> good job! I've been wanting to try my hand at kite building, been
> considering a Circoflex (sp?). My girlfriend has a sewing machine, just
> never have time to sit down and do it!
Well, I had two, a hand one and an all dancing electric. The hand one
went to a good cause a few weeks ago, so I was left with the super duper
electric model. As I sat down to sew the kite, PING!, the belt broke, so
I ended up pumping the (very small) wheel by hand for all the seams and
stuff. My arm was near dead at the end, but I'm sure it helped me to get
straighter seams. :O)
> Is that your first kite? or have you built others? Truly an inspiration to
> those of us who think, me build a kite? right, I'd have a better chance
> building a buggy, and I'd have no chance at that! haha.
Well, not the first, maybe fifth or sixth, but the first to my own
design. I had the same thoughts as you, but it really is simple. Just
take the time and go slow to start. As with all things (well... except
one :O)) speed comes with time and practise. Oh, and I bought my buggy.
Seemed a *whole* lot easier that way. :O)
> be sure to mention how it flies if you get some wind.
Well, I got the wind yesterday and it actually flew first time with the
first bridle! Boy, was I surprised. Well, not much, but it's nice when
it happens. As for the flying, I'm not a tricky person, but I'd guess if
I were it would be perfect for such. It is fast, very fast. So much so
that I had to move the tow points out almost to the LE's to control it
(I was on about 35 m lines). I seems to have a mind of it's own -
without trying really, just from old and fading memory it turtled with
barely a tremor, and axled almost before I'd popped the line! A bit more
work on the bridle and I may let y'all know the sail plans and such.