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« on: June 03, 2012, 02:03 PM »

got some more kites i know nothing about , any value ?

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#2 - this kite weighs 9.8 oz



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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 07:18 PM »

I have a...framed in carbon...Beman 14's...version of #4 in purple and black. I believe it's called a Fire Dart by Chicago Fire if it's full sized... There was a 3/4 sized one as well iirc......
It was my first full size "real" two liner and I still give it a fly from time to time...real old school fun.
I gave it to my nephew to try out for a while and he trashed the nose...since repaired and returned...glad he gave it back!!!!
Not much $$$ value I would think but priceless for me because it's a nice flying kite for my real old school dually style and it was my 1st.....
Also #2 looks very familiar...I don't have one but the name is on the tip of my tounge......urgh... If it's what I think it is it's a real nice kite as well....
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 07:25 PM »

thank you bt for your help , ray
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2012, 10:28 PM »

#4 would indeed be a Fire Dart which was first made by Action Kites, beginning in the late '80s. There should be a label on the back of the spine too. This was the first kite to challenge the dominance of Top of the Line's mighty Hawaiian Spin Off for the title of Best Kite in the World and really was the first time we saw the delta sail form that we continue to use today.

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The others you might find some details on or adverts for by trawling through the early issues of SKQ. Only the Pro/Am even remotely rings a bell with me.

If you're looking to cash in these very pristine looking examples then you really need to find someone with a nasty case of nostalgia and poor self control. As things to fly, they are hopelessly outdated today. As objects to link back to the roots of our hobby, they might be considered priceless.

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 05:34 AM »

thank you everybody , id sell these kites , i have way to many to ever get to fly them , its just better to get them to someone who would enjoy them instead of collecting dust , thanks again , ray
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 09:02 AM »

The Sky Bandit was the work of Ted Dougherty he started producing kites when He lived in NJ He came up with the sparless stunter and continued into traction kites.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 12:22 PM »

The Team High Fly may also have been prospar comps. Fran used them quite a bit
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2012, 05:42 PM »

The last kite is a Sky Dart by Action Kites. We had them as one of our different team kites(Elite Flight Team) when we were sponsored
by Action Kites/Hyperkites (Randy Tom)
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2012, 10:21 PM »

The last kite is a Sky Dart by Action Kites.
This is a Sky Dart. It has a wingspan of 61"/155cm.


Action Kites had a variety of "darts" of differing sizes. Pages 8 and 9 of this illustrate part of the range.

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2012, 12:32 AM »

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the link. Great trip down memory lane Wink

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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2012, 12:50 AM »

got some more kites i know nothing about , any value ?
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Well it's tradition around here so somebody has to say it  Wink

$5 - on #2 & #4 - always wanted both of 'em  Wink

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