EBGB

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About EBGB

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  • Website URL
    http://home.comcast.net/~dostey/

Profile Information

  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Osprey, Mamba
  • Flying Since
    1998
  • Location
    Kent, WA

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  • Country
    United States
  1. Poly/Spectra Line for Bridle?

    Pure spectra isn't real good for making bridles - too slippery. Any place on the bridle where there's a prussik or lark's head knot, it's liable to slip around when you don't want to. It doesn't hold knots very well either. The original post mentions a spectra/polyester blend, which works pretty well. I've used it on a few SULs. Neither has the abrasion resistance that real bridle line has, which can be a problem. Bridle line usually has a spectra core for strength, and a polyester woven wrap for abbrasion resistance.
  2. Quad Line Kite Sail Design

    Go take a look at www.kitebuilder.com at the forums and the wiki. You'll find a good plan for a not-quite-rev quad. If you dig a little deeper, you'll find discussions amongst experienced kite builders about seam layout, how the seams limit stretch along their length, and how they create aerodynamic "pockets" inbetween the stitch lines. These things do matter, but their effects can be subtle.
  3. How difficult is it...

    If your searching for the plans for commercial kites from a particular maker in the U.K., you might have run into his sense of humor. There are a set of links that lead you in circles. Commercial kite builders generally don't hand out their plans, and they frown on someone else handing out plans to their kites. There are a lot of nice plans out there though, made available by designers that have gone to the effort to not only design a kite, but put the plans and instructions together in a way that will allow others to build them. In other words, look at the plans that are available, rather than the ones that aren't (or shouldn't be). http://www.Kitebuilder.com is great. http://www.kiteplans.com as well.
  4. Box Kite Tension

    Hi Rick, I realize I'm coming in a bit late here. You said you shipped the kite. The cargo areas on aircraft are generally pressurized to 10,000 feet, and not heated so they can get very cold. Freight also can end up sitting in airfreight containers on the tarmac in the sun in Dallas, and get very, very hot. Humidity, in either of those areas is anybody's guess. Your kite returning to normal after a while points at something harsh happening to it on the way. Glad it cured itself!
  5. The business end of that saw is a mini chop saw from Harbor Freight. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=42307 They work OK, except that the life of the metal blade is pretty short cutting when you cut carbon. They sell a 2" abrasive cutting disk that will fit, but they never seem to have them in stock. The saw itself has very little torque, so cutting is pretty slow. If you happen to have a compressor, Harbor Freight sells a micro die grinder http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/disp...temnumber=47869 Uses Dremel accesories - you just have to be careful not to over-rev them. Combined with a diamond cut-off blade, it cuts like butter.
  6. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    You're all set Spence. Registration received. (The wife is one of the scorekeepers, so she's on the registrations distribution list) Hi Don, How 'bout Wen's? He did O.S. and WSIKF reg on line when he got here. Did they come through OK? I'll miss Ocean Shores, but will catch up with everybody on Sunday at LB! T Hi T Wen is all set for both! Sorry Spence - I can't even get her to tweak my scores for me. Or even tell me what place I'm in when I TBA! I think that's what she enjoys most about scorekeeping. Not sure who the scorekeeper is for WSIKF this year. You'll just have to wait until you get there to find out who to make the check out to.
  7. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    You're all set Spence. Registration received. (The wife is one of the scorekeepers, so she's on the registrations distribution list)
  8. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    Registration form for WSIKF is up! No WSIKF for me this year - saving the vacation time for my 25th anniversary.
  9. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    NWSKL.org is back up, but still no registration for WISKF.
  10. Ocean shore, newbie, advice welcome

    Hi Litsong, Sorry, I don't introduce myself as EBGB at festivals. Real name is Don - my wife is Mary. I spent most of Whidbey playing with the sound system and judgeing. Mary was in our camper, doing the scorekeeping. Oh, and on the pot-luck - the league usually has veggie burgers for the vegetarians.
  11. Ocean shore, newbie, advice welcome

    Hi Litsong! You probably don't remember me, but we met at Whidbey last year. Glad to hear you're coming to Ocean Shores! It's a nice little event. Not big crowds, but that just means the kite flyers get to hang out with each other more. There's a nice pot-luck Saturday night at a local park. The NWSKL provides the hamburgers and hot dogs. Some people bring deserts. The league champions will be getting their jackets. Hope you'll come! The link that Mousie gave you above is a good one. One that's probably on that list is the sands (http://www.thesandsonline.com/). There are actually two hotels, owned by the same people. The big fancy one, and a smaller one they call the "Off-Shore" several people I know have stayed there. The rooms are kind of small, but they're clean, and priced real reasonable. We're camping at Yesterday's RV. It's pretty basic, but it's right in town.
  12. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    I was W R O N G! Registration form for Cutting Edge Summer Heat is up, but no WSIKF yet. You might e-mail Bud - the Webmaster of the NWSKL.
  13. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    Ah, I see where that could cause some confusion! The folks in the registration tent on the beach have very little to do with the sport kite events. I believe they do registration for the Junior and Senior events that they've been running for years. Maybe they thought you were trying to sign up as a senior? "Mandatory" is probably too strong a word. "Highly recommended" is better. Depends on who CJ and scorekeeper are going to be this year, but in the past, right after the event in Ocean Shores, they went straight down to WSIKF. That meant is was difficult to receive the on-line registrations and do the printing between CESH and the comps at WSIKF. It's generally possible to register on the field Friday morning for the few that don't know about pre-registration, but it makes for a scramble for the scorekeeper. Bud should have the registration form up on the web site before too long. I see you're already on the mailing list. For those that aren't, visit the NWSKL web site, click on "Information" then "Member Information" and fill out the form. When the registration form is available, you should get an e-mail from Bud.
  14. WSIKF Indoor Fly

    It will probably go up about the same time as Cutting Edge Summer Heat. Since the scorekeeper and CJ will probably be setting up both at the same time. Because the two are so close together, early registration for WSIKF is generally mandatory. In other words, the registration form should be up soon.
  15. Homemade yoyo stoppers?

    Before you start punching holes, note that position along the leading edge is very important. Too high, and the kite will fly "weak" when rolled up (don't know how else to explain it) - the nose will be too far forward. Also, since they also move in as they move up toward the nose, it gets increasingly easier to miss the stoppers when you roll up. Too far down the leading edge, and the kite will "buck" and stall since the nose is too far back. Essentially, when the kite is rolled up, you're flying it from a one-point bridle. Finding the right tow-point can be a little tricky. Best bet is to find someone who's already added stoppers to a Quantum, and get their measurements. Next best would be trail and error, preferably without having to punch a bunch of holes along your leading edge. I've used binder clips to find the sweet-spot before. Since they just clamp on, you can move them around as much as you like. They have very sharp edges though, so use leaders, and expect them to get trashed. Move them down until the kite bucks, then move them back up a bit.