Flame Quad

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Jim Foster
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Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 05:28 PM


Thought this might be of interest to some. Lynn and I decided to combine our love of hot rods and quad line kites. We cut two quad blanks, one white, one black. We laid out the flames on butcher paper then traced them onto the white blank. I then painted the areas of the flames using yellow, red and black Craft Master spray paint. Next, Lynn sewed the two blanks together along the flame lines drawn on the white blank. Starting at the leading edge she cut the black from the inside of the stitches on one side of the kite, and the white from the oposite side of the stitches on the other side of the kite. We then added the bracing material, leading edge and bridle.

We got lots of helpful information from three great west coast kite sewers, Rod Milburn, Dave Goss and Bob Serack, before we started the project. Start to finish, three days.

Moral to the story, get good info and then go for it. Don't be affraid to do a complex kite for your first project. It's only a kite. Nobody is going to cook you and eat you if it doesn't come out just perfect.

Jim
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Hector Herrera » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 07:09 PM

Nice Kite Jim!!!
I was looking at the pic, and reading too... and I started thinking, since you mentioned before that you have done some Dog Staking before, perhaps we could meet one of this weekends???somewhere near you, Seal Beach maybe? You may know by now that I need to start practicing that kind of kite flying...and maybe you can give me some tips, and we can also fly togheter to practice for the Mega quad team. I am starting my new job Monday the 12th of February and I don't know how is going to be for the weekends. More likely I will have Saturdays and Sundays off. If they call me for Sats. then I have no choice.

I would like to apply your statement:

Moral to the story, get good info and then go for it. (the good info. I'll get from you)

I guess this apply not only for the kite making, but also for the kite flying.
Let me know. Maybe tomorrow Saturday, the 10th. I am free all day long, and let's hope it doesn't rain.
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 07:27 PM

Hector

E-mail me and we'll talk about getting together before kite party.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Chris » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 09:28 PM

Great looking quad, Jim :up: What did you use for the sail material, and how does the paint hold up? Any special techniques involved?
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 10:24 PM

Chris

We used 3/4 oz ripstop nylon and Craft Master paint in a spray can. Penny Lingenfelter put us onto the paint. She paints her old Revs when they become faded.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Frodos Majik » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 10:39 PM

Great looking rev Jim!!! :up:
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Fri, Feb 09 2007, 10:44 PM

Chris

The paint is holding up pretty well. You have to be careful not to get it too thick or it will crack. It has started to crack a little where the kite folds, but once it is assembled, it looks great. It was painted in September of 2004.

Jim
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 12:23 AM

Chris

If you are interested in painted kites, you should check out John Pollock. http://www.kitebuilder.com/k_pollock.html
Lynn and I met John at WSIKF last August. He was a featured flyer and for good reason. He does beautiful work.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 12:35 AM

Chris

Another site where you can see John Pollock and a couple of his kites. These were some of the kites we saw at WSIKF last August.

Jim
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Mike » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 09:53 AM

Save those 40% off coupons from Michaels, they carry Craft Master spray paints.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 01:25 PM

Mike

You have it. That's how we got our paint :up:

Lynn and I just finished modifying our new EXP to match the patriotic EXP I fly. We now have a matched pair. The only trouble we had was getting the double stick tape to stick to the blue material on the new kite. Lynn overcame that with masking tape and patience.

Jim
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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Mike » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 02:09 PM

Beautiful!
I hope to see both you flying this time I'm out. Last time Lynn spent her time taking photos.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Jim Foster » Sat, Feb 10 2007, 03:05 PM

Lynn is ready to fly with us. I am fighting a bad cold, but hope to be OK by next week.

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Re: Flame Quad

Postby Knoted4ever » Sun, Feb 11 2007, 12:14 AM

Sharp looking kite, Jim and Lynn! :up:
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