What is Community KAP?

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This is an activity, open to all ages and abilities (subject to appropriate supervision) that is relaxing, fun and places one in the landscape in a unique way. What is it? KAP stands for Kite Aerial Photography and was invented … Continue reading

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DSBV 3rd mod: the tracking bridle

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Following Mike LeDuc’s advice I fitted a tracking bridle:   This centres the sleeve perfectly. Does a much better job than the tension balancing clip. There are some friction losses to see to, the trusty rubber-bands rub in places and … Continue reading

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DSBV next mods

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Learning from Mike LeDuc’s experience the balance of the spar and the elastic force is the next problem to solve. Mike’s solution is a ‘tracking bridle’ which feeds the displacement from one end of the spar to the other. This … Continue reading

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Dynamic Spar: the mods begin

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In no time after the last post I managed to upset the balance of the spar by a gentle side slip into a waiting tree. I tugged the kite free but the force was enough to stress the fragile duct … Continue reading

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Dynamic spar bodge

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Mike LeDuc came up with a brilliant mod for the ITW Levitation delta. He spotted the tendency for the spreader spar to snap under excess load and instead of the obvious ‘replace with a stronger spar’ solution developed an elastic … Continue reading

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Orange rx3s for KAP

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A very affordable stabiliser for RC ‘planes fitted to a rig as tilt axis stabilisation. The first segment is at 0.25x speed so the action of the gyro is (just) visible. I used the elevator channel with the ‘pitch’ gain … Continue reading

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Thoughts on choosing KAP method

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In preparing content for the KAPwiki it transpires advice on method is needed. One way of organising the options is to look at the rig and what it is likely to be used for: but this is not the whole … Continue reading

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KAP Knolling

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Where this comes from I do not know but I found this photographic style via Reddit. One of the great joys of KAP is to find the everyday patterns in things. The actual definition of knolling is “the process of … Continue reading

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Walls of the Kingdom

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Cambridge (Grontabricc in the 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map of  Britain in the Dark Ages extract below) is straddled by 3 large, ancient, earthworks. To the South the Heydon Ditch, to the East the Fleam Dyke and to the North … Continue reading

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The slippery slope: CAD hachures

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The depiction of slope by hachure shading is a cartographic convention that dates back to the Austrian cavalry officer Johann Georg Lehmann who, in 1799, devised a system for the rapid military mapping of terrain by field drawing. It has … Continue reading

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