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Author Topic: TOTL Hawaiian Spinoff - Repair Questions  (Read 4318 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2011, 03:05 PM »

You are right Mike.  Those definitely are not Sky Shark tubes.
If you are up for covering the postage to and from and the cost of replacements I'm sure I can get that kite back in flying condition.
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2011, 03:42 PM »

umm..yeah those are glaspar.....if they have a good amount of flex to them they are glaspars....tubular fiberglas..i would agree with Mike that they are the J65s.....
the step up was the prospar rods.....
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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2011, 06:34 PM »

Take it from an old schooler, I recommend going back to the original fiberglass tube spars. This is what the kite came factory with, and that is what it is designed for. Stay close to the diameter and the stiffness of the original stuff (which was not marked with a brand name). Keep the spreader holders, vinyl tubing like one that are pictured, the reinforced type that you have is available at the "orange" hardware store and are a good choice.  Be absolutely sure that the length of the spars are correct and equal on both sides. Use a good ferrule on the lower spreader (that goes into the "T" fitting, through and connects to the other lower spreader).  Replace the shock, (bungee cord) on the ends of the leading edges if you like to keep that "Fresh" feel.  Keep it tight but not overly so. Fly on lines that are at least 110'. (if you fly with Kevlar, make sure you separate yourself from the rest of the flyers... your line is lethal ! Spectra is better but has it's drawbacks.) You will get pulled a little, the kite will make some noise and you will have a blast!  Keep it simple and keep it original as you can. This kite was not designed for all of the fancy things and new technology that most of the modern kites now have, and that is a good thing.  You will be glad that you did.  Good luck and enjoy!
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« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2011, 08:22 PM »

Use a good ferrule on the lower spreader (that goes into the "T" fitting, through and connects to the other lower spreader).

If you have the type of "T" fitting with the metal female ferrule, be sure to use arrow tip,  inserts to help keep the spreaders from splitting and breaking.

Happy Flying!
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2011, 09:12 AM »

So I got the spinoff back into flying condition.

Anyone have any pictures of the later versions that came with standoffs?

How difficult would it be to add standoffs?

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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2011, 03:32 PM »

You just need some of the 3.8 oz Dacron fabric or leading edge material, a sewing machine, a soldering iron (to cut Darcron and melt holes) and a few notions. Simple job. My Spinoff is actually pre-stand-off too, I added them but only guessed at the position and length, IMO I did darn good though, edge handling on that kite is the best I've experienced to date, but my position is old school WIDE. I'd bet somebody has the stock measurements or a better spot for a bit more modern feel.

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« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2011, 03:33 PM »

Why would you add stand offs if the kite was not designed for them?  No real advantage would be gained if added. It will fly better without them.  If you are trying to modify the kite to make it do something that it was not designed to do... Maybe the Spinoff was not the kite you really wanted.  It was a great kite for its day.


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« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2011, 04:34 PM »

I have one w/standoffs (whiskers), I can get pics of it later tonight if you'd like.

-Mike

So I got the spinoff back into flying condition.

Anyone have any pictures of the later versions that came with standoffs?

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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2011, 08:39 PM »

I have one w/standoffs (whiskers), I can get pics of it later tonight if you'd like.

-Mike

So I got the spinoff back into flying condition.

Anyone have any pictures of the later versions that came with standoffs?


that would be great! thanks mike!
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« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2011, 12:38 PM »

w8kbrder,

I have an identical Spin Off.  At one time I thought of adding whiskers, but after seeing some whiskered Spin Offs fly, I did not think it was worth the effort.  If you go ahead, let us know how it compares to previous.
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« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2011, 03:10 PM »

Not sure if you saw this thread already, but I had posted some pics in this thread of mine (when it was still mine  Wink):

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=5514.msg49770#msg49770

-Mike
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2011, 08:24 AM »

I have several spinoff's, two with whiskers and two with out. I added whiskers to one of the two that have them. The big difference is at the edge and launching. Also, they quiet the kite down a little bit.

I will probably add whiskers to the other two, but mostly to aid in launching. I can take a pic of how I added them and post it.

@smeagol-Loving my new spinoff!
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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2011, 09:14 AM »

just heard that a shop on cape cod might have a brandy new spinoff for sale...................
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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2011, 09:34 AM »

Theif, ill take it if they have one!

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