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About GammoRay

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    TOTL, Revs, Flow Forms, Flexifoils
  • Flying Since
    1955, AKA since 1990
  • Location
    Houston 77070
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    United States

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  1. Shipping Kites

    These downspouts are 10' in length, so you could cut three 40" (1 m) tubes, or two 36" and a 48", or even two 60" tubes. Also, 3"x4"x10' vinyl downspout is $11.96 at my local Home Depot.
  2. Shipping Kites

    Triangle tubes are a favorite target of the USPS.
  3. Rainbow stunt kite. From the rainbow kite company

    Looks like they could be easily made— a wire, vinyl tubing, and aluminum tubing. The hard part is locating the right size materials! Try or
  4. Complete list of winners!

    I was looking for 2016 winners. You had better update this list before the little one comes, JB. After that, you won't get anything done!
  5. Complete list of winners!

    Ha! Ha! Luckily, Jeryl doesn't have #666 or he would be getting twice the kites— or maybe "win" them all!
  6. Shook mesh rev kites?

    Eliot Shook's meshed Rev designs 174 unique designs and photos, indexed
  7. High School Club

    Do you have a kite store in your area? The proprietor probably knows most kiters, clubs, and fields in your area, and definitely wants you to succeed. You and your students are future business!
  8. High School Club

    Don't let Wayne scare you away! He only flies quad-line kites (and maybe a dualie occasionally) and hasn't heard about Single-Line Kites yet. People fly SLKs in closer proximity than three to a football field all the time! Small kites and cotton string are not dangerous, so testing coffee stirrer tetrahedrals should not require extra insurance. If school admin insists on it, take your fly private— just meet somewhere, invite parents, have fun and let it grow! If the school allows, you could make other kinds of inexpensive kites and fly them. There are plans all over the Internet. Get your Art Dept. involved! Have fun! I'm a member of several "big-time kite clubs" and organizations, and our big-time problems are always (1) good wind, (2) an open space, and (3) showing up! It seems you have two items whipped— you just need steady winds of 7–15 mph, and that you cannot control. However, with experience and a variety of kites, you can eventually expand that wind window to 0–20+ mph. Import some experience. Ask your dualie friend. KiteLife has a larger audience, but only a few hundred subscribers, so try a Facebook search on "kite" and your location to find new kiter friends. Contact your AKA Regional Director for suggestions; he/she is there to help all kiters, not just AKA members. Once you get started, your kites in the air may act as beacons to draw interested local people to your club. Good luck!
  9. B-Series STD Package (5/25/16)

    I've been jilted so many times by RNG! I thought she was my Real Nice Girlfriend, but now I think she's a Rotten Nasty Grifter. Enough of the sweet talk! We are through, girl! I'm going to go with Cheatin' Bribes & Corruption! (We'll be calling you from a burner phone soon, John!)
  10. Hello, and a line question

    DO NOT FLY ANYTHING IN A HURRICANE! EVER! Given that, if you want to fly in 20-mph winds, get some real line! I (another Houstonian) would not use anything less than 500#, but you might use 300# for smaller kites. Either way, buy bulk: 500' of 500#, $27; 300#, $20; 250#, $15, etc., plus shipping. And always remember, SAFETY FIRST! Don't trust breaking strength over working load. Lines wear, knots weaken, etc., and, in a hurricane or even 20+ winds, flying debris can cut or damage lines. Also, larger lines are easier to handle when under large loads. A 100# line with a 100-lb load is like a knife blade in your hand!
  11. Stacking Ghost Deltas

    No! Do not use the loops on the back! They are only to prevent the spreader spar from bending too much and breaking, and does not have the strength to support a stack. The simple way is to tie directly to your longeron (center spine), which may require puncturing your sail. Do so only after determining the point where the line of attack meets the spine: on a keeled delta, look down the line when flying to see where line would meet spine. On a non-keeled delta (flo-tail) with an adjustable bridle, best is to attach another adjustable bridle of the same size to the back of the kite using the same attachment points. You make the same size adjustments to the back bridle as the front, only in the opposite direction.
  12. B-Series VTD Package (2/25/16)

    Purple! To match my eyes!
  13. B-Series STD **ready to fly** 1/1/16

    Whoa, Stephen! You already have too many Revs! Besides, this one's not "vintage" and you don't want to spend 30 years making it so. Maybe you should pass this one on to me? Well, I thought it was a good idea. ;-{> Enjoy!
  14. B-Series STD Package (11/10/15)

    Idle altruism, SparkieRob, because the fix is IN! RNG is gonna pick me because I have showered [emoji183]RNG[emoji183] with [emoji183]RNG[emoji183] gifts of [emoji183]RNG[emoji183] rings! We're IN-gaged![emoji179]