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 on: Yesterday at 06:05 AM 
Started by allenpitts - Last post by thief
Hello Allen
Wow, you have done some good research.   One of the rules of the forum is that links to non-sponsoring shops are not allowed.   Would you mind removing them?   I know that this is your first post and did not know that.

There are some great messengers that guys in Europe make that have two wings and work great.

I have always liked the Gunther ones....but the wings are sort of fragile to carry about....
I also like the old Brookite Shuttle which uses an inverted cone as the messenger sale and as the dropped item too... favorite of all time is a Gayle Kite is a all plastic piece that the line threads through and then it twists up the line as the wind hits the two the top the wings fold perpendicular to the wind and it slides back down....very sturdy....long gone...i did see a bunch pop up on eBay about a year ago but the seller wanted a lot of them....there are a couple on there right now though too that i just found...

and one of the nicest ones ever is Kevin Shannon (of Carlisle Kites/Shannon Kites) made a ripstop and fiberglass version of the traditional bamboo and paper butterfly chinese line climber:

There were not many made, and I know i sent one to Austin Texas, but not certain if it has flown yet....

 on: Yesterday at 05:42 AM 
Started by allenpitts - Last post by allenpitts
Hello Kitebulder forum,

Of all the displays arrayed on the beach in Port Aransas the one which may be the biggest cloud pleaser
is the floating teddy bear, or in my case Andy, the parachuting armadillo.

I began with 'Space Shuttle and Parachute' from Chochranes of Oxford. A little flimsy
and sort of small.
(link removed)
So I created my own release mechanism
See plan herewith below or
but a sail was needed to take the ferry up the Kite Line.
The Popper by Premier was used for some time
(link removed)
Some trouble was had getting the correct tensioning.
Another problem with the Popper is the kite line has to be
fed thru a tube on the Popper before the kite lione is attached to the

Have also seen some commercially available sails
(link removed)
But the guys want $400 which is a little out of my budget.

Also have seen
(link removed)
which may be a way to go.

Also found
(link removed)
which not too elegant and a little lacking in details.

I have found some other plans
There seem to be some good ideas here but its hard to tell
because these are in Dutch.
This is a good release mechanism but it lacks a lift method.

I have seen a couple of efforts that used a second string and
pulley to lift the carrier/release up the kiteline
but a sail lifter seems like a much better way to go.

Ralph at the kite shop in Port Aransas called Fly It! told me
about the Gunther Kite Ferry
It has a feature that is unique in that has a propeller which
reduces it speed as it descends down the Kite Line.
On of the problems with sails like the Popper is the sail and release mechanism
come down so fast that they bang into the anchor point and get damaged
Gunther stopped making their kite ferry so the only way to get
a hold one is to hope to find one on Ebay or used some where

So thats been my journey in the kite messenger world.
If you have anything to add or know where there is more
information please respond to this post.


(links to unsponsored selling sites removed. Il Duce)
(Welcome to the Forum. You have done a lot of excellent research.)
(Please keep posting.)

 on: Yesterday at 04:04 AM 
Started by asburyparkjohn - Last post by Captainbob
I just tried signing into AKA, It forgot my password, I asked for a new one, then with the new one I signed in and tried to change my new 15 digit password to something I could remember, but it wouldn't let me. Now I am locked out of my account all together. Not a very user friendly website.  Embarrassed

I emailed John Lutter yesterday about being locked out of the AKA site, and received a reply from him in about an hour. Problem fixed......   Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 03:03 AM 
Started by thief - Last post by inewham
The email said there would be another 2 liner later in the year.

Asmuch as I love my Exiles/Mantids/Mongoose there are and have been, many do it all trick kites. My hope is for something more unique to Ken, so I'm hoping for a broadseamed kite an updated Mojo UL for me please

 on: Yesterday at 02:56 AM 
Started by sadsack - Last post by sadsack
  yes it is Tyvek. I sew it most of the time, some time I just use tape. It is cheap,
just right for test kite. I have made many kites out of it.

 on: Yesterday at 02:22 AM 
Started by daringtofly - Last post by daringtofly
Hi there folks. I live in Honolulu. I'd like to fly a kite.

Call it therapy or whatever, I'd just like to put one in the air like when I was a kid. Problem is I don't own a kite. Nothing against kiting as a hobby, but I don't really have the money or time to invest in tackling this the way I do most things in life (obsessively). Wind stats for my area (7day + 12mo, another 12mo) and just plain old gut feel tell me that a $5 eBay/Wal-Mart kite would break straight off into the Pacific Ocean, but who knows? I've never flown here.

Anyway I saw a couple well-rated "stunt kites" on Amazon (Prism Stowaway, Prism Jazz), I guess you can do tricks with those but all I really wanna do is buy 500' of string and let it out til I can barely see the thing in the sun. I have no idea if I'd need anything special in the way of kites or lines to do that in the wind we have here. Don't really want to spend money for a one-time thing but if I were being truly casual about this I wouldn't be posting on GWTW  Roll Eyes

Maybe I could just pay someone the $10 or $20 to let me fly their kites for a bit  - is that even a reasonable thing to ask? What do you all think? Please vote in the poll and/or post below. Thank you!

 on: Yesterday at 12:56 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
In honor of the Mamba being once again available.....

It was certainly popular in the Bay Area.

Post a picture of your Mamba(s):

 on: Yesterday at 12:34 AM 
Started by wagsboyz - Last post by Hadge
...  Might look familiar to some...

Oi! you've pinched my kite bag!....well nearly ( Only kidding   Wink)

Nice job! they are actually pretty easy to make - even I managed it and I can't sew!

 on: August 20, 2014, 11:23 PM 
Started by wagsboyz - Last post by Wayner
Very nice.  Well done. 

I been working on a bag for my new revs.  Hope to get it finished soon.  Always getting interruptions.  Angry

 on: August 20, 2014, 09:43 PM 
Started by twhite510 - Last post by np
What a place to take two 10 yr old boys after watching Shark Week on TV... Might have to convince them to get into the water instead of the usual of having to coax them to get out.... Huh Cheesy
Jon, within the last month (I can find the exact date) they spotted a Great White just outside the entrance to the Morro Bay Harbor. Might even be able to Google it.

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