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« on: September 11, 2011, 05:05 PM »

Here are a few shots of my BMK Exile Nitro. I picked it up here a couple weeks back from Bob Merchant.
My wife, a couple friends, our son and I went to Cesar Chavez park in Berkeley yesterday. I let my wife,
son and our friends pilot it for a while. Now they see why dropping the extra money on this baby was worth it.

My wife was at the controls while I shot these pics.





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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 05:35 PM »

The Exile is a great kite. I really liked mine.
Nice pictures.

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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 10:14 PM »

Something about a Blue Moon Kite that makes you realize why spending that extra $100-$150 to get a craftsman built kite is worth it. They just feel right don't they? If you could see the little touches and details that Ken has taken the time to do, even though 99% of people will never know about, you'll understand the kites are actually a bargain.

Even though many of the parts used are off the shelf there is only one part on a Blue Moon Kite that Ken hasn't taken the time time to modify to perfection for use on one of his kites. They would be fine for many builders, they can be better for a BMK.

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2011, 11:52 PM »

Sweet!
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2011, 05:48 AM »

Nice Exile! 

Not sure if this is the place to post this, but maybe you guys could help.  It seems like the nose on my Exile is sorta collapsing in on itself.  Like the nose is just loose and the leading edges on both sides are pushing in to the center and the spine is getting shoved outwards towards the backside of the kite.  It's basically all scrunched up in there.  Has anybody else had this issue with their Exile?  I was thinking maybe I could push the upper spreader up a little on each LE and that might make it taut at the nose. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011, 07:20 AM »

Exactly what I was thinking as reading your post. Have you checked that the stoppers for the upper cross spreader are still glued in place? Maybe it has slid down a bit? I'm assuming nobody has modded the kite or replaced parts but the upper spreader should be a .220" pultruded spar @ 21.25" long. I'm sure Ken or somebody can tell you where those connectors should be set on the kite or I can measure mine later for you.

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2011, 08:33 AM »

Is the Velcro at the base of the spine nice and tight?

The exile has a tunnel for the weights. If those weights are outside of the tunnel, then the strength of the Velcro is greatly reduced.
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2011, 09:29 AM »

I will check both of those things - thanks for the info!

ETA:  Sorry for hijacking your photo thread, Mr. Bill.  The crisp nose on your Exile caught my eye and I had to ask. 
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