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« on: August 24, 2015, 05:36 PM »

I just picked up a small collection, and I think the previous owner was active in the late 80s / early 90s.  There were a bunch of old dual lines, with no labels or any other identifying marks.  In addition, the spars were yellow plastic and some of the "T" fittings appeared to be plumbing tubing connectors, which is something I'd never seen before (having only gotten back into kiting in the last five years).  So, anybody know these kites?  I suspect they are early Action Kites.



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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 05:38 PM »

Adding a second photo - these kites are larger than the first set.

Also, none of the kites have standoffs.  They are all in pretty good shape overall, just seem really old school to me.  What makes me think they are Action Kites is there were two Action Kites in the lot - a Fire Dart, and another one that was in an "Action Kites" sleeve that I think is a No Na Me. 

Both seem very, very similar in construction to these kites.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 06:07 PM »

And . . . one more.  I think I've seen this one in pictures before, but don't recall when/where.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 06:25 PM »

And . . . one more.  I think I've seen this one in pictures before, but don't recall when/where.

This kite is called 2nd wind. You can adjust the kite to the wind conditions with a plastic screw and nut in the grommets in the nose.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2015, 07:01 PM »

Yep that is a 2nd wind that has seen lots of sun.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2015, 07:02 PM »

BTW those yellow plastic spars after most likely early fiberglass tubes
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2015, 07:35 PM »

Thanks guys. 

You're right about the wind adjustment on the 2nd wind.  I suspect it was hanging on a wall or something - it is pretty faded.

The yellow tube ends have reinforcements made of screws & small diameter flexible plastic tubing.  Seems like they are so old school, none of the fittings for kite building existed yet.  The yellow tubes are pretty thin walled - are you sure they are fiberglass?  Actually, I got a box of random spars & dowels as well - maybe I'll see if any of the yellow ones in that box are broken / split spars and then maybe I'll be able to tell. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2015, 09:21 PM »

Are they fiberglass or aged plastic?
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2015, 09:27 PM »

early fibreglass spars used in many Old Skool "Ultralights" were yellow fibreglass, came in A20 .261" and maybe C30 .278" or E40 .298" sizes.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2015, 05:32 AM »

Can anyone confirm if the first two photos are Action Kites?
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