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      Our goal is to develop and assemble a comprehensive list of all kites ever produced, either in the mainstream (Rev, Quantum Pro, Beetle, etc) or specialty (AeroStar, California WASP, Sea Devil)... From Rainbows, Skynasaurs and Peter Powells to Psychos, Geminis and Vipers, let's see 'em all! There is a single line section too of course, and we'd love to see it grow too, even though it isn't our strongest area of knowledge. Want to add a kite to the archives? It's easy! . Add a new topic with the kite name as Topic Title and the manufacturer name as Topic Description... Looks like:
      Topic Title: Nirvana
      Topic Description: by R-Sky
      At least one photo of the kite is required (attached to the post) for visual identification purposes.
      . Bonus content, which is always extra appreciated...
      .Designer's name Link to MFR web site Link to YouTube video of kite in flight Info about models (i.e. super ultralight, ultralight, standard, vented)
      . Thanks folks, I'm looking forward to watching this archive grow!


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  • Flying Since late70s-early 80s (25 year gap) 2010 - now
  • Favorite Kite(s) Revolutions
  • Country United States

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  1. I'm in . . . if not too late
  2. Wind Meter

    Hope you are getting your consensus . . . here's my two cents. I don't own a wind meter, and I just don't feel like I need one. I'd rather spend money on kites than a meter. I think Jeepster is right - wind meters mostly get used to prove to other kiters that the wind is a lot less than what someone is claiming. When there's enough wind to fly, I think many people (myself included) overestimate the wind speed. IMHO, there's either enough wind for you to fly, or there isn't, and as your flying skills improve, the amount of wind needed to fly a sport kite goes down on just about any sail & frame (full or vented). The actual wind speed doesn't really matter as long as you can select the right sail for your skill level based on feeling the wind. There are times I've struggled to keep a full sail in the air in light evening wind while the guy next to me was flying a mesh rev with no problem at all - skill made a huge difference. For big show kites, a wind meter makes sense because there are going to be upper limits you don't want to exceed due to the size & power of those kites. Off to find video of kites dragging trucks down the beach . . . .
  3. Do you see or Feel it?

    I wish I could get out to fly at least a couple times a week, but between work & kids, it just doesn't seem to happen. I agree that focusing on one or two goals gives me something specific to work on when I'm out flying, and helps motivate. I still have lots to learn & need more handle time. I don't find myself flying with my eyes closed (let alone looking away from the kite). If you travel to the Chicago area, PM me and perhaps we can connect.
  4. Kites for Scouts

    My suggestion would be a sled kite. My cub scout den made sled kites one year & we took them to the local kite festival. I bought the kits (with string included) from a store, but for 50 scouts you might want to look into a roll or sheets of tyvek - assuming you have the time to cut it & assemble the kits. If so, make a durable template so you can cut the kite shapes out quickly. Ideally you want a material they can decorate / paint etc. to make their own. For tails, I picked up a roll of the plastic tape used to mark off construction sites for maybe $5 at the hardware store - and it was probably 500 feet of the stuff. You might want to get a couple rolls so each kid can have a couple 10 foot tails to stabilize the sled kites. Don't forget - you'll need 50 rolls of line as well . . . .
  5. New Camera !

    Happy Kite Month! I just started playing with a friend's Gopro on my (home made) picavet KAP rig. It does seem to be a good choice for KAP. Mt. Sinai harbor? I lived in Pt. Jeff for 5 years when I was a kid. Learned to fly a rainbow stunt kite over on the Pt Jeff beach just across the entrance to that harbor, if I have your location right.
  6. for sale

    . . . tempted by the matched set . . . please PM me a price for the three matched B-series (or post it here).
  7. for sale

    I sent you a PM . . . please send me the list as well. Thanks.
  8. Clip On Kite Stake

    What if you drop it a few times pointy-end-down onto concrete from four or five feet high? Some of the epoxies and super glues hold great when they are not under stress, but do not hold up well to impacts and lateral shear forces. Some engineering types will tell you the exact proper terms and reasons for this . . . I just know it worked to get a busted ferrule out of a Rev spar. I simply dropped the spar (broken ferrule end down) onto the concrete, and the epoxy let loose. I was able to pull the ferrule out, no problem, and epoxy a new one into place. I think Jeepster might be the one who taught me this trick . . .. .
  9. Treasure island 2013

    Go. Just go! I haven't been there myself (yet), but TI will have lots of Rev pilots there. Don't be shy, don't worry about your flying, come up and introduce yourself. Worst case scenario, you'll get lots of free advice and someone to fly with while you're there. Better - you'll get to fly in groups, and learn some new techniques. Most likely, you're going to make friends that you'll see at kite festivals all over the US. . . . and for a lucky few, other parts of the globe. I'll be there at least one day. I'll be the guy flying the rev . . .
  10. $250 Gift Certificate (12/15/12)

    Congratulations!!! Um, simple answer actually. I don't even have to say what brand of kite, I think you already know it's the dark side . . . . Hmm . . . . the only question is colors and venting. Personally, I like standard sail with 3 wrap spars as the first rev (oops, said the name). I'd go ahead and get 120 foot lines to start, because you're going to need them for group flying anyway. Plus the larger wind window will give you more time to react when you are learning. See you at the next IKE club fly - we'll bring cookies for the dark side initiation!
  11. Didn't believe it until I tried it.

    . . . back on the light winds topic . . . Light winds also give you and excuse to try a 360 - you'll gain ground along the way as you have to "run like crazy" (at least I do) to keep the kite in the air when it's on the back side of the wind window . . .
  12. Rainbow

    I got ones of those with the auction win at Kite Party. Maybe I'll see if I can post up some pictures later.
  13. Rainbow

    I'm happy to report that Rainbows are also what got me into kiting . . . 30+ years ago. After about 28 years off . . . . I came back to kiting a couple years ago. I still have the first Rainbow I bought, but the tube has long since disintegrated. When I bought my blue single rainbow sometime around 1980 or 1981, I was a teenager and my only income came from mowing lawns and caddying, so the (I think) $12 or $18 I spent on that first one was a lot of money for me back then. As a teenager, I always wanted a stack, but never had one. After starting up with kite flying again . . . I have a certain nostalgia for Rainbows. I picked up one more mint condition blue one early last year . . . . and then 35 or so at Kite Party this spring. I need to get that stack into the air this weekend (or maybe just a third of it)! Think 300 lb line will be enough?
  14. Awesome video, thanks for posting. It was a great weekend. Now Jynx . . . . you know you can't complain about missing this one when you've been flying on the beach all winter while we had snow and rain . . . . maybe next year, you'll come north a little bit earlier!
  15. We talked Sunday morning (and I flew your extra vent for a few minutes). I think I was wearing my red shirt . . . perhaps it was pre-coffee for you (and something like 7 am PST). Thanks for the pointers, BTW. You are correct - IKE attendance not prolific, and I think David and I were the only ones wearing the red shirts. I was a bit bummed that we didn't have a greater contingent at Grand Haven. It was my first time there, and I thought it was great. There were several other festivals the same weekend - (including Chicago and Valporaiso) that competed for IKE attendance. Al Sparling was another IKEr in attendance. He was the field director for the big show kites field, and we spent most of our time over there as I brought a big delta. Great routines, BTW, as always.