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Author Topic: Some classic Kites courtesy of Brian  (Read 8143 times)
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« on: April 17, 2009, 02:55 PM »

I'll tell the whole story eventually, but for now ...

When Chris and I received the message that Brian Todd passed away his roommate had no idea as to what to do with all Brian's kites.  He asked us if we wanted them as otherwise they would probably be sold at a garage sale or thrown away.  I was aware of what kites Brian had as Chris and I had flown with him on many occasions.  The thought of them either ending up in the trash or in the hands of someone that had no appreciation for them pained us.   Of course we agreed to come and get them.  That is how Chris and I found ourselves on an 8 hour kite rescue mission Wednesday driving 400 miles round trip to a lovely town north of San Francisco.

Over the next few weeks we will be going through all the kites identifying them and making the needed repairs.  Brian hadn't been able to fly for quite some time so many of the older kites appear to need a bit of TLC.  As we get them sorted I'll post pictures of the more interesting ones.  Below are the first that I have returned to flying condition.


Martin Schob built TrickTail 200.  At the time Brian got this only he and Martin had one.  Martin ended up doing a limited run of these (92 or 94 of them total as I recall).


TrickTail UltraLite,  Early production and unusual (rare) color.  Although they produced a "gold" version through out the life of the kite the later models were actually orange.  This one is a very nice light gold color.


PBSK Warrior.  Midnight sail with rainbow graphics.  This was the exact color combination Chris and I wanted to get back in '99 (when this kite was made) but we just couldn't get past the price despite a lot of arm twisting by Ellen on #kites.

I've started a set on Flickr where I'll be putting the collection.  You can see larger images there if you wish.

So the question is what to do with all these kites.  I'll continue that part of the story later.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2009, 03:14 PM »

It's good to see that Brian's kites went to a good home.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009, 04:05 PM »

That PBSK kite is unreal. What a gorgeous kite ! I'm such a sucker for that rainbow fabric.
PB offered to build me a Vanishing Point a while back, I asked him for a Warrior instead, and never heard back from him. Maybe someday... it took him over a year to get back to me the first time.

~Rob.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009, 04:56 PM »


PBSK Vanishing Point (one of two)
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2009, 05:35 PM »

  Woah!!! That TT UL just went on my desktop background. Talk about Kitelust. I've been longing for one of these for almost 3 years. Dang is she pretty.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 06:06 PM »

Bitter, sweet. Beautiful kites, tragic ending.
It's nice to have someting to remember some one who ment so much to you.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 06:49 PM »

TrickTail UltraLite,  Early production and unusual (rare) color.  Although they produced a "gold" version through out the life of the kite the later models were actually orange.  This one is a very nice light gold color.

Zoinks.... that last sentence is the epitome of understatement. The black sets that gold off beauuuuuttiiifully.

Didn't know Brian, but sorry to hear of his passing nonetheless.

ATB,
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 11:18 PM »

We need to get a bunch of kite flyers together and have a memorial fly for Brian using his kites. Have them reach up to him in the heavens to tell him goodbye. Him looking down knowing his kites will be taken care of.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009, 05:26 AM »

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We need to get a bunch of kite flyers together and have a memorial fly for Brian using his kites. Have them reach up to him in the heavens to tell him goodbye. Him looking down knowing his kites will be taken care of.

This afternoon!

We should have a visitor from Europe stopping by to fly with us.  Got a lot of the dual lines put together for photos and test flying.  Need Mikes help putting some of the single lines together.

Maybe a BBQ this evening???

Forecast:  Sunny. Highs 82 to 87. North winds up to 10 mph.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009, 11:39 AM »

That Warrior is somethin'.  What's it framed in?

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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2009, 12:05 PM »

5 PT's
Looks better in person  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2009, 03:40 PM »


PBSK Vanishing Point (one of two)

Awesome colors!... I'd luv 'em on a Rev... unless John has a problem with that!? ...I'll have to get his artistic opinion first!  Cheesy

(Long story)
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2009, 06:24 PM »

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We need to get a bunch of kite flyers together and have a memorial fly for Brian using his kites. Have them reach up to him in the heavens to tell him goodbye. Him looking down knowing his kites will be taken care of.

This afternoon!

We should have a visitor from Europe stopping by to fly with us.  Got a lot of the dual lines put together for photos and test flying.  Need Mikes help putting some of the single lines together.

Maybe a BBQ this evening???

Forecast:  Sunny. Highs 82 to 87. North winds up to 10 mph.


Can't wait for the pics!!!
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2009, 11:04 PM »

The Warrior is a sweet kite, we flew that, the Trick Tail 200, Prism I2K & Radian, Benson Genesis & Airbow, Level One Fly, and the Stranger Level 7

Out of those the Warrior was by far my favorite, I know Chris and Rhonda felt the same as it was in somebodies hands most of the day. As soon as I flew it I knew Chris was going to love it, it just felt like it wanted to slide and flic-flac's would be there in spades. She proved me right walking the slides across the field and trimming the grass with the flic-flac's  Cool. Surprisingly tippy for an old school kite, in somebody else's hands I think it might even pull off some "French" stuff.

We didn't get too many pic's though, Steve did post some new static front yard pic's of some of the others, they are linked above in his Flickr album.

Here's one of Chris with the Warrior and one of David with Stranger Level 7 and Chris in the background with the Warrior again.

Have to thank David for bringing some wind up with him, not often we get a day as nice as today.





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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2009, 11:13 PM »

Yes the Warrior is an awesome kite. I am not a trickster but I was able to do a little side slide, tip stabs. I flew more today with this kite than I have flown in months. I could even fly in very low wind with it. Well for me was low wind as I usally cannot keep a kite in the sky in low wind but manage with the Warrior. Chris said she would let me fly her kite again soon. I can't wait! So please don't forget Warrior Princess.
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