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 on: January 29, 2017, 07:11 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
I just bought an 'SA' winter fleece lined face shield but haven't had to use it yet. I expect to some time this winter but on first glance I'd have to agree with you that they aren't made nearly as well. I passed on their 'combo deals' because their deals weren't as good on the fleece lined versions & I wanted to try one out first.

I'll probably stick with 'Buff' when I get another summer model. It appears to be a 'you get what you pay for' kinda thing!

On subject ...After having a few early stage basal cell carcinomas cut out of my flesh ....I take sun protection seriously! I have no problem wearing long pants & long sleeve sweat wicking shirts on in the summer ...also I use anywhere from 55 to 110 SPF protection most of the time!

 on: January 29, 2017, 03:11 PM 
Started by Dot - Last post by jaydub
Looking good, Micha.  Must be great to design a kite and see it do everything you want it to.

 on: January 29, 2017, 02:02 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by tcope
This is another company that makes less expensive face shields. They are not as good as the Buff brand but they run around $5 each.

You can usually find a 5 for $15 deal (which about what they are worth. I find that they are _slightly_ thinner then the Buff brand but they still block wind and sun very well.

Each person has their preference but I also recommend natural mineral sun screen for the face. I find that they now absorb pretty good into the screen. That is, you don't need to walk around with white zinc on your face all day. Personally, I've become more aware that sunscreens are absorbed into the body. To each there own though.

It's nice to see more and more fliers be concerned about the amount of sun they are getting. At KP there are a _lot_ of people with full sun protection... long pants and shirts as well as head and face protection.

 on: January 29, 2017, 01:30 PM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by vertigo2u
I originally thought about spending about 300-500 on the camera.  topping out at the high side. You've given me some good food for thought. I hadn't thought about distance from camera to kite etc.  Makes good sense to wait awhile for new improvements.  So I might get one on the low side to play with...
Now I can understand photos from KP will be great.  But as you indicated distance is a little problem.  Being able to see everything like that will be great... I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

 on: January 29, 2017, 10:09 AM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by photogbill
I know ....I tricked you just a little ....but what I want to share is important & may help others when out in the sun for extended flying sessions.

I recently got sunburned on my lips while out kite-flying at the beach while in St. Augustine, FL & decided to try an alternative to using SPF protection lip balm. I've used several brand of sunscreen lip balm in the past & hated the taste that inevitably gets into your mouth ...and after getting sunburn on my lips, putting any of those stick application lip balms on my sunburned & swollen lips was painful ...even if I wanted to suffer that awful taste in my mouth.

I decided to shop around for a face shield to protect from any further damage to my face & lips. Fortunately there was a Fishing Shop that carried what I was looking for. There are a few brands out there. They carried the 'Buff' brand. After much decision making ....(style's important when flying kites after all  Cheesy  ) ...I decided on the UV protection Multifunctional Headwear 'DY Yahoo Flank' design. It re4ally did the job of not only protecting my lips from further damage also protected my lower nose, face, neck, & ears ....letting me continue flying the remainder of my vacation without further sun damage!

Here's the 'Buff' I purchased:

And here's a photo taken of me with the Buff pulled up over my face:

My lips were swollen quite a bit & the Shop owner thought the Buff might irritate my already sun-damaged lips but I decided to buy & try one anyway. I'm glad I did. The soft micro-fiber material did not irritate my lips & was comfortable to wear. Breathing is slightly restricted through the thin material but not enough to prevent active flying. I'd highly recommend this great product & will probably be buying another one in another design for myself!

Here's a link to their website showing the multitude of styles & designs they are made in.

 on: January 29, 2017, 08:47 AM 
Started by Dot - Last post by photogbill
I was playing around and built another version of DUKE.

The Sail and the Shape is still the same. Because i had some neo orange left i have put some color in. I also wanted to try something different with the frame. So i have framed it wit arrows.

Here is the result of it.

Nice color pattern. Very nice flying! Thanks for sharing!

 on: January 29, 2017, 01:40 AM 
Started by Dot - Last post by Dot
I was playing around and built another version of DUKE.

The Sail and the Shape is still the same. Because i had some neo orange left i have put some color in. I also wanted to try something different with the frame. So i have framed it wit arrows.

Here is the result of it.

 on: January 28, 2017, 09:44 PM 
Started by Trip - Last post by Texanpilot
Another few points from someone who's dabbled in this:

1.  Practice flying one at a time in either hand.  Not that this is hard, but you'll need the muscle memory to handle controlling the kite while your mind is trying to keep track which kite is doing what and where you want them to go.

2.  Really steady, moderate winds!  One of the big hurdles for me was (I've not tried this for a few years now), is when one kite is reasonably powered up, and the other kite hits a dead spot.  And since you're going to be trying to keep the kites coordinated, you want winds in the mid-range of your kites' "sweet spot."  You don't want to have to be constantly fighting just to keep them up in the air.

3.  Realize that the lead kite does create turbulence that can mess with the following kite, especially in light winds.  You'll quickly learn where not to put the following kite, but don't be surprised on your first attempt.

4.  Learn to generally guide the kites by feel.  This is so when one kite misbehaves (crash or gap in the wind), you can keep the other one going.  For example, I got to the point where, if one kite crashed, I could keep the other doing lazy 8's at altitude while I worked on cartwheeling or fade-launching the other kite.

And remember, this is about having fun!

 on: January 27, 2017, 11:04 PM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by JimB
Fantastic kite.

Thanks for the heads up.

 on: January 27, 2017, 10:56 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by JimB
Sorry to say it's not going to happen this Year.

Hope everyone has a good time.

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