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Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 08:28 PM
by Jeff
I may try to get out to Busse one day after work next week.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 09:23 PM
by Elix
Elix wrote:My new B Series (and my first Rev) arrived in the mail last night. Mid-west wind deities, please keep this 10mph breeze going until well after I get off work!


No surprise, the wind died down in the afternoon, so I was never in the air longer than a few minutes. But I consider the maiden flight complete. I was able to spend about 90 minutes in light & variable winds before I gave up the struggle. Really looking forward to the next good day.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 09:27 PM
by Darkspark
!Congrats on the new kite! Picture? Or colors? Shari will be mad if someone else got purple and grey! :-D :guns:

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 09:27 PM
by goestoeleven
Elix wrote:
Elix wrote:My new B Series (and my first Rev) arrived in the mail last night. Mid-west wind deities, please keep this 10mph breeze going until well after I get off work!


No surprise, the wind died down in the afternoon, so I was never in the air longer than a few minutes. But I consider the maiden flight complete. I was able to spend about 90 minutes in light & variable winds before I gave up the struggle. Really looking forward to the next good day.


Awesome that you got to try it out. Hope you have some good winds soon.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Fri, Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
by goestoeleven
Jeff wrote:I may try to get out to Busse one day after work next week.


I'll have to get next week's thread started - post up if you're going out there. I might have more flexibility next week after work. This week was a bear!

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 07:48 AM
by Mike
Darkspark wrote: I think I will sell a pair for $15-20.

Something to think about in regards to pricing: make sure you charge enough that you can still make money if you sell your product through kite stores. Retailers can expand your market considerably. Talk to Big Mike about the margin a retailer will expect.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 08:32 AM
by Elix
Not sure how long these URLs will work, but here's a couple shots.

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Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 10:09 AM
by Jeff
Looks good! Now try more brake. ;)

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 10:40 AM
by goestoeleven
Jeff wrote:Looks good! Now try more brake. ;)


Jeff - I think he had an evening with almost zero wind . . . . give elix a brake break ;) Of course . . . reverse flight is a bit easier with more brake . . .

BTW elix, as you probably know, you can attach the pictures to the thread (as long as the file size is not too big) and then you don't have to worry about the url going bad (at least until Mike & Jeff upgrade the forum) :twisted: I'm kidding guys - please don't ban me!

Yes - NICE kite. Hope you can get to a club fly so we can see it in person.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 11:14 AM
by Elix
Jeff wrote:Looks good! Now try more brake. ;)


Yeah, it was a very lousy wind day and I wanted all the forward I could squeeze out to get her off the ground for the first flight. When I find a good breeze, you bet I'll be letting that top line out as far as I can and working on my reverse flight every chance I get. Cheers!

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 02:10 PM
by makatakam
Congrats on the new kite, looking forward to crossing lines with you soon.

:up: :up: :up: :up: (that's yours & mine)

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 03:35 PM
by Mike
Good looking kite! I would argue that putting more brake would help even in light winds.

See this post for a photo of iQuad's handles knots vs the B-series knots:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1046&hilit=knots#p9113

And here's 180GO!'s knots.
viewtopic.php?p=17597#p17597

When on iQuad, even in almost no wind, none of us would fly further back than a few knots. Note that's still the very end of the B-Series knots.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sat, Jul 16 2011, 06:27 PM
by makatakam
Flew at Meinecke Park in Schaumburg just an hour ago, really lame wind, 0 gusting to 1, new build flew bueatifully. Sail still flutters even though it's stretched quite tight. Any suggestions anyone?

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Sun, Jul 17 2011, 12:56 PM
by Mike
Is is the trailing edge that flutters? Maybe change the curve?

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Mon, Jul 18 2011, 08:53 AM
by makatakam
Mike wrote:Is is the trailing edge that flutters? Maybe change the curve?


I think you're right, but I'll have to make other changes as well. I originally cut the sail material so I could build it from two pieces, and the two bottom tip edges formed a 90-degree angle to each other, figuring this would keep those edges taut. It did, but that made the entire leading edge cut on the bias. Lots of stretch = lots of bow. I switched the leading edge tubing from Skyshark P100 to rev 3-wrap and lengthened it six inches. This stiffened the leading edge, increased the bow, but reduced the flutter. I believe I'll have to cut away about 4-6" of leading edge and sew in a piece that's parallel to the weave. This should reduce/eliminate the bow of the leading edge. As it is now, the leading edge is bowed to about one-sixth of a circle. (

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Mon, Jul 18 2011, 03:36 PM
by Captain
Mike wrote:
Darkspark wrote: I think I will sell a pair for $15-20.

Something to think about in regards to pricing: make sure you charge enough that you can still make money if you sell your product through kite stores. Retailers can expand your market considerably. Talk to Big Mike about the margin a retailer will expect.



I missed something $15-20 for Revolution style kite ?

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Mon, Jul 18 2011, 04:44 PM
by Darkspark
Wouldn't that be sweet, It is for the sparkaps that I am making. Picture and explanation further up the post.

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Mon, Jul 18 2011, 05:50 PM
by Mike
:) the caps are in post #23
viewtopic.php?p=18150#p18150

Re: Who is flying what & where this week? 2011-7/10-7/16

Posted: Tue, Jul 19 2011, 09:39 AM
by Captain
Got it - makes sense and @ DarkSpark - yes that would be sweet