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 71 
 on: April 19, 2017, 01:22 PM 
Started by mrgif1 - Last post by mrgif1
Hey everyone! 

I wanted to introduce myself.  By name is Bill and my good friend Sir "Coop" has given me the kite bug!  He has introduced me to some old school two line kites, I went from no interest in kites to loving flying.  He says this is the place all the real good kite people are. 

Now I look forward to getting to know you all, building my kite collection, getting good at flying, and teaching my kids to love this hobby as well, and overall having a great time! 

Thanks in advance for all the advice and great deals on kites!  Cheesy

Thanks, Happy Wednesday!

Bill

 72 
 on: April 19, 2017, 06:53 AM 
Started by madibiase - Last post by KiteChemist
Love the panel layout and color scheme. Very nice flying.

The panel scheme was designed by Mario, as well as the kite itself. The colors, instead, were chosen by a girl I am dating with Smiley (she is an artist)



Nice layout but the response seems a bit sloppy and unbalanced.  I assume your still tuning though or the wind wasn't that good so it will probably get better.  Looked like the wind was a bit too low in a few shots.  Over all it looks promising.

The wind was not stable, in some moment the strenght was dropping, in others It was reinforcing (storms nearby) and, yes, I'm still tuning it. Actually some things are already changed respect to the version in the video, such as standoff lenght (the inner standoff is longer now and is made from fiberglass), some bridle adjustments and connector position trimming.

The kite is very prone to nose-in-line tricks as yofade and crazy copter, despite being tail-heavy (taz-ish). The dimensions are small, it is 215 x 97 but it doesn't act as a small kite on the lines, the trajectory precision is quite good but corners require a little bit of effort to be nice and clean, the fiberglass improved them a lot though indeed. The pressure is gentle but present. A little on the low side for aggressive flying in the low end of the wind range. Comparing to other kite I own and built, the slot machines are more prone to line tangling; that's probably due to the depth of the sail and the tail-heavy (ish) attitude of the kite. The other tricks are easy-peasy.


On a side note I saw the SKD logo and got you mixed up with Sport Kite Designs at first until I actually read your company name.  Might be something for you to consider.

I know that is a company with the same acronym, but actually the logo is different and the name too. That's why I put the logo on the whole video Cheesy

 73 
 on: April 19, 2017, 04:00 AM 
Started by brettgrant99 - Last post by thief
Wait... You guys only take up a closet?Huh
I have a small bedroom with kites and kite bench and materials.... Basement section and part of a shed..........

 74 
 on: April 19, 2017, 03:32 AM 
Started by Steve - Last post by lramos
Hi, Pam and Mike have sewn  kites for Austin End of the Line kite team who i fly with.  I also have some they've sewn in my kite bag.  Pam and Mike have provided much fun and joy for so many people.  I wish them love and peace.
   Having the new fighter kite will be somewhat bittersweet.  Thank you kite community for this unexpected gift,
  Laurie Ramos

 75 
 on: April 19, 2017, 01:53 AM 
Started by brettgrant99 - Last post by Pikman
lol, I am doing the exact same with that photo and my wife Cheesy

 76 
 on: April 18, 2017, 09:15 PM 
Started by brettgrant99 - Last post by JimB
I'm just gonna show The Lovely Diana™ that picture.

She is constantly going on about my kites taking up "an entire closet".

 77 
 on: April 18, 2017, 07:54 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by chilese
The next kite up is for Tony.

Flying in smoother wind.

 78 
 on: April 18, 2017, 07:52 PM 
Started by Steve - Last post by chilese
Kiters are the best.  Smiley

 79 
 on: April 18, 2017, 07:08 PM 
Started by Steve - Last post by Steve
lramos gets the choice of the fighter or delta generously provided by Into the Wind
congrats Laurie

 80 
 on: April 18, 2017, 06:53 PM 
Started by bt - Last post by Hal
Very nice!  Have two standards and a UL.  Still great kites.

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