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Author Topic: The Ichibans are back!  (Read 8800 times)
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« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2009, 07:16 PM »

Bryan: that is the same kite that is the first picture in this thread....Ian was lucky enough to get a one of a kind kite.....the prototype of a kite that has not appeared since then....
maybe he would be good enough to tell the story of it fling backwards again on this forum Wink


When I got the Reprise I took it to the park on a Friday night to try it out. John Chilese (Godfather) was there as usual, and as usual, has his camera. I told him that I got the Reprise, he got all excited and went for his camera. Ken forgot to put the bridle in so I made a two leg bridle and attached it. The wind was light, 3-5 mph and and all I could do was high launches and watch it glide backwards. After a few of those I remembered seeing a picture of a Ichiban flying backwards. This is it, anyone knows who owns it?
 
I thought, let's see if the Reprise can fly backwards. I told John about this and he said to try it. Well, I turned the kite around and try a few high launches, maybe 30-40 ft. up. It glided pretty good so I tell John I'm going to let out more line. I ended up with about 150ft out and told John to stand the kite up. The tail acts like a canard when flying backwards and when I launched it, the kite went straight up, I mean straight up, almost at a 70 degree angle. When it reached the top, I let the line slack, the kite slid backwards then went nose down, I mean tail down. At that point being so high up I though it was just going to come straight down and crash. I let the line go and just watched. It started to glide down straight at me, literally, straight at me. It was coming down fast, but stable and straight. I didn't have to move, all I did was duck and caught the kite. I was freaking out. John was whooping and hollering and was just as excited as I was. That was very cool to see and do.
This is one of the pictures that John took, this is my favorite. It was taken after the backward flight.
 

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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2009, 07:22 PM »

And the aforementioned events were one of the times i was lucky enough to be down there. It flew backwards quite nicely!!
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« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2009, 08:06 PM »

That's right Dano, you were there!  Smiley

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« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2009, 02:10 PM »

While I was at work yesterday #33 showed up at my door.  Smiley I am currently marveling at the construction and slowly photgraphing and unrolling the kite. Hopefully I will have enough time to put her together tonight.

Bryan

P.S. I also wanted to thank Ken for all his help.

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« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2009, 02:59 PM »

Yee Haw!  Bust it out, let's see it.  Smiley

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« Reply #35 on: April 08, 2009, 04:19 PM »

I should soon have the pics uploaded. While I was shooting it in the front yard a lady walked by, stopped, took out her earphones and said "That is a really cool kite."  Smiley Made my day.
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« Reply #36 on: April 08, 2009, 04:41 PM »

Aahhh, someone who appreciates a work of art.  Smiley

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« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2009, 07:33 AM »

Link to the new pics.
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/570890259tSPSaI

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« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2009, 09:41 AM »

Very nice, I like it.  Smiley Congrats on a killer kite.  Smiley

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« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2009, 10:29 AM »

Thanks Ian.
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« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2009, 11:48 AM »

Wow..only 33 so far.  I thought there would have been more!  Great looking kite!

Very dramatic photo stream!!

I want one.... Cry Cry

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« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2009, 01:34 PM »

I thought it would be nice to give a little idea of the setup and some different closeups.
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« Reply #42 on: April 10, 2009, 05:55 PM »

You really showed what a great craftsman Ken is. My favorite is #2017. That's an amazing design!
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« Reply #43 on: April 10, 2009, 07:26 PM »

You really showed what a great craftsman Ken is. My favorite is #2017. That's an amazing design!




Here is 2017. I had a little breeze so she stood up.
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« Reply #44 on: April 11, 2009, 05:31 AM »

It looks absolutely fantastic, but I'm afraid that when I look at it, I can't help but think of the Belgian flag:



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