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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 custom Kaiju by Kite Forge in ALL WHITE, complete with 7' lines ($135 value)... Actual prize kite is white, as shown in the photo above. == Info on the Kite Forge website: http://kiteforge.com/product/kaiju/ http://kiteforge.com/help-tutorials/ == If you haven't done s
    6 points
  2. This is sooooo awesome. I have seen the Djinn fly so many times. Looking forward to it. Perfect timing in that I am retiring from my day job this Friday and our Dual Line kite team (Austin End Of the Line) has two confirmed festivals as things start to open up. Kitefest Louisian in Baton Rouge and a Balloon festival in Shreveport Louisiana.
    6 points
  3. Alright folks, here we go, after ensuring there were no old screen caps on my desktop... One brand new Djinn XT is going home with a much earlier number this time! Huge congrats to subscriber #554 and longtime supporter, @Michael_Boswell! Thank you very much Michael (greetings to the EOL family), and thanks to all who continue to help us keep this resource running. 🙏 Stay tuned for a new prize as soon as possible!
    5 points
  4. @John Barresi What's That?? You need my mailing address?? 😁
    4 points
  5. My new video, if you swing by and have a watch and like what I do consider subscribing to my youtube channel, be much appreciated[emoji120] [/url] Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  6. 3D printing is also a hobby of mine,,,designed and printed some end caps with a pocket for the knot. I think they will help me with some of the snags. They are a little larger and about a gram heavier than the normal ones. Will be a little more difficult to adjust tension because the tails on the knots need to be removed. Made some LE tees with angle to match the kite, printed on left. Whats cool about printing these parts is the frame size or most any other parameters can be easily adjusted. What do you folks think ... I may be putting some of these files on Thingiverse at a later da
    4 points
  7. I own a number of the Windrider II models, and one III model, and perhaps can share a little bit on them to assist. [edit: I was writing this when some of the above posts were made and before I saw them] The Windrider II comes in four variants that I am aware of: standard (std), vented (vtd), extra vented (x vtd), and extra extra vented (xx vtd). The venting on the the vtd model is approximately 25% of the sail area, and, as you would expect, the percentage goes up with extra venting. Unlike the Revolution style of almost vertical panels of venting, the Freilein line has the vents in a di
    3 points
  8. Finally was able to finish this up this morning and get a quick Bridle Test.. Very happy with this first effort for the LE design.
    3 points
  9. This one is mine,,,, anxious to see how it looks and flies ! Ej
    2 points
  10. From the album: Rilfflown Flight pics

    Jockey's Ridge 4-3-21 Image by KHK
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  11. I think I kinda sorta figured it out ... Size on all is the same. WR , WR II and WR II X are listed slightly larger only because of their different "extended" frame design. The Windrider II is the original design PC 20 poly with verticals connector making them stick over the LE. The Windrider II X is the same kite merely with PC 31 poly used. Now the Windrider III is a new frame design with PC 31 poly and new frame connectors keeping the verticals below the LE and the verticals cap knots inside a pocket. I assume the sail on all of them is identical. For a full sail WR III at 189 for kite
    2 points
  12. While not as indepth as some tutorials, I put some split screen in there so you can see kite and hands, hopefully it helps enjoy, Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
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  13. 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. Nope, its not a mistake - we're doing it AGAIN, another of the same prize as last time! Djinn XT from Kite Forge, $405 value, in GREEN FADE! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Green Fade XT (EXTRA VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is ex
    2 points
  14. Thank you Edmond Dragut for the post and thank you for coming to see the collection and sharing your knowledge and experience with us! I will be posting pictures soon. If there is anything specifically that someone wants to see, please msg me.
    2 points
  15. ok boys and girls some good and some so and so news. Without not to much background of the flyer and without to try in any way to offend the memory of a friend seeing the collection I felt one of two. Or the flyer was a kite hoarder who buy new and old school kites ore what was shown to me are(I incline to believe more this theory) the kites what was not by the flyer taste or not connected to then. Why I say this? All the kites old school and new are on excellent condition, most of them still have the tags and some to non showed to be flied. Prism, HQ, New Tech kites and old school without nam
    2 points
  16. Sorry Mike, You are the only one that can't win this time. But I can
    2 points
  17. Thanks very much for having me! I discovered kiting about 9 months ago during lockdown here in Australia and have been building up a collection of kites since - my favourites so far are a couple of Top of The Line Hawaiians I picked up second-hand. I've dabbled in buggying too, which has been a blast. Cheers! Angus
    2 points
  18. Thanks for the add. Bought my first two-line from a kite store on Padre Island in 1999. My wife and I went crazy at the start, bought all kinds of kites, including many original Joel Scholz. Funny now all I fly are my one or two favorites.
    2 points
  19. Ah, the perfect post for St. Patrick's Day... Blame the Swedes - or at least, a Swede. Green came to be viewed as an unlucky color due to the experiments of chemist, Carl Scheele, who in 1778 invented a vibrant new shade of green using a substance called arsenic. "Scheele's Green" spread like fire among European fashionistas, instantly replacing older, duller green dyes derived from copper carbonate. 28 years after Scheele's death (from renal failure from ingesting heavy metals ala arsenic), two German chemists, Russ and Saddler, "improved" on Scheele's formula to create "Emerald Green," and b
    2 points
  20. I am coming back from the dead and reviving this thread from the dead as well. I put down the handles for a few years as life took over. Also, I moved to Portland and found it difficult to find a good field nearby. Is Broughton Beach still considered a good place to fly? I just can't make the trip to the coast regularly for an all day fly. For $5 for all day parking, I think Broughton Beach is a bargain.
    2 points
  21. Kite # 89 will be a riffclown Diamonds vented sail. Will start cutting strips and prepping the fabric this evening. it's been a while since I've made a Diamonds..
    1 point
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  23. Sure, worth a try, but honestly, if you tune for and find a good grip a little lower on the foam, 13" shouldn't make anything wonky.
    1 point
  24. Done, and continuing. From high winds of the previous prize, to this more towards the other extreme. Nice contrast. Seems a good addition to any kite bag "...to be flown in light wind, light urban or indoor conditions," per the description on the Kiteforge page. Beaut. Now, who's the dude in the first pic in this post -- Dodd Gross's twin brother? 😉
    1 point
  25. That email notification of "congratulations Michael" has to be the biggest let down of the year. Haha Bur congratulations!
    1 point
  26. I really like the balloon. Nice touch. The kite looks great.
    1 point
  27. Think I'm just looking for gaps to put a kite in these days,
    1 point
  28. Beautiful kite! Are those 15" handles? Coincidence? Or do you always fly with them?
    1 point
  29. Field Test. Kite is ready for action...
    1 point
  30. So quick test in Mesh conditions verified the flutter condition has not been corrected. I still have a few more options.
    1 point
  31. I think that may be one of the best looking kites you have ever made! Ej
    1 point
  32. Awesome flying. I spent some time watching your hands. May learn something. The whole experience was fun. Too short 😉 The winds looked howling. What did they range for you during that, if I may? Shorter lines? Cheers .
    1 point
  33. We are on the same page. There are both sides to that conversation and validity to your observation. I'm the type to research value and show fully also but not everyone is.
    1 point
  34. Trusting one person (even someone you know) with dibs and allowing them to state worth tends to be a losing proposition in many cases. I wish you luck..
    1 point
  35. Ich drücke einfach die Daumen denn hier zu gewinnen aber danke dir für den Tipp. Werde ich bei Zeiten mal machen.
    1 point
  36. COOOL!!!! @JWhartonEmbedded the video link for you in your original post..
    1 point
  37. For the rat's nest (I called them bird's nests) I'll only say. Stop threading the needle with the presser foot down. Trust me. That's the trigger that causes the nest underneath. FWIW, That's not bobbin thread. it comes from the spool. The other issue is If you are using basting tape. You need to clean the needle regularly with Goo Gone or Sew-Eeze.. I clean my machine every bobbin. And My machine is nowhere near heavy duty. Lastly only bonded thread. the fuzzy stuff catches the gummy way too easily and that causes the majority of your missed stitches.. Avoid cotton thread. Use 100%
    1 point
  38. Los Hermanos (esste.com) have released a Super Ultra Light (SUL) for their Detox 2019 series. I've had mine for a few days now. The SUL has a size of 244 x 76 cm. So it's a bit lower than the other Detox. The weight with spars is 145g. The leading edge is made of spinnaker and fitted with Sky Shark 2P. The verticals are made of conical Sky Shark 2PT. The end caps are adapted accordingly: Top (LE) small opening, bottom (wingtip) larger opening. The end caps are of their own high quality and are not very bulky. As usual, the LE is not tensioned with rubber, but with Detox's own st
    1 point
  39. Your kites and your kite making journey is waaaaay kewl!!!! “Good stuff!!”....as Mr. Bethel would say back in the day.... bt
    1 point
  40. Very nice photo's my friend, the kite looks awesome.
    1 point
  41. especially Nasa wing is not a joke. I have a 500 or 600 one not sure and i want to convert to one line this year if will work. the bridle is a bit twitchy but i hope to find that sweet spot to make him stable
    1 point
  42. Ha-ha, well, it was a light wind and I kept my hands holding his hands most of the time, but he did surprisingly good. I told him it was the same as riding his bike and that kinda ring a bell it seems. The joy on his face was priceless. The only kites I fly beside Revs, are a Nasa wing 250 and a C-quad 3.2 and those are no option for beginners.
    1 point
  43. Yes, there is a temptation is to say such a thing 😄, but I always prefer that they ask if they just comment. And often the thought behind such a question is not even that strange. I let the child I was talking about fly my kite (with my help of course) and he enjoyed it visibly. Isn't it wonderful, if you can convey this like this? Hopefully he will be just as interested in a few years and will also buy one or more kites.
    1 point
  44. Occasionally someone comes into a collection and wants to sell the unknown kites here, such as after a collector dies. Usually the first thing is to identify what all of them are and figure out their value. It requires clear pictures of each kite, with closeups of wear and tear and damage, along with knowing all the pieces are present, if any spare parts and the bags are included, etc. If you know them more exactly, you can come up with a list like this person did here and here, listing 39 "items" for 51 total kites being sold, then take pictures of details as needed. If you don't
    1 point
  45. Thank you John. While technically I'm not really a new member, I was a member in the past, but I have been away for a few years due to family/personal issues and illnesses. Most of that has been resolved now, and I'm getting my gear ready to fly again.
    1 point
  46. As a kid I remember making my kites out of sticks and newspaper. I currently have a 6 pack Rainbow stunt kite that i purchased in 77 at pier 39 in SF. Although I don't fly it I still think it's a beautiful kite and that's why I've kept it all these years.
    1 point
  47. The lines that come with it are good to 8bft. That's 46mph wind. If you can stay on your feet in 46mph wind, would you really want to have all that flying debris hitting the back of your head? I have flown in 40mph wind. For about five minutes. Gave up and headed for the bar. It's a rush and entertaining for about 5 minutes. After that you just want to go inside.
    1 point
  48. I was inspired by the information shared in recent posts regarding the existence of something called a "Nail Board" to help tie accurate "Knot Systems" such as bridles, leader lines for handles and potentially other applications. I decided that what I am about to share is too lengthy for a forum post so I have posted this as a blog instead. I hope you find it useful. SF Nail Board Instructions for Knot Tying A Nail Board consists of a “flat board” with physical markers defining the spacing between knots tied in a line for a specific purpose. “Bridles” and
    1 point
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