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« on: June 04, 2009, 05:35 AM »

Anyone have experience flying one? would love to hear about it.....

i did not put all the battens in for the pic  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 10:19 AM »

You might want to write to Geezer. I have 3 pictures of him with his Banshee(?). This kite was hard to get started, requiring lots of backing up and pulling. Then..... it turns into a steerable missile. WOW! Very fast. This was the hardest kite to get a picture of in flight. No stalling at the edge of the window. It just falls to the ground if you get below its threshold.

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009, 05:17 AM »

looks like it will handle better if it was set up as a quad.... similar to a peter lynn c-quad
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009, 01:47 PM »

Here's some video of one. Not much going on. 

http://www.truveo.com/Banshee-Max1/id/144115219017654654


Here is a quad with similar lines.

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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009, 02:51 PM »

These must be different models. The picture I posted was Geezer's kite and that kite was very fast for a dualie. The video showed a much, much slower version of the kite I'm thinking of.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2009, 03:10 PM »

I think Skip Parks was the maker and he had several models: the Scimitar, Pegasus and the Chikara [sp?].
They came in several sizes from smaller to power kite sized.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009, 04:01 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2009, 07:30 PM »

I think Skip Parks was the maker and he had several models: the Scimitar, Pegasus and the Chikara [sp?].
They came in several sizes from smaller to power kite sized.



They ended up as early kitesurf rigs. There's a review of the Scimitar in SKQ v2.3, which can be had from the KiteLife site, as can v1-3 which has a Chikara review.

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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2015, 08:19 PM »

Hi, so I have a couple of questions about these Banshee scimitar kites. I have 2 dual line models that I found rolled up in a bag. I thought the spine was bent and all messed up but then I compared the two and they were identical. Thanks for your help. Any other info on these would be neat as well

1- Is it just me or is it a pain to set up.
2-What did the original sleeves or bags look like?
3- why does it have a center tee but no lower spreaders from what I can tell.
4-what is the front of the kite? The side with the battons or the other side? Label forward to back?
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2015, 04:36 AM »

Let's see
They are only dual line
The bag was a sleeve, nothing fancy
Takes practice to set up
No lower spreader as the bridle forces the shape it needs... The nylon hose nub at the bottom of the spine was a common fitting in kites during that time
Bridle faces the front... I would imagine label faces you...But the spine does bend away from the front of the skin at the top

Lex k has a couple of them you can ask him for specific details as well
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2015, 06:01 AM »

1. Yes, they can be a pain to put together.
2. I'll take some pictures this evening.
3. There is a line that goes from the outer bridle connection points through the center tee to keep the kite tensioned.
4. The side with the battens is the front.

I have the instruction sheet for this kite, although it's not very detailed.


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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2015, 08:55 AM »

I have a set of Banshees from back in the day and yes they can be a PITA to set up.  Hopefully Charles can post a photo how to.  And yes those battens are supposed to look like that  Wink
Back in the day we used to do something we called a California U turn.  I don't think it can be done with any other style sport kite but anyway here is how it goes.  You fly a low pass across the window.  I mean LOW.  Then you actually turn down  Huh  Yep,  you roll the kite around on the leading edge and when it reverses ( the U turn part) you hold the turn and it goes back up.  It's actually pretty easy to do.  The hardest part is getting your head to allow you to deliberately turn into the ground.
Good luck  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2015, 12:23 PM »

ok cool, thanks for the pic, I was actually looking at the one last night when trying to set up. Most of the old advertisements show the back apparently?!
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2015, 12:38 PM »

charles: can you please share that file with me too? Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2015, 12:59 PM »

4 photos start at link below:

Banshee Scimitar (is there a c in the name?)
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