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  1. The Advantage of the Rev EXP is it comes with Handles and Lines.. For all other options those are usually separate.. The Kite is indeed quickly outgrown but you will likely be crashing a bit at first until you get the hang of it. Freilein is an excellent kite at a reasonable price point. If you go with Freilein go with OSK since they control the QC for their brand and have a higher standard.. (I've never seen even a stich out of place on an OSK Freilein. Handles.. Freilein Handles are my personal Preference but there are other options availalbe. Length is a personal preference but the standard is 13" as you stated. (I personally Prefer 15" but that's just me) Lines. - Laser Pro Gold (aka LPG) or Skybond are the way to go. 20-30 meters are good starting points. Words of wisdom. When it comes to cheaper lines or cheaper kites you generally get what you pay for. Get in touch With Eliot, Cath or Cassie at Flying Smiles Kites. They have Freileins, Handles and Custom Linesets. Honest Business with Great Service. https://flyingsmileskites.com/
  2. View Advert Riffclown Spectrum Mesh Stack Spectrum Mesh Stack. 6 72" riffclown Mesh quadline kites stacked. This is a custom stack I made for myself. Consists of 6, permanently stacked 72" Mesh kites. I will include an set of lines (150# x 40ft) and handles with this deal. Stack will be available at Jockey's Ridge 17-19 Jun.. Prefer in Person Exchange. Advertiser riffclown Date 05/16/2022 Price $1,800 Category Kites (Quad Line) Brand riffclown Model Spectrum Mesh Stack  
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    Spectrum Mesh Stack. 6 72" riffclown Mesh quadline kites stacked. This is a custom stack I made for myself. Consists of 6, permanently stacked 72" Mesh kites. I will include an set of lines (150# x 40ft) and handles with this deal. Stack will be available at Jockey's Ridge 17-19 Jun.. Prefer in Person Exchange.

    $1,800

    , Virginia - US

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    Corolla President's Day 2022

    An Event hosted by Flying Smiles Kites. GREAT company and an incredible day of flying. Could not have asked for a better wind range from near "indoor unlimited ceiling early in the AM" to "We can bridle and fly the chair" later in the afternoon.
  5. FWIW, The Sewing Machine I've used for the big majority of these kites is a cheap Brother SM2700 that I only use to sew kites.. Very pleased with the results for a $100 sewing machine..
  6. I use the Refractive properties of the fabric to control how the panels flash.. These first two videos are using offset directions so the individual panels flash is a sequence. This kite is made of both Ripstop and poly.. Notice the Shimmer effect. And this is what happens when you align everything. The Whole panel flashes at the same time..
  7. From Experience, Alignment of Fabric bias is only "not an issue" until it is.. For Fabrics like Icarex, it's much less of an issue but when Ripstop (RSN) gets wet and starts stretching, those alignments matter because the stretch is uneven along the biases. It doesn't take too long to get the bias of the fabric aligned in most cases so IMO it's worth it in the long run. At a minimum, your bias alignment should match on the mirrored panels so when stretching does occur, it does so somewhat evenly. FWIW, I've probably played with the bias and mismatching of fabrics as much as anyone (more for refractive purposes than stretch) and I'll take the extra time to align the biases every time. I've also never used a walking foot but that's a different conversation..
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    Sudoku

    One of my puzzles got the Christmas Day feature from Cracking the Cryptic.. The Largest Sudoku Youtube Channel with over 400K Subscribers..
  9. @miketx I can personally vouch for @Ejay's 3d Print capability and quality. I use his T-connector design on my kites now.
  10. The Quality of the thread is huge here.. A high quality bonded thread is paramount. The gumminess of the adhesives will make lesser threads start skipping stitches very quickly. The fuzzier the thread the faster you will encounter issues. I clean needle, sewing foot and platform every bobbin. I disassemble and clean the whole assembly every other kite. (Some residue seems to gather ion the bottom of the platform sometimes.)
  11. Thank you. I would suggest aligning the reinforced threads along the lower corner as stated. The leading edge itself will control the stretch along that direction. FWIW, with extremely low wind designs, stretch should be by definition less of an issue.
  12. 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.
  13. If you look at a Rev, Freilein, Djinn or Shook The direction of fabric is pretty consistent. This kite has the stress directions pretty well aligned with the strips.
  14. Very Cool. Those colors do pop in the crowd for sure
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