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  1. I really enjoyed those videos. Looks like a fantastic place to ride kite buggy. Nice to see the Stars flying high again.
  2. Randy

    Sysmic S3

    When you have a bit of time I would love to see some pictures of how it folds up into the bag, how big it is and that sort of thing. Be nice to know how long it takes to set up also. It really looks great!
  3. BTW -I like the spot you ride at. If I zoom in, seems like I can see your tracks.
  4. Randy

    Reaching out...

    Never got my taxes done sooner. Then they gave us 2 more months.....
  5. Yes. I think the Redux kite has a bigger wind window, but it doesn't pull as hard, and is less stable so it is less effective. I think it is better than NPW on a 3 line bar with longer lines though.
  6. I've been using single handed bar now with my buggy. Works quite well.
  7. You managed to cover just about every form of land/wind sports in one video! Impressive. What was the 3 wheel thing that looked like a trike at the start?
  8. I have exactly the same machine and have now used it quite a bit for 3 years. Sewing kites is one of the least demanding things (for the machine) you can. The fabric is very thin and pretty easy to sew. The "Heavy Duty" name is probably overstated though - my machine can't make it through the seam when hemming a pair of blue jeans for example. But if kite making is the main use of the machine you don't need much. I've only ever used 3 stitches - straight, zig-zag and triple zig-zag. Probably every machine made now has many more stitches than that. So you don't have to spend a lot. A walking foot is probably a necessity, and for NPW's I would get a cording foot. This is because often you use kite line as a seam reinforcement (see Tom White's plans on kiteplans.org). This provides a very strong attachment for bridles. It is very hard to sew a a reinforcement line without one, but quite easy with one.
  9. Homemade NASA parafoil - sound interesting. Can you post or pm me pics? Tried to build a few myself.
  10. Awesome vid Steve - love the music too!
  11. I am building a 4.2 M version now. Not sure if I will build it for buggy (full ribs) or street (nose ribs only). The material is actually light polyester - just looks like tarp. My first version was tarp but didn't use the full wrap around LE. This is the 4th iteration. Plans are online. I doubt it would be as good as your 4.0 StreetStar though. http://www.laboratoridenvol.com/projects/gkite/gkite.en.html http://www.laboratoridenvol.com/projects/jouetbhl/jouet.en.html
  12. @Freda Latou Here you are. Not sure if this has a true depower, but it has a "power dump" ability which is pretty useful. Just tilt the bar back and the kite flutters and depowers, but keeps flying. You can hit full power by feel. Think I need to use it with a harness.
  13. I'm working on it. It seems to fly better with the middle line hooked to my harness. Here is a video. _.bbf0958c97998df58d2c4c40e3131321
  14. @Freda Latou It is just a PVC pipe about 60cm long, bent with a heat gun, a few holes drilled and notches in the ends to wrap line around. I put a line in the middle for harness hook or maybe depower if I can figure that out.
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