Chook

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About Chook

  • Rank
    Newbie
  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Rev's
  • Flying Since
    2001
  • Location
    Esperance Western Australia
  • Interests
    Kites are my strong interest. I also fly radio controlled planes, gliders and helicopters on a regular basis. I'm also a member of our local pistol club. I work part time as an Agricultural Training Officer at the local Ag College.

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    Australia

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  1. Done!!!! Thanks for all your help John.
  2. Twice while flying a light aircraft I've had St Elmos fire coming off the tips of the propeller blades. A few years ago I was land sailing at Lake Lefroy in Western Australia with a mate. As a thunderstorm approached we headed back to camp in our yachts and had a metre long tube of crackling light coming off the tips of our carbon masts. After parking them on their side the mast were still crackling 20 minutes later after the rain had eased.
  3. To set up my buggy for kiting. When running the strop line around a pulley block to a quick release and on my harness it's 17" between handles. When I'm "hotwired" (attachments are fixed to the buggy rails) it is 20". It's a personal thing to be comfortable. I have crook shoulders with broken tendons both sides so keep the handles in close so I don't have to reach out too far. Photo at Lake Lefroy Western Australia. 550 square kilometers of glass smooth salt. Picture was taken after a bit of light drizzle. There is no rolling resistance and I managed 90.7 kmh in 12 knots of breeze.
  4. Just fly your Hornet very much like a Rev kite. Hold it on the brakes so it doesn't "hot launch" straight to the top of the window. You tend to "superman" being pulled off your feet otherwise. If I launch in the centre of the window, holding it back with brakes only fly it up to about a wingspan and then turn it onto it's side and fly across the wind. If your using a buggy face the buggy at 45 degrees towards the kite and if it over powers you the buggy just rolls towards the kite. (I launch from a seated position in the buggy as I have a damaged leg. Nah not from buggying, it was from an encounter with a tiger snake. As it struck at me I tried to jump away and rolled my ankle and compressed my leg into my boot breaking my leg/foot in 15 places. It had already bitten me by then.)
  5. Yeh I have a few Peter Lynn kites. 3x Reactors, 2x F-arks, 2x Vipers and 9x Vapors in different sizes I use for buggying. These shot were taken while on holidays in Queenland, Australia. I go there every Easter.
  6. No luck yet..................anyone help?
  7. For the amount of time expended building one it's much less head scratching to buy second hand. They come up quite regularly here and we have nowhere near your population density. Keep a lookout on Ebay or kite forums. Peter Lynn buggies always seem to be floating around and they transport really easily due to the way they pull to bits with only a few bolts.
  8. Yeh I have built/modified 5 buggies and I own 2 x Sysmic S2. I leave one Sysmic S2 in Queensland on the East coast of Australia (The freight cost would be enormous) and fly over for a month each Easter to go kiting with mates in Yeppoon. I post my kites and motor bike armour ahead so it's there in time. I have since changed my Hot wire system to just 2 stainless steel loops on webbing attached to the side rails as the system pictured above didn't prove safe enough. (wouldn't release completely every time). Here 2 sets are pictured. It's fantastic fun and I cover a lot of kilometre every year either Land sailing or kite buggying. We always have a ball. Don't worry bout the old fart bit all the guys I was with in January this year in South Australia I reckon the average age would have been around 45 to 50. I'm 56. https://vimeo.com/94400055 Yeh it's me at the end before I started hot wiring.
  9. Loved it !!!! Out the back of the ute (truck) looked cool down the laneway.
  10. I thought about buying a travel frame and is there a reason it's 3 wrap. (just to be more robust????) I'd like a 2 wrap travel frame "if there is such a thing" as I like the lighter winds of an evening. I do notice a big difference going from a 2 wrap frame to the 3 in my 1.5B. I think the total remove for travel sound like cheap insurance for the sail. With a slight curve kept in the leading edge they come out very easily in one piece. (thanks JB for the video)
  11. Still on the lookout for one please.
  12. The safety release up close. I made the tapered release cones from stainless steel bolts and the white balls are made from melted HDPE plastic milk bottles and then turned up in the lathe. When activated/pulled the taper physically forces the whichard release catch open.
  13. I used that type of pulley block on the "hot wire" system on my kite buggy. It wasn't up to the task as it would bind up with use. Even when I repacked the sintered bronze bearing with grease it would bind in a very short time. There was a lot of pressure on it. I ended up making a pulley block using 2 x 5608RS bearings for a smooth action that has lasted well. It's really important that a safety release "Whichard" (not of the pin type) is used when flying on handles, for those emergencies if it all turns ugly.
  14. Fingers crossed.............
  15. Being in a rural area John I don't have access to the required bit's and pieces and thought there may be one out there complete ready to fly. The video cracked me up!!! Thanks. Your right I'm being lazy. Thanks for the info though.