Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby DB Cooper » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 02:28 PM

Mike K. thank you for putting on the training and ordering all the material. Also, thank you for babysitting the hooligans and not kicking Jeepster out.

Anne thank you for all the food and letting us use your shop. Mike S., I'm not really sure what your part was but I'm confident you deserve a thank you for something :up:

I had a lot of fun and I never realized how much fun a sweatshop could be. Now I am on a quest for a sewing machine.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mike » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 02:36 PM

Jeepster wrote:Mike,
That also looks like a good, light weight, method for attaching line laundry to your main lines. Yes?
Cheers,
Tom


I'm not sure. The knot will slip if it's not under lateral tension. If you try it, let us know how it works.
I like the method that Gomberg uses for attaching line laundary. He uses a few wraps around a caribiner.


By the way, here's another method of typing the Prusik. This is for the bow line. Instead of tying it in hand, there's this way using a straw:
http://www.kitebuilder.com/forums/viewt ... sc&start=0

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mux11 » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 02:52 PM

anyone willing to post pictures of the detail of their master piece?
My study group canceled today and i thought i would make some progress :) Jeepster was right ~ im feeling like an assembly line.

Got the sails together - reinforcements cut out and was getting ready to tack them on when I realized, do the corners go on the back or front of the sail.

cheers - jp


Thanks again Mike for ordering all the stuff and keeping all of us straight :thanks:


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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby DB Cooper » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 04:31 PM

Jim -

The reinforcement patches go on the back of the sail, the part you don't see from the ground. I hope that answers your question.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Jeepster » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 04:37 PM

Mux11 wrote:anyone willing to post pictures of the detail of their master piece?
My study group canceled today and i thought i would make some progress :) Jeepster was right ~ im feeling like an assembly line.

Got the sails together - reinforcements cut out and was getting ready to tack them on when I realized, do the corners go on the back or front of the sail.

cheers - jp


Thanks again Mike for ordering all the stuff and keeping all of us straight :thanks:


As a one day expert ... all reinforcements go on the back ... both the corners and the square pads. Don't forget to align the corner reinforcements so that the edges are under the hem, and yet, don't have to be folded with the hem.

Cheers,
Tom

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mike » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 07:10 PM

To do the hem, brief instructions:
The line that's drawn for the hem is on the front of the kite.
Fold along that line, folding the hem to the back of the kite.
Then fold again, folding it inside to the fold, it's now a 1/4" wide rolled hem.
Sew with a zig zag.

Here's a detail of the corner steps. It'll supplement the diagrams and partial instructions you took home:
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(the tiny words that are hard to read in the first diagram: "tape") ;)

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby backdraft » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 07:56 PM

Here are some photos from Saturday and some from today. I have not sewn the skull or ribbons on yet but this is what they will look like when there done.
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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby DB Cooper » Sun, Feb 08 2009, 09:12 PM

Thanks for posting the pics Mike. The skull looks awesome, I think it is even a girl skull, the Rev as a hair bow gives it away. Very cool.

Again thanks for your hospitality.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mike » Mon, Feb 09 2009, 06:50 AM

The grrrrl skull will be great in a Rok battle. Good design.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Babbman » Mon, Feb 09 2009, 06:57 AM

wow, looks like everyone had fun!

OK, who made the light blue/whit ROK with the stripes in the background of the picture where Mike is leaning over the table. It's hanging on the wall.. I love it.

I am constantly entertained when I tell people (especially women) and get 'the look'. Then I show them some pictures of what I've sewed and get 'the look'...lol

Even though I wasn't there, I have my own ROK that I built a couple of years ago..

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby DB Cooper » Mon, Feb 09 2009, 05:48 PM

That Rok is awesome. Reminds me MC Escher
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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby brownssl » Mon, Feb 09 2009, 07:56 PM

I THINK WE SHOULD MAKE BANNERS NEXT :up:
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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mux11 » Mon, Feb 09 2009, 08:48 PM

Great Pictures Mike!!!
Sorry i missed the finish

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Jeepster » Tue, Feb 10 2009, 09:05 AM

brownssl wrote:I THINK WE SHOULD MAKE BANNERS NEXT :up:


With the 25+ mph winds we're in the midst of, I think vented ROKs are in order as our next project. Geez, when I finally decided to go fly the new ROK on Sunday the winds were at zero ... now yesterday, today and tomorrow the winds are simply too high to fly.

There's an only saying that goes something like this, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." What does God have against kite flyers with a new kite?

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mike » Tue, Feb 10 2009, 12:15 PM

I know. The weather warms up nice, but then the wind is howling.

Banners: I think banners are noisy ;)
I don't mind one or two, but if we had a dozen banners on the field we couldn't hear each other talk.
Or maybe I'm just a curmudgeon.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Jeff » Tue, Feb 10 2009, 12:46 PM

Mike wrote:I know. The weather warms up nice, but then the wind is howling.

Banners: I think banners are noisy ;)
I don't mind one or two, but if we had a dozen banners on the field we couldn't hear each other talk.
Or maybe I'm just a curmudgeon.


How about those noise makers with the ribbons. (I forget what they're called)

A dozen or so of those would make a nice sound...

...and scare away the curmudgeons. :lol:
Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mux11 » Tue, Feb 10 2009, 09:30 PM

Ah - the ribbon things

how about a flock of beez with the hummers :up:

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Frodos Majik » Thu, Feb 12 2009, 10:07 PM

I was going to post a picture of what I came up with for my applique on the rok, but it was done up in Corel Draw. Since I dont know how to upload from there to here.

I will say this much - it is done with tribal art and the girls will have two choices to root for not.
Mike's "GRRRRRRL" or my piece. :up:

So you all will just have to wait see it in person at a fest near you. :twisted:
Unless some of you computer gurus can help me with this problem.
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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Mike » Fri, Feb 13 2009, 11:43 AM

Ken,
is there an "Export" option on the File menu?
That's usually where they hide the conversion stuff. If you can export it as a jpg you can upload the jpg here.

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Re: Kite Projects - This Winter---Rok Building Class

Postby Frodos Majik » Fri, Feb 13 2009, 12:33 PM

Where would I export it to? Right here to my album? Thanks for the info Mike. :up:
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