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« on: April 27, 2018, 11:33 AM »

Most of you know Blue Moon Kites by the incredible sport kites Ken McNeill has made through the years. However, Ken is a master at building single line kites such as the Ichiban, Reprise, & 61/49, as well.

I purchased a 61/49 from Ken last year & after flying it, I understand why its become such a staple in so many kite bags. Single line flyers love the Ichiban & Reprise as well as they are both excellent flyers & well-designed cellular kites.

Well, Blue Moon Kites has just introduced another cellular kite - the Vixen. I ordered one & just received it yesterday (photo below is not my kite, but same colors). A very easy kite to assemble & a great flyer in medium winds (only have 1 flight logged so far)

What is amazing to me is that Ken has taken the beauty & complexity of higher end cellular kites  (i.e.: Bobby Stanfield) & has distilled them into much simpler construction & assembly, while maintaining the beauty & grace that these kites provide in the sky!

The Vixen is a heck of a kite!!



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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2018, 12:53 AM »

That kite looks like it just wants to fly.  Wow!  SHBKF
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 01:04 AM »

ok ill be nosey and ask, how much?
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2018, 04:11 AM »

Just north of 300$. Ken made three that he will part with (if not gone already) but is up for custom orders now
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 04:30 PM »

Had a chance to fly this kite at the Blue Ridge Kite Festival last weekend, and it's fantastic!

The winds were fluctuating between 1-8 mph most of the day, so these were far from ideal conditions.  That said, this kite has some serious low wind abilities.  It's balanced well enough that when the winds dropped down to nothing it was one of the last kites still playing in the sky, though at that point as more of a glider!  It took a bit of tuning with Ken's help, and certainly true gliders will do this better, but it has the ability!  In fact, it's really easy to hand launch by just tossing it away from you backwards, and giving it a tug when it hits the end of its glide.  And when the winds did pick up, the Vixen was perfectly happy.  This kite has a very nice wind range.

As you might guess, my order is already in  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 06:15 PM »

Here is Donna's Vixen.

Pretty.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/u2UZ8zqizaGItZfy1
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 07:45 PM »

This will be mine, soon.

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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2018, 11:28 AM »

Bob, thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you're enjoying your Vixen, it's been a fun project. Thanks Steve and Mark, for helping get the Vixen "off the ground".  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2018, 02:52 PM »

Come on share your template pictures! Stevo's is going to be awesome
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2018, 05:35 PM »

Well, since Thief's already built the suspense, here's mine  Grin

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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2018, 07:23 PM »

My Vixen just arrived! I have the white, silver, purple, and charcoal one featured on the Vixen page of Ken's site (https://bluemoonkites.net/shop/vixen/). After setting it up, I wanted to echo Rob's statement:

What is amazing to me is that Ken has taken the beauty & complexity of higher end cellular kites  (i.e.: Bobby Stanfield) & has distilled them into much simpler construction & assembly, while maintaining the beauty & grace that these kites provide in the sky!

I have a few highish-end cellulars. What Ken has accomplished here -- in terms of aesthetics, design, build quality, and value -- is quite remarkable. I'll follow up again after it's spent more time in the air.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2018, 04:57 AM »

Very nice looking. Reminds me of my Cody, slimmed down considerably!

Would love to see it fly. Are there any videos of it available yet?

Stevo, it may just be me, but I cannot see your pic:

Well, since Thief's already built the suspense, here's mine  Grin

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2018, 07:21 AM »

Hey it is MattBush!!!!! WOW!!!! welcome back!
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2018, 02:49 PM »

Would love to see it fly. Are there any videos of it available yet?

Thanks! No "official" video yet, and it's going to be a few weeks before I'll have a chance to shoot anything. I'm hoping one of the new owners will share pictures and/or video.
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2018, 07:10 PM »

Can't wait to get this flying...

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