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dan catalyst
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« on: July 05, 2009, 09:51 AM »

anyone seen the delta stunt kite from harbor freight? i know,i know this thing is a piece of rods,pretty ugly and needs the bridal re strung right out of the box,but ive been fling it and for $10 i dont mind even letting my &yr old little brother fly it.ive learned alot on it,and offer to let anyone fly it who stops on the beach to watch.its pretty tuogh,but pretty heavy too.inland, i dont think this thing would see much air time.maybe in chicago,lol. it comes with rings to attach the flight lines,but i re worked that into the adjustable bridal thing found here.i also got some straps for it.out of the box,it was nosing in on me,so i gave the nose a little more line and it flys ok in higher wind.i think its just to heavy/bad design to roll-up,so im shopping for my next kite.i want a jest of eve,but will most likley be getting one of those $35 3d's from the deal section on broke,and in school so even $35 is pushin the budget pretty hard,but i do love to fly!any sujestions for me?like re framing the harbor freight kite with carbon? or should i just buy the 3d? or any tips at all would be great. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 04:36 PM »

welcome to the world of sport kites.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 04:47 PM »

I would not recommend the 3D. It will probably be somewhat frustrating and you will end up spending more for something later on. Reframing the kite will probably not improve it much. You would be better off saving the money for a better kite.

I would recommend watching the listings in the swap meet section of this forum. You can get some really good deals there.

Where are you located? There might be some folks nearby who can give you some pointers.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2009, 07:14 PM »

Hi Dan, and welcome.

There's a lot of kites available between a Jest of Eve kite and $35. I also would not recommend the 3-D, no matter what the price. I'd get something a bit larger for my second kite, maybe around 6-7 ft span, carbon sparred, mid wind range. Always consider the want ad forum, because used kites can be a great value, and kite flyers are a fickle bunch, and keen to update often.

dan catalyst
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2009, 07:39 PM »

 thanks guys, are there kites that go for around $50 on the swap meet often? i have this tank for heavy wind,and often their is light wind so should i look for a ul kite,or will everything feel like a ultralight in comparison? im also in carolina beach,nc if anyone knows of any events or people in the area.i went flying on a crowded beach today,wind was just too perfect not to.10mph steady,and gusting to 15ish.i pointed the nose out a little more and was able to stab it pretty hard into the sand.i had to pull it out by hand a couple times.thats one cool thing about this kite,its tough.i did notice that the plastic pieces that hold the spars to the leading edge are digging into the sail a little causing some fraying.these plastic pieces kind of slide around,should i glue them to the l.e.?
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009, 07:53 PM »

I would recommend watching the listings in the swap meet section of this forum. You can get some really good deals there.

I would recommend calling Steve @ GWTW who happens to own this forum *and* a kite shop.  You can get some really good deals there.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 10:26 AM »

I taught my 4yr and 6yr old sons (at the time) how to fly on 3ds.  The old ones can take a lot of abuse.

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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2009, 04:29 AM »

I might suggest that you go to the "Wanted" area and make a posting for a Nighthawk. A used Nighthawk might be in your price range and they're a decent kite for beginners.

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have fun kurt
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