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« on: September 04, 2010, 03:25 PM »

Can anyone Identify this kite?  It was purchased in the early to mid 90's.  It says Spectra Sport Kites on it.  Nothing else.  It is a large delta.  2 line.  Metal attachment points on the bridle.  It has 2 sets of stand-offs.  I circled them in the picture.  The first is in the typical place on the trailing edge of the sail.  The second set are behind the sail near the tips.  It has a "lucky fin" that I'd like to get repaired.  I think the first step is to find out what it is.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010, 05:13 PM »

The silhouette looks to be a Spectra Sport Reactor Pro, but on the pictures I've been able to dig up the panel layout isn't exactly the same (most between the trailing edge and lower spine).

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2010, 06:27 PM »

It's not a Reactor, they were bigger and had dual standoffs (and a different sail layout). I've fogotten the name of this one. It's certainly the same era.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 07:22 PM »

Ian Holds His Spectra Sport Edge



Photo by John Chilese (Huh)

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2010, 07:25 PM »

Different color, but I think that's it!  That was fast!!!  Thanks.  Now, where can I find parts?

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2010, 07:37 PM »

Could it be this?









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Size: 68 in. x 25 in.
Weight: 6.5 oz.
Frame: Tubular Graphite
Sail: Ripstop Nylon
Wind range: 5 to 20 mph
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2010, 08:36 PM »

Different color, but I think that's it!  That was fast!!!  Thanks.  Now, where can I find parts?

Sean


I suspect that now that the kite has been identified, Steve (our forum host and the owner of Chico Kites) probably has the specs for it squirreled away somewhere.  Drop him a line. 

Give him a holler and I am sure he will be able to get you sorted quickly.

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010, 04:39 AM »

Thanks for your quick replies.  I sent Steve an Email.  I'm sure I'll be flying my kite again soon.  For now I'll just have to "suffer" with the new Dream On I bought from Kitt Kites last weekend in RI.

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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2010, 04:10 PM »

I still need to dust off a few of the old catalogs but based on the info provided it looks to me as though the lower leading edges on the "Edge" were either 5 or 7 P's (I'm leaning towards 7's).  If any one has an "Edge" or can confirm the the rods used it would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2010, 04:48 PM »

I recently repaired a Reactor of some sort, and found the Avia Excel rods to be an excellent fit. Kind of depends on the ferrule sizes, I'd suspect. I think I had to do some size-reducing sanding on mine, but it eventually worked well. I re-did all the fittings with APAs as well.
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2010, 06:29 PM »

I just found the old manual for the kite.  The tag on it says "Maxi Edge" from Spectra Sport Kites.  I then found these pictures:

From this site, it appears to be a Maxi Edge I.  The site also has pictures of a Maxi Edge II and an ultralight version.

http://stratofender.free.fr/Coriolis%20System/index_2.htm


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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2010, 03:43 PM »

I think the early Maxis were Rev2 rods. I don't know if Spectra changed them later. Are Rev 2wraps still available? You may have to ferule to get the longer lengths. Do you need any measurements? It looks like from the pic that you have enough left to measure from.
Also I think Denis LeFranc aka Giant Flyer may have named his Maxis "I" and "II" to distinguish the sail patterns. The "Edge ultralight" is the same size as the Edge Pro, whereas the Maxi has a larger wingspan, lighter rods, sail, bridle and clips and was meant for the light wind range.
But "ian" In the pic above can correct or confirm anything I just wrote.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2010, 10:09 AM »

I think the early Maxis were Rev2 rods. I don't know if Spectra changed them later. Are Rev 2wraps still available? You may have to ferule to get the longer lengths. Do you need any measurements? It looks like from the pic that you have enough left to measure from.
Also I think Denis LeFranc aka Giant Flyer may have named his Maxis "I" and "II" to distinguish the sail patterns. The "Edge ultralight" is the same size as the Edge Pro, whereas the Maxi has a larger wingspan, lighter rods, sail, bridle and clips and was meant for the light wind range.
But "ian" In the pic above can correct or confirm anything I just wrote.

Hi Robert,

I discover this topic only now. You're perfectly right  Wink I named my Maxis "I" and "II" only to distinguish the sail patterns. All my Maxis are framed with Rev rods. No Skyshark. Looking at Scovel pic, the size of Spectra logo in the sail make me say that his Edge is a Maxi.

Denis

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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2011, 03:25 PM »

Still haven't got the kite fixed.  I'm not a kite builder myself.  I did run into this information. 

http://www.kites.tug.com/Archive/kites/potpourri/request.for.advice

I don't know what a 2-wrap Advantage or a Skyshark 3p or 5p are. 

Can someone confirm what type of rods I have.  I can attach pictures of the rods if needed.  Can someone recommend a repair shop?  Spring is coming.  I'd love to fly this one again.

Thanks,

Sean
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2011, 03:45 PM »

Rev Rods:
http://www.revkites.com/main/Spars

SkyShark P-Series Spars
http://www.skyburner.com/skyshark/p-series.html

Unless the sail is damaged, should be just a matter of ordering the spar and cutting it down to size (with a diamond file, fine tooth Xacto saw, or Dremel rotary cutter).

ATB,
Sam

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