I was looking at the Channel Islands web site(I like those boards for some reason) and was reading the reviews of the various boards when I came across the 'Fort Knox' It looked good for our purposes: fast board, holds rail well, deep bottom turns, flat to under front foot,vee out the back(I did not put in the double concave set into the vee between the fins and out the back)...maybe next time, gotta think how to do that???
Round Pin version is often used as a step-up for good waves.
Designed for waist to double overhead....
Then I read about Taylor, being inducted into the 2011 surfing hall of fame, from Carlsbad (15 miles from where I live), I was sold.
So; 'ol man Goggle, has every image you can imagine...found one with the outline and rocker profile...
a trip to kinkos(you can print from a usb thumb drive now) and for the price of a six-pack(ok, a sixpack of good imported beer
I had the template and rocker profile for a 36" Channel Islands Fort Knox.
(actualy this is the template I made for the 'k step up'...I did not take any photos of the process when I made the Fort Knox template.)
Went home and transfered them to 1/8th particle board (old habit from kite making). Remembering to check the templates for symmetry(get it close for now )...just sprayed some adhesive and stuck it to the board.
Rough cut it out and some sanding and a little while later:
You can see the lines I have drawn on the paper, fine tuning the symmetry of the template.
Actually there are two sets there. In the first you can see the differences in symmetry...and the the second set shows the result of some selective sanding.
I know that this is probably going overboard...when almost any shape or variation will work....but from kite building I learned that the more things you do right the better chance of a fantastic end product.
Everyone wanted to design there own fighter kite something they could call there own...I always made the classics...the current Indian Fighter kite has been around for 700 years, i think they had the geometry down, (I mean what does that 'Al Merrick' guy know anyways?
I merely applied the space age materials to the construction of the classic designs, and then flew the **** out of them. the gains in power to weight made has them awsome! 'ol Raj Malotra can be proud of his 700 year old kite.
These RC Surfer models are hand made and there will always be variations...but I would like to think JIMI was wrong way back when, when he said that the biggest drawback from custom building was that no two models would surf the same... I know that after I worked out the tweaks/upgrade in production, I could build a dozen Indian Fighter kites and they all flew the same. This IS more complicated, but not by much.
Anyways,your template is ready to go!
Had some free time and pumped one out just for fun.
Put that template on a freshly skinned surfboard, traced the outline, then traced that rocker outline on both sides after you have rough cut the blank out...Shape away.(sorry forgot to take those photos...got all excited and then I was all covered in foam dust you know.)
just have to learn to keep my hands clean[:@]
Here is a photo I made in Photoshop....
Looks like I am a little off...could be the angles of my photography...will try to take a better photo...if not I know I will have to tweak the pattern to get it just right...just the way I am[&:]
Have been watching YouTube of him and the board...that carve back to the wave(you called it 'round house rap around turns' ....SICK, I can feel that carve in my gut when he does it sweet. (I'm hoping its all board)
Found a couple other boards I would like to do....here we go again...I have templates for fighterkites from 11 different countries and in several sizes...good thing the shaping/glassing part is not too expensive and so much fun to do.
This last glass job (my third) was my best yet...just have to keep my hands clean....
Anyways, Thought you guys would like to see what I'm up to. Boards will be on the water soooon.