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  1. I would love to get some measurements from someone who owns a Hawaiin Team kite, Got an old one here, a little worse for wear and it is missing parts that need to be replaced. To put it back together again, I need the measurements for the top and lower spreaders and the length of the whiskers please.
  2. Seen the new handles from HQ? - No lines between the fingers. Get you a pic tomorrow. Plastic, made out of coke bottles I was told, tho that could've been the rum talking.
  3. Just been getting into buggying myself the past few months - after having playing around with a 3, 4m before that. I agree, definitely a good idea to check the length of lines every few months. Tip, if you're melting sleeve ends, on replacement or whatever, use a piece of wire to keep the weave open. With the line lengths and also tuning, your kite should be able to sit quite nice into the wind- depending on what you own (some are better than others) - don't forget the safety gear. Just had my first majorly obe the other day, a friend watching said it was pretty spectacular, and while I was wearing a helmet, the knee pads sure aren't going to help you if they're only looking after the car.
  4. I make soft kites, but this question is probably also pertinant to frame supported kites. For the first time, I used the 'hole in the skin' method- with disapointing results. Even strengthened with adhesive ripstop. They ripped out quick a real pain to repair -especially in a foil. So Im interested to see what the general consesus is. (Would also be handy to know if you have a preferred method for a particular type of kite) Cheers Jan
  5. Use Maxthon Tab browser, which on a slow internet connection is a real bonus. Can keep pages up that I want to view and flick back and forth. The only pages I have ever had trouble with has been the occasional banking site and other with encryption.
  6. All the best. Fly safe, be careful on the roads getting there. Here's to finding all the ingredients at a good price and the wind for quits.
  7. Penny, would you by any chance have a container of paint with a website address on it? (for sourcing in Australia.) It sounds as if it may be like an acrylic vinyl type paint. I bought a can of what I hoped would be a suitable similar (soft, no heat set, fabric paint), but it fell off the nylon in a big purple puddle. One more question, the application you use this paint for - is it more for rigid type kites or soft constructions? Im quite curious to know how the paint handles getting scrunched up/ folded etc.
  8. Hi Backspin - What sort of paint did Penny recomend you use? I am looking at screen printing some ripstop nylon.
  9. ok, I gave it a good shot. started out being a ground dweller, but ended up in the air hangin off a lifter. The day I finished sewing was the day that the wind died. He was tested in gale force winds, which wasn't very successful ;-) to a day later, with help and assistance and some rough rigging turned out Ok. Happy lil vegemite I is.
  10. I was only joking really. If you want to make a big kite. Go for it!!
  11. And here I was thinking that the llama was a heresay. But no I was mistaken There really is such a thing. I should log in more often.
  12. Mate, don't do it! Trying to design a 'beach baby' at the moment. Well the flintstones dino to be exact. 7m long, 4.4m widest circumfrence. Manually on paper with scale models and stuff. If it all works, its going to be a miracle! and take about 20-30 metres of fabric. Been looking around the net for pattern making software. The only thing that I've found so far that doesn't involve making a dress are high-end software packages + pattern plugins with a 12 month learning curve. One thing tho thats worth looking at are soft toys and how they are constructed (specially for ground dwellers),
  13. Stumbled across this one a few weeks back.. Soo... Where is she? Where is this bare naked lady of yours? Or did this particular lady end up having a hairy chest!
  14. Found a closer picy of the gobstopper if thats a help as well. Bigger Gobstopper
  15. I made a spike too, in cheap nasty horrible fabric, which amazingly enough is holding up quite well - tho looks after spike I do. Sounds as if you are making a 'Turkish delight', tho I think it looks more like the Willy Wonker Gob stopper. Gobstopper Seems to me, that with a ground dweller and the protusions of this creation, there could be all sorts of opportunities awaiting one who dared. I'm hoping to make a smaller version of a bronto, but we'll see. Fabric to do yet.
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