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« on: July 08, 2018, 11:24 AM »

Hello from not-so-windy Arizona!

New to the forum, but not to kites. My earliest memory of kiting is when I was about 13, a windy day on the hilltop on which we lived in Marcellus, NY. I was sitting on a swing in the back yard, attempting, with a pocket knife, to make a notch in the end of a stick, to make a kite spar. blade slipped down the grain of the stick, and laid open my left thumb...to the bone. I still have the scar to prove it!

Jump forward a number of decades, and the flying bug bit me again. I think a neighborlady brought home a dime-store kite for the kids... and I thought "I can do better than that!" So I tried my hand once again at constructing my own flyers. Between 1982 and 1989, I made quite a few, and purchased even more.

Whenever I traveled, I made sure I had a few kites with me...everybody does that, right?

In the summer of '83, taking a trip to San Diego for a daughter's soccer tournament, we happened upon a beach in Mission Bay, and guy flying a train of 52 2-line Deltas! I was amazed! Laid on my back and photographed the train flying above me. (one of the shots was featured on the cover of the now-defunct AKA News, in June '84). I got to chat a bit with the fella flying them -- his name was Steve Edeiken. (Anyone remember Steve? Unfortunately, he was killed in Sept '83, attempting to launch the world's largest kite, in Long Beach WA)

Being a young dad with a couple of daughters, an antique car hobby, a bicycling hobby, a woodworking hobby, and a number of other distractions, including a job and a subsequent divorce, the kites got packed away and forgotten until recently. With grandkids coming to spend some of the summer at 'Camp Pop', my wife suggested maybe some of my old kites could be flown with them.

So, now we're back at it! I'll take a few more posts to share some of those old kites - homemade and commercial...

It's nice to find a forum that gives attention to the older models (kites and flyers!). Thanks for having me!

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 11:47 AM »

...of course, the Edeiken Rainbow Stunt Kites inspired me to have a two-line kite of my own.

Not sure where I got this one, but it was made by Fabric Design, of San Francisco, purchased in 1984 probably. In those days, spars were most often dowels, not fiberglass, and carbon fiber was prohibitively expensive.

Anyone else seen or have one of these? As I mentioned in the first post, winds here in north-central Arizona are not very reliable...so I have not been able to get this old guy in the air lately.

But, attached are some details of the construction of a stunt kite in the early '80s. The spars are 1/4" hardwood dowels, the attachment points are vinyl tubing and a couple of compression springs. And the bridles and keel are attached to an aluminum tube!

No wonder I can't get it up!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2018, 11:50 AM »

...more detail of the 'Fabric Design' stunter

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 12:12 PM »

Hello from not-so-windy Arizona!
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 (Anyone remember Steve? Unfortunately, he was killed in Sept '83, attempting to launch the world's largest kite, in Long Beach WA)
...
So, now we're back at it! I'll take a few more posts to share some of those old kites - homemade and commercial...

It's nice to find a forum that gives attention to the older models (kites and flyers!). Thanks for having me!

doug

Welcome doug. Older is better!
I didn't know Steve per se, but I briefly met him earlier in August during the festival as I was running the competitions for WSIKF from '83 to '85. I did know Harry Osborn, who built the big kite, as well as Bob Ingram, Doug Haggeman, Kathy Goodwind, and a few other oldies whose names escape me. I was watching the launch the day Steve was killed, but had left the Seaview approach about 45 minutes before the accident.

Yada yada yada, similar experiences to yours and I'm back on the kite building jag and enjoying the company of some fine folks here. Good to see another oldy setting sail here. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 08:42 AM »

you might enjoy reading this thread: http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=225.0
and you really might enjoy this blog post by Lex (Flying Fish) https://flyingfishkites.blogspot.com/2012/12/evolution-of-dual-line-kites.html
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Kites kayaks & corgis again!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 08:48 AM »

thief - thanks for the reply!

interesting articles...

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 07:40 PM »

For many of us, older is better.

Welcome to the Forum.

Nice kite by the way.
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2018, 08:05 AM »

Welcome Doug!

Thanks for the detail on the Fabric Design stunter. I saw one of those years ago missing some parts was like "what the heck?"  :-)

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2018, 08:40 AM »

Welcome Doug.  I always enjoy these walks down memory lane. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2018, 07:01 PM »

Im like you, old feller, new to this forum, but certainly not to kites.   Started making my own in 71 in Dominica W.I. using palm fronds sticks and bits of tissue paper....
Then in 1990's was exposed to "sport kites" while living in Apache Junction AZ. I know all about that crazy desert wind!!
 Really caught the bug at ZilkerPark in Austin in 2000, watched The Harrison and Troy Gunn working some weird four line kites.  And "wickedrevs" was born.   
Been on the TX coast 18 years, owned a kite shop for a few, have accumulated way more than I ever need.  Still have the lust, and ironically just starting to make my own again...

Good to meet ya....
 
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Good Winds Always!!
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