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  1. 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.
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  2. As some of you know, I've started making Sudoku puzzles recently.. Well one of the things I've been playing with is variant rule sets and recently I had an idea and approached another puzzle maker (called tallcat) and created a whole new kind of Sudoku. Presenting Lockout Lines.. A puzzle featuring our creation was recently showcased on the most popular Sudoku channel in the world called Cracking the Cryptic If you'd like to try one of my puzzles with the variant, you can find one of my personal favorites here. https://logic-masters.de/Raetselportal/Raetsel/zeigen.php?id=0007HQ You'll notice the Diamonds are the feature for this creation. (I seem to just like diamonds don't I?) **Note** The reason they didn't appear in the video is because their streaming software hasn't been updated yet to accept the new graphics.
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  3. Short version: Life sucks, then you die.
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  4. Wow. A lot to unpack! Here’s a preliminary go on your inquiry on Flying Wings Silver Foxes (sometimes ‘SF’ here for short) and the Acrobatx. I am familiar in varying degree with all of the kites you refer to, and here are my brief impressions: The Flying Wings Silver Fox 2.3 and 2.5 are similar. As one might expect, the numbers in the names denote wingspan (roughly, in metres). They are both generally fairly largish in feel in flight, and require larg(er) hand/arm movements. Large(r) presence in sky. Very capable. Older design approaching 15 years or so. The UL versions have pretty much the same sails as the standard versions, with a somewhat lighter frame. In my experience they have only slightly lower bottom ends, compared to, say, Benson or Jest of Eve models in comparing STD and UL versions. The 2.3 Pro: a later refinement of the 2.3 in weight, construction, sail and bridle. Still available from a few retailers. Have, and like, the STD; lusting after the UL The 2.2 is a variant (approximately 2018) incorporating Lam Hoac’s further tweaks incl layout, shape, bridle etc, and features such as ‘claws’ on the LE for YoYo manoeuvres. I find the 2.2 UL a more sleek machine flight-wise in comparison to its predecessor. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the 2.2 STD but I would expect similar handling but in higher wind. As in other kites, some tricks may be easier (or at least require slightly different inputs) in one version over another due to weight distribution, etc. Google the review. Acrobatx: also same era as the early SFs but a little smaller, at closer to 7 feet. Heavier build, using more economical materials, with pultruded carbon frame and a nylon sail. No leech line so can be noisy (unlike the SFs, which can be adjusted for this). Flight-wise, quite manoeuvrable. Trick capable but a bit faster than all the SFs generally, in my experience. Not as refined. Smaller hand movements required. Comparatively less pull unless windy and depending on bridle settings. Good bang for buck, especially at sale prices I have seen. Good upgrade from Quantum trick-wise imo. See the review in KiteLife in approx 2006. The UL version has a much lighter frame and sail, and more of a finesse feel, but lighter handling as many ULs are. It is more $$ due to materials etc. Carbon-wrapped tapered spars in the frame. Looks and appearance in all these including colours: being subjective, I can’t comment. Lines: I have several sets but generally use a set of 50# x 75 or 85’ on the ULs, or sometimes 90# in stronger end of the wind range. For STD kites I usually use 90#, sometimes 120# or 150# in more wind. In summary, all of these are fine kites in their own way. TBH, to varying degrees, they might all be considered an upgrade over the Quantum, which is a fine but basic kite in my opinion. (I can’t help but think that more time with your E3 is in your future, as it, too, is quite a capable kite.) While I see and appreciate the place the Quantum fills, comparatively it feels rather … clumsy to me. If that’s not too strong a word. (I still like mine though!) I hope the above is of some assistance. Any Qs, ask away. I am confident that there will be other views on this but this is my perspective. (Just a part-time recreational flyer with too many kites, if that is even possible.)
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  5. Fabric from trashed traction kite. Too heavy, but functional. Lessons learned😄
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  6. Very Cool. Those colors do pop in the crowd for sure
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  7. A couple shots Sent from my SM-G981U using Tapatalk
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  8. I'd like to find the time to link up with you all too! Outer Banks based flyer, willing to make it up to currituck on a good day. @riff I flew in my first megafly at LBI with 11 others...and flew my Riff...[emoji41] Sent from my SM-G981U using Tapatalk
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  9. We'll see if the weather holds out. Just ordered some supplies to attempt my first kite build.
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  10. Hey Cotturi, I am in Currituck, and have flown with Riff ,, and a couple other local quad line flyers, I am hoping to meet up with them sometime soon to fly again maybe you can join us. Weather is starting to cool enough to where it it will be comfortable and fun. Ej
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  11. You can check one of the forum sponsors.... Not exactly what you're looking for but....does shed quite a bright flowery light... https://intothewind.com/wind-art/lawn-spinners-decoration/19-inch-yellow-sunflower-lawn-spinner.html bt
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  12. Yesterday was the official release of the Fulcrum.85 A video was released earlier in the week as well. I had pre ordered a Gold, Orange and Red one. Jon put it together yesterday morning and I picked it up yesterday afternoon. I headed out to the park right after, winds were lite so I put in the UL spars and got a little air time. The logo is printed on the bags not a decal. Well worth the wait, it Flys wonderfully.
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  13. Both Std.-Fulcrums compared in size. Gesendet von meinem SM-G955F mit Tapatalk
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  14. I didn’t even know there was a forum for kites on Reddit . (Although guess it shouldn’t surprise me!). Checked it out. I find I rather like lower wind flying. As such, I am familiar with the Silver Fox 2.2 UL, and it is a splendid kite, with some tweaks over its predecessor. Mine uses Dynamic spars, which are available, but perhaps not as widely as other rods. I like your idea of sourcing a spare rod or two ‘in case’ at the same time, and sometimes do so myself for the reasons you advert to. On the Badass: yes, the US has a presence for the kites, which I believe are made in Germany but possibly framed In the US for distribution on this side of the pond. The Badass frames are pretty much standard gauge pultruded carbon, single length rather than ferruled, as frob has indicated. That is not a problem for most flyers I expect, unless there are special needs for transportation capacity as has been stated. (Generally, I have not fully broken down a kite to the 1/2 size leading edge mode much, except for shipping. Tend to keep all mine with leading edges assembled.) I have a Badass UL -- love it, too. I ordered it with an extra LE and LS, as I wasn’t sure I could get the extra length jobbies here in Canada. I do believe that there are a number of US suppliers of rods of the longer length needed, including Kites and Fun Things, and I believe Goodwinds and possibly others. At any rate, have fun in your search for a kite. Agree with the idea of trying some if you can, although for me it seems that local flyers are somewhat sparse. I managed anyways, enjoying the journey by winging it with forums, youtube and corresponding with others. .
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  15. Hi, Ceremolligence. Welcome to the forum! While I am not familiar with the Sunny, I did a quick google and can see that it is quite a star out there 😉 I do have a number of New Tech kites, most of them going back a ways, some over 10 years old in design. Last time I looked, they do still maintain a website and the one time I wrote them an inquiry some time ago I did not get a reply. You may fare better - worth a try. That said, I seem to recall someone on here reporting on being in touch with them (Frob?), and perhaps there will be a lead there. The company was quite an active one on the kite scene for a fair time but I have not heard anything recently. Hopefully someone will be able to shed a shinier light for you here... .
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  16. I have a couple of places but many times I 'll go down your way to fly with a few fliers closer to your area..
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  17. Same reply I gave you on Reddit. 😀 It really is a hard thing to recommend as there are many wind conditions plus your own skills and style. If possible make the drive to try other people's kites. You can quickly find out how you like soft vs firm, forgiving vs precise, noisy vs quiet, and other differences. Otherwise there's a bunch of options, all good but up to personal taste. Like clothes you ultimately want a variety for all conditions and for a range of moods.
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  18. Silver Fox https://thekiteshoppe.com/silver-fox-2-2-ul/
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  19. Another day another practice. Feeling my way through what I feel like I want to see, I think I've got something that gives a little sharper corners on the bottom. This may be even less efficient, plus it kills forward momentum, but I think it looks nicer. (Toward the end of the clip I'm getting the corners more consistently.) I'm still not happy with it, but at least it's got corners now.
    1 point
  20. Other videos where my puzzles have featured Surrounded AntiMatter Hey Nineteen Does Not equal
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  21. We're pleased to yet again announce the next prize being given away to our most appreciated supporters, the Kitelife Subscribers... For roughly 10 cents per day they play a major role in keeping KL growing in every way. The winner of this drawing will receive one brand new white and purple Kaiju by Kite Forge, complete with 7' lines ($135 value)... Actual prize kite is WHITE and PURPLE, not as shown in the photo and video above. == Info on the Kite Forge website: http://kiteforge.com/product/kaiju/ http://kiteforge.com/help-tutorials/ == If you haven't done so already, You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/428, and will be drawn on October 30th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin.
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  22. The "no color" design of the team Mistral 😉👌 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=polokites&set=a.10156785539260680
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  23. Love me some LPG, thanks KF! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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  24. A recent flight I had at Sunbiggin tarn, Cumbria, UK, enjoy. Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
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  25. One of these? (New in unopened tube) Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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  26. Funny, I was a Kitelife member before I found GWTW. Back then, the posts were very charged & sometimes abrasive between the members. I lurked there, and posted in a much friendlier place to newbies, Kitelife. I took in a great deal of knowledge from both sites, as well as the Prism site. I knew many of yous from all three, but now there is just one. I will say that I am glad to still be in touch with everyone (who's still with us (topic for another conversation)) even though I'm not flying as much as I would like these days. Thank you to all involved in providing these great areas of collaboration, without them I would probably not still be flying, or at least at the level that I've reached so far ! Here's to many more years here, and thank you to those who have retired the torch...
    1 point
  27. First Rev - a full sail (std), and keep an eye open for a full vent (f/v) as soon as you can! Nothing more frustrating than going to the field and not enough wind for the only thing you own! Why my suggestion? Think of laying bricks - the 1st row is laid end to end, then the 2nd overlaps the joints. Pretty much how Revs work. There's enough overlap in the 2 sails to get you by. A mid (IMHO) is great for the sweet spot it fills, but is not a good first choice, unless you just have the winds all the time to use it! And please throw out the stated wind ranges! Fly in too strong a wind and you stretch the sail, never to return to what it was before! Therefore the 2 sail idea! Try to hook up with others first - the experience shaves light years off your learning curve!! Try some of their kites to get a feel for what you like! Frames: For starters, use the 3 wrap (marked with 3 feathers on label or UL) or the green race frame - both are pretty tough and will take most of the abuse you'll dish out to start. Then either the 2 wrap (2 feathers or Pro Use Only) or Black Race when you get past the stage of unexpected impacts! PS: all the 1.5 frames are interchangeable in any 1.5 sail! Lines: the 80-85' lines that come with it are a good start, long enough to have some room, short enough to fit in most places. IF you plan on flying with others - 120' lines fill the bill - bigger wind window and more space for a team. Handles: If you get a "B" or NYM - throw out the top leaders and make your own - much longer! A good guide is long enough to reach across the gap, bottom leader to top leader. Here's a link - http://www.revkites.com/forum/topic/4409-my-leaders-your-thoughts/ . Some pix that show things! PS: join the Rev forum too, lots of info over there on these kites! Equalize your lines!! Before you ever put a kite on them - stretch them out and check that they are even!! Uneven lines means you let the kite go wherever it wants, even let you take control! Single biggest piece of flying advice - learn this saying - GIVE TO THE KITE!! If it's gonna crash - LET IT! Better to go straighten it out than get down there and find something broken! Pulling only drives the kite harder into the ground!! GIVE!!! OK - end of book!! Good flying!!
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  28. Hi guys I build these Revs for myself and for good Friends. Or when someone really want One of my Revs . That's all Andi
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