Posted 18 March 2008 - 07:29 AM
Here's a picture of his uniquely styled Blast(er), made of Orcon and framed in the lightest available sticks. It has a bridle that's acres long, otherwise the frame members distort during handle input commands. There's also a Tirips (Spirit) and Ryvolution 1point6 that have been extensively modified with lighter frames and mostly orcon sails.
The first 1point6 Dave made was so sweet I simply had to have it. I swapped a REV bag and huge (51 inch) light table for it after the first time I touched it. (it's on a separate photograph)
The second 1point6 he made, the red/white/blue model was a love affair for Jim Cosca on it's maiden voyage also! Scott Weider and John Ruggerio ~splg?, (he inverted the first indoor prototypes which REV based their commercial design upon), also thought it was very easy and neutral to fly. Much easier than the REV indoor. Notice how far apart the 2 down spars are placed, compared to the dedicated indoor? How about the fact that he's using a bridle, . . ... even on his indoor kites, or adding training wheels???
None of these have plans available, in fact in all the years I've known Dave he has never built a kite twice the same way! I just wanted you to know that modifying a kite is almost as much fun as flying them. D. Ashworth is an superior implementer and one of the best at figuring out a way around any encountered problems.
I hope you are also inspired to build a solution to whatever bothers you about your favorite kite, then share the details with us.
Posted 18 March 2008 - 07:40 AM
Posted 18 March 2008 - 08:00 AM
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 02:32 PM
I was impressed back then by the way the sticks were sewn into the kite, I'm currently going through my archieve of video, I'll see if I can find anything.
BTW and my main reason for replying what Orcon?
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