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  1. If I was a postal worker, I might think that package looks suspicious. I might have to check the contents. Could be contraband. we have all seen the border security shows. Michael
  2. You can always count on Joel to find the really good stuff.......... Michael
  3. I had two foil kites destroyed in the mail processes. Wrapped tightly in bubble wrap, but got caught in processing machinery. Tried patching and taping, but too much damage. Luckily they were only Panches. Recommend kites be boxed for mailing. Now that seems to be no better. Michael
  4. And the opportunity to give advice....Lots of fun... Michael
  5. I can't remember the name of the kite flown from bridles only, but I took a couple of stills from the 1994 Quadrifoil video. Sorry about the fuzzy VHS tape quality. Michael
  6. That control system looks like one used in the 90's by a European kite ski manufacturer. I will have to look them up. You twist the bar and rock it for control. They were large foils with bridling only. Michael
  7. Yes, I am aware of Chevy SS use back in the 60s. It is interesting that the use of Demon, as used by Dodge on a muscle compact, was dropped after 12 months, due to the religious uproar. Of course, they are reasonably rare, now. Michael
  8. As my HSV Avalanche is getting a bit long in the tooth, I'm going to buy a low mileage 2016 VF series 2 Calais Sportwagon with the 6.2 LS3. It's a great tourer and caravan tug. For me, choices are limited. I don't like SUVs, don't like diesels, like v8s and enjoy driving. Just check out the YouTube tests. So, for me, the Commodore finishes in Oct 2017. Michael
  9. I bought a Singer industrial machine in the early 70's and as a street rodder, made early Ford roadster roofs, seat upholstery, leather jacket repairs etc. The Singer died last year, so I bought the Siruba. Currently I do caravan annexes, shade sails to suit specific shapes and areas, general repairs and any buggy seat fixes. Could go back to smaller needles and make kites again as I have lots of ripstop. The servo motor is a Ho Hsing G60 from SMA. Cost $400 and included the needle synchroniser. When I installed it and had the light showing, it made no motor sounds, so I rang SMA and the techie said, "have you tried pushing the pedal?". Of course it was fine and provided some laughs. Michael
  10. Following sewing machine ideas in the fighter kites thread, I thought I would mention my purchases. In 2016, I purchased Siruba light industrial machine through Gumtree. It ran way too fast, so I experimented with different pulley sizes and altered power arm lengths. Still too fast. Through Sewingmachinesaustralia.com.au, I bought a servo motor, which is absolutely magic. Small and light, easy to fit and totally silent. ie once turned on, a red light glows and that's it. As you press the pedal, you have total control over speed and the only sound is the needle mechanism clicking away. This is linked to a needle synchroniser, so that any time you lift away from the pedal, the needle always stops in the down position and will only lift up when you kick backwards on the pedal. Combined with a knee operated foot lifter, you are totally hands free to control the materials used. I got a heavy duty kit to enable sewing of webbing, shade cloth, leather etc. I'm a very happy camper and recommend SMA. Great people to deal with and unlimited follow up. Michael
  11. Foster is a friendly town with a lower cost caravan park. Only down side is the 20 minute drive to Sandy Point. A bit risky after dark with wildlife, including wombats, echidnas, kangaroos and lizards treating the roads as they owned them. This will be our third stay at Foster. Michael and Marie
  12. Thanks Joel, Great app. Will pass it on Michael
  13. I'm happy with that weekend. I will book in at Foster CP. Michael
  14. Marie and I will come down for the selected week and will stay in the Foster caravan park. We spent a week at the Sandy Point caravan park in 2009 and 2010 during the Grand Final weekend. It was about the same level of camp activity as the Melbourne Cup weekend and it can be cold or not, just the usual Spring weather. Regarding which weekend, it depends on which Joel selects. The big BBQ evening is an important part of the celebrations..... ie, I go for the food. Looking forward to catching up with everyone Michael
  15. I'll bet Doug is just champing at the bit to get his hands on these little beauties. 😳 Michael