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  1. I have no hands on experience with kite aerial photography, but I recall looking around at the old Charles Benton site back in the day for fun. I think it has been up and down a bit of late for technical reasons, but it is a wealth of KAP oriented information if you have not checked it out yet. There is also a discussion forum, and you can search the site as well for others’ experience in a particular aspect. Thought this may be of use also to others interested in the subject. The url: http://kap.ced.berkeley.edu/kaptoc.html
  2. Parafoil single liner. With the dimensions you supply, the area is 56”x36”/144= 14 sq ft, so a good size and may well be a strong puller in higher wind. Premier still makes them although not sure about that size. I have the spec sheet for a Sutton Flowform 16 foil that calls for 125# line, so you are in the ballpark. (Into the Wind suggests 90# for a 7.5 sq ft version of its parafoil, and 150# for its flowform 15. Premier’s 7.5 --> 90#.) The line to use will depend of course on pull, but 120# does not seem excessive, and may or may not be enough, depending what wind you try it in. A tail may help stabilise if need be -- and/or, possibly consider “line laundry”. That colour scheme is…kinda retro Could be a lot of fun! The single line experts will chime in with more I expect. .
  3. To some ears, silence is golden Other attributes may be in part kite dependent, and you are encouraged to experiment. Have not tried it on a Quantum myself, but here is a snip from the Prism manual for the Zephyr -- while it is a lighter wind kite you may find some similar results. (The effects may or may not be subtle.) Hope this image works:
  4. WW = weak wind From the R-Sky description, translated from the French: "The advantage of weak winds ..."
  5. 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
  6. 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. .
  7. 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. .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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. .
  10. 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 .
  11. 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! .
  12. 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). .
  13. 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. .
  14. 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! .
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