There are a couple threads going on a couple different forums (plus Facebook) with info about our workshop this past weekend. In the interest of making a central depository for questions, shares, links, etc., this page is dedicated to our class.
If you would be so kind as to remind me in the comments section below of any source links you would like, as well as any questions, etc. you might have.
A personal thanks to Bob Matteo for the loan of your workshop Muses from 2005. Having them available was a great help in recreating the lost Muse patterns.
- I guess it’s been out a couple years, but I somehow missed it. 3M is offering a consumer/hobbyist version of their 1/4″ adhesive transfer tape gun. The gun I’ve used and recommended for years is the 3M 714 ATG. After doing a Google search, the new gun/applicator seems to be identical, but is pink. It also includes 2 rolls of good tape. Amazon has it for $16.38! – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00409NNYM The 714 sells for $48 without tape. I have a pink one on order, and will report back when it comes in, but the internet says it’s the same piece, just a different color. And you know, if it’s on the internet, it must be true.
- update – I ordered, and have take delivery on, the pink tape gun. While there are some minor cosmetic differences, the pink “Advanced Tape Glider”, and the 714 ATG seem to be functionally identical. It comes with two rolls of tape that seems to be the ATG 908, which is functionally identical to the 924 I use, but in an acid-free composition. If you might be interested in adding an ATG tape gun to your tool kit, this is a great way to go!
- The adhesive transfer tape we used in class was the 3M 924 ATG, not the 926 as seen on the box.
- For those of you that made copies of the patterns – I ask that these are for your personal use, and please don’t share outside our group. I retain design and intellectual property rights. Thanks. I may publish the plan later, but for now…
- You can find the frame specs for your Muse, as well as the other retired BMK kites here.
- I’ve use the Gütermann threads in my kites for the last 12-13 years. A couple years ago, Gütermann reformulated most of their lineup, making improvements across the board. The result, in my size range, was the Mara 100. Gütermann’s Mara 100 is the best thread I’ve used. Clean, consistent, fuzz-free. Look for Mara 100 on the label. What I’ve seen is on a yellow core. If your local shop doesn’t carry it, see my link below.
- McMaster-Carr – many cool items
- US Plastics -
- FramingSupplies.com – 3M ATG guns and tape
- Wawak – Gütermann thread