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Author Topic: Ever lose a standoff?  (Read 1913 times)
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« on: February 20, 2011, 08:46 PM »

Those little buggers are escape artists, so it's inevitable. At some point you'll walk back and forth staring at the ground while bystanders start to wonder.

Today I had to laugh at my self and then take a picture.


I had given it up and had been flying a different kite for an hour when I discovered it, about 5 feet from my kite bag.

Those are my footprints from when I was searching, going past the standoff in both directions.   Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 08:55 PM »

Looks like you almost stepped on it.........
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 11:33 PM »

Hehe I did that with a US for about an hour till I found it on the tailgate of my truck.  DAmnned if the thing isn't the exact same color as my bed liner.  I only found it when I gave up, was about to leave and saw it fly across the bed of my truck after closing the tailgate  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 11:37 PM »

Last year I lost a stand-off on my normal flying field (dark grass and moss mostly), spent half an hour bent over searching for it, gave up. Next weekend, I went flying again, same field. Arrived, put my bags down .... hey, there's my stand-off!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 01:55 AM »

Ditto flying in a field of long grass with a roll bar for my Talon.  Spent ages looking for it and gave up.  Flying in the field four weeks later, I looked down and there it was.  I now have a spare!
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 02:24 AM »

Several of my kites use the HQ clip on yoyo stoppers and I've lost several of those in unexpected air to ground incidents ( nosedives) and they are almost impossible to spot. However, I often find them again days or sometimes weeks later on another trip to the same field!
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 06:12 AM »

Just happened yesterday while flying my VRev in 15+ wind one of the vertical rods. Usually the grass is brown out here so if you move about 10' and scan over the surface they usually appear. Hard to believe what's out there on the playground.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 11:00 AM »

A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 11:03 AM »

Jynx that's too simple for us guys.  Huh great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011, 12:59 PM »

A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2011, 01:31 PM »

Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

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Krylon Fusion.... gather some friend to together on a weekend and have a stand-off marking party.  Beer optional.... popcorn and photos required.  Wink

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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2011, 04:52 AM »

I've lost a few from my Nirvanas so I super glued them to the stand off connectors. After breaking a bunch off at the stand off connector I figured out how to wiggle them loose from lower spreader. (Steve's got the new type of connectors that use screws to fasten them. That looks like a great solution.)
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2011, 07:36 AM »

A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

Lets see, 40 kites x 2, 4 or 6 standoffs per = a lot of taping to be done...

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And don't forget the 39 upper spreaders, (that TTUL doesn't have an upper), if you don't mind feathered edges you could pickup a can of surveyors paint and spritz them ... party and beer not recommended with fluorescent spray paint in the house   Shocked

 
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2011, 08:34 AM »

Yep!  I've 'lost' the occasional spreader, standoff, even tail weight only to find them some time later at the field.  Helpful to normally fly in the same spot  Cheesy

Have had poor success leaving lines at the field for long periods - pesky lawn mowers  Embarrassed
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2011, 04:11 PM »

A little piece of blaze-orange tape makes finding it much easier...

I tought of it but the weight of the tape did change the pitch of the kite Huh
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