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  1. Video showing some closed cell launching tips....
  2. SoutherlyBuster

    Knots and Splices

    Put all your knots and splice diagrams/videos here. Splicing single braided lines, thanks PopeyeTheWelder (and Plummet for finding the link) Splicing a double braided line:
  3. jhn.holgate

    How to - Kite Buggying

    Some basic info on starting, stopping and turning - see if I can save a few people from making the same mistakes that I did - which was usually not turning tight enough and chasing the kite. I'd been thinking about this for some time and had a few ideas in my head to try and make it short and understandable. In the end I waffled on for friggin' ages and had to edit heaps out. Not to mention several instances when I was waffling on, and then lost all track of what I was talking about!! Typical.
  4. jhn.holgate

    Another Hotwire convert

    After watching Rob and Shane do the hotwire thing, it got me thinking about doing it with the Nasa's. Lots of side pull when powered up and a good session was leaving me bruised around the hips. I figured I've done enough miles with the Nasa's to know their behavior and they are extremely well behaved so I gave it a whirl at Sandy with great success. Did 92km on the last day with absolutely no strain on the bod I ended up with a three straps (same as Rob, I think) one from either side of the side rail behind me and one from the downtube then threaded the chicken loop through them. Pull the chicken loop and everything's released. I was still able to feel the pressure of the kite both on the buggy and on whichever side strap was in contact with my side. Looking forward to giving it a run with the Vmax which should work even better as the side rails are higher. As far as I can figure, providing you've got some idea of what power is coming out of the kite, and it would seem this is just a matter of getting used to some new sensations, then the dangers are the same as being strapped in. And having been upside down strapped in the Vmax before (with the kite unsighted and the safety out of reach - thank God it stayed nose-down) I'm at least aware of some of the pitfalls of being strapped in. I would still like to tinker with a roll bar attached to the axle - think I'd need to brace it back to the siderails or back rest but it would only need to be two and half feet high to give head clearance when upside down....must give this some thought.
  5. jhn.holgate

    Speedy Stitcher / Sewing Awl

    I think it was Doug ?? that mentioned getting one of these. I looked it up and thought it was a worthwhile purchase so got one myself for $31 inc postage. There's a whole heap of videos on using them and various techniques but I think this is a very handy little bit of kit to have if you bust a strap or buckle or need to make one up. A bit heavy for kite repair with the supplied needle but I suspect you could use a sewing machine needle and smaller thread in it - I'll give it a whirl and let you know how it goes. And watch your fingers too - it is, in fact, REAL easy to punch a hole in your finger....or thumb. Ah, speaking of using finer thread.... Interesting that some videos finish with a couple of back stitches and other vids finish off with tying knots. Some wrap thread around the post while others don't. Looks like there's a few ways to skin the proverbial cat.
  6. jhn.holgate

    Gopro 'chase' cam

    A stabilized gopro chase cam on a two axis gimbal (I think!). This one's rigged for a paraglider but I can't see any reason it couldn't be with a kite.... btw, there's a couple of really nice pg vids on his channel too.....
  7. jhn.holgate

    'How to' - Using Tags

    Hi guys, when you're submitting a topic, don't forget to put any relevant tags in the tag section. ie: I've just gone through a bunch of posts and added a 'How to' tag to topics which explained how to do stuff. That way, if you're looking for a 'how to side launch' or 'how to splice line' etc, just type 'How to' into the Tags section of the search inquiry and all the 'How to's' will come up. If you've done a 'how to' article, you can easily go back and hit 'edit' on your first post and add a 'How to' or other suitable Tag to it. It's a handy little tool that I have to admit that I'm not use to using - but certainly can make searches faster.
  8. jhn.holgate

    Kite Aerial Video from buggy

    Setup the KAP rig on the back axle of the vmax. Used some pvc pipe to raise the anchor point so the single line doesn't hit me in the head when I turn downwind. 50m of line to camera.....a little far away but useful if I use the video stabilizer in the edit software. Bumpy paddock is pretty crap for this but the beach should be good. I'll try 35m to camera when I'm at the beach next. Pretty pleased for a first effort. The Ultrafoil 15 flies nice and steep and is easy to duck under during the turns. Only generates a few kg of pull although I expect that will increase somewhat when I'm on the sand.
  9. One of the fun and useful things many of us do is create useful modifications to otherwise stock kiting equipment, whether they be control bars, buggy parts, etc. I greatly enjoy reading about these on kite forums (this one and PKF) and have taken a lot of inspiration from other's designs as I attempt to create modifications to my own equipment. I thought I'd start a thread to provide a showcase for people's ingenuity that hopefully we can all benefit from and enjoy! I know that my mods will pale to some of the really wonderful innovative work that has been done out there. With a heap-full amount of humility I submit my first, a nifty little bar upgrade for my quiver of Born-Kite NASA Star 3 kites (2.5, 3.2, 4.0, 8.5, 10.0, and 12.5m). Yes there is a big gap in the middle; it is being filled with 5.0 and 7.0m LongStars! I'm a buggy pilot and I wanted one single bar for my entire NS3 quiver. Problem was I felt that the smallest kites turned too crazily for my liking off the standard bar that Steffen supplies, while the bigger kites turned too sluggishly. I searched around a bit and found a wonderful bar that allows for quick movement of the pigtails creating four widths on a single bar: 45, 50, 55, and 60 cm. The standard bar is just under 50 cm and is a one-size-fits-all. Here is how I break it down for the NS3: 45 cm: 2.5 and 3.2m 50 cm: 4.0 and 5.5m 55 cm: 7.0m 60 cm: 8.5, 10.0, and 12.5m True to form, my 2.5 and 3.2m Stars are "detuned" slightly when flown off what is effectively a narrower bar than stock and my 8.5m has more spunk flown at the wider position. It just takes seconds to move the pigtails to the desired hole position. Here is a link to the bar: http://www.kiteattitude.com/english/control_bar_features.htm
  10. jhn.holgate

    Mud guard for Vmax

    The blue splash guard that came with the Vmax has seen better days and it's not terribly effective particularly with the bigfoot on. So I'll give this one a whirl (I think this is my third attempt!) I shaped a bit of alloy flat to support the bottom of the mudguard and drilled and tapped it into the forks. SS bolts and nylocks to hold the mudguard on at the bottom and some bits of alloy flat under the top to stop the cable ties tearing through the rubber - not sure how successful that's going to be yet. I may put a bigger slightly curved alloy plate under the top if it looks like tearing. Not quite the stunning carbon fibre look, but if you stand 100ft away and squint, it's just like a bought one!
  11. SoutherlyBuster

    Stuck Kite Bag Zippers

    Ever in that situation when the wind direction and strength is perfect, ready to pull out your kite on the beach only to be frustrated with a stuck kite bag zipper? Reading some other posts, this for certain makes is a re-occuring problem, blaming zipper quality. As will be explained, zipper quality is not at fault. I faced the same problem with three of my kite bags. No amount of jiggling, cursing nore huffing & puffing would loosen that zipper. I tried WD40 which did not help. I tried brute force which did not help. These zippers were recognised else where as quality zippers, YKK. There were no signs of corrosion. So I thought that it might just be salt crusting up the zipper, so I immersed the whole kite bag in warm fresh water, added a bit of sunlight soap, to disolve the salt both from the zipper and the kite bag as a whole. I then took a sewing needle and poked it inside the zipper head until it went right through the zipper head and out the other side (in the direction of zipper travel). Repeated this a couple of times, wriggled the zipper head some more and it finally released, only to reveal losts of crusted up salt. There was no sign of corrosion on the zipper head since it was made from stainless steel, no corrosion of the zipper teath since these are made from pastic. It appears that the metal zipper head attracts the last bit of moisture left in the kite bag and the salt seems to wick to that location and as a consequence builds up there over time. Lessons learnt; rinse out the kite bag every once in a while; don't do up the zipper all the way up, leave a centimeter free which makes it easier to unlock when cruded up.
  12. jhn.holgate

    Kite Construction

    Here's a few very handy videos showing how Andrew Newton goes about sewing up seams, pockets & hems etc.... If you've got any peals of wisdom for construction, post 'em here.
  13. I wrote the instructions up and posted them for use. Fairly easy to convert and takes a small stunt foil to a whole new level. Stops on a dime and spins like there's no tomorrow. Instructions http://www.riffclown.com/kites/HQ2.2.4Conversion.pdf Stunt Flying Video, Same Kite -- Buggy Video
  14. twojaythomo

    Self launch/landing kite on grass

    As I have no one to help me and I could not really find much on what I was after so I put my kite knowledge to use and have come up with an idea to see if you guys do something similar. I got 2 sand bags to hold the kite down and have bought a dog anchor the cork screw type to secure the bar end while I walk back and launch the kite. ( In the power zone with light wind and at the edge when it's stronger.) As there was only enough wind today to just hold the leading edge of my peak up I was unable to test it. It is easy on the beach to launch because of the sand but on a grassy field it's a bit harder. Landing I guess i could slowly walk down a steering line to park thekite back on the edge of the window.
  15. What can you do with a large kite in a strong breeze which has swung out over the ocean or very rough terrain ? Walking the kite down with a carabiner is out, unless you plan to walk along the ocean floor or up and down hills, rocks and scrub. In Adelaide our solution, thought of by one of our Kite club members, is to use a boat winch, the sort you mount onto a boat trailer to wind the boat in. You need to have some slack in the kite line initially to ensure the line can hold on the drum of the winch and then hand wind the line in, ensuring you have anchored the wind securely. What other ways are there to do this ? What have you used ?
  16. Chook

    Line maintance

    Sorry it took so long "loftywinds" This is the silicon I use on the lines of all my kites. I was put onto it by the "Revolution" quad kite fellas in the USA. "Sewers aid". It decreases the line friction a HUGE amount. Which in turn reduces the wear on your lines. On the Revs it stops the lines squeaking with a few wraps and reduces input pressures by a really large amount. One treatment and you will be sold on this product. I haven't found anything that comes even close to it's results. I guarantee you will still have full control with double the amount of wraps, after applying it to your lines. On power kites the bonus is, it also brightens up the line colour as well. The really nice thing is, it dries so doesn't attract any dirt or sand. There is always a catch.........Sewers aid, is a bit hard to get from Australian sewing shops (it's used when sewing thicker material to stop the needle over heating and also stops the needle gumming up while sewing sticky backed Velcro or cloth.) I got my first bottle from Perth, but that shop has closed and I now get it online from Amazon.com. I get a couple of bottles at a time as the freight costs more than the product. (make sure it's a supplier that will export as some wont send to Australia.) A bottle will treat 4 or 5 sets of power kite lines. Anchor your lines at one end (first making sure they are clean and dry) and put 10 drops or so at a time onto an already soaked bit of 100mm x 100mm flannelette and pull it back and forth over a meter of line at a time, working your way along. I rub it in well, doing one line at a time. I really concentrate lots of it onto the end areas where the lines cross each other when turning etc. It certainly helps prolong your line life and saves some money, even end for ending the line sets to share the wear, I usually wear out 2 or 3 sets of lines a year anyway. It gets expensive and the "sewers aid" certainly prolongs their replacement. I'm only land based, so don't know how it would go in a kite surfing environment, as the water may wash it off. At Yeppoon the lines lay on a wet beach and it doesn't seem to dissolve it, but they are not constantly wet. Cheers Chook