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  1. I use three different length(s) of handles…..BUT….they are for three different sized kites…;) Longer handles…or known as ul handles are used for bigger kites and/or for no to low winds. A change to longer handles plus a change of frame to a 2 wrap will lower the wind range a bunch. Rev made some indoor handles as well….I like them with a Rev 2 sporting a 2 wrap frame. The original Rev 1.5 sized, and shaped, quad kite seems to be the norm across the board these daze and has been for quite some time irregardless of the amazing companies….note the plural!!!!…that are producing some real nice kites!!!! This…1.5…sized kite is quite lovely, but I like a Rev 1 sized kite the bestest, followed by a 2……then a 1.5 size. A couple of each size and generally…15” handles for the 1; 12/12” for the 1.5; 10” for the 2 and have an original 9” set for a 2. All old school…not knotless…;), some foam a little thicker and some not, steel and graphite…. All stock Rev handles, and except for a couple, are a fixed leader with no adjustment knots. Over many years I have dialed in the handles for each kites size and bridle, and more often will change frames or change handles…going to a smaller handle in strong wind or a longer handle for no to low wind. Besides I can’t stand a knot/length or two of leader line flapping around at the line attachment….even with knotless handles…..there’s still a knot…a small quirk… bt
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  2. A reputable, retiring kite flier has been auctioning off a bunch of Lam Hoac designs one per week, including many SUL and SSUL kites, and will continue for the next several weeks until they're gone. They're a little more than your price, but the kites are top-tier at $400+ new, more than enough for what you describe. They've been selling around $250-$300. The 4D is beginner's toy in comparison to a master craftsman design. If you can afford a little more money, these kites are pro grade and could perform anything you're able to do and more.
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  3. Bring them to the Rogallo.. I'll help you any way i can..
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  4. Anchorage, Alaska Train of 100 diamonds - I could only launch 40 of 100 because I ran out of the flying field and I was pushing the FAA's 150-foot ceiling regulation VID_20220531_154136315_3.mp4
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  5. I use this: 3mm. https://www.metropolis-drachen.de/en/Kite-materials/Bridles-lines/Miscellaneous/Tension-rubber.html?listtype=search&searchparam=Gummi
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  6. I can't tell the difference. I fly all Quads with the same handles. What I find more important is a decent knot ladder and the individual adjustment to the respective kite (for example, the Djinn flies on a completely different knot than a Rev) AND the thickness of the handles. I prefer thicker handles, they feel better in my hand. That's why I almost exclusively fly the Pro Handels from KiteForge.
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  7. View Advert Hawaiian Rainbow Team Kite (Original) For sale. This original Hawaiian Rainbow Team Kite made by Top of The Line Kites. We are the original owners and the kite has been stored in a closet indoors for years. Only flown a handful of times. Eight feet across with two original line controls. Has had minor repairs and may need two carbon rods; otherwise all original condition. The kite also has it's original storage bag. The kite is powerful and perfect for beachgoers; it will test the skill of adults and children. This design and manufacturer are important parts of kite history. A quote from a kite website, "This kite pioneered sports kite flying and I would not be bold in saying that it is a classic!". Advertiser GCM Date 06/12/2022 Price $50 Category Kites (Dual Line) Brand Hawaiian Team Kite Model 8 foot, rainbow, delta  
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  8. Honestly, top / bottom differential isn't usually a concern as long as R/L match up, but 3" is quite a lot... Guessing they're fairly old and flown in (stretched out), or whoever made them didn't put a good pre-stretch on them. Easy fix in any case, as @Bunduki Vlieger said:
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  9. 3 inches / 7.5 cm that's a lot! What are these lines? New? Used? I would definitely reknot the loops and adjust the length. @John Barresi has a video tutorial on this here: https://kitelife.com/video-tutorials/
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  10. Flew a couple…almost out of their wind ranges….on purpose…..a Prism Zero G and a Flying Wings Grace. Wind was about 5 mph or so and both kites handled the wind just fine. I like the Grace in next to nothing as well as up to about 5 or so….the big wing vent being that ticket, and it “skates” more than glides. I don’t enjoy the Zero G in zero wind, as I have other much more enjoyable glider kites for the literal no wind to wee puff daze. However for me the Zero G comes alive at about 3-4 mph…and today was waaaay fun!!!!! No pix as I don’t have a cel phone and did’t bother with my little cheapo camera….a break in our Juneuary weather lately…..better a memory than a pic…;) bt
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  11. Flew my big lifter with a 30ft x 50ft flag yesterday for Memorial Day.
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  12. My Sixth Sense STD at noon today - hope the pic works. This was a good day for it, with winds out of the south at the local soccer field, a good direction to maximise smoothness of the wind in that location. Variable, but around 12-14 kph (8mph-ish) and just about perrrfect for me. I was prepared for lower winds as well, with some ULs along in the bag (including the matching Sixth Sense UL). Delightful!
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  13. No pictures, but I flew a Prism neutrino and a Spiderkite URO 65 (a speedkite which makes the neutrino feel as fast as a tractor).
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  14. What would Father's Day be without The Child...?! A little Buka fight on the freshly mown field. The Buka is absolutely beginner-friendly and very easy to fly.
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  15. Welcome to our newest friends! 1715 - @Born2Fly 1716 - @Stephen Evans 1717 - @j_scott_cole 1718 - @indyglassman Current subscriber count, 413.
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  16. Well they are generally called precision kites....a little bigger and more slower.... These daze kites are a lot quieter than in the past....I have a JS Neptune like in your pic and it is the only one I have that will make some noise...like a flying fish farting.....lol. Still an amazing kite after all these years!!! It has to be a real Sky Delight though...;) I am a no wind glider, an all wind Rev flier, and a low wind dual kitester myself. I’m also an old school flier that’s not into tricking per se as I fly kites to slow down and have no interest in the yank and spank flying....although I do admire folks who can do really kewl “tricks”....but whatever...to each their own. Ken Mcniell.....aka Kmac.....Blue Moon kites....makes amazing kites.....I have a modest collection...;)....that bridge the gap perfectly between old school/new school and precision and trick flying....my fav dualies by far!!!! bt
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  17. Forgot to add this after my discussion with Paul de Bakker - he recommended I tape down the little battens for the winglets. Felt that as the sail stretched and many chances of losing them in handling, it would be better to tape them down in place. I'm guessing they should roll up OK? Anyone else?? By roll-up, I mean rolling up when breaking down for the day.
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  18. I'm sure that any of you, that fly dualies, have had, or come close to having, an unattended self-launch, of your staked kite, when you weren't quite ready, or weren't quite back at the "business end" of the lines. I'd like to know, if anyone has ever had a self launch, the went up all by itself, and stayed up ? The reason I ask, is that I have a dual line, diamond kite, that I have had for over 15 years, and have never flown it, until today. I happen to be on vacation this week, on the coast of NC (OBX), so as usual, I brought a bunch of kites with me. But today, after an extended period of Rev flying, in a wonderful 15 - 20 mph, NE wind (off of the ocean), I decided to pull out this old dual line diamond kite, that I've had in the bag for so long, and see if it would even fly. Note: Sometime back, I had made a new bridle for this kite, because I didn't like the one that came with it. I also took the lines off of the separate, left and right hand winders. I sleeved them, equalized them, and then wound them onto a regular dual line, figure-eight winder. Then, back into the bag, everything went, in anticipation of the day, that I would finally find time, to check out this kite. Well, that day was today. Again, after the day's Rev flying was over, I went back up to the cottage, and got this little jewel out of the bag. It was only about 4:30. The wind was still cooking. It was time for the "virgin flight", maybe (?). After struggling a bit, to put it together, while fighting the wind, I finally got the lines laid out and attached to my, "bridle retro-fit", put on a home-made 25 foot tail, and now, it was time to "do it". When I pulled back on the lines, much to my surprise, this big old beauty took off, unfurling the tail as it rose. Ok - up it went - pull right - it went right - pull left - it went left - extended pull to the right - and a graceful, but perfect loop. Darn, this thing will actually fly. I was amazed. So, on this went, for a while. Did you understand that this was a "diamond" kite ? Anyway, while flying, I began to realize, that if I put both wrist straps onto one index finger, side by side, the kite went straight up overhead, and sat there, pinned to the sky, as if it were a SLK. Interesting, and I was amazed, as to how stable this kite was, when flown like this - both lines on one finger. Ok, now the surprise. This is one of the older diamond kites, that was fashioned, somewhat after the famous old TRILBY's, however, this kite is quite a bit larger, and it has a much more substantial frame, which is continuous, around the entire perimeter of the sail. It comes with an eighty foot tube tail, and believe it or not, it flies great. Yep, this is a "Cayman" (ever heard of it ?), made by a company called, "The Caribbean Kite Company" (ever heard of them ?), another one of those older companies that bit the dust, years ago, but what a great little kite ! Now, get this !! On one of my trips back to the kite (yes, the walk of shame), I set it up, a bit to "upright", and guess what? Much to my amazement, and my wife's, this kite self launched straight up (glad I had it staked well). Oh $#!T, I was 100 feet from the kite stake & straps, and hoping they would hold. No problem. That kite went straight up like a bullet, just like it had good sense, and then it just sat there, pinned to the sky, waiting for me to get to the wrist straps. Who would have ever "thunk" it ? The kite was just sitting there, 100 feet up in the sky - picture perfect...no right - no left - just sitting at the top of the window, waiting for input. I was in such disbelief, that I actually landed the kite, and tried this self-launch, several more times. Perfect every time. You can actually sit in a beach chair, with one hand on one arm, and the other hand on the other arm, and fly this kite with one finger, on each hand, as you sit back, and gaze at the sky. Again, an amazing little dual line diamond kite.. "The Cayman" - by "The Caribbean Kite Company" - and to think, they are no longer made, and the company is gone......... (and to think - I've had this kite in my bag for nearly 15 years) What a neat little kite !!
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  19. kwmf, It's great that you talk about the measured difference between your brake and power lines. Many references are to the the "y" knot on the bottom pigtail and the "z" knot on the top pigtail. That makes no sense because pigtails are like snowflakes ... no two are the same! Even straight from the factor difference handle sets will have different knot placements. I generally start at a six inch differential and adjust from there based on how the kite performs. Many other variables play a small part, but where you place your hands on the handles will have the greatest affect on pigtail settings. In other postings, John has advocated achieving a balance across your first three fingers. Put pressure on your pointer finger and the kite will move forward. Put pressure on your ring finger and the kite will back up. That mental picture has been the most beneficial for me towards achieving a repeatable feel after changing handles/lines/kites/winds/etc. I check each new setup by putting the kite in a sideways hover, directly downwind, and about ten to fifteen feet off the ground. If the kite will maintain position when the handles are held only by my middle fingers, I smile and go about flying. If the kite moves forward, the the top line moves out a knot. If the kite moves backwards, then the top line comes in a knot. Cheers, Tom
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