Here's a picture of the first flight this afternoon. As is usual when one has a new kite, the winds were terrible and the sky was too cloudy for good pictures. Here's one that turned out okay.

Notice the influence of Tony? If not, then you need to look at his website. Look under the "Kites For Sale" tab and then scroll down a page or two. See one in person and you'll fall in love with it!!

Cheers,
Tom

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Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Aug 05 2011, 08:24 PM
by makatakam
"But can it core a apple, oh chef of the future?" :up:

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Fri, Aug 05 2011, 10:31 PM
by goestoeleven
Beautiful kite! Really impressive - and I hope I get to see it in person sometime soon. Are you going to be at any of the fall kite festivals?

BTW, I wish I knew about the folks in Wataga last summer. My dad was renting a place near Galesburg last summer and I went down there several times - and Amtrak goes right through Wataga (but it doesn't stop). My father grew up near there, but I think that was the last summer he'll be up here in Illinois. Of course, I didn't even know about IKE last summer . . . . so it's been a big year for me with kiting.

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Sat, Aug 06 2011, 06:19 AM
by Mike
Wow, that's really nice, Tom.
How many kites have you made this year? If we just flew this years kites it would fill the sky.

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Sat, Aug 06 2011, 01:12 PM
by Jeepster
goestoeleven wrote:Beautiful kite! Really impressive - and I hope I get to see it in person sometime soon. Are you going to be at any of the fall kite festivals?

BTW, I wish I knew about the folks in Wataga last summer. My dad was renting a place near Galesburg last summer and I went down there several times - and Amtrak goes right through Wataga (but it doesn't stop). My father grew up near there, but I think that was the last summer he'll be up here in Illinois. Of course, I didn't even know about IKE last summer . . . . so it's been a big year for me with kiting.


Planning on going to Kites over Lake Michigan, and of course, the QC kite festival. Not sure about any of the others. We're off to WSIKF this Saturday. Never been, so it'll be a new experience. I think Tony is planning on attending the QC festival ... you might e-mail him and ask.

Cheers,
RTom

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Sat, Aug 06 2011, 01:21 PM
by Jeepster
Mike wrote:Wow, that's really nice, Tom.
How many kites have you made this year? If we just flew this years kites it would fill the sky.


Think I've made eight foil kites in the last year ... from several 5 sq footers to one 190 sq footer and a few inbetween. Let's see, that's about 525 sq ft of kites to fly.

One of the Kitebuilder.com members from Canada just made a single kite that comes out at 500 sq ft!!! With tail, it really fills the sky.

Now IKE members have to work on Big Mike to sew up his Pit Bull Dog ... ask him how he's doing the next time you see him. When he finishes it, we'll have three Pit Bull Dogs in the club to fly at a festival.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: WK100 Foil

Posted: Mon, Sep 19 2011, 10:42 AM
by Mux11
These WK100's are AWESOME! Probably my favorite kite right now.
Did 4 custom printed and started #5 to have for this weekend!!! Pictures to come.
James