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My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Mar 23 2013, 09:32 PM
by goestoeleven
There really wasn't much wind earlier today, so I had a hard time getting any altitude with my $3.00 home made picavet KAP rig (using a borrowed GoPro). However, here's my first attempt anyway . . .

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KAP!
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Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Mar 23 2013, 10:09 PM
by Darkspark
Not to bad for a few bucks and a borrowed camera. I like the fisheye lense on the go-pro.

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sun, Mar 24 2013, 08:06 AM
by goestoeleven
Thanks. Actually, I realized it's probably more like $8 - $10. I just remembered I had to buy a tube of threadlock for nuts on the eye bolts and a couple cheap carabiners to hang it from the flying line. I made the rig based on the diagram here at the Brooxes web site (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Parts list:
1 - yardstick, cut in half to make the "X." I might cut it in half again as it's pretty wide, and I don't think it' needs to be based on the pictures of "real" KAP rigs on the Brooxes web site.
4 - eye bolts (pretty small) & 8 nuts - these go through the corners of the yardstick, with a nut on each side to keep them from moving
1 - 1 1/2 x 1/4 in bolt for the center with a locking washer & nut to lock the "X" into place. 1/4 inch diameter matches the threads on a Go-Pro mounting plate.
Note - I might redo this center bolt differently to make it easier to lock the "X" into place & unlock for easy stowing.
1 - 1 1/2 inch washer (matches up to the go pro mounting plate)
1 - wing nut to clamp the washer tight against the Gopro mounting plate to keep the camera from unthreading.
1 - washer to be the center "ring" on the hanging line in the diagram
2 - small carabiners to hang it from the line
2 - small, light key rings (that I fished out of a junk drawer) to run the line through and clip to the carabiners
50-60 feet of braided dacron line. It's probably 90 lb weight, but I could/should have gone a lot lighter. It just happened to be the first spool I grabbed.

Tools needed:
Hand saw (to cut the yard stick)
Sanding paper (to sand the ends)
Drill & drill bits to match the sizes of the bolts

If I get a chance later today, I'll take a picture of it and post it here so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sun, Mar 24 2013, 12:32 PM
by Trigger
very nice!

I wasn't sure about the earth being round either... till now :)

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sun, Mar 24 2013, 03:25 PM
by Jynx
Trigger wrote:I wasn't sure about the earth being round either... till now :)


IT IS?????????????????

Nice photo! I have always been intrigued with KAP... Hoping I won't get too intrigued!!!

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sun, Mar 24 2013, 09:18 PM
by Jim Foster
Jynx wrote:
Trigger wrote:I wasn't sure about the earth being round either... till now :)


IT IS?????????????????

Nice photo! I have always been intrigued with KAP... Hoping I won't get too intrigued!!!


I can just imagine what "too intrigued" could lead to. "I think I would like a kite photo of the (something exotic), now all I need to do is get my passport renewed, an airline ticket and a guide with a boat and some horses or mules to get me to the (something exotic) and hope there is wind".

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sun, Mar 24 2013, 11:33 PM
by makatakam
Trigger wrote:very nice!

I wasn't sure about the earth being round either... till now :)


The Earth is not round; it just looks that way. It's spherical.

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Mon, Mar 25 2013, 07:34 AM
by KiteVoice
Cool! :up:

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Tue, Mar 26 2013, 07:16 PM
by Hitman
Since this is the first attampt and no much wind i think this is great... :up:

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Fri, Apr 05 2013, 01:29 PM
by TMadz
Nice Job Steve. Any thought of doing over water? Maybe the Fox River in downtown St Charles?

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Fri, Apr 05 2013, 01:50 PM
by goestoeleven
That sounds like fun. You looking for art for your shop?

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Fri, Apr 05 2013, 08:42 PM
by cadguy
Isn't the earth an oval-oid, or what ever the techy name is, due to the earth's rotation causing the bulging out at the equator and flattening at the poles.
Your earth science lesson of the week.

Now.... go fly a kite!
Dayton David

Update.... the techy term is: oblate spheroid

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Apr 06 2013, 06:01 AM
by Mike
I like it!

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Apr 06 2013, 10:21 AM
by KiteVoice
cadguy wrote:oblate spheroid


Thanks, David. Now I don't to learn anything else today! :-)

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Apr 06 2013, 10:22 AM
by KiteVoice
Mike wrote:I like it!


Welcome back, Mike, we missed you.

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, Apr 06 2013, 02:48 PM
by Mike
I'm not actually back yet, I just happen to be in a city and have wifi... Back later this week though

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Wed, Apr 17 2013, 07:20 PM
by TMadz
goestoeleven wrote:That sounds like fun. You looking for art for your shop?


St Charles is having an art fest Memorial Day weekend. I'm going to host an artists work. Mostly wall stuff, but nothing says it can't be by someone as a hobby. I think it might get some real appreciation.

BTW, I 'm trying to figure out if someone would be willing to make a Rok for me on commission with my logo. No takers so far. I think it would be completely unique and awesome. Fly it off the bridge at Rt 64 and the river. Like the bat signal. It'll be a long time until I have time to do it myself.

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Thu, Apr 18 2013, 09:42 AM
by Mike
What does your logo look like?

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Thu, Apr 18 2013, 12:20 PM
by akillip
Yes, what does your logo look like?

Re: My 1st KAP attempt

Posted: Sat, May 04 2013, 09:38 PM
by TMadz
I can email you the logo. Unfortunately I'm looking to include the words, so it would be a lot of curvy hot cutting.

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Still working ungodly hours and never ending marketing to bring customers in.