"Gus" my spiked friend

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"Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Fri, Jan 05 2007, 01:17 AM

Well i didnt start this thread at the beginning, (DOH!! :oops: )but here is the update on my spiked ball. His name is Gus, he is a purple people eater. As of tonight he can now see, for he has some eyes. I have the tube,screen/zipper and valve left to sew on.

Mike any words on how to go about closing off the final seams between the tube,and screen panel? I will be doing the valve similar to the way you described in another post, with the loose material on the inside of the screen. Just not sure on how to close the three together. :?

I did not do full scale only 1/2 size, around 4- 4-1/2 ft round. I have to take my HAT OFF, to those who have tackled the bigger and monster size projects!!!! HOLY :zip: , working with all that material and small quarters sure would make for a very fun time. NOT!!! :shock: I sure wish I had a basement. :blink:

I have also stepped up to the 21st century tonight. ( no I am NOT high speed yet :evil: :P ) I got a digital camera! :-D YIPPY!! :-D So I will be able to post pictures of the final progress and of future projects!! Of which the next one will be the Royal 69 sled. After working with all that material, I want to do something just a little easier and less sewing! :oops:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Mike » Fri, Jan 05 2007, 08:31 AM

Chris, did you put a valve in your spikey? Ken, you may not need one and you can always add it later.
Chris has done this more recently, but if I recall, I cut the tube wider than I needed. Then I sewed the tube material around the perimeter of the ball opening first, then I sewed up the seam that will become the length of the tube using whatever material was left over cut/burned off any extra seam material. Hmmm, did that make any sense?

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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Chris » Fri, Jan 05 2007, 02:43 PM

No, I haven't gotten around to it yet. I will eventually, but it is not high on my list of prioritys :wink:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Mike » Fri, Jan 05 2007, 06:31 PM

Hey Ken, let's see some photos?
Be sure to use whatever software came with your camera to resize the photo and save it as a lower quality jpeg or the file will take forever to upload.

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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Chris » Fri, Jan 05 2007, 10:13 PM

What kind of camera did you get? Make sure also to take a few "test" photos before posting. If the resolution is too high, the file size will be too large for the forum. I set my camera to the lowest resolution, with a 1200x1600 pixel size. The forum software automatically sizes photos to no larger than 1024x768. Anyhow, welcome to the wonderful world of digital photography :up:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 12:23 PM

I got an Olympus FE-190. Thanks for the heads up Chris. :up:

I probably will end up posting all photos after the work is all done. I want to finish it this weekend and have some photos of it outside!! Plus still have to load up and pla with the software too. :? :shock: :? :lol:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 08:55 PM

Well as of around 6ish tonight Gus is DONE!! :bash: :flex: :bash: WOO HOO!!

Shot from last nights start, he can finally see...


and here he is fully inflated with the help of a turbo fan in the house on a count of no breeze when I finished. :(

I think I might have to make some adjustments on the tube and bridles after getting it out to the field tomorrow. Chris& Mike, how long did you make your bridles? I was able to figure out the valve panel and mounting it in, was a little nerve racking :shock: ,but I got it in. :mrblue:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 09:00 PM

Sorry about the large size pictures dont know how to upload them in thumbnails.
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Babbman » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 09:08 PM

Frodos Majik wrote:Sorry about the large size pictures dont know how to upload them in thumbnails.


Ken,

I think everyone has been putting their photos in a personal gallery in the album and then to put the thumbnails, we click on the icon in the middle above that looks like this Image.

Just remember to grab your picture number after you upload to the gallery.

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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Chris » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 09:17 PM

Very cool, Ken :up: :up: :clap Colors look GREAT! :mrblue: Now I have to put eyes on mine!!
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 09:17 PM

Babbman, I tried that and all that comes up is the :zip: code for the picture! Computers just hate me. :rotfl :x: :rotfl
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 09:19 PM

The camera made it look a little more violet then purple, which is what the color really is. :roll:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Mike » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 10:08 PM

Ken, that looks great! I love the colors and the eyes.
Having all those spikey balls will be hilarious come Spring kite festivals.

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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Frodos Majik » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 10:18 PM

Mike/Chris how much line did you use for the bridle off the ball?
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Chris » Sat, Jan 06 2007, 10:28 PM

I think I used a double arm length, or fingertip to fingertip with arms streched out. That has been my measuring techniqe for bridles thus far. :nerd:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Mike » Sun, Jan 07 2007, 08:18 AM

Sounds good. Longer is usually better than shorter. How about 3 times the width of the tube? Does that sound scientific?
I don't remember what I actually did.

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Re: "Gus" My Spiked Friend

Postby Draftnik » Sun, Jan 07 2007, 10:54 AM

Awe he looks great! Good job!
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Re: "Gus" My Spiked Friend

Postby Hector Herrera » Sun, Jan 07 2007, 11:28 AM

Frodos Majik!

That's a fabulous Kite!!! :shock:
I have been thinking in making a Guatemalan kite, you know, one of those traditional old time kites, but after looking at your kite, Babbman's, and Chris, I don't know anymore...???
I have to go with the flow... High teck, modern...
Maybe if I do a mix of the old, with something of the new generations... :roll:
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Re: "Gus" my spiked friend

Postby Invis » Sun, Jan 07 2007, 03:21 PM

Chris, Nice kite but my mom said "he's going to poke someones eye out with that thing!" Guess you know ...I NEVER got MY Red Rider BB Gun.

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Re: "Gus" My Spiked Friend

Postby Draftnik » Sun, Jan 07 2007, 04:22 PM

Hector Herrera wrote: I have been thinking in making a Guatemalan kite, you know, one of those traditional old time kites, but after looking at your kite, Babbman's, and Chris, I don't know anymore...???
I have to go with the flow... High teck, modern...


Don't you dare go with the flow, Hector!! There's plenty of time to do it all. You just focus on that 'old' kite for now, and no one gets hurt. :guns:

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