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  1. 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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  2. 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. LaserPro Gold 120 ft x 90# quad line set from Kite Forge, $100 value! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/product/laserpro-gold-quad/ This package includes a ready to fly line set on an official LaserPro winder! NOTE: This is exactly the same line set that I fly myself - it's ready to fly right out of the bag... We should be able to ship from existing inventory when a winner is drawn, worst case should be 1-2 weeks for restock. You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/427, and will be drawn on Sep 15th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
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  3. A very warm welcome to... 1692 - @Nags Head Flyer 1693 - @hallah60 1694 - @cstubbs05 1695 - @Madoldlad 1696 - @Magnazan 1697 - @Beer30 1698 - @leen 1699 - @Naloxone Current subscriber count, 428.
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  4. Hi :-) Metropolis Drachen in Germany have excellent service. You can call them anytime for help! Drachenmarkt is offline at the moment. Feine Drachen sells Quads from China for small money. Always the first address for entry into 4-line . There you can get a R2F package with handles and lines. Paddestoel in The Netherlands has a great selection, good service - but are always a tad more expensive. Korvokites from Germany builds you everything in excellent quality from 1-, 2- and 4-lines. One of my favorite kite builders! Space Kites from Germany is a very good manufacturer with a very good reputation - but long delivery times. Besides Polo from France there is also Los Hermanos from Spain. They build besides SLK still the excellent Detox. (Next to Djinn my favorite Quad). Finally, there is Thomas Horvath in Switzerland, who builds incredible zero wind kites.
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  5. Nice job! Really like the effects of the 'fading' of the colours. Somehow it adds depth to the image, almost a third dimension (along with the two-tone and also faded 'iron' bars). You gotta get us a real pic once available, eh? Interesting that Polo uses the Crystal sticks in the frame. I have some Freileins that use them. And great idea on the extra, lighter frame -- can 'mix and match' according to fancy and wind conditions, even combining various weights within the frame such as a T2 'innie' with T1 'outies' on the LE as an alternative to a complete swap. Can see why you were enamoured of the venteds in that video. Oh, to be so near a beach. Keep us posted! .
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  6. Sharing the result my colorizer work: http://www.polokites.com/revopolo/shop/shop.php?prod=spl150 The idea of the design is an inner glow inside a cage/basket of cast iron. While still making use of the colour gradients available, the end result should be relaxing to the eye. Polo Kites spotted that I had used gold instead of orange (hard to see in the editor) on just one pair of the panels and kindly assisted with advice before the design was finalized. Now the time of agony has begun – the long waiting for the kite to be finished and shipped... I have always imagined that if I’d ever get a Polo quad it would be a vented one. From quite early on when learning to pilot quads this video with its very distinct kite movements served as an inspiration/goal: But considering that my Rev B-series std is almost worn out while the mid vent is just a little worn and the full vent is hardly worn, it is the UL (Custom) I “need” (want). Also considering that I’m going to use this kite for many many hours I chose a custom one so I could have the graphics just the way I want. So I originally imagined getting a Polo for high wind, but seem to have ended up on the other side of the wind spectrum. Most of the time in no/low wind I’m using the Rev Indoor, but once I receive the new quad, it is going to be interesting to try the low wind properties. Indoor piloting by Polo Kites: https://www.facebook.com/polosite/videos/10215362764635371/ Not very much footwork seems to be required (if using a proper technique of course). While at it, I ordered a set of T1s to try out no/low/rather low wind T1-T2-frame combos. Crystal T2s come with the UL quads by “optional default” to my understanding. Having access to various frames is something I first learned to appreciate with my set of B-series Revs, where two sets of frames with different stiffness were included per kite.
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  7. You're going to regret having waited so long to make the changes. You'll love the results.
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  8. Another great offer, thanks! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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  9. Nice win, congratulations [emoji322] Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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  10. We may have vastly different definitions of "essentials"
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  11. And then you reach the point no one is making the toys you want so you make your own.
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  12. Actually it's simple, the list of quads is equal to the list of essentials. 😄
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  13. Yeah right....good one....the “essentials”....reduce?....bwahahahahaha!!!... (un)fortunately the essential list is still quite large....as it gets quite specific...the seasons are changing and the tides change as well so that means it is essential to have summer kites and winter kites....;) It is also essential to colour the sky differently depending on the colour of the sky....more “essential” kites....yay...... Quads....especially older revs....have yet another essential quality that is sort of lacking as well these daze....the different sizes. To me a 1.5 sized quad is still, after a couple of decades, a compromise between a 1 and a 2....music interlude....which in fact it is...but now the “accepted” size. So for this old fart flyer it is absolutely essential to have and keep the 3 “classic” sizes and of course all the sub categories....vents, frames, bridles et al..... And that’s not even touching on the other wonderful quads out there with the Rev styled sail....and the others....yeeesh. Darn essentiality.....maybe you’re right....;) Also I love the glider pix!!! I have gotten the glider bug hugely...hence more essential kites/gliders!!!!!!!! bt
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  15. It's okay @Bunduki Vlieger, purple is more in my color pallet. So I'll take this one 😉.
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  16. Ah.. Ok. I take the kite anyway :-)
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  17. 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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  18. We only provide complete Djinn bridles under two combined qualifications... 1 - you already own a Djinn. 2 - you can send pics showing damage to components not included in the bridle kit (which is not complete), with an explanation. Moral of the story, the Sync bridle does not directly port over to other kite designs due to variances in the location of the upright spars, etc, and even a small offset can 🤬 the whole thing so (a) I'm not keen on that and (b), it's the simple protection we have on the design for now - anyone who wants it, has to measure it off an existing Djinn the field and reverse engineer it themselves. Not a satisfying answer perhaps, but I hope you'll respect the intent and approach. 😇
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  19. He gets around in the world. Today he was once on the Rhine in Cologne.
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  20. Is anyone really surprised? 🤦‍♂️ In any case, I'm on it now - lets pick us a winner! The recipient of this month's prize drawing #457, @cerfvoliste! Big congratulations to you Andy, and to all of you for both your support AND immense patience. 🙏 Stay tuned for a new prize to be announced very soon!
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  21. Hi! As a kid I was building kites and flying simple stunt kites with my brother, but lost track of this great hobby. Now that I have kids myself I got inspired to start flying again, not just with the kids but for my own soul as well. I was thinking about starting with two lines and see where the wind takes me from there. I live in Sweden now and shops are basically nonexistent around here, even ordering online within Sweden seems to not exist, so where is a good place to buy within Europe? And what would kites should I be looking at to get a good balance of fun to fly, room for growth and economy?
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  22. Learning to crash....very softly...was the best "trick" I ever learnt!!!!!! bt
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  23. Hello @hallthor, Another Swede – that is not every day one shows up on KL! I agree that there are not so many options here, but we are not completely without shops. You can get a Prism Quantum from “Fler Bollar i Luften” an HQ Yukon from “Drakjohan” (I bought a HQ Photon (a fighter kite) from him two weeks ago btw) and also from “Skånehobby”. If you want real fancy kites try Sportkitedesign (though it seems like SKD “ is currently taking a break and not taking orders”). OK, so abroad I have tried: Metropolis Drachen, Drachenmarkt, Bilboquet, Spiderkites, Elliot, Andykites and Kiteworld. I have never been disappointed with the delivered goods. I’m currently waiting for a delivery after a recent order from Polokites (but custom kite orders tend to take a while compared to something that is already in stock). I have not tested De Paddestoel, Korvokites, Space Kites, Kitehouse or Feine-Drachen yet (I’m sure I have omitted several shops here unfortunately). You can also buy used gear/kites from Fractured Axel (For Sale & Wanted) and Drachenforum (Börse). Funny, kids had the opposite effect on me. With few exceptions I took a 15 year break from kites when the children were small... Good luck with your return to your hobby! Added 19th Sept 2021: I forgot (in addition to Kite-Lab/Thomas Horvath as mentioned by @Bunduki Vlieger) to mention the shop Kitebg. I have not yet tried their services though. Perhaps not a very large stunt kite relevant assortment. On the other hand gokitinggr, (to my understanding) the corresponding Youtube channel, is much varied.
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  24. Oh I’ve asked on your behalf in the “ northern kites group “ if there is anybody with a spare spar for an EXP I hope you don’t mind , if I get a response I’ll figure out a way to put you both in contact 😊
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  25. Brilliant thanks for that Rickie. I'll give them a go when the wind drops tomorrow.....👍
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  26. Hi Mad just saw your post, the mod doesn't use plugs I used the existing holes in the handles and used the original leaders as sacrificial leaders and there are larks head through the original holes in the handle, and a set of JB pro leaders attached to them, i just wanted to keep them close to the original setup, also used some model fuel tube internally to help stop the chaffing, hope this helps, cheers.
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  27. These look like an excellent mod. I’m looking at doing exactly the same with my exp handles. Hope you don’t mind me asking but what size plug/ screw did you use?
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  28. I have just joined up today and wish to say a Big Thank you all for your help so far has been great ... I met Bill and Graham the other day up dunstable downs great lads very welcoming to a newbe and have helped me alot so far, I am sure I am abit of a pain asking so many questions.😁 I managed to get a full sail and vented versions of the new rev 1.5 Reflex for my 50th birthday and emptied out my account for now 🙄😁 Anyways thanks all Cliff
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  29. Exult, I saw Jon this evening and asked him about the handles, he was using 14" but said he could wait to switch back to his 13". He did say regarding the flip that "the longer handle might do a little better because you have more down there for the brake". Here is a picture comparison if the Rev carbon wrapped handle (black) and the OSK handle (red). As you can see the OSK aren't curved as much. The red handle has the leader set up like in the Fulcrum manual.
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  30. Exult, When one purchases a complete package (kite, line and handles) the handles that come with it are the Ocean Shore Kite brand 13". They are an anodized solid aluminum handle with a firmer grip than the Revs, they also have less of a curve to them. I can take a picture of them compared to my Rev handles tonight when I get home. The leaders are tied like you would find on a Rev style handle, I got some 200# bridle line and made new leaders as shown in the Fulcrum manual but added a couple of extra knots. Whether the length is a factor when flipping the kite, we have not spoke about that but I will ask when I see him possibly tonight or this weekend. I believe Jon uses the same ones.
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  31. Nicely done. Now add some "sacrificial extensions" and you'll be all set. Search "sacrificial" on the home page for info. It's merely four loops of equal length that attach to the handles. You attach the top and bottom leaders to these. The loops will wear and fray with use, but your leaders won't. Much quicker to tie one knot rather than four or seven. You can make them long or short. I make mine about seven inches long so there's something more substantial to grab that's less likely to cut my finger (line cut) when doing catch and throw.
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  32. Just acquired some kites from my Dad's vast collection. He was a Rev flyer and very good at it. Watching him launch and fly a stack of 6 was impressive, very graceful movements. So now I have a "JB Series" Rev and I'm going to attempt to learn it. I have the complete kite, 13" handles with 12" knotless leaders, a variety of used line sets in various lengths, a ground stake and loads of helpful info on this site. I'll be making a set of knotted leaders and have a new 90x80 LGP lineset which I'll be starting with. I also have a full Revolution Black Race frameset. So here come my question, and thank you in advance to all who respond. 1. What exact Rev model do I have and what are its characteristics? See image below. LE spar is 93.25", vert spars are 31", all labeled "4 strong". I assume with the four vents and heavy spars it's meant for higher than average wind conditions. 2. Is this an appropriate Rev for one who's never flown one before? 3. As I mentioned, I'm going to make new handle leaders. Will this kite respond well to the "long top, short bottom" knotted leader setup and adjust top in as I learn method? 4. When would it be appropriate to use the lighter Black Race frame in this sail? (I know, after I stop crashing with the heavy frame) I believe that's it, thanks again for any info on my Q's. GT
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  33. Hello. I've got a post in the Introductions forum that gives a little history of what brings me to the KiteLife forums. That will give a little insight into myself and my Dad, Gene, who got me involved with kites back in the 80's. As mentioned in my post, Dad passed last year. He left behind a collection of over 170 kites. Primarily stunt kites, dating back as far as the 80's, but primarily the 90's. I intend to keep some of these, and I could use some advice now that I don't have Dad to consult anymore. I don't want to pick them based just on color/design. I do know how to fly, but it's been a while. I want to get back into it, and broaden my horizons as far as the types I fly. I'm not well-versed on the ins-and-outs of what each kite is best for, so I'm not quite sure which to keep. I'm attaching a PDF inventory of his collection. Feel free to educate me if you think I've identified any of them incorrectly. Dad left some notes, but not on every kite, so I relied on internet searches to fill in the rest, and I'm sure I got some wrong. Here's a list of what I'm looking for as far as what I want to actually fly, and for which I need recommendations: A kite for strong winds - I always liked a kite that required some strength to handle A kite for light winds/ultralight A kite for somewhere in-between - My upper body strength is actually pretty lame. So I'm not always going to want one that requires a lot of muscle. But light wind kites sometimes just don't feel great to me. My main go-to in the past was always an original model Skyburner, because that's what Dad gave me, LOL An indoor kite A quad - If there are such things, both a strong & a light wind models. Quads are one type of kite I never managed to find time to learn, so I don't know if they come in both types A rokkaku If there's a category I'm missing that you think I should have to complete my collection of flyers, I'd love your insight. I will be keeping a few single line kites, but that's primarily going to be based on design, so I'm not looking for insight into those, unless you want to share something. Thank you! Kite Inventory With Photos.pdf
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  34. This is the snagless handle mod I've done taking ideas from mods listed on the forum, I've tried to keep it simple in construction, thanks for all the advice given, just need to tune and fly, cheers.
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  35. A beautiful collection and legacy! I sometimes wonder what my daughter (currently 4 months old 😄) will make of my growing collection when it eventually passes on to her. I can only hope she will appreciate it as much as you clearly do your Dad's ❤️
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  36. Very nice Jeremy. I always find your videos so inspiring. Thanks so much for taking the effort to make them. Cheers Stephen
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  37. hi thanks I just had a search on the djinn kites wow I didn't know you could even fly a kite like the guy does on there website amazing control very impressive do people have that kind of control with the revolutions
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  39. Here's a photo of the 9 stacked custom Kites Steve Edeiken gave me 40 years ago. Still flying GKaney IMG_0222.HEIC
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  40. [emoji1690] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  41. A bit late(only 2 yrs[emoji12]) but once Polo went solo I did get myself a UL and I never shared a pic of my custom job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  42. Matrix is also a Spectra/Dyneema line set. (or other UHMWPE knock-off)
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  43. Wasn't a custom but I would've made this exact design if it hadn't been a choice. Sent from my SM-G970F using KiteLife mobile app
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