Where can I find some good, consolidated resources on kitemaking? I'm decent with a sewing machine and I'm handy. I have made wooden RC sailplanes, repaired carbon fiber planes and parts for my dirt bikes, built/repaired/tuned RC helicopters, etc. so I'm pretty confident I can take some plans with a little insight and guidance and make a good kite.
I've found several sites with plans listed, but not much about how to read the cut sheets/schematics, and haven't found info on tips for order of operations, stitches to use for different seams...stuff like that. So where can I find the good stuff?!
Oh, and I'll note that as of now, I am primarily looking at building dual line sport kites since that's what I am familiar with. I intend to get a quad liner at some point, too, but want some experience flying them before I build one.
Hi, I am in search of a new owner. Since arriving at my current home sometime in Nov of 2016, I have been out flying a few times. During these occasions, I have been flipped, twirled, dragged, flown a little, but mostly crashed. Yeah mainly crashed, not too much fly time. Results of these crashes have caused a few things to break, tear, or get lost. To begin, I have a tear in the center near the tail section. This tear has been taped with kite repair tape. Seems to be holding ok. Next we have had a broken center spreader that has been replaced. Not sure of the brand, but it’s the red/black ones. Another flying occasion, my owner lost my tail weight…again by crashing. The great people at A Wind of Change were nice enough to send me a replacement. My tail weight is now taped on as so my owner will not lose it again. For my last time out….thinking this would be better! You guessed it…another crash. This one was really bad. The replacement center spreader held up nicely, but the center T broke this time. As you can see in the picture, it has not been replaced.
One time, while out flying, one of the lines broke. I was hoping the other one would break so I could fly away from my owner that couldn’t fly me. Well he managed to get me back down, probably crashed… I don’t remember.
With my story, comes a ransom note from my owner… Please pay $180 OBO to have me shipped to your home.
Kymera dual line sport kite – Blue – Condition – almost like new except for:
Tear that has been taped near tail section. (Will send black kite material for section replacement)
Broken Center T (I don’t have this repaired)
Sky shark center spreader is broken – but have replacements (includes both, broken and new)
Instruction manual and tag
+++++++UPDATE +++++ Hi, does anyone know anything about this kite (besides that its a dual line delta:-)? I was told it was made by a "famous" kite maker about 30 years ago in the San Diego area, there are no markings on it and it has the stand offs like a Paul DeBakker Echo (and other) along with standard stand offs. I just bought this kite from the Portland Oregon area from the original owners widow. Its a really neat looking kite and I would just like a little of the history behind it if possible. Its is a full size kite. Any help is appreciated, thanks. ***UPDATE a friend found a name on it "MARKIE '92"