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Author Topic: Saber II by Will Sturdy  (Read 11185 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2010, 09:07 AM »

is that the tail section to a aircraft? I also dig the red!
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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2010, 09:25 AM »

is that the tail section to a aircraft? I also dig the red!

They are decommissioned submarine fins - its a large art installation just below kite hill.   There must be 2 dozen of them - they look like a pod of orca whales swimming in the field.

The red is pretty sweet - this picture does not do it justice as you cannot see all the detail of the colors when in the sun.

Of course, we have been plagued with too little wind lately which is why I was taking picitures of the kite rather than flying it!  Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2010, 12:06 PM »

See this (I may have put it in the wrong place).


http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=3163.0
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« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2010, 12:44 AM »

I've flown, bought, and sold many kites over the last few years ...gradually streamlining my kite bag to a few select favorites ...an R-Sky NFX Manga, an NFX Extend, a Mohawk XS, etc. There aren't too many kites on the kite market that I haven't flown, at least briefly if not more ...and since I still thoroughly enjoy the above mentioned favorites, there wasn't much desire or temptation to add anything new to my bag.

That was before I flew Will's new Saber II. Although I usually prefer a slightly smaller kite, Will's Saber II doesn't have that 'heavy' feel that I didn't particularly care for in most larger kites I have flown. It also seems to do just about everything I can do with a kite ...very very well. It has moderate to light pull for a larger sail and ...is smooth and precise.  After flying Will's Saber II at Treasure Island this past January, I knew it would be my next duel-line kite purchase, when my kite funds were replenished.

It just arrived via UPS...just in time for a planned trip to the beach this weekend!  Grin

I'm really looking forward to flying my own Saber II. I hope the winds are co-operative!

ohhh...and here's a pic. of SaberII #11. I was inspired to go with the same color scheme as the OP's Saber II.


Will has incorporated a couple of nice construction techniques. I like how he is doing the LE spreader connector cut-outs. They are rounded ...or oval (hot cut I believe) on the the ends which should prevent the dacron LE material from tearing as easily as a straight cut. He has also folded the dacron over on the inside of the LE strip and straight stitch sewn so that the open edge should be more durable and should not be subject to fraying. One more nice touch, IMO ...I like the way he beefed up and strengthened the trailing edge areas. Instead of using Mylar which tends to deteriorate and crack as it ages on a kite, Will has 'double layered' the entire large 'charcoal' trailing edge sail panel ...and added an extra 'triple' layer to the lower portion of the panel ...sewing vertical straight-line stitches on the three to keep them taught and from separating!

LE Cut-out:


...and yes ..I realized, after taking the pic, that the bridle line should have been over top of the connector.  Wink

Those new Skyshark 2PX rods look sharp!

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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2010, 04:38 AM »

Now that's craftsmanship! That's why the boutique kites are worth it!
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« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2010, 07:30 AM »

A very good friend of mine bought me a Saber II to thank me for some programming work I did for him.

Saber II #13 with my customary fluorescent orange highlights.

The winds have been a little too light for me to put in a lot of time on it, but I have had it out a couple of times already.  One of my favorite things to do with it is a straight vertical dive, then snap it into a 2 point landing just inches off the ground.  The cascades are really nice, too!

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« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2010, 07:42 AM »

Here is a quick fly, it was pouring, I was soaked the kite was soaked but my friend got a Iphone vid:)
Sturdy Designs Saber II
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2010, 10:08 AM »

I tried it at Wildwood ... it tracks INCREDIBLE (holding straight lines and sharp corners perfectly with little effort) and to me was a PERFECT Precision/Trick kite or COMP kite if you will. Its a WINNER. I was not a fan of the Saber I Will because of the larger inputs required but you corrected that issue with the Saber II. I am tempted to try your SUL version next year at Wildwood ... winds permitting of course. Good luck with a great design!
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In my kite inventory of Dual Line Kites: Benson - Inner Space, Signature Kite of Top Pilots on an Old Style Gemini ; L'Atelier xt.z. ; Fearless-Tatto (SSUL), Fearless - SUL, Light & Light-Vent , Transformer TL's: (SUL & Light), Transformer 2 SUL & UL.
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