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  1. midibot

    Turtling 🐢

    The turtle (or backflip) for dualies results in nose away from the flyer. (The fade is nose towards btw.) Roy Reed’s kite move animations are a wealth of information. Here’s the link to the turtle (or backflip): https://reeddesign.co.uk/kites/tricks/turtle.html …and the fade (there are a number of ways to get there, and here is one): https://reeddesign.co.uk/kites/tricks/fade.html The American Sign Language sign for turtle IS cute. Especially moving the thumb! http://lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-signs/t/turtle.htm
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    Hey MtDandy; A cursory search led to a phone number for Rascal Kites. It may or may not be up to date, but in the circumstances I will PM you with it for the moment. If changed, it may be a start. .
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    Hey MtDandy. Sorry to hear of your problem. Have not personally heard of them prior to your inquiry, but there is a Rascal Kites listed in the directory listing merchants in the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) so it is (or was, if that has changed) an existing entity. http://aka.kite.org/local/find_mm.php?f=mrch&region=2 Do you have a phone number? A call may be in order. There may be a shipping complication for out of country orders, or other issue. It may be unrelated, but a google search brought up a couple of threads discussing problems with an entity of that name (or similar) reported in another US kite forum, GWTW. These go back a few years. If it comes to it, consider contacting your credit card company perhaps. Hope this is of some assistance and that you are able to resolve your problem. Keep us posted. .
  4. midibot

    Hi all from the East of England

    Waydabe! The Quantum has the reputation of being built like a tank. You did very well to fly it in 6mph. While it is rated even lower, for me the sweet spot on the kite is maybe 8 to 10. Much more and it flies, but really hauls butt a bit (not necessarily a bad thing, if that is what you are looking for I suppose). In lower winds you have a tad more reaction time, and damage risk is reduced -- but too low in some moves the thing will just fall out of the sky like a dead bird , unceremoniously. It is a hefty kite, but a good one, and a nice early step that you can fly for a while. Mine is a green one .
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    New member from Central Oregon

    Welcome to the forum. In reading your story I found myself smiling a bit to myself, as I recognised the signs. You are surely bit! Lots of help, advice and fun available here. Enjoy. .
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    Broken stand-off

    Welcome to this wonderful aspect of kiting! The original kite uses fiberglass for the standoffs, and I would tend to stick with what the manufacturer specifies if you are trying to bring it back to spec, unless you want to experiment with the effects of modifications. Carbon and fg have different bending qualities. (I suppose if you are stuck you could switch, but do both sides if you do). There are differing grades of fg, too, so checking with HQ or a kite shop would be useful. Don't know if you still have your spec sheet, but here is a link to the english version, which states fiberglass. https://www.invento-webshop.de/hq-lenkdrachen-support/pdf_en/11677630xx_Yukon_II_CSS_en.pdf If you are replacing a standoff, the sheet says it is of 2mm dia and 210mm long. For clarification: perhaps a point of nomenclature, but when you say 'ram', do you mean the little fittings that the standoff fits into at either the sail or spreader end? Those parts can be obtained at the sources referred to elsewhere in this thread. HQ does a pretty good job on support stuff such as manuals for their kites. I see that this spec sheet even shows bridle measurements for goodness sake! Would that it were true of all kites, everywhere I have the earlier Yukon version (not the Mark II). Fun little kite -- quite capable and sturdy if a little on the small side (and a wee bit speedy). While bendy, the fiberglas they use is super durable generally, and some of the kite parts are hybrid tubes. The kite is rated for both beginner and advanced flyers on that spec sheet, so nice move on your part as you develop. HTH .
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    Long Beach Island kite festival, 2018

    Thanks for posting. Gets me thinking of festivals, and it has also been forever since, for me. Looks like there are a couple of days left. May the weather and all work out for the balance of the festival! .
  8. Most welcome. A sailing term originally I believe. I found this simple description illustrative: http://www.uksailmakers.com/cruising-main-construction-options/leech-lines/ You will notice the difference and effects with your Hydra, which sports one (although fixed, rather than adjustable if I remember correctly). .
  9. My Kymera is quite flatulent as well, in all but the lower winds. No expert, however, and have just a bit of time on mine. I commented on the lack of a leech line as a contributing factor above. Not necessarily a problem for me, but not a kite I want to pull out at some of the local neighbourhood soccer fields I frequent. It gets the dogs excited a bit Then again, so do some of Lam's designs. I have one of his early ATMs, which lacks a leech line. Reminds me of my ole TOTL SpinOff that way a bit. Some people really love that sound! BTW the wind range you describe does not seem excessive imo. And I think the kite is built well for it. .
  10. I just pulled out both of my ITW Hydra and Kymera kites to see if I can see your concern. I got mine earlier this year so they may be of similar vintage to yours. As between the two kites, at least for me, the Hydra is certainly the more taut when assembled. However, I was able to assemble it without too much difficulty, and it did not seem excessive compared to other kites I have. If concerned, using just the loop as you describe might be a good temporary solution pending the kite stretching out a tad after a few flights. One point to mention: the Hydra has a leech line going through the hem of the trailing edges, whereas my Kymera does not. This will result in some additional tension, potentially. Unlike some kites, the leech line does not appear to be adjustable on the ITW Hydra, so one cannot back it off. (The Kymera is the louder kite of the two in my experience, due, at least in part, to the lack of such leech line I expect.) Perhaps go over the kite again to make sure there are no excessive pressure points such as the spine not properly snugged in the nose pocket or obstructions in the standoff connector holes. Relaxing the velcro at the base of the spine (not too much) may help somewhat -- but not enough that the cross T at the base becomes too loose. The leading edges should also be snug into the nose and completely seated at the ferrule joints. I didn’t measure the length of my standoffs, but that could also be an issue. Perhaps post up yours for comparison with others if there is still an issue. Hope that helps a bit. Both nice kites! .
  11. midibot

    Nose Landing

    I assume it is the landing and takeoff by Mr Aughenbaugh beginning at about the 3:55 mark on the video that caught attention. I am not familiar with the move, but in addition to the kite comments (may be in part kite specific), I note three things: 1. See how Scott runs forward to decelerate the kite (and appears to throw his hands forward to accentuate that at the very end); 2. It is on sand - may be easier on the landing and 'slipperier' on the takeoff; 3. It is The Scott Aughenbaugh.
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    Single or Dual line - all around kite? Newb here

    A further thought: One of the best bang for buck kites we got was an Into The Wind Hata. A single liner. Think they run about 20 US dollars now, and it includes line. It can be flown with its tail on as a standard single liner (which it does quite well, pretty stable in a wide range of winds) -- or as a simple fighter variant. Tail off, it is much less stable but can then be lead about the sky by pointing the kite in the desired direction, pulling in and releasing line when you want to speed up or slow down or stop in that direction and send it off into another. A controllable kite (in a larger sense!). A little hard to describe but google fighter kites and you’ll get an idea. Fun learning curve. (We do not use glass covered line however!) In tail-on mode it is a good gentle flyer for beginners or indeed any flyer. In more advanced mode -- yeee hawww! Nothing at all wrong with starting with a simple GOOD single liner. Just a thought for your upcoming week if you are able to grab one in time. .