TECH PAPER: FITTINGS, & HOW THEY WORK:
Originally created by Tony Ferrel as a part of his AKA presentation in Muncie, Indiana, October of 1999. Updated and extensively edited for kitebuilder.com 11/15/00 by APF
Stock fittings are easy to keep track of, each box of widgets has a unique number, which the computer loves. One part, one number; therefore, this part of the catalog is a piece of cake.
On the other hand, custom means custom made to your order. This means that you must provide certain basic information to allow me to custom make your part. Like, what size sticks are you planning to use? In order to not have a million different code numbers in the computer, sometimes we use one code number for the blank, and then follow it up with a stick size. The computer gets real confused when you do this because a lot of different parts have the same number, really its the same part with different size holes. Anyway, our goal is to create a user friendly system and yet keep the computer happy, so it charges you the correct price for your part, and that you get the correct size part. To further confuse the issue, you the user may be unable to choose the correct blank because you can not read my mind and know what size Im going to choose for your part. The way I make that decision is based on the size hole you specify, so as to insure enough material is left for a strong fitting. Do NOT Despair. Pick the one you think when you make the order, and Ill correct it to the right size, and tell Steven to charge you the corrected price on your credit card; or, you could just say, KS pick correct blank. Be accurate when you order the part, because custom parts are not returnable when you make the mistake, only if I make the mistake. In other words, if you say you want a K75 hole, and I give you a K75 hole, you bought the part. If after you got the part you find out that you really meant a G50 hole, you must order another part. The first part goes in your miscellaneous kite part bin. On the other hand, if you asked for a K75 hole and I gave you a G50 hole, then its my mistake, send it back and Ill replace it. Of course, I never make mistakes, yeah right.
I will discuss using text, drawings, and photos, each fitting. This is an attempt to try to clear up the confusion that exists because builders are not aware of the many fittings available; and, how to incorporate them in their very own original designs.
I will divide fittings into three sections.
A. Stick to Fabric, fittings or methods
B. Stick to Stick, fittings or methods
C. Dual Fittings that combine Stick to Fabric with Stick to Stick