Nekoshi

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About Nekoshi

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    Dual Line Sport
  1. Beginner kite selection information guide

    Hello fellow flyers! I've been flying for 2 seasons. I don't have a lot of knowledge but I will share my experiences for cjay and anyone else who might be interested in my noob experiences. Thanks for doing this post. I'm following. So I started with the Freebird by Skydog. It was a good price and a good teacher. It took a beating and I love flying it. Makes a good sound and flies fast but not too fast. I've been told it's a decent all around kite that can do tricks (although I haven't really tried) and it handles pretty good. The only down side is that it takes (correct me if I'm wrong) solid carbon spars that are 6mm diameter and I cannot find them anywhere. A few people from here and a couple of facebook kite groups suggested I contact Dodd Gross and after trying every other option, I did but it didn't get me anywhere either. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend this kite as a beginner kite unless your ready to accept that you will have to purchase a new one once you break a rod which could be rather quickly after you buy it. You will crash...a lot. You will probably fly it in too high of winds or be too rough with it at times. You may not know how to adjust the bridle for the winds and put too much stress on your kite. A lot can damage your kite and as a new flyer, expect to abuse your first kite so consider how you will be getting replacements and repairs done. Most the time if you buy from an actual kite shop they will sell kites they have access to repairing. I bought my first kite from the closest store who had a stunt kite for sale and it was just a hobby shop and the guy didn't know anything about kites and didn't have parts or a way to service them. My second kite was a WolfNG by Premier Kites. I got it from a kite festival but they have a storefront and only sold kites they could get parts for and service. Parts are not too costly on this one and are indeed easy to get. It's a little heavy being a little bigger of a kite than my Freebird. I get some oversteer and it's a kite I would imagine a person who has flown before could handle but a novice might have some trouble getting the hang of. I think it's a good one for just flying. I've tried stalling and axles but it just seems to do that oversteer thing when I try it but I'm still attempting to get the hang of the tricks so maybe I just need to practice more. It does claim to be able to fly in some low winds (4-25mph) but I feel it flies much better if the wind is steady and around the 10mph-15mph range. It might be possible to do 4mph but you'll be doing a whole lot of exercise to make that 4mph wind work for you. It's just a little too heavy for that low. Really hard to get it up if the wind is under 7mph and especially if it's a gusty day where you may have moments where the wind dies off to under 7mph. I personally like flying this kite with my 100ft tail on it when the wind is good and steady and just doing casual loops. My third kite was a gift for my birthday. I discovered I wasn't able to fly on most days I would think I could because our wind just drops off so hard. It'll be a 10-15mph perfect flying day but then I'd have moments where the wind was nothing and I'd stand in the field waiting to lift off once the wind picked up and then crash when it dropped off again. This was not fun for me so I started shopping for an UL that I could use outdoors in little wind but could handle the 10mph gusts. I found the AirWave Zero by Flying Wings and it's my favorite kite to date. Smooth flying even in gusty winds. It has great response and it's just a dream to fly. If the wind starts making it buzz too much I stop flying it because it is very lightweight and the sail is very thin. Frame is very thin also and being my favorite, I really don't want to break it. I have tried a few stalls and axles and it does them when I do it right and it seems to be the easiest for me to get that to happen with. It doesn't oversteer and will just hang there or slowly drift down. Parts are easy to get an also not too expensive. The price was decent for it's class. If you need a kite that can do 0-10mph, this is a good buy in my opinion. I'd love to try it indoor as well but I don't have anywhere to do that so I cannot speak of how well it'll do indoor flying but I'm sure it can because I have tossed it around in the house a little and it seems to be doable. This is not a kite for a novice. Get used to flying in all sorts of wind conditions and comfortable with your flying. Once you have confidence in your flying abilities I'd recommend this. I sometimes feel I could break it just by trying to break it down at the end of the flying day. It's very fragile so try not to crash, but if your gonna, don't crash too hard.
  2. Thank you all so much for the help! SHBKF had some great detailed explanations on those tips. I was primarily concerned with getting the measurements right and how to go about the standoff so I feel pretty confident now. I'll let you know how it goes.
  3. Hello! Let me start by saying thank you for considering to help. I'm new to kites, and this forum, and I was referred here to get some help identifying/repairing this kite I recently acquired. I live in a rural area, far from any shops that repair kites, so I figured I'd attempt it myself. Although being my first kite project please tell me if this is ill advised. I believe this is an older kite that may be out of production. Wingspan laying flat was 69" and tag says it's by Go-Fly-A-Kite. I attached a picture below and I'd be happy to measure and take more detailed pics as needed if anyone wants to try to help me out. It's a pretty little thing isn't it? Please forgive my internet learned terminology. The replacements and repairs required are as follows: 1. Upper spreader (spar) 2. left and right lower spreaders (spars) 3. Missing one standoff but I will replace both most likely. 4. New bridle for safety reasons (It still has the one it was last flown with) I closely inspected everything and it seems to be in good condition (LE, sail, hardware), but please let me know if I should replace anything else for safety reasons. Again thanks to anyone who can give me a hand with my first kite project.
  4. Welcome Nekoshi

    Hello! Nekoshi here! I first was introduced to kites when I was young living in California. We would take trips up to San Francisco and my dad liked to take us to fly kites at the Marina Green. I got my first real kite at this tiny store on the pier in San Francisco back in the mid-late 90's, and my dad got a dual line sport kite that we crashed a lot that day. Mine was a dragon style, single line kite with a really long rainbow tail and a white horse at the head. I miss that thing. I had always wanted to fly the sport kites and watched in awe at the pro flyers with their stacks and long streamer tails making corkscrews and dancing about. I once had the opportunity to see some teams practicing which was amazing. However I never did fly that sport kite. Now I'm grown, have a child of my own and I was looking for ways we could spend time together as a family, so last year we all picked up the hobby. My daughter has 2 single line kites, a fancy dragon shaped kite and a delta. My fiance has a WidowNG by Premier and I have the bulk of the collection. A Freebird by Skydog Kites, WolfNG by Premier, an AirWave Zero by FlyingWings and one other unidentified sport kite by Go-Fly-A-Kite that I recently received. This kite is my primary reason for joining this forum but it seems my kite bug isn't leaving me anything soon so I imagine this forum will be pretty useful. In fact I'd like to take the next step into the hobby and learn repairs and maybe eventually crafting my own. Below I'll attach the unidentified kite I'd like to get back up in the air.