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by fluidity
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Open Fuse
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Re: Open Fuse.

Most of the race gear seems to be converging on the design that Mike Zajicek invented for his foils: http://www.mikeslab.com/instructions/ He uses 4 bolts to mount the strut to the fuse, Chubanga has moved over in this direction as well with the V3: https://www.chubangafoil.com/gallery That also gi...
by fluidity
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Open Fuse
Replies: 39
Views: 1951

Open Fuse

Lots of fuselage designs and wing/ mast connections out there. Are any even compatible across brands? Having DIYed my first set of wings and fuselage I now realise the importance of the connections of each component to each other. Wide foot for wings, deep socket for strut. And then the struts/masts...
by fluidity
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Who uses a cnc for their builds
Replies: 30
Views: 1372

Re: Who uses a cnc for their builds

I think factories are using it ;) For me, the cnc is the opposite of diy. Good luck. For me CNC and 3D printing are gateways from my creativity to my creations. I wasn't initially confident with CAD but after about 8 years as one of my hobbies it really is my favorite way to make anything fancy wit...
by fluidity
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Who uses a cnc for their builds
Replies: 30
Views: 1372

Re: Who uses a cnc for their builds

Have a look at EstlCam. It´s easy to use and quite cheap. There is a lot of online support on forums/facebook groups for it. Thanks Mica! I built myself a custom CNC last year, set it up with an arduino, grbl and ran some test Gcodes on it but couldn't find a CAM package I liked for it. Downloaded ...
by fluidity
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Time to book flights?
Replies: 18
Views: 886

Re: Time to book flights?

There was a case of covid-19 reinfection with a new covid-19 strain recently. Probably takes particular combination of attention to detail on both first and second infections for the medical people to pick it up. No idea whether the second time was better or worse. World uptake of the virus is still...
by fluidity
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Wingsurfing
Topic: Inflatable Boards for Winging
Replies: 48
Views: 5234

Re: Inflatable Boards for Winging

<cut> To me the lack of a back strap and the weight of 6,4 kg for the 70 l GONG Hype are pretty much enough reasons to cancel it from the list of optional replacements for my Manta. Agree.Ii don't think a rear strap is needed on the 80kg+ boads as there is a lot of windage with them. As the boards ...
by fluidity
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: foot switching - all the video's are photo shopped, right? advice please
Replies: 23
Views: 1830

Re: foot switching - all the video's are photo shopped, right? advice please

purdyd wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:15 pm
If you haven’t watched it checkout kainani drexler on footswitch. Watch how she narrows her stance and slides her feet.
She's very cool.
When she says "Now let's recap" she reminds me of that kid's educational programme: "Dora the Explorer" :D
by fluidity
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Wing profile info for backyard hydrofoil builders
Replies: 68
Views: 3436

Re: Wing profile info for backyard hydrofoil builders

<cut> I think Fusion 360 is without a doubt the best free (Free for hobbyists) modelling software around. Airfoiltools.com is a excellent resource for finding info on the airfoil shape (Once it is known which airfoil to look for on there). <cut> You're likely right for the majority of hobbiests. I ...
by fluidity
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: DIY 3D printed foil
Replies: 26
Views: 1792

Re: DIY 3D printed foil

Use electrical tape to lay carbon fibers down around complex curves or rounded areas. I've tried industrial electrical tape in the past with bad results. Maybe the wider hobby rolls could work so long as the stickiness doesn't transfer(expecially under curing heat) to the piece you are working on. ...
by fluidity
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Snowkite for a big man?
Replies: 29
Views: 1278

Re: Snowkite for a big man?

Safety: Go for a kite marketed for waves rather than racing or jumping, those ones are too fast moving and easier to endanger yourself with when learning. Up wind ability: Racing/jumping ones are going to be better at heating hard up wind but again, wrong choice for learning on, you can make fantast...

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