Kite being cut in the background
22 down 15 more to go!
37 panels to sew together before I can "start".
Sewing a panel together
Doubled up both panels so no single edge is showing.
That is a long keel
This is a _short_ rib!
Hard at work!
Applying the keel reinforcement patches
Binding used on the inner keels
These keels are thw two inner keels. The extra webbing is that the attached lines will be used to pull and fold the kite up. This webbing is reinforcement
Pull down reinforcement on inner keels. Binding will go over this on edge of keels
Sewing the binding onto a keel
Video on applying reinforcement patches to keels. Note: I rub the material against the table to build up static. This helps hold it flat.
A binding attachment is a must have when sewing this amount of binding. Important part is to make sure the fabric is seating all of the way into the binding.
Heavy edge binding for the bridle attachments
Template for the vents. All of the ribs are vented so that the kite have even pressure on the inside.
Cutting the vents in the ribs
Now that is long.
Marking the ribs for the top skins to break out
Drawing on the side of the rib for when the skins break out and are sewn to the sides of the ribs. This allows for the "step" design.
Reinforced sewing on the bridle attachments.
Order of assembly. Must be done in the correct order.
This is the point in the seam where a skin breaks out and is sewn to the side of the outer rib.
Bundle is getting bigger... and this is not even 1/2 of the bottom yet. After completing this and the other 1/2 of the bottom, the top still needs to be done.
Starting the burrito roll. Basically rolling up the kite into itself and sewing the two edges
Unrolling the roll
Spread out in my basement
I could easily climb inside a cell
Heavy binding was sewn over the edge binding as reinforcement and to clean up this area.
Top Secret Venting (TSV) :)
See, can even see the TSV!
10" vent holes in the top. Venting is needed as the opening is so large that a lot of air pressure is built up.
Shows details of upper skin sewn to side of rib.
10" vent holes in the top skins
Drogue. about 10' long with 4' opening and 2' opening at end
Notice that each cell/step (towards the rear of the kite) is sewn into the _side_ of the outer rib. That is, each trailing edge ends on the side of the rib. Trickt to sew that area.
Holding the kite open for launch. It's 21 feet wide (25 feet long)