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The start of a new project.
Batwing (the .sle file on the zeropresige.org site).
Well I had to call it something for the site, so I could build it into the menu, so batwing it is.
Finished cutting and sewing the LE. The mid section is made from 2.9oz Dacron, and the ends from blue tarpaulin. This took me a good couple of weeks to decide on. I wanted to make it from Dacron, but I lost my job and money has been real tight so I took the hard descision to down grade the materials to something cheaper.
I just hope the tarp is up to the job. It seems pretty strong, no where near Dacron, but not too bad. Time will tell I guess.
This is the first kite with rocket structs (a la X2) and it took a good 10 minutes of deep thought to work out how the rockets attach to the LE tube. A great deal of thought.
The seam on the LE and the seam on the rocket do not match, this is becaue the rocket seam is on the bottom, and the LE seam will be under the canopy. Sewing this all together is going to be hard.
But looking in detail at the plans, and how, although the seams don't match, it all fits together like a jigsaw makes me appreciate just how smart Dave Aberdeen really is. It took me a good 10 minutes just to understand it. How the hell he managed to program it in 3D and then transform this into 2D shapes is beyond my tiny brain.
But every time I get stuck I have to remember that little ladies in China are busy sewing X2's, Rhino's, AirBlast's, Wook's ... and the likes, so if they can do it - why can't I?
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