SHBKF

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About SHBKF

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    Know Eye Deer
  • Birthday December 11

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    favorite kite? let me check the wind
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    Do $0.15 paper Hi-Fliers count?
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    Highlands of Virginia
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  1. From the album SHBKF

    Prism kites in storage, most hanging from nails, in humidity controlled heated & cooled area. Finally put them in some kind of order.
  2. Posted this response on another site & thought it might stimulate some comments here on my kite home. People we entertain with our kite flying have a different view. Mostly they have Know Eye Deer. "About half my flying is with Revolution Sportwings. I live in the rural inland mountains of Virginia & rarely even see another person while flying in mostly hay fields. SHBKF, solo hill billie kite flailer, that's me. A couple times of year I get to fly at the coast in tourist beach destinations. The interaction with random strangers goes from one extreme to the other. One day a few years ago I had perfect conditions, low tide, warm day, steady lab grade winds & few beach strollers. It was a memorable time as I flew the best I had ever flown up to that point. I did impressive ground side slides. killer dive stops, alternating tip stands, danced above the waves dipping down between them, Spent some time flying in & out of a trash can. Landed on every object available & chased a few seagulls. When you touch down a bunch people think you are having trouble keeping it in the air. I guess only Rev fliers really are impressed by these silly antics. A lady walked up to me & said with all sincerity "Keep trying, you will get the hang of it." A couple years later I was helping someone learn to fly their new Rev. They had seen me flying mine & asked for a few pointers. After helping the new flier learn to launch & land successfully I took the handles to give his kite a go. Flew for a bit & really enjoyed myself. A spectator walked up & said, "Man, I am really amazed at how you flew that kite. Are you the inventor?" I told him no, but I was about to get the hang of it." Surely we all have heard some interesting comments as we stand on the kite field. SHBKF
  3. Welcome bt! Good to see you here on KiteLife. I bought a blue & yellow Rev 1 sail only from you back in 2015 I believe. It is now a valued kite in my Rev hoard down in the Kite Dungeon. Thanks again, SHBKF (also known as Dayhiker elsewhere)
  4. Symphony 2.2-4 mods by Riff2 Prism Snap Shot 2.5 with brake lines added Prism Tensor 3.1 Peter Lynn Reactor II 3.52 Prism Tensor 4.2 Prism Tensor 5.02 Pansh Flame 7.02 Peter Lynn Venom 10 meter yellow blue , mods to Venom II specs. 2 Peter Lynn Venom 13 meter2 Rev II curved logo pre 97 pink torquoise2 Rev B2 standard purple black2 Rev B2 standard blue gray2 Rev B2 mid vent red gray2 Rev B2 full vent lime gray2 Rev 1.5 19972 Rev 1.5 SLE blue black white Rev 1.5 SLE blue black white2 Rev 1.5 SLE blue black white2 Rev 1.5 20th anniversary white blue3 Rev 1.5B standard blue gray Rev 1.5B med vent blue gray Rev 1.5B full vent black dark blue black center "The Dark One" Rev 1.5 Shook Mesh #152 75% blue white gray3 Rev 1 curved logo 1995 dark blue yellow2 Rev 1 Sedgwick Cool Rev Zen blue fade gray fade2 Rev Reflex red white blue early kite from second run2 Rev Supersonic standard turquoise purple2 Rev Supersonic standard black gold2 Rev Supersonic vented black gold2 Rev Supersonic vented black gold2 Rev Shockwave blue black2 Rev Blast red white blue Rev Power Blast 2-4 blue white Rev Power Blast 2-4 red white black2 Rev Power Blast 4-8 blue white "The Big One" 2 Indicates purchased on secondary market 3 Indicates purchased on secondary market as new Two thirds of these kites purchased on secondary market. Thank you one & all. Dang! Seems I started out as a flier & turned into a quad collector. Oh well, SHBKF image from learning to fly Rev #1 second session, an SLE
  5. I just came upstairs from the Kite Dungeon where I have been doing some repairs on an older kite probably about the same age as yours. Yours is a nice looking kite well worth bringing back to flying condition. Go Fly A Kite is no longer in business so you will have to improvise a bit. If this kite were mine here are the things I would do with it. First I would look at the tail & pull the sail taut by getting the spine back in the pocket or attaching whatever holds the sail in place on that end. You don't need it super tight just firm enough to lay flat & smooth along the spine. You have one stand off to help you deduce the lower spreader length on one side. You can use a wooden dowel to help you work out the length. Put the dowel in the connector along the leading edge. Place the dowel over the center T & place the stand off against it. Move the dowel into a position that makes the sail look smoothed out & a little tight. Make sure the wing tip already has tension on it to hold the sail tight along the leading edge. When you find a length of dowel that seems good mark the dowel for length at the center T assuming that the lower spreader will go nearly to the center. Make another one for the other side. With both in place improvise a stand off for the other side. If the kite looks good you now have templates for your lower spreader length. Next go to a hobby store to buy some carbon rod. They should have some tubes & rods in the RC airplane section of the store. Buy the rod closest to the diameter of what you already have on the kite. Cut one to the same length as the original stand off. If you are fortunate they may have a selection of carbon tubes that you can use for lower & upper spreaders. Buy some of a few sizes. Extras are fine as they can be used for other repairs as well. You can make connectors for the kite by cutting short lengths of vinyl tube into a shape that holds the end of the stand off rod on the lower spreader. This is the way they actually made connectors back in the eighties. Try to come up with a small plastic button that you can use to fabricate an attachment for the trailing edge of the sail. A couple of short lengths of small diameter vinyl tubes can be glued to the stand off end to hold the pieces in place. Once you have the lower spreader complete you can make an upper spreader of the correct length by just eye balling it. It will typically be a smaller diameter than the lower spreader but I have some kites where it is the same. At this point you should have a flyable kite. This will get you in the air without ordering parts or traveling to a distant kite store. It should cost very little to do this & will be very satisfying. If any of your parts don't hold up you have the challenge of how to make the next parts stronger. Or you can ask for help with the proper dimensions & order everything. But you could still do this while you're waiting. One time I used a wooden dowel for an upper spreader while I was waiting for a proper replacement. It worked fine. Just my thoughts, SHBKF
  6. I love tails on kites. One of my favorite kite pictures is by RobB. Hope he doesn't mind my posting it here. It must have been a glorious day. I liked it so much I was able to arrange for Santa to bring one to me on his sleigh this past Christmas. SHBKF
  7. I don't have my Quantum any longer so I can't do some ground recovery attempts to give you any suggestions there. I will eventually buy another as I really do like the Quantum. I will say that some kites respond better to ground recovery maneuvers than others, at least in my experience anyway. I have broken some expensive parts on learning ground recoveries. I would suggest that for the next while you should walk to the kite & reset it for launch instead of breaking more parts. I have been through the same thing for sure. I would use that time to contemplate why I wound up on the ground & what I would do differently to land instead of crashing. Hope I am not being too hard on you with that advice. I do not ever (anymore) attempt to recover from a belly down nose toward me position. The dreaded "Dead Launch" while occasionally doable, is a risky thing to try anytime. I am currently flying a kite that is really easy for me to crash & do ground recoveries with, The Nirvana. It is a bit pricey compared to the Quantum. More experienced fliers could give more meaningful hints I am sure. I do admire your determined efforts. Keep on flyin' & postin', SHBKF
  8. You know you are a kite nut when you name your kites for various reasons. This topic has inspired me to name my SLE stack. It will be the "RD III Stack", the three because it's the number kites I've gathered to assemble together. They are all significant in there own way & look like they belong together. Besides, RD III are my initials. I have no middle name. SHBKF
  9. The stack looks so good in the air. I would like to know the distance between the kites if I might ask. I would like to duplicate that look in my SLE stack. Maybe someday someone will honor my memory by keeping it together & flying it once in a while. I'll post some images when I get it sorted out. SHBKF
  10. I am located in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. You can locate many members using the map option located on the browse bar of this forum. Looking south from the nearby town of Marion, Virginia. You can see Mount Rodgers on the horizon in the right of this image, elevation 5,728', Looking west from nearby Whitetop Mountain, second highest in Virginia. The Appalachian trail is visible in this shot. Kite flying site in a hay field down in the valley near my home. Welcome to KiteLife,SHBKF
  11. Capitalism is a wonderful thing to contemplate. What does the consumer want? What's a comfortable price point? What is the perceived value? What are they willing to pay extra for above the stock model? And what is the competition selling anyway? In 1933 the country was in the Great Depression. Many great companies were long gone. Cars were still being sold to eager consumers regardless. Prohibition ended in December of that year. General Motors had a good price on a decent automobile. Plymouth was priced a little higher but had an all steel body & hydraulic brakes. Henry had his famous V-8 and was priced above the others. My little tudor Plymouth sedan was around $490 dollars. Bumpers were a twenty dollar option! Mine still doesn't have them.
  12. Finally, some kite time.. Had to run to town today to check on some plumbing at an apartment. A very warm Spring like day with gusty wind had me thinking I better grab a kite to take along "just in case". Down in the Kite Dungeon the Nirvana standard had just been through a little tender loving tune-up. Slid it into it's sleeve then found the dualie line set fanny pack. Things went well & on the return trip I stopped at an abandoned ball field. Not an ideal place to fly due to the surrounding uneven terrain, trees & small buildings. But it is still mowed & has a usable window if the wind is from the south-west, it was. The site was not ideal, the wind was gusty & I could only use 65' lines if I wanted to move around much. I did not care as I was actually going to get to fly. It is more challenging to fly in poor conditions but it is what I am used to doing round these parts. The Nirvana has a weight of 19 grams on the tail of the spine. It is a brass round head screw with two brass hex nuts tucked into the spine pocket & taped with a bit of white duct tape. This kite flips over far more easily than my others & is taking some getting adjusted to it's willingness. Rolled it up intentionally & accidentally both. The gusts added their own inputs at times. But also did maybe my best ever half axels. Also did some kind of weird tip wrap roll up sideways flying with a panic pop to unroll a couple times. Not too likely I will ever repeat that one. This kite also seems to excel in ground recovery maneuvers. Flew for only a half hour but made memories that will last much longer. Just out here flyin', SHBKF
  13. I was asked to leave a mall parking lot while beginning to set up a dangerous Prism 4D attached to five meter lines in a remote corner of a huge parking lot. I had flown their many times before, sometimes with another dangerous kite, The Wala. When the officer saw how small my kite was & realized how old I was, he said "Well, just return to your vehicle & put it away." I was very apologetic & polite as I always try to remember I am a kite ambassador of sorts. When you fly in parking lots you can't really use a kite stake. Set your kite by leaning against a curb or light pole base then go to the handles. The terrain is hard & abrasive but very smooth. Someone is usually watching so fly your best. SHBKF 4D on short lines in a safer location Wala flying from our office parking lot. Sea Devil kite like Rob mentioned. First kite with which I ever did a repeatable flare to fade. A great one.
  14. Sooo, if anyone is really upset about owning any old Revs, I can help. SHBKF
  15. Good idea to make sure you don't get chased off. I flew at a location several times a year until the one day that a particular security officer decided I was a danger to others.... Well, it was a mall parking lot. SHBKF