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Title: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: bear1962 on March 27, 2010, 04:42 PM
I just bought a 110 sq ft Flowform and will be flying it on 1000 lb line. What line spools/reels do you guys use.

I've got a 50 sg ft Pilot and just use a ring reel for the 500 lb line and it works well.

I've got 300 feet of 3/16 braided dacron but I'm not sure what reel/spool to get for it.

Thanks for any help.

Tony


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: badcloud on March 27, 2010, 06:58 PM
do you have a pic of that big boy kite ?

attach the line to a car bumper or ground anchor if your flying alone.....................

scott maddox


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: ezme6 on March 27, 2010, 07:14 PM
A kite that big is going to be tied off on something so...I have found that you can use just about anything,  so there will be no pressure on the reel or what ever. Reels and winders are used for storing the line, letting it out, and winding back up when the kite is grounded.   :)


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: MtnFlyer on March 27, 2010, 09:56 PM
That would be about 1000 pound line. Just use a smallish stuff sack - something where you can get your wrist through the top, maybe 8"x12".

Tie one end to the bag's cinch cord, let the incoming line run through the fingers of your left hand which is holding the bag, pull the line in with your right which doesn't really leave the bag. Assuming your a righty. Larkshead the kite-end loop to the cinch cord when it's all inside and it'll almost never become tangled. Much more compact than a hoop or flat winder for that weight line.

I use a stuff sack for my 500# line, too.


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: thief on March 29, 2010, 05:08 AM
+1 for MtnFLyers advice......best way!


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: bear1962 on March 29, 2010, 07:02 PM
Looks like I'll try a stuff sack

Thanks  :)


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: bear1962 on March 29, 2010, 07:06 PM
do you have a pic of that big boy kite ?


Once it arrives I'll have some pics !!!

Here's pics of the Pilot I made:

http://public.fotki.com/bear1962/hobbies/peter_lynn_pilot/ (http://public.fotki.com/bear1962/hobbies/peter_lynn_pilot/)


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: Fore Check on March 30, 2010, 04:45 PM
I prefer extension cord reels from the hardware store for my heavier flying line:

(http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m225/fore_check/DSC05432.jpg)


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: Grant L on March 31, 2010, 04:54 AM
I go with a stuff sack too for my bigger lines, ( 500#, 700# and 1200#.) Throw the sack on top of the kite in the kite bag and you always have it ready. I rarely get tangles and the few I get are easy to shake out.  :)


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: stringfly on April 02, 2010, 06:40 AM
Nice big kite.  Hey, who makes the shark drouge ? Would be nice on my Octo.

Stringfly <>+++++


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: bear1962 on April 02, 2010, 09:29 AM
I made the shark drogue and the pillow-tail myself


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: thief on April 02, 2010, 09:47 AM
String fly-ah
check your email re. shark
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Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: highAIR on April 19, 2010, 05:59 PM
I bought this awesome reel that is perfect for big kites

check it out


Sorry...ebay links are not allowed per forum rules. -thief


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: mikenchico on April 20, 2010, 06:44 AM
Those were/are supposedly great reels although a bit cumbersome. Braced against your midriff and having that brake to slow or stop the spool, if you could hand hold the kite they would bring them down. My preference with big kites though is to walk the kite down and deal with line later. They were called Strato-Spools back in the 1980's 1990's I think.



Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: highAIR on April 20, 2010, 08:01 AM
I guess it's all personal preference - with me walking kites down is exhausting but it was the only way I knew how to do it. Then a buddy of mine turned me onto this thing not sure if it's called a Strato-Spool but its awesome. I especially like the fact that I have multiple spools that I can change on the reel. I usually will anchor about 3 kites with this one reel and 3 spools. When I reel it in I will use a pulley connected to an anchor.

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Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: thief on April 20, 2010, 12:43 PM
yep..that is a stratospool.....looks like the small version....so nice....


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: highAIR on April 20, 2010, 01:04 PM
I have 2 different size spools for it. The photo has my small spool (I put about 400' of 500# line from Gomberg) on it and I have a bigger spool that I put my 750# line on.(I put about 250' on that spool)  - it is sweet.


Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: thief on April 20, 2010, 02:04 PM
i was not aware that you could pop the spool off of the stratospool! very neat to know!!!!
there were two frame sizes for them....the big one was almost 4' long as i recall.....
there is enough info to build your own now since the maker is no longer producing them...
http://robroy.dyndns.info/KAP/KiteReels/Stratospool/details.html (http://robroy.dyndns.info/KAP/KiteReels/Stratospool/details.html)
according to that page there was actually 3 sizes of SSs available

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STRATO-SPOOL No. 8   6.5" dia. spool, 22" long frame   holds 1000' of 50-75 Ib line, for kites pulling 10 Ibs or less
STRATO-SPOOL No. 16   7.5" dia. spool, 24.5" long frame   holds 1000' of 100-150 Ib line, for kites pulling 15 lbs or less
STRATO-SPOOL No. 24   8.5" dia. spool, 33" long frame   holds 1000' of 200-250 Ib line, for kites pulling 25 Ibs or less


loads of good info on all sorts of different types of winders......
http://robroy.dyndns.info/KAP/KiteReels/reels.html (http://robroy.dyndns.info/KAP/KiteReels/reels.html)





Title: Re: Kite Reels for the big ones
Post by: highAIR on April 20, 2010, 02:54 PM
Great links!!

That is the exact size of mine but I think this company has stated making a new and improved version of the Statospool but I don't think it's the same company that made them originally. It has an 8in spool and a 12in spool. I let my kite out and put a carabiner on the line and clip it to my anchor and clip out that reel then clip in my next one and move on to my next kite. Probably my favorite aspect is how easy it is to let the kite out by using the brake.

I should post some of my video's I've taken from my kite with an on board wireless video camera It's pretty cool. Can you post video on this site?