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« on: June 14, 2012, 12:19 PM »

Before few days I open Radian in my home. I like to open some older kite...
Gift from Brian Todd.
After around 1/2 hour kite BAM BAM sound. When I look little better all 4 spreaders connectors crack (broke). With time rubber connectors not flexiable and crack.
I will put APA.
Question: Does APA broke with time  and how much years is the oldest kite which You use with orginal APA.
Any caracteristics of APA...? They seems to me very quality. I didn't have problem with them.
 Any tips about APA and comparation to other connectors....
by the way my Radian is from 1994.
I have also UFO from Flying wings-with some not good connectors-they broke after few years and I put put APA. Now is good.
Thanks a lot.
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 04:43 PM »

Even APA's will deteriorate over time.  IIRC the radian had APA's originally but when you store a kite in a hot humid place like a garage or , god forbid, in the closet next to the water heater, they will get brittle and crumble.  The newer APA's are a better compound than the originals and last a lot longer.
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