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riffclown last won the day on March 20

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    Symphony 2.2.4, Quads ranging from Rev to HQ Toxic 8Meter
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    Yorktown, Virginia
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  1. From the album riffclown's kite album

    Just a few quick moments to check the balance of the kite.. Winds swirl badly in this particular spot but wanted a pic to share..
  2. By the time I got the box of caps unpacked and had it bridled up, the predicted wind was not cooperating.. i did manage to get a few snap in the air outside but this was close to and under trees. I took a few secs of footage but haven't really looked at it yet. I think this is easily a 10-15mph wind kite. Green Race LE and CF Arrow shafts for vertical spar.. Video soon weather permitting..
  3. No "if"s" here. I'm a kite nut.. No doubt.. My wife is even helping me name my kites.. "Let's call it Mittens!" So now I have a kite named "Mittens" .;) Another I named "tails" 8m Toxic is named "Black Betty".
  4. Was close to Freezing when I got the recent video of my Mesh #3.. My wife has nicknamed that kite Mittens because she wished she'd brought her mittens to wear while recording it.. As stated, I'll fly in cold.. I've buggied in near freezing conditions.. I just don't like getting the kites wet.
  5. Personally, I'll fly in cold but I don't like my kites getting wet. Agreed the family always comes first.
  6. Tabs hardware and Bridles remaining.. Putting quite a bit of curve in the LE.. This kite should have a good bit of float..
  7. Was planning to fly today but the snow coming down discouraged me. I was fortunate to get some nice kite time in Feb but only once on a day I could fly with friends... Hopefully the weather will break and you'll get some practice time or flying time.. Your event at Atlantic Beach was the farthest I've traveled for a kiting event.
  8. So far I've been impressed with this little camera.. Decent quality video (used it for the Emergency Sleeving Kit video) Granted the camera wasn't in motion but I was pleased with the overall result. The only drawback I've noticed so far is, it only records AVI and MOV.. Had to use movie maker to edit the first video since Premier Pro did like the flavor of AVI the camera uses.. I probably need to download a codec or something. I'll do a liitle research and will figure it out.. I can always use GoPro studio to convert vids if I need to.
  9. Sleeving kits are essential to routine line maintenance and repair but sometimes you want to fix it very quickly and finish you day of flying. E.S.K. takes only a few minutes to make in advance and can be applied in the field in about 1 minute. Equalize and enjoy the rest of your day. For some that do not sleeve lines this will almost be a joke but I prefer to have my lines sleeved, especially for my power kites and stacks.. I keep 8-10 of these in my trouble bag all the time so I can sleeve a full quad set in the field if needed.. It's still a good idea to keep a sleeving kit with you but the E.S.K. can save you a few minutes of downtime on a great day of flying.. Excellent donor materials are bridle line, Q-Line, Venetian mini blind cord.. You can also use this concept to pull loops of line through regular sleeving or cord like Muzzy Bowfishing line to have the colors you want ready and handy. Cut about 13" of the cord. Push out a small nib of core and tie an overhand knot. Go to the other end and push out about 2" of core. Tie it off and separate the core to preserve only one of the twisted components and discard the rest. Place an overhand knot in the remaining core strands. This will become your pull eye.. To implement in the field.. Untie the "pull eye" end and run your line through the strands.. Untie the other nib end and use the core to pull the kite line through your new sleeve..
  10. @Paul LaMasters I'll always continue to explore the wind. I seem to learn something new on every kite. Not sure I can make Salem. Would love to fly with you again though. That week seems to be closing in on me from numerous directions business and personal..We should cross paths at ODSKC if not before though. The LE for this kite will simply be a sleeve of the same material the kite is made from. I do plan for it to have a slight curve though for a bit of float.. The middle of the kite will be a similar construction as my other meshes.. I understand and agree it can make the kite's usable wind range a lot tighter..
  11. From the album riffclown's kite album

    20-25mph winds and this kite is very quick on short lines. video
  12. Finally some video 20-25mph wind.. On short lines this kite was even quicker than I expected.. Pretty much raw footage.. Crashes and all...
  13. Let's see how/if it flies first. I put the first set of stitching in today. I need to decide on a leading edge and get some hardware. (caps, bungees, etc)
  14. Thanks, the initial mock up is encouraging. I planned ahead and made it large enough to get a 1.5 sail this time. Notice the little points on the left side where I flipped the fabric to put the finished side to the front of the sail.. I guess I'll start sewing in the next few days.. This is all just masked together with blue painter's tape right now..
  15. Wish I could like that twice.. It made my day..