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    2. Kite Buggy

      Setting the trend for traction kiting in the early 90s, buggying is still going strong worldwide with speed and distance records being set everyday.

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    3. Kite Surfing

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      Quickly becoming one of the hot facets of power kiting, kite boarding is something else... Imagine a big skateboard with knobby wheels, and you've got it!

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    7. Favorite Kite Fields

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    8. Kite Travel

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    9. Kite Plans

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    • Many thanks to Kitelife!  Both of these will work well in my area - Southwest Georgia.  Just moved to the area a couple of years ago and continue looking for suitable fields.  I'll post a notice about the next kite festival her.e  I got with a local nature preserve to sponsor one this year.  Maybe I can generate some local interest in a more regular activity.  Atlanta has a group that looks active.  Cheers to all!
    • OPK is definitely the way to go. otherwise you are buying based on others' opinions instead of your own experience..  I'm pretty partial to the SUL Ghost by Rev, A Freilein Vertigo with T-0 Frame or a homebuilt kite.  A B-Series with a light frame or a Zen would also be great choices but those are being hoarded now by those that have them. I had a Reflex XXL and personally considered it a one trick pony. I'm not a fan of the springs Rev put on all of their kites now.  
    • Thank you @Paul LaMasters for the nice suggestion of methods! That is a nice idea. I could sacrifice one of the funnier shaped (= never used) hot iron tips and weld a needle to it (if the flux core welding tool now restarts nicely after two-three years of rest). The hardness of the needle should prevent it from going blunt (if that would be a problem). Add some excess material around the needle and file it into a cone to help the heat transfer to the needle tip. If I get hold of the spray mount bottle I think that I'd use the panel templates to mask off the areas that I don't want  light-tack on. Put the template on top of the cut out ripstop panel, then shift it one cm or so to expose one edge of the ripstop panel at a time. Now there is less need to just go lightly with the spray. 
      Or one could perhaps spray the tacky stuff on a piece of plastic into a small puddle and use a small brush to distribute it along the edge. But I have no idea if this tacky spray is easily distributed with a brush however. I have used (very) small pieces of surgical tape here. To peel them off, the tip of a BBQ stick was very handy. The tape bits could be removed from even under the "toe" of the presser foot. Thank you, but no thanks I'm afraid that I must say - wasting is not my cup of tea. Even If I got hold of a large amount of ripstop at a good price, ruining most of it would leave something of a bad taste in my mouth. I'm afraid that the only persons showing up here are the three old familiar ones - me, myself and I. To my knowledge I'd need to travel "in time and space" to find a workshop: 
      http://tangokites.org/       - an old site devoted to kite making/flying and mostly SLKs and tango (yes the dance). I really think the practice part is mandatory. The improvement when applying a method that is new to you is especially pronounced between the first and second attempt. Though there will still remain room for further refinement of the method after the second iteration.
      Kite building experience can also be gained piece by piece - Kite repairs can also get you kite making experience without requiring much materiel. In this model speedwing project I did not get any experience in the more common type of thick fabric DLK nose sewing. The recent repair of the (long time punctured) HQ Maestro3 nose only required a negligible amount of material. This fabric was seat belt thick and with a really solid feel so that I felt, not to cause any line snags around the nose, that I had to melt the edges into a tapered wedge like shape with the hot iron first (mostly). The thickness of the fabric and the hardness of the molten areas was a good sewing exercise. And naturally, I started off with some test pieces first (in orange and blue above).
    • Take it easy and develop a well thought through and tested product. We can all(?) wait some time  - I'm sure there are some much needed DLK/QLK/SLK practicing  (there always is) and kite repairs/making to do in the mean time.
    • It's late next month already. It will soon become "distant future".
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