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  1. @Wooljr If you join Kitelife as a paid subscriber, https://kitelife.com/forum/subscriptions/ You not only receive the discount identified here but also you will be automatically entered in the regular KiteLife drawings. You'll also gain access to tutorials and downloads.
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    Mesh Stack

    From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    Stack at rest Ready to test
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    Riffclown's Homemades

    Photos of my home made kites and accessories. Many made from Gomberg Kite tails.
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    Mesh Stack

    From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    Stack at rest Ready to test
  5. Stack lines are also tied.. This is ready for flight.
  6. LE, Edge binding and prelim all done.. Still to do. wear Strips, framing and making the stack lines.
  7. The Purple flies great as a solo kite..
  8. There's no vendors to trash.. This was my fault and the product wasn't from any of the normal kite suppliers. I was looking at alternatives and this tape looked the same but less than $1 a roll.. The mistake was mine. I got exactly what I paid for. The product was not marked as a sewing product and it wasn't one.
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    From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    Flight of the Rainbow
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    Test the purple

    From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    Quick test flight while conditions were available on the Purple Mesh. This will be part of a stack and is probably the only time it will be flown as a single kite.
  11. I made a mistake, I bought some cheaper double-sided tape which really gummed up my system and made the machine start missing stitches very badly. LE attachment has bee delayed while I get proper seam tape.. Meanwhile the Purple kite has been finished out so I can test it today..
  12. Todays Progress was the center panels all done. Attaching the LE's tomorrow
  13. I know of one person @Stuart McCullough that has made a convertible quad with removable vent covers. Adding vents to as an existing kite is pretty easy. Adding too much vent is just as easy though. Decreasing venting will require a tradeoff of additional weight to cover the vent with a fabric of some sort. As with everything else. It's a balancing act. I bought a bunch of cheap closeout material to experiment with. It's what I use when trying new design elements. I usually add midnight to the name when I use this fabric. Failure has to be an option or you might not get past the afraid to cut fabric stage. Learn from everything yuh ou build and you will begin to see what works and what doesn't before you start your build.
  14. @DonFibonacci Great question and very worthy of its own discussion.. I spent quite a bit of personal thought into venting options. My thoughts and the thread are here All of that being said, there's a bit of science AND art to venting.. Some of it is as simple as putting a hole where the pressure has a tendency to build too heavily.. That comes with a price though as you can render a perfectly good sail almost un-flyable. I've personally gravitated to what I call the balanced venting where pressure relief is across the entire face of the sail. While that works incredibly well for a flow type of flier like myself, it does indeed load up differently and someone that likes to really load and pop the sail would feel a delay. All that being said, if you are venting your own design, what looks right to you will probably work for you as long as it's symmetrical between the left and right sides of the sail.. If there's a part of your sail you know get overloaded in a gust, that area is probably your target for pressure relief.
  15. @DonFibonacci 's inquiry regarding venting split into separate discussion.
  16. Red panels are done now too..
  17. I hope so. Still waiting for parts.. Had to order end caps and other items..
  18. Orange Panels are sewn..
  19. Both Green & Yellow panels done. Calling it a day..
  20. Laying out both the Yellow & Green today.
  21. The green family (3 greens), Yellow Family, (2 Yellows), Orange Family, (2 Oranges) and Red Family, (3 Reds including a bit of pink) are all cut and ready for sewing prep.. This will be a 6 stack at first. I may go back and add a dark blue and even a wine color to make it 8.
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