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Author Topic: Anyone here have a Cosmic Kites Prowler Quad Line Kite?  (Read 1711 times)
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« on: January 14, 2010, 07:41 PM »

Hello,
  I am just wondering if there was anyone here that has flown one of these kites and what you thought about it in general.  I tried doing an internet search, but there is next to no information out there about this kite.  Any news and feedback is greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 03:17 PM »

Charly,
   Go to the kitelife "Kitelines" archives and download this issue:   Kite Lines - Vol. 11 No. 4 (Winter-Spring 1996)

There is a review about the Cosmic Prowler, with a pic or two. If you happen to have the 1995 AKA Convention video (I have it), toward the beginning of the video you'll see me assembling a Cosmic Prowler Quad line kite for the silent auction.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 03:23 PM »

Here's a review I found in the old rec.kites archives:


There's a fairly new quad-line kite on the market called the Prowler
that's made by Cosmic Kites in San Diego.. I got a mailer from them, and
the pictures piqued my curiousity so I ordered one.. What makes it most
different is its concept of a dual surface wing as opposed to a single
surface ala Rev or Merrikite or Solution.. It consists of two rhomboid
shaped flat 'main' sails with a triangulated rectangular 'secondary' sail
placed behind the mains with a considerable amount of bow at the top
spreader to bow the secondary sail away or rearward from the mains.. The
wingspan is 72", height is 29" and it's 40" between the vertical spars
that form the short axis of the rhomboids.. The frame is of various sizes
of graphite tube, mostly AFC.. Ascii drawing attempt below would be of the
kite traveling from left to right with the wingspan perpendicular to the
ground.. I drew it this way cuz the slash angles on the computer won't
allow a rhomboid with the short axis vertical.. If you lay your head on
your right shoulder, or rotate your terminal screen 90 degrees CCW, the
drawing would look 'normal' with the kite flying forward/up.. The 'M'
marked sails would be the main, and the 'S' marked sail would be the
single secondary sail.. Main sails are available in several colors with
the secondary sail being black in all cases by the pictures I have..

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                           \  S /\  S |
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Flight characteristics are, as I expected, 'different' than a Rev due to
the symmetrical sail.. I haven't been able to get any quad with vertical
symmetry to pull out of the air like a Rev does flying '3D'.. It's quite
responsive and I've had the best performance flying it using the shorter
RevII handles, as it seems to make it less twitchy.. With a little practice
it will do all of the other non-3D quad moves like slides, floats, reverse
flight, stalls, spins, etc very well.. It's an interesting kite to fly and
has a good visual appeal I think, too.. For more info you can contact me or
Joe Carbella at Cosmic Kites in San Diego at (619) 277-2067 voice or (619)
277-7324 fax.. I don't think he sells direct, but I'm sure would be glad
to give you the name of a nearby dealer..



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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 09:10 PM »

Troy,
  Thanks for all of the great links and information.  Did you ever fly one of these quads?  If so what are your impressions?

Thanks
Charly
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