Mini Mock Foil Kite

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Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Jeepster » Sat, Jul 31 2010, 04:53 PM

With a sample pack of nylon from Steve at Kitebuilder, I was just itching to try something new. The Mini Mock is a 20 square foot (5" wide x 4' tall) foil (actually a flowform) designed by Don Mock. It contains all of the elements of the larger kites, but was the perfect size for the material I had available. Plus, it's really a neat looking kite. So, out came the materials and some calcs were made ... decided on blue/red/orange. The requisite templates were cut out and the hot cutting commenced. Opps, ran out of the red fabric before all the panels were cut ... yep, made a slight error on the calcs. Oh well, spliced on a little blue and all was well.

The Mini Mock is a rather inexpensive kite to build, and yet, contains all the necessary steps to build any size foil type kite. If you used a single color, you could squeeze it out of six yards of 60 inch fabric.

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Tom

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Re: Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Mike » Sat, Jul 31 2010, 05:38 PM

It looks good!
How does it fly? Is there much pull?

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Re: Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Jeepster » Sat, Jul 31 2010, 07:01 PM

Mike wrote:It looks good!
How does it fly? Is there much pull?


Thanks!

It seems to fly very well. The wind today was very light and squirrelly so it didn't get a long test flight. Very stable and with enough pull to handle some moderate tails. Which reminds me, I've got some 24 foot tails that I'll try the next time the wind blows.

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Tom

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Re: Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Mux11 » Wed, Aug 11 2010, 05:16 PM

WOW, Nice looking mock! Awesome that your getting into building a bunch of different stuff. Should be showing us how to do it.... 8)
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Re: Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Jeepster » Thu, Feb 17 2011, 08:07 PM

I built a new sewing table in the basement to go with my refurbished Pfaff 1222 that I bought for sewing that &^%%& slippery ripstop. Then I was given a 12 pound box of ripstop scraps, so had to do something with it if for no other reason than to get to know the new machine! I love the looks of the cross color foil kites, so this was a perfect time to see how easy they are to build. Had to adjust the size of the colors to take advantage of the pieces available ... I'm totally out of that color red and yellow now. It took 92 individual pieces and lots of calculating to make it work.

The banner tail is one of two that I built for the Stealth kite. By adding longer tie lines and putting a rod in the leading edge of the banner it was made to fly much better.

Today was a poor day for pictures, but not too bad for testing new kites!!!

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Re: Mini Mock Foil Kite

Postby Mike » Sun, Feb 20 2011, 07:16 PM

That looks really nice. I like the tail!


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