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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2014, 11:18 AM »

stamp59,

Will try to have someone take a video of one of my Birds in flight.

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« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2014, 06:20 PM »

As always, purple looks fantastic, even in a mockup  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2014, 01:23 PM »

Are these kites going to be available to buy or build?
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2014, 08:12 AM »

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I sent you a PM.

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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2014, 08:42 AM »

Stevo asked about purple.  The attached file illustrates a Bird of Prey with fewer panels using purple and white, with appliques for the dark grey nose and black tail. 

oh boy oh boy.....drooling now......
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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2014, 11:15 AM »

Interested as well
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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2014, 04:38 PM »

The following link provides a video of my Bird of Prey 24 in flight.  Out of all of my glider kites, this one is my favorite.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_TPx1W-lkmSWjliWXlmNHVBN0k/edit?usp=sharing

The light wind was a little turbulent at times.  The specifications for the kite are at the end of the video.  It looks like my legs are cut off because I am standing in a small clearing in the snow in my front yard, where the surrounding snow is about 2 feet deep.  Also, I usually like to move when I fly my glider kites, but I am standing on a sheet of ice.  Almost went down a few times making this video.  Cheesy

Sorry for the video quality.  It started to rain and it appears that a few drops got on the camera lens.  This was my first time making a kite video, so please be kind.  When it stops raining up here in the northeast, I may reshoot the video at a high resolution.

Still tinkering with the 48 and 62 inch versions of the Bird of Prey.  They both glide great, but my front yard is just too small to give them a decent launch.  With their higher sail loadings, they need more room to run.  I fly them at our local sports fields when the snow level drops.  Back to building the ultra-light version with a 48 inch wing span using Cuben fabric.  This engineer just loves to tinker.

Enjoy,

Doug
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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2014, 05:40 PM »

It looks good Doug!  Glides well, makes efficient use of the wind to climb.  Looks like a winner.  Good job.
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2014, 05:42 PM »

Is this where we put our order in?
Looks good!
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« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2014, 06:26 PM »

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I sent you a PM.

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« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2014, 08:32 AM »

I updated the video by adding a picture of the kite and music.  The music is by the band Blondfire, where my son is the lead guitar player and backup singer.  If you like the music, they just released there new album, which also can be viewed on iTunes.

Later,

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« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2014, 06:46 PM »

My future posts regarding this kite will be under the Kite Builder and Repair Section of this great Forum.  Thank you to thief for starting this post and for your interests.

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« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2014, 06:20 AM »

No problem I!
Finally digging out literally from our holiday to Kauai...did not bring the BoP and that was a good thing as there was lots of wind........
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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2014, 11:22 AM »

Thief,

One more reply to this post.  The following provides a second video I shot today at a higher resolution.  Very light wind out of a different direction.  Blondfire again for the music, this time the song in the first one on their new album.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_TPx1W-lkmSeV96SmkwdXJ6REE/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you again and enjoy!

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« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2014, 03:42 PM »

I never have been much into gliders, but maybe...

Nice kite.
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