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Author Topic: Fighter Kites for the Inexperienced  (Read 8105 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2013, 04:10 PM »

i have heard very good things about the chilean reels........should be able undertake line management at a higher rate with one!!!!

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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2013, 01:08 AM »

My favorite line is the waxed linen. It is heavier then carpet or upholstery thread but it's stiffer and I've seldom had a problem with tangles at my feet (I can't do reels) and you'll get fewer finger cuts. Into the Wind carries it or you can google it for additional suppliers. I started using it back in the Grandmaster Fighter kites days and just can't handle any of the lighter or more flexible lines as confidently still.

A Gator spool, also called a Cuban Fishing Reel or Spool (6 1/2" Fighter Kite Kite Hoop at Into the Wind) is best for ground work,  they are like a Halo or Yo Yo spool but have one side tapered to release line easier.

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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2013, 09:38 AM »

Flying line for fighters.
I fly fighters for fun.  Nobody to fly against in tangles.
For line, I like lightly waxed crochet thread.  That said, most of my line is not waxed. 
The thread does slow down the kite, but I don't care.  No need for speed when thrashing about at a local grass pad, teasing the birds.

Fighter kites are fun, just attach the flying line, and put it in the air.  No assembly time, no sticks to lose.  I have a nylon fighter I made a dozen years back.  Still a lot of fun to put into the air.  I did need to replace the spine because of abuse in storage....but still one of my favorites.

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