Chook

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About Chook

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  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Rev's
  • Flying Since
    2001
  • Location
    Esperance Western Australia
  • Country
    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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  1. Chook

    Handle mods (snagless)

    As "SparkieRob" said, our wall- plugs are parallel and there is no way they could pull out once the screw is added. It's tough enough to hammer them into the handle as they are that firm. I do grind a taper onto the opposite end and drive this end into the handle first, to leave a perfectly rounded top just a whisker proud of the stainless tube, so there is no chance it will wear the leaders.
  2. Chook

    Quad handle types and line brands

    Yeh I agree Wayne. With the raw-plug and screw modification the attachment point is so close to the end. It's only inhibited by the exit point of plastic cap.
  3. Chook

    Quad handle types and line brands

    The pin idea sounds great but you would need to have a shoulder on the bead for a press fit to retain it somehow? If the pin was alloy (I'm thinking alloy TIG welding rod) it could be gently peened over to mushroom it on the ends. Or maybe if you added an internal "plastic tube?" bushing to be a press fit over pin it would add to its internal security. All my stainless handles have the raw-plug treatment (90 degree exit through the cap) but as mentioned I do get an occasional snag on the brake line. Even with my full alloy snag-less handles I can manage it. Just my dumb thumbs I reckon.
  4. Chook

    Quad handle types and line brands

    Running the line lengthwise through each handle? I had trouble with my carbon handles keeping the internal line taut as it always develops play/slop in between the knots and is a bugger to correct.
  5. Chook

    Wingtip Tension Knots for Prism 4-D?

    Yeh I use the glove hitch as shown above with good results. on my 4D. A slight change to the clove hitch is the "Constrictor Knot" if you don't ever want a rope/cord to ever loosen once tightened. I use this knot a lot for lashing parts together. Also the top of my power kite handles. (using a single piece as the leaders on both sides and the strop combined). Really the only way to undo it once it's had pressure applied to it is...........
  6. Chook

    EmmaKite Octopus... help!

    The original website seems to no longer exist unfortunately, by Barry Ogletree. (Whatakite) These are the only diagrams I can find that I saved to use as a base for my setup some time ago. Gives you some idea of the build.
  7. Chook

    EmmaKite Octopus... help!

    Yeh to achor my display kites, I remove my tow bar and use the cross retaining pin to anchor my kites. Great if the wind changes direction as I can just reverse the car round. I pass my line doubled up through the figure of eight back round it like a mountain climber would do to decend, then down to a bottom cleat. I just use the figure of eight reversed as the kite line is much smaller in diameter than dynamic climbing rope it's designed for. The grey webbing goes into the tow hitch receiver and retained by the original pin. After setting my main lifter kite I can then send my laundry up fully controlled and tie off round the cleats to adjust them independently. (I cant find the original web site that this setup was detailed on and I copied it from. ) The top setup is for using a tree (see the extra 2800lb webbing retained by the elastic band by the roll of 1000lb line) I can easily adjust for more height while powered up if needed with my 26mtr Occy. I use 2200lb line on her as we get pretty strong sea breezes that can catch me out if they suddenly gust through.
  8. Chook

    EmmaKite Octopus... help!

    I use 1000lb line on my 50' as it's a nice thickness and not so hard on my gloves, just because that is what I have. 500lb "may do it" as mentioned above. They are great lifters with good pull. I tie it to my 4 wheel drive on a grass paddock as it's easy to do. To get enough wind to launch it, I really think you are in trouble with only 150lbs. My little 26' Occys snap the lines that come with it in any sort of breeze and needed replacement. Yeh I put a loop "pigtail" on mine and larks head to it as they do up so tight and I didn't want a carabineer flapping around while retrieving it. (walking it down with a strap with a pulley on the end) 50' Occy
  9. Chook

    Beamer MK45M

    I started out with a 3.8m2 Peter Lynn Reactor and got reefed around learning by myself, but gradually worked my way up in stronger winds over time in my home made buggy. Yeh had the problem of stretching power lines on fixed bridal kites with lower poundage lines. Used Peter Lynn "Vapors" for years. 6.5m2 Vapor. 13.4 Vapor It's the small kites that spank you in wild winds. So be careful. Since going down the depower road (with thicker/stronger lines) it's the complete opposite with lines shrinking over time. Particularly the centre power lines. Up to 100mm shrinkage over time. I use pigtails to trim when needed. I haven't had any problems with my Ozone R1 power kites as I'm buggying and hotwired. (Kite is pulling on the buggys side rails) and I'm 250lbs. But others are reporting bridal shrinkage as well over time. 18m2 kite in 3 knots of wind equals 40kmh cruising along the beach. Or to up the pace to 93.4kmh a 7m2 Ozone R1and a Sysmic S2 buggy on Midi XL's. I love any time out with a kite!!!!
  10. Chook

    Silver Fox 2.5 UL bridle question

    Does this help? It got me sorted out. https://kitelife.com/kl-archive/reviews/review-dual-line/issue-53-silver-fox-2-5-std-by-flying-wings/
  11. Chook

    Playing with Diamonds in the dark...fabrics

    Great job there. Certainly more patience than I've got. Mind you, I don't have a single day in the year that I cant go outside and work. There is a bit more ripstop there than a normal sail, by adding the double sided tape stitch lines, what is your final weight compared to your other kites? Does it really add that much to it? Keep em coming.
  12. Chook

    Screening Question

    Gee that minimises the amount of sewing required. Love it!!!!
  13. Chook

    Screening Question

    Is that a white sail that's been printed? Looks fantastic!!!!
  14. Chook

    Quad handle types and line brands

    I used a Plain Bugle head drywall screw from my local hardware store. The rounded head works a treat.
  15. Chook

    Quad handle types and line brands

    Totally agree!!!!! Great advice. Reckon they are punched not drilled when manufactured they are so internally jagged. Cut the hog clips and discard. Warm the caps in hot water and you can stretch them easily to get the leaders through one hole when reassembling them.