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 on: Today at 08:21 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Stevo
Have to say that I've never been a fan of the look of the trilobite...it's not bad...just...weird.

But I do like that Jelly fish, very neat looking.  Can certainly see adding one to my collection down the road.  Now if only I didn't just have to replace both furnaces in my house... Cry

Steve

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 on: Today at 04:18 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by oldflyer
It has enough pull to hang an 8FT dog

I'm not sure it's right to attach dogs to kite lines!!!  Huh

 Cheesy

I do like the look of that Jellyfish kite though!

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 on: Today at 01:28 AM 
Started by Trip - Last post by Pikman
I totally have to try this! I have seen it done but never really thought about being the guy standing there Smiley
Let us know how you get on, keen to hear from a novice double flyer!

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 on: Yesterday at 08:12 PM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Controlled Crash
I own one. I believe it is the small(?), 7M version. It has enough pull to hang an 8FT dog or a 14FT windsock easily(14-18 MPH wind). I think it would be an easy kite to launch or take town for one adult sized person. I have had no issues walking the kite down by myself, but I have not flown it in wind higher than 20-24ish gusts. Lowest wind I have flown it in was 6-8ish.

It is solid in the sky. I wish it flew at a higher angle. It's easy to launch.

Would I buy it again? Yes, I wouldn't mind having more than one. I think the next size larger would be as easy to fly as the small. The huge one might be an handful for a single person, or maybe not...

Depending on how much room Santa has in his ride, there are the frog and Ladybug.

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 on: Yesterday at 02:06 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by KaoS

HQ used to make a wonderful bag that was triangular in shape and would open out very nicely....
https://goo.gl/photos/XQPcnqi1ZuAZg5uX8 detail pictures here..



 Cry Cry Cry  Why did they ever stop making them??  I have two, and would have more if I could still buy them.

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 on: Yesterday at 01:23 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by thief
Not trying to diss the design, but the square shape will never be present in real life.
Will that make it easier to build?
Will it provide more space that is usable or just excess fabric weight?
Round and triangular bags open nicely and are really easy to get in and out of, and easier to sew as well as there are less corners to deal with.

HQ used to make a wonderful bag that was triangular in shape and would open out very nicely....
https://goo.gl/photos/XQPcnqi1ZuAZg5uX8 detail pictures here..


Premier kites used to make a big long cylinder bag that had zips down the length AND also one end could zip 95% off like a cap...you could get into the bag both ways and that is super nice...

Just a couple of thought from the use and build direction - and please note: I have built kites and banners and things, but not a bag (I am terrified of sewing a zipper for some reason), I have not had a problem buying a few though.


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 on: Yesterday at 12:28 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Palmahnic
Here's a crude plan I'm working with. It's not the best drawing but it's meant to give me an idea of how and what to do, and to make sure I understand what comes before what.


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 on: Yesterday at 09:22 AM 
Started by Trip - Last post by Trip
Interesting and solid suggestions from all of you. I appreciate it. I'll take them to heart and use them. I'll let you guys know how I come out.

Trip   Grin

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 on: Yesterday at 09:10 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Dolittle
Hi, kiteflyers,  I've been making up my Christmas list.  I have been fascinated by the kite designer Maqinghua from Weifang and love his newest kites, especially the Trilobite, and it's on my list.

I am wondering what size Trilobite a (not too strong) woman could handle more or less by herself.  Anybody have an idea on that?

If you are not familiar with Ma Qinghua's kite, here's a link to one of Jim Nicholl's videos showing his 'swarm' of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR4vF-tXL3Y )  There is even a facebook page devoted to 'Trilobite Owners' at https://www.facebook.com/groups/985253878219783/  They look like a Lot of Fun and great flyers too.

And here's Ma Qinghua's jellyfish that I love too:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6xy-yE1CRk&t=1s  Isn't it graceful?

Christmas Cheer to all!  Judy


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 on: Yesterday at 03:24 AM 
Started by Trip - Last post by Henri
I use the power kite handles, but you have to hold them in the middle. I foud that they work better "up side down", meaning when you hold them horizontally the usual up side is out and the brakes in. This allows to have curved handles which means more stability, while having a neutral point where you wrist are at rest (adjust the brakes so you achieve this balance).
Nexuses seem a good choice if you have enough wind. I started with a rev 100' 90lb lineset and Beetles for the kites, with small kites you do not need different line lengths.
Try flying from your less agile hand first. Then when you try to fly two, you can try parallel moves, mirrored moves, and then follow the leader, and crossings...

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