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« on: June 24, 2016, 01:19 PM »

I've seen this around but don't remember who made it. Any help?
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1FjLw5y9eXIVE1oaFNBU0Vrb3M/view?usp=drivesdk

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2016, 01:26 PM »

PBSK Wind Whip, I think
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2016, 03:47 PM »

I had the PBSK.

What identifies it as a Wind Whip sky?
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2016, 03:52 PM »

99% certain skb is right.
Isn't that the old Gwtw wall?
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2016, 07:34 AM »

That's Kites Unlimited in Galveston TX. Shot it yesterday. Might see if they will sell me that kite.  They didn't seem interested in selling it yesterday but i didn't try very hard.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2016, 09:42 AM »

without a doubt that is a Wind Whip. that "helix" graphic is Peter's for sure. the broad nose, the bridle, the tensioning and trickline setup ...
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2016, 11:50 AM »

Certainly a Wind Whip, and a very early version.

The Wind Whip is a reduced size Bad Boy which was designed to be an excellent tail pulling kite (hence the name). Peter loves to fly with a long tube tail, and this was his purpose built kite for ballet flying with a tail.

If you do get it, be aware that the LE fittings are from the mid '90s pre-APA era and are likely to be brittle and need to be replaced.

Also, the bridle inhauls are intended to cross over the center T and connect on the other side of the stoppers on the spreader rather than at the T (as with most kites). See the snap below. So, the right bridle connects to the left spreader, etc. It won't fly even close to right with the bridle connected at the T. The bridle legs are too long. I'm sure whoever set this one up for display was unfamiliar with this type of bridle.



Another issue to be aware of with this older version of the Wind Whip is that the frame may be Avia G-Force or SkyShark Response, or other discontinued sticks. If I bought that kite I'd re-frame in in Skyshark 3PTs if needed. (the final version of the WW, made until the mid 2000s used 3PTs)
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2016, 01:14 PM »

^Allen knows his Peter Betancourt kites and spotted a few details that I missed. Allen is right, the bridle is installed incorrectly.
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