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« on: May 22, 2009, 11:46 PM »

Tonight, Corey brought a beautiful Big Sister to the park. I'd only heard about this kite and know almost nothing about Wolfe Designs. So I'm asking for anyone who knows about the kites or the guy to step up and let us mere mortals in on the secret. I really liked how the kite flew.


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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009, 01:11 AM »

Made by Julian Wolfe-Patrick, a Canadian working in France. Part of Team Flashback, one of the original European teams (alongside the bloke who gave us the Blackbird). The company even had their own branded spars at one time (I think they were Structil).

First major kite was the Big Brother which went for BIG MONEY back in The Day™. How much ? $450 in 1991 dollars when a then-new NSR was $250. Very high quality build with lots of detail. How does 7 overlapping pieces of ripstop, arranged like a petal, at the standoff reinforcement grab you ?

Then the slightly mental Little Sister, the Big Brother II (one of which I was given by JPC), the Razorback - all very angular sail patterns.

In '95~'96 the Big Sister and L.S. came out with the wavy, blobby, asymmetrical look. There are quite a few other kites (W. Design, D2) that really seem to be the same kite with new art. Prices and complexity fell quite a bit around this time.

BFK used to import the Big Sister into the US and there's a review of it in Kite Passion #1, dated Nov/Dec '96.

If you need scans, including a short photo piece on him from French magazine VSD, I can get those to you.

Tragically Julian became interested in kite buggies  Sad

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009, 01:33 AM »

You continue to amaze me.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2009, 05:18 AM »

You continue to amaze me.  Smiley

You're just easily impressed Angry


Kite Passion, #1, Nov/Dec '96.

BFK's '96 catalogue.

VSD, 23~29/8/90.

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2009, 07:53 AM »

Hi all,

Julian sold many kites in France (of course) and in Japan too.

Wolfe Design is out of business since 2005.

Here the Big Brother I



The Big Brother II rayé


 
And the Razorback for light winds...

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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2009, 05:42 PM »

Back in the day, Bob Hansen flew the Little Sister in competion when he was the "Ron Graziano" of the time. IIRC, he was national champion in dual and quadline flying and, in my opinion, he was one of the great fliers.  Sue Batdorff and Bob imported the kite.

I have a Big Brother, Little Sister, and Big Brother 2 and loved to fly them.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2009, 08:47 PM »

I picked up a Little Sister many years ago

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2009, 10:00 PM »

That Razorback looks like it's wearing bell-bottoms!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2009, 02:21 AM »

That Razorback looks like it's wearing bell-bottoms!
it totally does!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2009, 11:15 AM »

In honor of this thread, I flew my Little Sister today.

 Smiley Wink Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2009, 01:14 PM »

In honor of this thread, I flew my Little Sister today.

 Smiley Wink Smiley

Where did you attach the flying lines?  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2009, 05:51 PM »

In honor of this thread, I flew my Little Sister today.

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Where did you attach the flying lines?  Wink
Same place as my Big Brother... Shocked
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