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mrfaosfx

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About mrfaosfx

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  • Birthday 10/18/1980

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    3 stick hexagon — barn door style
  • Flying Since
    1998
  • Location
    Ruskin, FL
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    kite flying, drag racing, 3d modeling, bike riding, technology, crafting, sewing, dancing, you know what everything!
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. I use a similar method mentioned by Paul LeMasters. I keep all the pieces under tension with double sided tape. I build the "skeleton" of the kite first, all of the initial pieces are hot cut and once the skeleton is completed, the double sided tape does all the work, allowing me to simply place more fabric while keeping everything neatly flat and then use curved sharp scissors to cut along the lines of the double sided tape, I get beautiful clean cuts that look like they were laser cut but it requires very sharp scissors. A few pictures of my recent build bellow illustrates the beautiful resu
  2. Or you can just go wild and crazy with the colors like I do 😉
  3. so very true ... I built a yellow Vickie out of 4oz ripstop and had someone actually tell me ... well, the kite is going to be too heavy for the wind and I told him "is weight really a factor when you're out flying this kite in 25mph winds??" we both laughed.
  4. mrfaosfx

    Icarex

    A lot of folks ask what the purpose of the mesh on the top leading edge is on quad kites and why is it even there ... I found out its purpose through experimentation and learned a valuable lesson. I built two identical kites, one with screen mesh venting at the top leading edge...this is the normal setup and one kite with out it ... they both fly fine no problems however, something really horrific begins to happen as the wind picks up on the kite that has no mesh at the leading edge... you can fly the normal kite with the mesh in strong winds just fine, you may have to adjust it but you can ce
  5. That last one is insane, you are mad man riff!
  6. That is amazing time and dedication. I started on the floor, always said I would get a table. As of today, I still don't have a proper table but my current setup works. I went to Walmart and bought one of those foldable portable tables and then I put a 8x4 foot plywood board on it. You're back will thank you! Since I mostly build quads, I painted the template right on the plywood board ... this is an old picture, things have changed slightly.
  7. That is a Vickie ... hurricane winds sounds about right but you can fly it in a breeze if you're gentle with it!
  8. This was one of the first thing I noticed when I started building my first quads. I soon later discovered about the Kevlar inside the patches. However, the same damage still occurs, it's just that you'll eventually begin to see the Kevlar. The wrapped rods are like chainsaws and they will eat right through the dacron. Also, loose bungee cords at the LE will cause this damage as well. If everything is snug and the rubber covering is being used, you technically shouldn't see any major damage for a long time. Make sure that your bungees are stretching at the lower spokes and not at the top when y
  9. I use gMax, it's free but has a very steep learning curve.
  10. I have been a member for quite some time, it's just I've been more of an spectator. It's nice to meet people who share the same passion and vision. I'm here for friends and to learn more. I've attached some of the projects I have worked on over the years ranging from strange flying contraptions with two wings from roks and quads. I may know some of you in here. Good to be here guys! ---Rafael
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    Icarex

    You can get red dacron from here --- https://www.sailrite.com/Dacron-Sailcloth-4oz-Red-36 I most use white dacron on my leading edges but have switched over to black for my upcoming major quad project.
  12. mrfaosfx

    Icarex

    Amazing work buddy! About 1 year ago I built a kite based on the same pattern, except mine was arranged differently, have a look!
  13. It really does help to have an experienced flier beside you! It can be very overwhelming at first. The learning curve for quad flying is initially very very steep, there is a lot of trial and error but with help from someone you can get through it much faster. The first time I grabbed the controls of a revolution kite, I could not control the thing, it would go up, start spinning and crash down. I ended up tangling the lines very very bad. My 2nd instructor was Jynx, she showed me how to attach the lines and launch the kite and keep it in the air. Thanks to her, I had a bit of control of
  14. I use gmax to design my kites to precise specifications. Here is a screen shot of one of my designs. Cheers!
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