Quagmirian

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  1. Finally, a manufacturer who allows the insertion of a tracker. What an excellent idea. Shame it's twice the price it should be.
  2. Day 1 in the sport and you're already beating yourself up eh?
  3. Ok because you really should get your April fools jokes in before 1200 local, otherwise you are the fool
  4. Booo! Boooo! No airmanship for skydivers! No peripheral knowledge that might help them out! Essentials only because their brains are so small and overworked as it is! Boooo! To be serious for a second though, I would absolutely love this SIM rewrite as an opportunity to encourage newer skydivers to learn more than just the essentials and become much more well-rounded jumpers.
  5. My friend wanted to jump the container with Aya in. I thought it wouldn't be fair if he got hurt so I just sent it myself. Not a bad beginner's object too. First base jump, home made rig. Anybody else done this? I didn't make the soft links or pc however.
  6. Something here that no one seems to be mentioning so I will. On the floor, the jumper will rotate upwards pulled by the risers with their feet as a fulcrum and their entire weight resisting the rotation. In freefall, the risers will rotate the jumper around their centre of mass with very little resistance, increasing the bend in the risers and increasing the peeling force on the riser covers. Also, so what if you land with closed riser covers?
  7. I've read that website so many times, and what he's trying to say makes literally no sense to me. All I've taken away is 'route the bridle up when going handheld, and open the pin flap on subterminal jumps' Unrelated, but I took my rig to the Expo last weekend and UPT Kenneth was there. What did he say about it? Exactly what everyone here has been saying.
  8. My containers are done. They are a bit tight because the harness shrunk more than I expected.
  9. Thanks for the posts everyone. As I said, I do read them and I don't just ignore them. But often I have to read through several times to understand. In fact I'm reading through the thread right now and things are making more sense. Thanks
  10. This is a bit off topic, but it saves my starting a new thread.Can anyone recommend any canopy fabric suppliers who have stock right now. Other than Paragear of course. They don't have the colours I'm looking for. Thanks
  11. Has anyone ever used a Durkopp Adler 204-64 to sew a harness? It's only a needle feed heavy duty. I'm looking at getting one as even a rusty Singer 7 class is being advertised at £1500.
  12. The way I'm stacking the layers is leg strap on the bottom, followed by a MLW layer, then the other legstrap layer, then finally the second MLW layer on the top. That's the way it is on the one I'm copying. I do read everything that's written here but I often just go away and think about for a while rather than reply immediately. One of the reasons why I put this on a public forum is that when I was starting out, there was precious little in the way of reference material, and this way it's all available for others who want to read about these things.
  13. I'm doing it that way because it's like that on the harness I'm copying. It only has 4 jumps on it but that's proof enough for me that it works. I'll double up the stitching on inside corner and just hope that the second layer of type 8 is enough to stop the first layer peeling upwards off the legstrap.
  14. I'm using two layers of interleaved ty8, so what if I extended the stitch pattern an inch or so up the MLW? Would that take the stress off the corner where the MLW meets the legstrap?
  15. What about rotating the webbing so it doesn't meet at right angles? I assume this could also be solved with a hip ring, but that just introduces more weight and failure points.
  16. I've given up on the first attempt and started a fresh one, going well. If I had all the machines and tools I need, I could do it in 2 days easily. For reference, these are the harness junctions I am copying. I would have thought that just one confluence wrap would be enough for the peeling issue, but the Darkside designer has gone for two. As for the legstrap junction, it doesn't really matter if it fails, you just get a leg injury on opening that's all. All the other details I'm just copying straight.
  17. I was at Thomas Sports the other day for some materials. I live less than an hour away. They also build all of Paratec's sport containers too. I might take a finished one yes.
  18. Paging Riggerlee, paging Riggerlee... I posted this on Basejumper just before it got taken down and now it looks like there's no backup. Last year I made a canopy for *ahem* "low altitude skydiving" and my friend was impressed and asked me to make him a base canopy. So I scaled it up, added 2 more vents and gave it Dacron lines. Since he would be doing the first jump on it he asked if he could name it. The result was Aya. He jumped it out in France this September First jump video Since then, he's done about a dozen jumps on it and asked for some modifications like a flatter trim and larger crossports, and a shallower brake setting. I've been given the patterns to a Darkside container and I've been making good progress making a pair, but it's slow because I've never really done that much container work, and there are elements of the design that I'm struggling with. I'm also not equipped to build containers. I'm probably going to throw the first one in the bin and count it as experience.
  19. This is the main consideration when people talk about requiring 200 jumps for a camera. Over the years, mounting and snagging has become far less of a problem than it once was, sure, but distraction and other human factors have stayed. Just so you know, I am all for cameras which go inside a helmet or something like that.
  20. It is perfectly possible to cut the offending line in this circumstance and land on rears, especially if you have the altitude, but it's really going to depend on how familiar you are with your canopy's characteristics. I can totally understand not wanting to try it at a high loading.
  21. Don't know where you are exactly but another option is Cark in the Lake District. That or Peterlee are nice DZs.
  22. I have to agree it's a pretty dumb arse way to assess whether someone is ready for freefall or not. My first freefall was a piece of piss compared to all the dummy pulls I was made to do.
  23. It's not an expensive job to turn round a BOC. I'd do it for about $30-$40. The bridle protection, however, will be an easier job on some rigs than others.