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Author Topic: TOTL Hawiian team kite setup?  (Read 3706 times)
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« on: March 16, 2013, 02:36 PM »

Newbie here.  I have two TOTL Hawaiian team kites from the 80's. They were my Dads kites but have been sitting for 20+ years. They look to be in pretty good shape. I flew them as a kid but I have no clue how to put them together or what needs to be inspected before flying them again. What kind of wind do these need to fly? Any info appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013, 03:12 PM »

As far as wind, mine likes ~8mph-15mph. It starts to pull like a truck at that point, so I put it away before it breaks the lines.



Are yours as old as this one ?
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013, 04:48 PM »

I know they are mid to late 80s. Will get some pics when I get home.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013, 07:37 PM »

Can't post any pics. Says uploader is full.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013, 11:52 PM »

Here they are, looks like you have one of them set up. Nice combo of colors on the blue... Hot and Cold running kites...
Get one in each hand and hold on tight  Wink



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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2013, 12:16 AM »

Check over the vinyl connectors the spreaders go into, but one of mine is from 1988 and they are still fine. The elastics that tension the sail may have died over they years if exposed to much heat, if they don't have good elasticity still Steve right here at GWTW/Chico Kites stocks replacements. I'd check the bridle for any fraying or deterioration too. Don must've used good glue on the ferrules as I've never had one fail so your probably safe there. If you inherited the original Kevlar lines many of us used back then you might check them or replace them, Kevlar degrades from UV exposure so if they've seen a lot of use they may be weakened. New Kevlar is yellow, they degrade to and orange/umber color, if they get much darker and are getting fuzzy it's probably time to retire them, those kites should be flown on 150-200 lb test line in all but their lowest wind range.

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2013, 07:19 AM »

This pair would look great stacked... Cool
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2013, 06:28 PM »

Took the blue and purple one out today. Only got to fly for about 5 minutes before my little boy decided he had to go pee. Flew good, even drug my 230 lb. butt around a little! Grin
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2013, 07:20 PM »

Took the blue and purple one out today. Only got to fly for about 5 minutes before my little boy decided he had to go pee. Flew good, even drug my 230 lb. butt around a little! Grin

Yep, it drags my 240 lb butt around too,  Smiley   Try stacking them  Huh
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2013, 05:23 AM »

No way... 25!?  Shocked
That's Photoshop in action...   Undecided
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 10:17 PM »

No repeats in colors, it's either a dang good photoshop or it's real. I'd bet it's real, it still wouldn't be the craziest thing ever done with kites.


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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 11:56 PM »

No way... 25!?  Shocked
That's Photoshop in action...   Undecided

Nope thats real but its not the full size team kite in that stack.  Probably the 3/4 hawaiian.
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2013, 03:46 PM »

No way... 25!?  Shocked
That's Photoshop in action...   Undecided

Nope thats real but its not the full size team kite in that stack.  Probably the 3/4 hawaiian.

Hmmm...
Can't quite decide on the P.S. aspect. The vanishing point isn't quite right on the sizing from top to bottom and the wind on the waves seems to be in a different direction...
Either way, a real stack with a strong flyer or a decent P.S. effort...  Cool
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 04:39 PM »

The photoshopping is in the words and a bit of enhancing. I've seen that pic before but not with the captions.
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