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« on: August 21, 2014, 05:42 AM »

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

http://www.allenpitts.com/messenger.gif
but a sail was needed to take the ferry up the Kite Line.
The Popper by Premier was used for some time
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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
kite.

Have also seen some commercially available sails
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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
http://www.kiteplans.org/planos/boodschap/boodschap.html#mini
http://people.zeelandnet.nl/kitepassion/ferry.htm
There seem to be some good ideas here but its hard to tell
because these are in Dutch.

http://www.tedberets.co.uk/
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.
http://pdj.home.xs4all.nl/bears.htm

Ralph at the kite shop in Port Aransas called Fly It! told me
about the Gunther Kite Ferry
http://www.reelreports.com/store/GUNTHER-kite-ferry---amazing-kite-accessory-NEW-190682918156.html
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.

Thanks.

(links to unsponsored selling sites removed. Il Duce)
(Welcome to the Forum. You have done a lot of excellent research.)
(Please keep posting.)
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 06:05 AM »

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...

But...my favorite of all time is a Gayle Kite Bird.....it is a all plastic piece that the line threads through and then it twists up the line as the wind hits the two wings.....at 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....
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2014, 09:00 AM »

That rule could use some updating.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2014, 09:02 AM »

why? sponsors are still paying to have their advertisment on the forum...why should other shops get free hits from here?
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014, 09:54 AM »

The ad banner hasn't worked for like a month. 


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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 10:19 AM »

The ad banner hasn't worked for like a month. 


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The ad banner works for me.

Also, see this http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=11463.0
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 10:43 AM »

The ad banner hasn't worked for like a month. 


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yep, it is now a static list....
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2014, 03:56 PM »

Hello GWTW forum,

Sorry about the non sponsored sites. Did not know.

The great thing about the Carlisle Kites/Shannon Kites is
besides being functional it is beautiful.

Here is a messenger I have recently build and tested. It work s pretty well.
The sail is alittle small and in swirling winds it tends to loop around the
Kite line.

Currently working on a messenger with a radio controlled payload release.
Will post plans when tested.

Allen in Dallas


 
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