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 on: Yesterday at 12:46 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by tpatter
Interesting thread....

I get nice comments all the time, but I find that, except for the most interested, they watch perhaps 5 minutes and move on.

Most asked questions:
- how long has it taken you to be able to do that?
- how much does a kite like that cost?
- where can get a kite like that?

Many lose interest when I tell them that my kite is $300-450, but that you can get a very good kite for $150 and a starter for around $50.  I always recommend the Silver Fox line to new folks that can at least keep the kite in the air.

The truly hooked (like most of us here) will talk to me for over an hour and I have many times seen them weeks later with their own kites on the field.  An much smaller number become regulars that I meet on the field very frequently. 

I wish that I had some cheap dual lines that flew really well to give to kids.  I gave my RockON to a kid and his dad last year and they had a blast.  I've seen soo many kids I see trying to fly some behemoth that likely will not fly well in any wind.   If the parents are around and ok with it, then I'll try to help them out or let them try one of my kites.  I need to buy a few Beetles that I can just give away if the flyer shows a significant interest.

Anyhow, I get the point of this thread - particularly when I am 'showing off' for someone I try to keep the flying slow, clean, and understandable.  Many advanced tricks are wasted and you don't want to be crashing either.  I mean, most of uninitiated would not know the difference between an axel and a taz.  2 point landings, fades, flick flacks, precision, half axels, backspins, and yo-yos everyone seems to get.  Old school is a good school!  Smiley


 on: Yesterday at 12:33 PM 
Started by bplant - Last post by bplant
What is the purpose or function of the venting screen along the leading edge of the Rev.  I know It not on the indoor Rev.

 on: Yesterday at 12:16 PM 
Started by Watty - Last post by swissfish
I Like that.
Would love to see more kites on it.
Very good start  Roll Eyes

 on: Yesterday at 11:46 AM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by chilese
There are several shops listed as sponsors on the right.

You could support the forum if you purchased from one of them.

As the Widow NG was co-designed by Jon Trennepohl, you might

consider clicking on the Skyburner ad which will take you to their

website. On that site is a button for "Kites and Fun Things" which

is their brick and mortar (and internet) store that also sells parts and could tell

you shipping to any city.  Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 11:41 AM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Palmahnic
Hi everyone,

Went out to one of my flying sites today, and what a mistake. winds of 28km/h and up. I set the bridle on the farthest setting, for the strongest winds, even set the standoffs so that the sail is a bit loose, but it was all I could do from flying away with it. I love my new Widow NG, but the screams from the sail woke up all the guest who were having an afternoon nap at the hotel nearby  Cheesy

Long story short, I broke/lost a few parts.  Embarrassed The problem is, where I'm from, there are no (NO!) shops for kite spare parts.  Cry

So, I would love your help on recommending an internet based shop that can supply the following parts, without the shipping cost being totally ridiculous. UK based might make shipping cheaper. I'm not exactly sure on the sizes the Widow NG uses, so I also added pics.

Center T (Skyshark p300)

Vinyl end cap to cover tensioners

Yo yo stopper

Also, what should I stock up on, in advance?  not including spars or sail, which make the shipping more expensive (I also already sprung for some Tenacious Tape already)

Thanks! and here's how the weather was like today on our beach here in Tel-Aviv - my heart goes out to all you New-England people waist deep in snow!

 on: Yesterday at 11:32 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Ara Ararauna
Sloppy flying is unattractive. Repetitive sloppy flying is down right annoying and makes people shake their head in wonder...

Learn to fly whatever and however you fly really well, and anyone who watches you will shake their head less and nod their head more. Maybe even play a little air guitar along with you.

I must say I don't care to be practising when there's people around. I need to practise and I want to have fun doing so, and hence I really don't give a **** what they think.

Now, there is something that I see as an incoherence here in what some of you are saying.
Most of you say that people really don't care.
BUT, if they don't care, why do they shake their head?
Why do they come to you and tell you: "can't you make it go higher?" or "are you doing that on purpose?"

If they don't care why don't they just completely ignore you?
If they find it unattractive why don't they just look the other way?

This is the only thing that annoys me. I'm willing to do all my walks of shame. I'm willing to look like a clumsy idiot pulling the strings in a seemingly random manner.
But then, please leave me alone with my freaky hobby/sport and look the other way.

Now, I think this is not what Chilese was talking about. As I understand it, it would be interesting to be able to entice other people into the hobby/sport in order for the hobby/sport to survive economically speaking.
If we want to have nice kites designed and manufactured we need a minimum amount of market.
If we want to have sponsors for our events we need a minimum amount of followers.
If we want to make our hobby/sport advance technologically and regarding design we need a minimum critical mass.
So I guess Chilese was making the point that we need to find ways of getting more people interested.
And I agree with him.


 on: Yesterday at 10:41 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Tmadz
Could the lack of drawing people in be two fold?

When I see someone doing tricks I am amazed, but at the same time I'm intimidated because I know it is a combination of controlled inputs honed after hours of flying, great equipment and understanding wind conditions. Sometimes the tricks get so frenetic it jumps beyond my comprehension of what the pilot is doing.

Could it be that tricks are going beyond the casual observers ability to comprehend what is going on,  straight to out of control tumbling?

I like looking at attractive SLK's which I equate to paintings or sculpture, I also enjoy the Rev performances that you could equate to dancing. Adding a tail or streamers is another visually stimulating input that can be processed easily.

Maybe I'm talking out of my keister and not really getting into psychology. There is some point we're losing people with advanced tricks, too many tricks or not readily defined tricks.

 on: Yesterday at 10:37 AM 
Started by Watty - Last post by Watty
The coloring model needs a RESET button.

Just published a change that adds this feature. It is in the settings menu (click on the gear icon)

 on: Yesterday at 10:19 AM 
Started by Watty - Last post by Watty
I think I see where the confusion may have come from. After registering, a message popped up that said "You have created an account". It should say something more like "You have created an account. An activation email has been sent to your email address." I've made the change and will push it live.

 on: Yesterday at 10:07 AM 
Started by Watty - Last post by Watty
Not sure why you got two emails. When registering, users should get an activation email. If you clicked on "forgot password" and went through that process, then it would send a temporary password email.

The password can be change in the account page after logging in (

Reset button is definitely something I overlooked. I'll create a ticket for it.

The reason I don't have a separate column for center panel options is because this site is not made specifically for Revolution products. The idea is that other manufacturers could sign up and be included on the site. The separate column probably wouldn't apply to any other products. I have been kind of struggling with finding a good way to make it obvious about panels that have restricted color options. My current solution was to have the notes at the bottom of the editor. I'm open to suggestions.

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