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 21 
 on: February 26, 2015, 05:03 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
Thanks Mario!  Glad you were able to fly the kites.  Steve is quite gracious that way Smiley Do they remind you of any other kites you've flown?  Always looking for feedback  Cool

I'm sending this Std/UL pair down to KP with JohnC for test flying and for Dave to auction off.  They are new and unflown. I'll miss them and likely make another set.



Beautiful job Steve as usual  Grin 

I can't wait to try SKB's next time that I see him.  I already tried his other versions and I like them a lot  Tongue

Cheers
Mario

 22 
 on: February 26, 2015, 03:15 PM 
Started by gliderdude - Last post by gliderdude
I've lived & flown kites in Chico since I arrived in the summer of '04. Three straight days in a row? Unheard of! I've posted some photos & chatter on my blog. Go to www.gliderdude.blogspot.com

 23 
 on: February 26, 2015, 01:36 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by mdilucca
Beautiful job Steve as usual  Grin 

I can't wait to try SKB's next time that I see him.  I already tried his other versions and I like them a lot  Tongue

Cheers
Mario

 24 
 on: February 26, 2015, 01:12 PM 
Started by tpatter - Last post by coogee
I will strenuously deny that kiting is an expensive hobby. For around $500 you can get a high quality high performance kite in any of several flavours. This will last at least a couple of years even if you fly a lot.
At the end of that time it will still be worth something and can offset the purchase of the latest kite you wish to fly. Try sailing or motor sports. A new jib for the little boat I sail is $650 and will last one season if you wish to be competitive. Throw it away or give it  to some one for a few beers. Kiting is a cheap hobby.
I really commend Tom on giving new kites a go, how else will manufacturers stay in business and give us, the fliers, new and better kites. His idea of having a kite for a couple of years then passing it on enables other people to try the kite and helps to fund something new for him to fly. Bravo!
Every one should buy a new kite when they can its good for you and good for the makers and without them...no new toys.
Sorry about the digression from the GPS.

Mike

 25 
 on: February 26, 2015, 09:26 AM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by DavidformerlyDavid
We will make the requisite stop for pearl milk tea on the way from the airport, but we also expect to get to the beach Friday afternoon.

I'm eager to see Allen's new SLKs.  And don't worry, Allen.  You may fly any of my quads any time you want!

 26 
 on: February 26, 2015, 07:42 AM 
Started by tpatter - Last post by tpatter
So that's a Yes then? Seems a lot to speand on something so similar

Your missus is obviously a lot more understanding than mine  Cool



Most definitely a YES.  I can't wait to see how the SUL comes out.

On the missus thing, well, what she doesn't fully understand works in my favor I suppose!  Truth be told, I buy and sell a lot of kites, generally losing a fair amount of $, but I consider it sort of a rental fee.  In a year, I'm probably spending the value of 1-2 additional kites due to selling others. I hope to get down to a total of 6 at some point!  Smiley

I spent a lot perhaps 6 years ago, but it's been lots of recycling since then.


 27 
 on: February 26, 2015, 06:44 AM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by tcope
I was also thinking fuzzy tail... but looped from one tail point to the other. It would look good, is very inexpensive and you can keep adding then (to make it longer) as needed. I think the loop adds a lot more drag (from the curved part) then just attaching them at one point. You can also play around with different colors as well (if using 3, put a different colored one in the middle).

 28 
 on: February 26, 2015, 06:20 AM 
Started by tpatter - Last post by harveystubbs
Q: If this looks and flies like a fearless and we own a fearless then do we need one of these in our bags?  Cool

I can't inagine anyone regretting adding this kite to their bag.

It might be hard to tell from the video, but this one gives away the cynique like a puppy wags it's tail.  Smiley.   

My comment comparing the 2 was really for those who have given up trying to find a kite they like better than the Fearless (there are many of us).  To those I say, the GPS is worth a look - I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

So that's a Yes then? Seems a lot to speand on something so similar

Your missus is obviously a lot more understanding than mine  Cool

 29 
 on: February 26, 2015, 02:00 AM 
Started by Allen Carter - Last post by Wayner
flew mine without a tail for 2 years. Stole a gomberg streamer tail from another kite for its dramatic effect.  Take it off when the wind drops. Try it without the tail it does not need it.

The streamer is only 3' x 35'. So it's less drag than yours. maybe a good choice you still want a tail.

I put my rotating laundry on the flying line.  Have less issues than at the back of the kite.


 30 
 on: February 26, 2015, 12:37 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
I have some 100' x 7" diameter tube tails.

If the wind is right, you can get most kites to fall into a fade with the tail

holding the kite steady.

With lighter tails, it is possible to do axels. The trick is to make the nose

of the kite go under the tail. If this is done, the tail ends up right where

it is supposed to be.

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