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« on: December 12, 2009, 07:42 AM »

I was thinking back to how my kites changed over the years, from the paper/basswood diamonds through to my new carbon-fiber/ripstop dualies and quads.

There is one however that for me, really hooked me to duals. Does anyone remember the old school cheapie stunt kites they had back in...oh...had to be like '84-'85 (about the same time frame as Peter Powell switched to FG spars and the trains were getting huge IIRC)... They were called "Piranha" or something along those lines, (Gayla has a modern Pirahna, not the same kite) had a poly/plastic Huh sail and a rubber nose fitting that was prone to breakage if you lawn darted them. They were selling them in Toys r us and came in a triangular box. I had had a few Gayla 2 liners (they never flew right!)before that but these were the kicker kites that hooked me for good. After going through at least 4 or 5 of these(that stupid nose assembly!), my next kite was a TOTL Team Hawaiian a number of years later (6 or so). Oddly enough, I can't remember the name of those kites... it maybe my age showing, most likely the miles though!

Does anyone else remember these?
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009, 01:08 PM »

I don't think I do. I got hooked by a cheap plastic (Gayla?) kite called the Glite -- It was a (bad) glider, and could also fly as a single-liner or a dual-liner. I'm sure it was pathetic by today's standards, but it got me going on steerable 2-liners. From there to a Peter Powell and the popular US stackable diamond whose name is now escaping me. . .
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009, 02:21 PM »

Norm, would that be the Rainbow stunt kite? Nylon fabric, aluminum frame (latter FG), ribbon tail, came in plastic tube.
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2009, 04:02 PM »

Could they have been "Hyper-Kites"Huh

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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2009, 04:10 PM »

I'll guess the TRLBY as the stackable diamond.

Not familiar with the Pirahna, a search of the old Kiteline's Magazines might bring something up but it would be in an advertisement since a text search didn't find anything.

I had one of those plastic & wood sparred kites, probably a Gayla that I was not succesfull in flying, my first success was with the TRLBY.

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2009, 02:34 PM »

Xuzme720, you and I must have gotten our start into stunt kiting about the same time. I started with a Trlby Stunter and then got a TOTL Free Style "Spin-Off". My Trlby sail is made of ripstop and it a solid color. They also made a 3-ply polyethylene sail in 8 two tone colors. The frame was made of fiberglass. There is a good thread here on GWTW with pictures of stacked Trlbys. http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=1154.msg9097#msg9097    Good luck with your hunt.     
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2009, 10:08 PM »

Trlby was the name I couldn't remember. Full marks to mikenchico!
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009, 06:14 PM »

So far, no cigar, yet...
They were pretty cheap. Like I said, they were sold through ToysRus and were basically just toys, like most of the Gayla stuff,but as they were what I could afford at the time, AND they actually flew pretty well, they inspired me to go better when I could. Oh well, maybe someone will come across something that has the name...
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