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Author Topic: Joel Shultz Sky Delights Kestrel... pre 2001  (Read 172 times)
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« on: Yesterday at 01:47 PM »

I know this has probably been talked about previously and maybe this really should go in the Wanted area, but I wanted to get everyone's take on the kestrel. And I'm talking about the Kestrel by Joel Shultz and Sky Delights pre GFAK days.

I first saw a Kestrel when I viewed Ray Bethell's Romancing the Wind video. Not only is it a beautiful kite, but I understand it flies like a dream. I would love to put one in my kite bag someday, but can a guy find one in decent shape and would I have to hock my kids to get one?

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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 01:55 PM »

They do come up from time to time. Certainly put a Wanted listing in place and bump it every few months. You'll have your kite in a year or so.

They look great, especially with the long tails Ray often uses, but they really aren't all that special for general flying. If you want to fly like Ray, then sure, but they are somewhat limited, a very old skool design. This from a guy who flys almost nothing but old kites.
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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 02:04 PM »

Joel sold quite a few kites last year on the auction site, and among them were two Kestrels. One was an early production custom color version that had never been flown, it went for ~$320. The other was one of the last ones he made, also brand new, it went for a little bit more. I'm sure it would be possible to find them cheaper.
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 06:46 PM »

thanks for the pic of Ray.. his spirit comes thru even in a picture I was sitting here worried about work and now I'm smiling
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« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 06:49 PM »

Joel also made several variants on the same sail shape, but with different birds. I know at least the Hummingbird is the same, and I think there was one other, but that was a while back. 
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« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 07:08 PM »

Hummingbird (a gift from the ever humble Lee S):

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/KiteParty92011#5584374185131744626

Neptune:

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2004Kites#5432467533552530466

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2003Kites#5433889576955425762

Kestrel:

https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2003Kites#5433976220320134834

I believe there is a black fish version, but can't find a photo....

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« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 07:17 PM »

Joel also made several variants on the same sail shape…..


Yep, Neptunes and Jaws
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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 09:02 PM »

Cue the music....this is too weird...
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 09:13 PM »

I used to have the SKy Delight Jaws, I think it went to bt.
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« Reply #9 on: Today at 04:50 AM »

Old skool good simple flying.....nothing fancy....nothing tricky (you can pull off an axle with date but the tail catches badly)......
Fittings were gas line tubing.....
Clean basic flying and tail pulling is what they excel at......
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