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  1. Chook

    Easy buggy backrest

    Neatly done Andy. Looks real professionally finished off with its cover.
  2. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Hey a huge thankyou to Bernie in Yeppoon for sorting out the return of my kite gear. Cheers mate. AUS $126.00 is the cheapest It's ever been to post one way so well done Bernie. Is it ok for you to hang onto the other parcel/bar till next Easter Bernie? If not please give me a yell. I always post my box a month ahead to allow for any delays and it includes spares etc, ready for our annual months pilgrimage over Easter in Yeppoon. Then the world turned to shit and the wheels fell off with Covid 19. Boy have I missed catching up with everyone and the beaches. It's left a big hole in my yearly planning. I unpacked it straight away (when my wife picked it up from the post office today) and have put everything safely away. I try hard to keep the weight down to less than 20kgs. Included was my 19m2 ELF, 15m2 and my 7m2 R1's, all my 666 armour, Shin pads, Helmet, gloves, 2 white sports pressure T-shirts, 2 bars, spare lines, 3 soft kite dry bags, Peter lynn buggy dry bag (that I bought home to repair last year) , my kite repair kit with sticky-back ripstop in 6 colours, spare bridles, fids needles and speed-systems etc, full set of wheel and steering head bearings, grease, pliers and 2 pairs of sunnies. All fits into this box. The box is behind the orange R1. I enclose the contents within a double black "wheely bin" liner to protect it against moisture. This cardboard box has now been across Australia 16 times and there and back to New Zealand for the "Moose meet". I think most of the Christmas stamps have now fallen off the stickytape covering. The post office uses up all of the previous Chrissy stamps on my box to get rid of them. Anyway is was with a sad heart I put my gear back unused. But the positive thing is I'm in fantastic health. Take care gang and keep safe. Catch you next year. (Yes I've already booked the unit for a month.) Chook
  3. Wow is this year really getting a wriggle on? Counting down the days now till we get to Yeppoon for the annual get together. Easter is the full moon so that equals big tides. The beach is wide anyway but this means extra room to play The tidal creek across the beach is usually a non event this time of the year because of this. I fly into Rockhampton on the 26th March and leave on the 28th of April based at Driftwood right on the beach in Todd Ave. I posted my kites, helmet and armour last Wednesday so it's there ready for when I arrive. (Cheers Bernie for your help in this regard, your a champion ) So guys who else can make it this year.
  4. Chook

    Best way to attach a big flag

    I use #3 with a spar. The angle of the flag still does change slightly with wind speed but I can live with this small amount. Took a bit of fiddling to get it right as the "pull angle" is different the further up the lifter line you go.
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    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    That's Bull's buggy.
  6. Chook

    Thinking of you all!

    Thanks Andy. I still have a bit to do to the sail as you can see there are a few wrinkles where I've flattened out the top 4 panels (tapered them in at the leech "trailing edge" along the batten pockets and restitched) so the top of the sail doesn't twist off as much but still has a slight belly at the 1/4 cord point when fully sheeted in at high speed. Got to take the luff pocket in a bit over winter and smooth out these wrinkles. It's a 7m2 sail and goes well. At 80kmh I can now throw out the sheet rope and it just sits there feathered with the wind. No shaking at all. Slowly getting there. Yesterday was a bit lighter wind and my adjustments on my 8.2m sail worked pretty well (65.7kmh) but needs more trailing edge tension. Unpicking the 5th batten today and I'll take it in another 12 mm at the back. (3rd time on this batten pocket but it's looking much better) All a good learning curve to get more stability at speed. I really enjoy tuning them to match the stiffer mast. Cheers.
  7. Chook

    Thinking of you all!

    Yeh sad to see. We have an emergency campground here the shire is servicing for those stranded with the lockdown of our shire. Police road blocks on all roads. Went past the campground yesterday when returning from our farm and the group were on the oval playing rugby together. All good here with no cases so far in around Esperance. I'm social distancing at our local Pink Lake. Getting out a bit too in great winds most afternoons for a quick run. Stay safe my friends and catch you after this mess is all done and dusted. Gunna be quite some time I'd say. Take care.
  8. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Travel for us is classed as non essential movement so totally grounded in WA.
  9. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    I was so excited and counting down the days and now I'm snookered as of yesterday. Bloody virus has thrown a spanner in the works and grounded all non essential movement in West Australia. In other words for me no flights. So I'm resigned to having to wait for Easter next year. Bugger.
  10. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Sounds like a plan Kevin. I've already paid a deposit for a cabin in Kingston SE from the 16th Jan till the 27th. 😉
  11. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Well that's one way to pissed on from a great height after both your efforts!! I will miss your good cheer and coaching. The entry wont look the same without Linda's touch.
  12. Chook

    Yep it's time for Yeppoon 2020.

    Ah that's a shame Bob. Take care mate.
  13. Chook

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Kite Buggy - low use excellent condition $365 Main Beach QLD https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/main-beach/other-sports-fitness/kite-buggy-low-use-excellent-condition/1242672116
  14. Chook

    Video Les Hemmes

    So much fun guys.
  15. Chook

    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    That sounds like a very fair price John.
  16. Chook

    Problem Solving

    Yes it's a very different body and leg shape. Thanks Jim.
  17. Chook

    Looking to buy

    Rest assured @Tiger37 gear will be extremely well cared for. He is a great bloke.
  18. Chook

    Ride Up, Fly Down

    That would be awesome!!!!!!!
  19. Chook

    Problem Solving

    Thanks. I have never tried reverse image search. This first pic in the link above, is the picture that I copied and then projected onto an electric white board at work and printed it out to get the scale correct. I even tried asking on 2 American woodworking "Wooden toy" forums without any success. Hope you give it a go at constructing one. My test pilots before it was painted, had a smile like they had a coathanger in their gob. They loved it and made the job well worthwhile.
  20. Chook

    Problem Solving

    Glad to help Jim. I reckon you are dead right, as it looks like there is a block of wood between the top of the front legs. If it had a slot cut in it for the linkage to clear this would be much stronger and also keep the linkage centred on the back axle. I really like that. I also like the U bracket at the front. (I see it has a timber packer fitted to position it.) It continues all along the inside of the body and supports both leg pivots and finishes almost at the back with a rounded end. This way it negates having saddles to retain the rear axle and having drive plates on the rear legs. (just make the body slightly deeper it fit it.) A lot less work all round. It looks like the front leg pivot is pinned into the bottom of the body with a nail too. I really wish I had found this photo when I built mine. Out of interest where did you get it? Thanks for sharing. Cheers.
  21. Chook

    Problem Solving

    Rear leg pivot and 3mm drive plate. This 3mm "flat drive plate" to bolt the rear legs to is welded on the other side of both 10mm shafts. This half washer holds the actuating linkage in the centre. Bottom view the neck and head at the top. A steel U bracket strengthens the front of the body. Base of rockers. Hole in rear of the seat for rope tail. Maximum opening of leg movement. See the cover over the exposed rear leg attachment nuts. Minimum forward movement. 3mm x 25mm flat bar, U bracket that bottom of neck attaches too. The pivot for the front leg (far right) is an internally threaded tube, so front legs can be fitted to body with only the 6mm cup head (slotted head bolt) of the bolt protruding from the side of body. The front legs pivot on the plain shank of these bolts. How it sits at rest. Neck, steel angled 3mm bracket for strength. Holes in the top of head for the leather ears. You can see a lot more detail in the previous photos at the very start of this post before the horse was painted. As you can see painting is not my best work. (More runs than Don Bradman.) Hope this helps you Jim. Cheers Chook
  22. Chook

    Problem Solving

    Here you go Jim. All 18mm plywood is high quality ply, as there is a lot of load on it when adults ride them. The blue crosses are the pivot points. Bottom hole on this FRONT leg is 6mm for the 6mm cup head bolt which screws into the 10mm internally threaded tube. The top 10mm shaft the 30 x 3mm linkage sides over and connects the 2 front legs together to the rear legs. The top 10mm hole takes the 10mm shaft and is just pressed in passing through both legs and is retained by being captive in-between the body sides. (the shaft is flush with the outside of both front legs and is retained between the body sides. The linkage just slides on between legs and is a loose fit over the shaft.) This allows all the final leg assembly by fitting the 6mm bolts last. Rear legs and the head. Rocker is a lamination of 3x 35mm pine. Head is also 3 x 35mm wide. Holes in the legs are 10mm with inside only chamfered to allow room for the welds on the drive plate on each side. Ply cover hollowed out for rear leg and the actuating linkage measurement. Check the actual shape of linkage on next photos. (see all the pin holes in all the legs and linkage parts to get the correct leg/rocker movement. LOTS of frustration and beer to sort it out.) Note the dates on the templates and you can see it sat on my bench for a while. Each time I went past I'd have another go at it trying to get it to operate smoothly or just make new templates. Overall size of the horse. Mounting details of the axles to the main body. Really important to get these right!! (Or legs jamb up) 10mm Rod connecting rear legs together. Washers welded on the inside of rocker. Underneath looking at the front.
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    Problem Solving

    Yes I certainly will help you if I can Jim. I spent hours with cardboard mockups and drawing pins to get the pivoting mechanism sorted out. Move one pivot point a fraction and it buggered up the total movement. I have cardboard templates (That are full of pin holes ) of the horse. I'll see what I can get sorted out. (Make that, if I can find them.)They are in my filing cabinet in the workshop somewhere. I'll be honest, I haven't even given mine it's final coat of paint yet. Another project took over before I finished it. It's sitting there with a coat of primer on it. Jim send me a few replies and I'll respond, as I think you need a few posts before the private message system will activate. (Someone will know how many posts required)
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    Video Les Hemmes

    Brilliant as always Juan! Please keep the videos up, you guys have so much fun and it's really cool to watch.
  25. Chook

    Sysmic S3

    Now I love my old Sysmic 2's but this is really compact! All alloy and into a bag for travel which is pretty cool. Or just folds up. And a fibreglass axle. http://www.buggykiteshop.com/index.php/buggy/sysmic-s3-a.html
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