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« on: November 13, 2010, 11:37 AM »

Okay i am hoping that the collective hive mind can help me out here.....
got some kites that i am not certain what they are!

#1

Has a label of AP 200 on it......
carrington i think...

#2

Pattern looks a lot like a griffen....but i am pretty sure it is not one...

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Does a Stinger sound right???
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 11:55 AM »

The bottom picture is an old-school Katana by the recently passed Marty Sasaki.


The top picture looks like a Stinger 1000 by Vince Bobrosky.


#3 looks like a Stinger 750 also by Vince Bobrosky.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010, 12:04 PM »

They are stingers...hmm..those are new to me!

The bottom one i am pretty certain that it is not a katana...Marty never put the extra standoffs on them did he? (you cannot see it well at this moment but there are extra standoffs about a foot up from the wing tips....


This one has California Katana written on the bag...but i am not certain on it either..
From the BFK site:http://www.bfk.com/kite/ki10009.htm
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dang..well that took a whole 20 minutes!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2010, 12:07 PM »

http://www.bfk.com/kite/ki49042.htm
hm...that might actually be the "basic griffen"
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2010, 12:08 PM »

Looking at the teal and purple panels and comparing them to the Katana, my guess is that the CA Katana is a larger version and therefore made by Marty also. I've never seen one before.  Huh

When I first got into kites and went looking for air shots of sport kites, Hoy Quan's photos were the best available. He was the springboard for me starting to do kite photos.
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2010, 12:08 PM »

First one (purp/white/blue) is a Stinger 1000, originally handmade by Vice Bobrosky in the early 90s, later sold to UP Sports, later sold to Catch The Wind, no longer made... I flew this kite in competition 1993, as did the team I was on (Air Art).
(reviewed in Stunt Kite Quarterly Vol 1 No 3 - page 42)

I believe the second one IS a Griffin, but a later, basic sail model.
(original model reviewed in Stunt Kite Quarterly Vol 4 No 2 - page 47)

Third kite is a Stinger 750, same story as the 1000 above but I don't think it carried on with the license sale.
(reviewed in Stunt Kite Quarterly Vol 2 No 2 - page 39)
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2010, 12:09 PM »

The bottom picture is an old-school Katana by the recently passed Marty Sasaki.


Ahh..the earlier one! never seen one before.....
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2010, 11:42 AM »

John C and John B are correct about the Stinger 1000 and 750. I still have a couple of each of them. I still stay in contact with the designer, Vince Bobrosky. My old team "Pacific Flyers" were the first team that was sponsored to compete with them back in 1990 thru 1993. Abel Ortega's team flew them too after 1991, then Air Art in 1992. The other two are the Griffin Basic, and Marty Sasaki's Katana, just as others have stated.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2010, 03:41 PM »

Air Art '92 and 93', I flew with them in the latter. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2010, 04:35 PM »

Could I chime in with a few more? A friend of mine sent me some pics of some kites that he was given. I don't have my kite archives on this side of the water, so I can't research them with certainty.


looks familiar, but can't recall the name.


I think this is maybe a Dark Star.  Undecided


hmmm, maybe a Laughing Gecko Kites Atomikaze?


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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2010, 04:46 PM »

The pink kite reminds me of a Betancourt or Synchro style, perhaps even a Super Gull. Don't know.

Steve, here is a Dark Star with some text from Peter Taylor:
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2010, 04:51 PM »



I think this is maybe a Dark Star.  Undecided


This one almost looks like a copy of a betancourt aerzero style.....

the rainbow one looks awesome!!!
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