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« on: August 10, 2012, 07:53 PM »

Back in the late 80's I came across a couple of guys flying BFL kites that were buzzin' like a hive of angry bees as they tore-up the skies... No tricks here, just tight maneuvers and high speed flying. When they hovered at the edge of the 'window' it sounded like ragging hornets were out to get ya  Shocked. Never did check out what they were flyin'... Been thinking about those kites lately, wondering what they might have been, and is there a modern day equivalent... Any ideas on that style of design?  Looking for something along this line to pull some kids across the sky...
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 08:12 PM »

Lots of kites from that era were noisy. NSR's, Wasps, Spinoffs, Noname, I personally love the old school stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2012, 08:29 PM »

Lots of kites from that era were noisy. NSR's, Wasps, Spinoffs, Noname, I personally love the old school stuff.

Wasps?, as in "Texas Wasps" by Terry Crumpler?
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2012, 08:31 PM »

Right. And I think there were California wasps as well.
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2012, 08:44 PM »

i just got my boys to put down the trick kites once in a while and fly a big loud old school kite , and there really enjoying them , makes me happy , ray
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2012, 08:57 AM »

Check out the Panther listed right here by our Forum Host. I haven't flown one personally though. It's currently listed as out of stock but check with Steve.

New Tech was producing the BLK (big loud kite) I don't know if it's still available, there may be some New Old Stock (NOS) out there if not.

But really the Prism Quantum has the most pleasant sail buzz of any kite I've experienced, a nice tight buzz that isn't obnoxiously loud. The kite isn't so large as to have a dangerous pull for smaller kids but it has enough power that you can lean back against in a good wind. It's Prisms bulletproof beginners kite that comes ready to fly with lines and case and the price is right. I still think it's the best beginners kite out there, smooth controlled speed because of the buzz and very forgiving for the first time flyer. It is also capable of the first tricks a new flyer will start to experiment with.


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Right. And I think there were California wasps as well.

Miguel's California Wasp had the best "Hive of Bee's" noise, A pair sounded like two angry Hornets. I love watching a good Cal Wasp Flyer.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2012, 03:00 PM »

if you take film from a camera and put from standoff to stand off it makes a buzzing sound i have a dragon fly that came with film on it real tight man it is loud
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2012, 04:31 PM »

I fly a stx 1.9 with a loose leach line, noisy in bigger wind and it tricks well
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2012, 04:34 PM »

got a Chicago Fire Bee that's noisy

I now have a third Bee, so a three stack is only waiting for me to retrieve the center kite hanging in the local library.... that should sound like a swarm ....
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2012, 06:36 PM »

A kite shop in Chicago is offering "New and Improved" Hawaiian Team Kites... 
How do you "new and improve" these???
Priced a little out of the budget for now...

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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2012, 06:42 PM »

they look amazing
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2012, 07:10 PM »

Looks like the original kite pattern reframed with skysharks.
 
I upgraded my original with p400 skysharks, trim about a 1/3 of the weight.  Smiley

If you own a Hawaiian its an easy upgrade. All spare lenght as 32.5 no cutting.

If not you can now but the new and improved model  Grin

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2012, 07:37 PM »

Mike Dennis & Pam Kirk with their new/improved Team Hawaiian.
These are the people who sew Skyburner sails for Jon.

It weighs about 6 ounces less than the original. Skyshark tubes and APA fittings.

Not sure about the sail material.

I did get an axel to fade out of it.  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2012, 07:59 PM »



Dang, that just looks like somethin' that wants to own the sky...

By the way John, I can't help but comment on the excellent tech. qualities of your pics. It's not easy to hold highlight details in this lighting...
Very commendable image crafting here...
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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2012, 05:48 AM »

We got a modern Chicago Kites Skyshark-framed Hawaiian plus an original TotL Hawaiian, and it didn't need that much bridle tweaking to make them fly the same, so we can fly them in our pair routine

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