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spike ball update

Postby Chris » Fri, Dec 01 2006, 08:40 PM

I'm just about at the halfway point, even at half scale this thing is starting to get big :mrgreen:

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Mike » Fri, Dec 01 2006, 09:34 PM

go! go! go!
Can't wait to see it.

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Dec 02 2006, 01:04 AM

LOOOKIINNGG GOOD!!!! :clap :up:
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Chris » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 08:45 PM

Almost finished, I think this one is small enough for line laundry!!

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Mike » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 09:02 PM

I dunno, looks pretty big in the photo. Unless your new mega-sled has a lot of pull. How big is it when measured?

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Chris » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 09:07 PM

I haven't measured it yet, guessing, I'd say 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall? I just don't think I want the kids to handle it though. I used the same nylon I made the IKE feather out of.
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Re: Spike Ball Update

Postby ZippyD » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 10:21 PM

Fantastic! We so need to get the spIKE balls together.

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Re: Spike Ball Update

Postby TheBigKiteGuy » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 10:24 PM

Unless you use a big lifter to get it completely out of reach, do you really think you an keep the kids away from it? That is why I don't own a big Fugu.

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Chris » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 10:49 PM

Probably not, but I'm going to try :-D
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Mike » Thu, Dec 07 2006, 11:30 PM

Why try? For me that's the whole point. I set mine up and walk away. The kids beat on it, run away from it and play with it all day. They love it!

I like that Dan, spIKE balls.
I have a photo somewhere of Dan's and Mimi next to each other.

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Frodos Majik » Fri, Dec 08 2006, 12:06 AM

Well Done Ol' CHAP!!!

Now tie her down...

walk away...

:wohow: :bash: :wohow: and set the kiddies free. YIPPY!!!!!!!!
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Re: Spike Ball Update

Postby denverberry » Sat, Dec 09 2006, 04:04 AM

Ken, step away from the spikey ball! :lethercap:
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Frodos Majik » Sun, Dec 10 2006, 01:29 AM

Not for me :oops: , but the little kiddies. :roll:

I am the BIG kiddie!! SILLY Denver!! :rotfl :rotfl
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Re: Spike Ball Update

Postby denverberry » Sun, Dec 10 2006, 02:33 AM

Sounds to me like I'm [smiley smilie=11 fontcolor=000000 shadowcolor=00FF00 shieldshadow=1]ON TARGET !!![/smiley] there Ken... :rotfl
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Chris » Thu, Dec 14 2006, 07:25 PM

the spike ball's done :mrblue:

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OK almost done. Mike, does Mimi have a one way flap in the opening? What are the pros and cons in putting one in?
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Mike » Thu, Dec 14 2006, 07:43 PM

Mimi does have a valve.
I tried a couple different types of valves and no valve. And for me, Mimi stayed better inflated with the valve in variable winds. Other's disagree, so ymmv.
The valve that I came up with for Mimi works like this:
I put screen over the opening and zippers on two sides of the opening so I can open it up. This helps to keep the kids out of her--so far they haven't noticed the zippers or opening a zipper is a line they don't cross.
I then sewed a tube of light fabric that extends inside mimi. The diameter of the tube is around the screen, and the length is a little longer than the tube diameter. When the wind blows into Mimi, it blows thru the tube and inflates Mimi. When the wind dies down, the tube collapses against the screen and seals off the opening, keeping the air in longer. It still slowly leaks out all the seams partly becasue I just used simple seams, no overlap, no flat fell, nothing.

I'll bring Mimi to the next club fly. It's much easier to understand when you see it and you may find you don't want it anyway.
Another valve to think about is the kind that's used in the lady-bug ground bouncer for example. It's kind of an overlapping slit. It's been a while since I've looked at one, so I don't remember exactly. Maybe someone else knows. Or maybe you can tell by a photo.

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Frodos Majik » Thu, Dec 14 2006, 09:19 PM

Looks GREAT OL' CHAP!!! :up: Cant wait to see in person next week. :-D

Looks like I am going to have to join in to the spike ball family!! :lol: Mike please email me the plans.
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Re: spike ball update

Postby Babbman » Thu, Dec 14 2006, 09:24 PM

Mike, same here.... this will be my second project. I'm about to get started on my circoflex. Unfortunately, I won't be done by next week as I have a large video project to finish off first..

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Mike » Thu, Dec 14 2006, 10:06 PM

I didn't really use plans. There are some out there, I think Chris might have the link. If not, I can find them tomorrow

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Re: spike ball update

Postby Frodos Majik » Fri, Dec 15 2006, 12:49 AM

Found them, go here...

www.vientocero.com/kpb

then go to Misc.
under Junk
then under Spike. :up:
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