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  2. thank you frob for early answer but my question was more about the type of lines, what material, what brand and where to buy them online
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  5. Probably very very late to the party but I dug this out of a box recently. Its the official set of details I got with my Raptor, There are also hand noted comments in Red from Into The Wind with updated dimensions. This is all I have left of the kite after it did a nose dive off the shores of Amagansett, NY in 2003. 20 Raptor.pdf
  6. Or use a lighter frame and shorter lines.
  7. It flies, but I think it would be better with some venting and use in stronger winds. ✂️
  8. Knowing what not to use is also valuable. 😉
  9. I can speak on half of that... Line lengths are a personal feeling and flying conditions, you could choose basically anything from 2 meters (a length used for indoor flying typically) to 40 meters. Some common lengths are 15 meters, 20 meters, 25 meters, etc. In lighter wind shorter lines are more common. You won't be doing much team flying on a Hypnotist, but if you do team stuff 25 m is fairly common and 40 m slightly less common for team dual line flying, but ultimately it is whatever lengths people have between them. Whatever kite store you go to can cut them to length, or you can buy spools of bulk line and cut them yourself. As for were to find a mostly white Benson kite in or near France, that's going to take someone from a different part of the globe than me.
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  11. hello i am new here and it has been really a long time since the last time i wrote on a forum, i'm sorry if this topic has already been talked about but i was not able to find an answer. i need to replace my hypnotist's lines and i have no clue how to make that choice since i'm the noobest noob (so don't expect me to understand all the acronyms and abbreviations and the imperial system!). Do you have some EU online shop to recommend? (not UK since is getting too expensive) Also I'm taking a look around to get an UL since i'm getting frustrated when i cannot fly because of not enough wind, the Badass was looking nice but i hate the long rod is not foldable, i like the aestetic of white and clear kites like supernova or superfly or hugo but of course i do not really know what i'm talking about. Btw is there an EU online shop where i find some Benson's? thanks for the help! PS moderators feel free to delete/modify this topic if necessary
  12. hello i am new here and it has been really a long time since the last time i wrote on a forum, i'm sorry if this topic has already been talked about but i was not able to find an answer. i need to replace my hypnotist's lines and i have no clue how to make that choice since i'm the noobest noob (so don't expect me to understand all the acronyms and abbreviations and the imperial system!). Do you have some EU online shop to recommend? (not UK since is getting too expensive) Also I'm taking a look around to get an UL since i'm getting frustrated when i cannot fly because of not enough wind, the Badass was looking nice but i hate the long rod is not foldable, i like the aestetic of white and clear kites like supernova or superfly or hugo but of course i do not really know what i'm talking about. Btw is there an EU online shop where i find some Benson's? thanks for the help! PS moderators feel free to delete/modify this topic if necessary
  13. Fabric from trashed traction kite. Too heavy, but functional. Lessons learned😄
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  15. Thank you for your input. Today I almost got grounded due to too much wind (25+mph) flying my freilein WR 3 vtd. So now i need to think about the other end of the spectrum as well. Your mesh designs are looking better and better;) Bought a trio of freilein WR 3s today (UL,STD,and the HVTD) complete sets with handles and lines for 150dollars per set, before tax(25percent) and shipping. should be like 70 percent off.. (end of season sale) Looking for parts but ended up with the complete builds..
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  23. Any change the Illusion is still available? I suspect all of the kites you listed are long gone.
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  25. thanks! My hope is to pick up a machine in early November after all the family events we have on the books this month. stay tuned :)
  26. Thank you. I would suggest aligning the reinforced threads along the lower corner as stated. The leading edge itself will control the stretch along that direction. FWIW, with extremely low wind designs, stretch should be by definition less of an issue.
  27. Wich of the strips?😉 I do understand that all the strips on this kind of technique builds you line up the fabric in the individual strips in the direction of least stretch lenghtwise. Although they vary in placement/orientation in the finished sail. I am going to try to make a simple "full sail" (two pieces of icarex, plus mesh LE and so on..) and I am thinking that lining up the gridpattern (least stretch) with the lower outline would be best. At the same time I would think that there would be possibility for lots of variations in sail performance by merely playing around with fabric orientation(strech). Not to say I am cabable of understanding this yet. I must say your many creations are impressive riffclown.
  28. FWIW, I've done over 90 kites on a $100 Brother machine. I don't use a walking foot but the 3 step zizag is vital.
  29. If you look at a Rev, Freilein, Djinn or Shook The direction of fabric is pretty consistent. This kite has the stress directions pretty well aligned with the strips.
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