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 on: June 21, 2017, 05:13 PM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by riffclown
For the HQ Kites get in touch with Chris Shultz at HQ Kites USA..

Eliot at Flying Smilec Kites in Corolla NC would be a great person to talk to with your repair needs..

 on: June 21, 2017, 04:39 PM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Dolittle
Hi, GWTW-ers, 

Our kites have taken a beating this spring--we have some broken and lost spars, and a few holes here and there in our SLKs, and I'm wondering what to do about it.  These are mostly manufactured kites from ITW, Premier, HQ, Sun Oak, 3D, etc. Nice ones though and I'd hate to have to trash them. I can't remember or never knew where they came from so I can't go back to the stores. 

So, I think I could maybe fix them myself if i knew how and what to order.  But I'm wondering how do I describe the spars that I need, and how do I measure the diameter of these really thin flexible spars?  I think I can figure out how to cut them--and then I'd need to know how to size the end caps for them. Or maybe it would be easier to bundle them up and send them off to a Kite emergency room?

There are no kite stores around here so I don't have ready access to a kite specialist.  Any thoughts on how to go about this?

Thanks for any tips.  J.  Undecided

 on: June 21, 2017, 03:39 PM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by hydrophyte77
Please check out the online plan that I followed to build these. It demystifies some aspects of the Edo construction, especially the bridle...

I might write a supplement to this plan with photographs to explain details I used (fittings, knots, etc.) to finish it.

 on: June 21, 2017, 02:57 PM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by Dolittle
Your kites are to die for!  So beautiful.  Pls keep sharing your creations.  j.

 on: June 21, 2017, 02:00 PM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by hydrophyte77
Thanks for looking! Just the other night we got this other one up in the air after a thunderstorm. This kite is not a real Edo, but instead uses the easy-to-build and easy-to-fly Ohashi Variant construction. The design is based on a photograph of an Etheostoma darter, a colorful native fish.

 on: June 21, 2017, 12:33 PM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by chilese
Beautiful kites.

Nicely done sir.

 on: June 21, 2017, 10:01 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by Dolittle
Oh, thank you, thief.  I'm glad I asked about kite flying there.  I didn't see any kites in any beach photos online when I looked for kite info. I bet you are right that it's mostly protected land.  J.

 on: June 21, 2017, 06:46 AM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by goestoeleven
Nice work!  I don't dream in Edo, but I do have dreams of building some kites queued up from UMake and other plans . . . . about 6 or 7 are in the queue at the moment.  However, the wife says basement and garage must be cleaned before the kite building can commence . . . .

 on: June 21, 2017, 05:36 AM 
Started by hydrophyte77 - Last post by thief
sorry Phil I do not see any correlation there.

 on: June 21, 2017, 05:34 AM 
Started by Dolittle - Last post by thief
The original nantucket kiteman passed away, but his family has started to recreate some of his kites....I do not know if there is a physical shop...there was one in Falmouth (Doctor Gravity) which was awesome but i expect any iteration of that shop now is a toy/kotchki shop.

Flying in Massachusetts: you are not allowed to fly on protected natural resource areas.  I am not certain about Nantucket specifically, but most of the beaches on Cape Cod you are NOT allowed to fly on due to their status.

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