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You know how it is...I want to be proud of my Surfer...and won't give up until I am.
I remember when I would make a significant improvement on my kites I would never fly the older ones.
I think that the reason I haven't made fighter kites in so long is that the last batch of 85 were the best I can do...didn't have a reason to build any more.
This model #3, that made it to water, needed several improvements in addition to the curing the motor hop (for one it was quite heavy, what kind of weights are you getting when you build a 36inch model?)....so it really isn't worth saving...scavenge the parts I can, make the neccessary improvements, and move on to proto #5...with luck I will be in the water in a few days...(I started #4 before the motor hop issue so it has the original tail rocker...oooops! So it sits there waiting with the others...I have an idea...but that will have to wait 'till later.)
proto #1 had poor symmetry....unacceptable....
proto #2 had a chance until I mess up the motor, prop shaft alignment...with the flex cable it was probably fine...just would have bugged the bejesus out of me....scavenged for the lead...
#3 made it to water...
#4 I was getting ahead of myself(again![:@])
#5....this one really feels like a surfboard....silky smooth, clean lines, and I just want to run my hands on her lines...[&:]
I will use them all again I am sure,once I get setup with the airbrush, I will need willing subjects
...so much to learn....
will post some photos soon.
the helmet cam was aimed a little high...will be useable next time.
I remember that vid...it was what I went back looking for when I came back from the pond that day, thank you...that and JIMI's posts on the subject....priceless! Finally found the post where he was measuring the rocker for Rainer (I wonder if Rainer is still wearing that leash?
)...page 47ish....5mm ummmmm
5 times 1.38(adjusting for my scale difference) 7mm is the amount I have set into this current model.
It just looks right I tell you.
Thank you JIMI....
Thanks to all who have contributed to this forum...its a long read but well worth it: informative, funny, and sometimes a bit silly.