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Author Topic: Invader kite by Robert Brasington  (Read 3653 times)
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« on: April 01, 2017, 04:40 PM »

The Invader kite was originally designed by Jilly Pelham back in the early eighties, and only a few were produced. Robert Brasington received permission from her family to start making the kite with modern fittings and fabric. He had custom fittings machined from aluminum, and simplified the assembly process. The kite looks as good on the ground as it does in the air.


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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 05:32 PM »

That is a very cool kite!

Year ago, a friend handed me a big bundle of wooden dowels & fabric. He knew Jilly Pelham and had her make him an Invader. He'd stored it for decades and forgot how it was assembled. It took the better part of an afternoon to get all the sticks in the right places, as there was no diagram to go by. It flew very well, even with the heavy weight of all those beefy dowels.

I'm sure modern materials & fittings will make it easier to assemble and fly even better!




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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 09:53 PM »

Additionally, on kites like this,

with a bridle change, the kite will

probably fly backwards.

Ian Esposo did it with a Blue Moon Reprise.

Not that you need to experiment with such

a beautiful kite, either one of you.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2017, 07:46 AM »

[threadjack] Paul Horner flies his NiBan (made with permission from kmac) backwards in '06[/threadjack]  Wink



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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2017, 08:22 AM »

It flew very well, even with the heavy weight of all those beefy dowels.
It is a heavy kite, Robert told me it'll handle 20 mph winds.
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2017, 08:25 AM »

Stunning kite! But if I didn't think my wife would go for the cost of a Reprise, I'm definitely sure she won't go for $1,100 for an Invader. Now, if I were a rich man....
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