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« on: April 19, 2010, 07:24 PM »

Found this piece of paper recently and wanted to scan it and share it since the information on this kite is pretty sparse.
if you host a kite related website please grab a copy of this so it doesn't disappear from history. Smiley
if you're interested i have a file with a bunch more pixels than this. just send me a pm for a copy.
now to see about translation...

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010, 07:32 PM »

These were very cool kites.  Came in 2 sizes.  Had an issue with the molded fitting at the top and bottom breaking though.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010, 09:06 PM »

Owned and flown by the Alfano family in 2002:
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 04:30 AM »

That's a neat kite. How do (or did) they fly?
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 05:12 AM »

They fly very well....the bigger version (in Chilese's picture) is the ul version...about 4' long.....


the smaller version (~3') is the normal wind version....




it flys with one wing set vertical and the other horizontal...there is one bridle hole (i made a second hole on another wing for a color difference on my small one)....solid rods ~.125"....the big one has ferrules at the middle point of the wing...

i would wager a guess that R-Sky designed it after watching Ramlal's Sentinelles...they fly in the same manner and a parallel design.

They are fun...i love actively playing with the smaller one....tugging the line and the kite flatten out and glide upwind...then it will slow to a halt and as it catches the wind the kite will roll backwards in the wind until the end of the line then pop itself back up again.....

their design makes them fly quite stable on their own....

two complaints about them:
  • the Leading edges were made with the same ripstop that the skin is made out of....not as durable as it could be!!! but it does make for an easy replace if/when needed!
  • the rods meet together at the disc that Steve referred to....4 rods each going in at the compass points....taking the darn things apart is hard!!!!takes practice....and i will admit that there was one time the kite came home put together!!!!  it takes sliding the rods around so that one rod will have the most amount of area to be able to work it out of the disc at one end...get one rod out and you are golden.....
i got my pair from gwtw ~2002 or so and have not had the discs break...crossing my fingers!!!some of my favorite kites!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 10:03 AM »

I had heard that the kite may have been "inspired" by the Tumbleweed made by Terry Sansom.  Never seen the kite and can't find a photo but it was taught by Terry at Ft Worden in 2002.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 12:40 PM »

this it???
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 01:05 PM »

Don't know.  Never actually saw the kite.  Just recall that someone mentioned it when the Boul'X came out.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 08:33 AM »

These still available anywhere ?
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010, 11:36 AM »

as far as i know R-sky still has them....i think....and if they are on the website then you have to find a retailer around here....park-drop me line and i can give you the r-sky dealer i have used before.
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2010, 01:53 PM »

I had Dave Alfano's Boul'X with me at Kite Party but didn't get a chance to put it up. Too much wind.

I flew his other RSky, a Frenezy, for hours though. Perfect wind for that little monster.   Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2010, 05:57 PM »

There is something new re. the Boul'x.....Roger has offered to make some for those interested!!!!  guess these things just work out right!!!!!

Drop me a line if you would like some more info!
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