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  2. I'm liking the second one going across. The others look too Darth-Vaderish.
  3. LeeBB

    What Would You Choose

    I went with a The Acrobatx ul . Should be here around the 30th. What Line pound would you recommend 50# or something heavier, This will only be flown in low wind so I was thinking 50# line
  4. makatakam

    Uneven lines

    Yup, either end. Pick one. Do, however, put a lot of tension on them, then equalize. In other words, get as much of any stretch left in them out before you equalize, then you won't have to do it more than twice before they stabilize.
  5. makatakam

    White Widow

    For now. I sincerely hope that changes. You're gonna love it ---------- eventually.
  6. riffclown

    Building the Phoenix

    Very Nice
  7. photomom

    Building the Phoenix

  8. Kansas Flier

    A beginners laundry rigging set up

    I'll second what TeeamVee said about using carabiners. You can move them up and down the line by easing the tension at the carabiner. When there is tension on the line the carabiner doesn't move. Very handy. Saves a bit of wear and tear that you would get from tying knots. As long as you use a line heavy enough for both the kite and laundry, you'll probably be okay. 24 or 36 sled + a six foot duck or two should be good on a single 500# line, taking into account wind conditions. There are different reasons you might want to use another line for line laundry. One reason is safety. Once you start looking at kites where you think you might need help with the lifter and laundry, then you should starting looking at the laundry having its own line. Another reason is the "line laundry" isn't line laundry, but a kite able to fly on it's own, like stacks of Octopuses. The "lifter" is more of a pilot kite, keeping everyone in line. You don't want all those big kites pulling on one line- and one anchor, unless you have a really big anchor, like a fire truck. For the smaller stuff- eight foot dogs, twelve foot windsocks, six foot ducks, nine foot fish and the like, you can fly off the lifter's line provided you use a strong enough line. Another reason you might want to use a second line for some line laundry is to get the angle right so the laundry will inflate properly. I had to do this with lifter that couldn't fly at a high enough angle and lift a fish to a decent angle for it to inflate. The fish didn't have enough pull to warrant to the use of another line. Generally I just slide the carabiners up or down the line till the laundry looks good.
  9. Breezin

    White Widow

    On that desert Island thing. Due to being the freaky ,fickle, kite flying fool that I am becoming . I have changed my mind. It would be the Mind Trick vented. Having flown both today I am now extremely confident in my choice . For now 😖. I'd rather fly in 23 then 3. No other reason.
  10. Breezin

    Uneven lines

    Either. Might need to do one or the other due to line wear. Haven't flown long enough to get a set to that point. Mostly done the kite end so I don't have to remove handles. I have 2 sets that you have to undo the sleeve knots to take off the handles. The other sets handles are looped on. My finger straps are larks headed to a series of knots. Really cool cause you can adjust for stretch in the field by just changing the larks head to a different knot. The finger straps were made by a guy named Norm. When I bought these I really wish I had got some different sizes for variety. I bet some of those Silver bowl fliers have some. Once or twice to start and you shouldn't have to do it very often. My Prism 100' x 150# set has been adjusted the most. At least 12". Hasn't needed adjusting for a good while know. Good set that hasn't failed me even when bumping 35 mph. The JB tutorial is spot on and what I go by.
  11. Thanks! I worked up a few other concepts for the design, as there's something that just didn't feel quite right about the first one you see there. While I like the shallow angle of the blues and the green, there's something about the black section that looked odd (namely that it doesn't match the other's angle). I'm now leaning towards the first design I did (top left corner). It's the simplest of the versions, and likely the strongest. Now I have to figure out how to attach the cells to the delta. I'm leaning towards sewing pockets for the spars in the delta, thus concealing the four back spars.
  12. LookuPLars

    Uneven lines

    When your line isn’t equal. Where do you make the adjustments? At the bridles or at the handles. And why Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  13. Yesterday
  14. Breezin

    White Widow

    Went out with the White Widow for close to 2 hours earlier. Winds 2 to 3 dropping to 0 at times. Winds started increasing and are now going over 15. On a break and will go back out on the Mind Trick vented. Winds came up and I started getting all excited and brave. Need to be better when I get like that to be flying the WMP. Hydra or Mind Trick time. Question has been posed if on a desert Island and could only have one kite(only 1, violent shudders). Which one. For the longest time my choice has been Zephyr. Today while flying it dawned on me I haven't replaced or re glued a c clip in over a month. Zipping around I started feeling confident that I'm at level 3. As of today my only 1 has now become the White Widow Maker Pro. Man O man I am loving this kite.
  15. Breezin

    Icarex

    Wow Riff!!! Diamond center would look nice.I don't know what a dort is anyways. Still hunting for the dang things .
  16. Breezin

    What Would You Choose

    That's the one I'd get. If I wasn't kite poor I'd have both. Seriously look at the Silver Fox Pro's just put up. They are up graded Silver foxes. When looking for a mid priced vented Jon T of Sky Burner Kites recommended the Silver Fox Pro line to me. High praise indeed.Great price for both. The SF UL over the Acrobatix UL without a doubt. Maybe better than the Soul I don't know but wouldn't think so. They are probably neck and neck just different. Same guy designed both. Videos of Bell flying are outstanding.
  17. riffclown

    Riffclown's Homemades

    Photos of my home made kites and accessories. Many made from Gomberg Kite tails.
  18. Up for sale is a Silver Fox 2.3 Pro Std & Silver Fox 2.3 Pro UL. The Pro UL has been flown only twice & is in AS NEW condition. The Pro Std is BRAND NEW & has never been flown.Both kites were designed by Bell Chiu of Flying Box Studio (the Acrobatx designer). The Silver Fox Pro features a sail of Ventex polyester, Dynamic wrapped carbon rods, pre-installed weights & ballast and yo-yo stoppers.Asking $140 for each kite or both for $260 by PayPal (F&F). Shipping to CONUS by USPS Priority Mail is included!
  19. riffclown

    Icarex

  20. LeeBB

    What Would You Choose

    Thanks Breezin, I’m Pretty Sure I’ll Pick that Soul Ul up today. I’ll keep my eye out for a Sul also. The acroX looks really nice also and good to know it’s rtf
  21. Breezin

    What Would You Choose

    Either one. Acrobatix comes RTF. Soul does not. Zephyr was my choice.Was going to sell it after getting the Tekken. Flew it a couple more times and nope it has to stay. They're very different.Remember neither will get you below 2 or 3.That's the sul range and not all of those will fly below 2. Kaiju, Pro Dancer, Prism 4d and some European kites will. All very different. I love my Pro Dancer but it is not a trick monster. Have not been successful in 0 because I don't have 65' x 50# line set.Recommended by the builder in 0 to 3. More fragile than my Tekken SUL. It has a heavier Sky Shark P200 LE and 3 PT spreader and doubt below 2 I'll do much. It is a trick monster.Damaged my PD when a side gust blew it to the ground on 50' x 50#. Knew I would be hard on that kite because of skills. Wasn't anything I did just one of those doodoo happens. Rocked my confidence with the kite big time. Have thought about selling it a lot. Guy here pretty much said chill. You haven't taken the kite close to where it can go.Bonding with the kite again and really happy I didn't sell it. Been flying the PD on 120' x 50#. The shorter set will be coming this weekend.The pull on the Delta Hawk is why I don't have one. Should not be a issue for you. Get 120' to 150' 200# LPG and padded wrist straps. Cheaper lines would be the HQ 220#. Cat named Hadge in England has some great posts and great videos about the kite. If you haven't you tubed it yet Delta Hawk videos are some of the most entertaining out there. Flying your micron in 15 will get you prepared for speed kites in 35. Look at the HQ Whizz. It might intrigue you more. OSK has them for a descent price.
  22. riffclown

    Icarex

    one of the panels backlit.. The color progressions turned out even better than I expected.. Gray tones are dark to light from the outside.. Purples are Light to dark from the outside with middle accents of all the purples.. Tried to use just enough variety to offset the shortage of some of the purple tints..
  23. Ok, I’m shopping For A Ul kite, I have narrow My Choices Down To just two kites. The Flying Wings Soul Ul Or the acrobatx Ul. Would these cover my low wind days? For my Higher wind days I plan on getting a delta Hawk and hopefully My Kymera will fall in the middle. Tell me what y’all think of these kites? Thanks
  24. LeeBB

    New Kite

    Thanks thanks Maka I took zip ties off
  25. toddnkaya

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Thanks for the advice Mak. "if the wind sucks , don't fly" , that makes alot of sense. I went out with my wife with the foil. The wind was not nearly strong enough .We did get all of the tangles out. Got told to move a couple of times by the frisbee golfers. But know I know where to fly, not to bother them. I hope to be getting out for another lesson or two in the next couple of weeks. I can only progress and get better from here.
  26. Mike Klaiber

    Icarex

    Really nice Rob! Matches my purple set really well!! Keep em coming. Looking forward to seeing with sun behind her. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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