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  1. midibot

    Torrential downpours, silver lining!

    I expect that the spars could well be some make of pultruded carbon tube, having clicked on your picture for a better view. If so, these are hollow: solid would be pretty darn heavy in an 8 foot kite. Pultruded is just 'somewhat' heavy. Somewhere around there are interesting spar charts comparing size, weight, deflection, strength, etc of various types and makes of spars/rods/tubes. But I digress. Often (but not always) there is a make, size or other info printed on one or more of the spars -- although perhaps an interior one not immediately visible. At any rate that might become relevant should you ever -- ahem -- excessively stress one negatively. .
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    Torrential downpours, silver lining!

    From your picture, it looks like the Griffin 3-stripe, which would be the middle of the 3 versions, and framed in carbon fibre (Bemans?). The basic version (I still have mine!) was framed in something like J-65 fibreglass. Heavier! Floppier! Bullet proof! Needs about 7mph to get going! The top end was the 5-stripe, done up in polyester (icarex?) cloth and wrapped rods, with a commensurately lower end in the wind range. Your version may vary from this, however. In any case a classic kite indeed, imo. . .
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    Are the lines still good ?

    I have a bunch of old lines I have been meaning to try and I am thinking I will just attach the flying ends to a sturdy eyelet on a fence post and just unwind and give them some gradually increasing pulls until it simulates worse scenario conditions I would expect for the particular kite in big winds, and a bit more. Probably go up at least one size for a given kite to be safe (like clubbing up one in golf). Some of the old lines are kevlar and that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish I expect. . .
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    Fly with munter hitch?

    We flew 7/8 foot roks in rok battles with 150-200# or so line on a large hoop spool with good success. Simple, and pulls in a fair bit of line per revolution come time for that. Just one moving part aka yoyo winder I think Oh, and some good gloves, too.
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    Action Camera

    Very cool Top Of The Line. The model, if so, will be sewn on the kite at the spine area and on the sleeve: looks like "The Hawaiian Team Kite". Lots of history in that! Big pull in a big wind. Various models over the years and the spars used varied as well. For instance the 1995 (I think it is) catalogue makes reference to a pro spar graphite/fiberglass version as an alternative to the straight fg version. Check out the specs on Soarin's pages here: https://kenpar19.wixsite.com/thesoarincollection/hawaiian-team-series?lightbox=dataItem-jckvxs2m and here: https://kenpar19.wixsite.com/thesoarincollection/hawaiian-team-series Nice slooow kite can do square corners but don't expect to axel it soon...! .
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    Skynasaur Tracker WTT WTS

    Here's that Skynasaur Trixter/Tracker diagram I mentioned (hope this works):
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    How to secure sail to nock

    The Flying Wings kites usually have an instruction sheet addressing this iirc, perhaps not here. The white line (leech line), a loop in your pic, goes on first, generally. On the wingtip tensioner aspect, a brief search on here brought up a similar question for a Flying Wings Silver Fox -- see the pics in post #3 by Daniel in this thread: https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8216-silver-fox-23-ul-wing-tip-tension-help/ While not identical, the Prism video on doing up the Wingtip Tensioner linked below is of good general guidance as well. Others may chime in, too, with thoughts. If the UL doesn't have vinyl end caps ("vecs") on the wing tips, they are a useful addition to consider. While it adds a wee bit of weight, it also adds security and protection of the knot system and nocks. The downside is if not tight enough they can be lost, but replacements are available at kite stores. I get long ones a size small in diameter and stretch them on after heating in warm water. (Not the end of the world to fly without vecs.) The Prism link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYq9755wpD0&list=PLuyl1SifkX7hYV9MVKc0uTsK3J14j-fj4&index=19 Hope this helps. .
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    Flying Alone - Dual Line Launch

    I almost never use a stake for dual line kites any more -- one less thing to forget In low(er) winds one can just let the framed kite tilt back while you go back to the handles. At a certain windspeed or gust the kite may start to blow around as you walk back, so I do this: at the kite end, roll the kite backwards by hand about 3/4 of a revolution from the normal launch position so that it is oriented nose forward, belly down flat on the ground, with the lines coming up over the trailing edge of the kite and draped over the top of the kite, and extending back towards the handle/strap end of the lines. The kite is directly downwind of the handles here. Having the nose forward on the ground pointed (pancaked) into the wind gives it good stability, and time to get back to your handles comfortably and safely. You may perhaps recognize the nose forward position from some of the times you were forced to do that walk of shame to get airborne again -- but in this case the lines are deliberately draped as described, and you at the handle end of the lines slooowly and gently pull to roll the kite arse over nose to get to the stable launch position. This technique works in most winds, with the only issue perhaps being more extreme winds making it hard to roll the kite without potential damage (I don’t fly in that much wind), or wildly variable winds which might swirl and change direction up to 180 degrees or some such -- at which time I either wait it out or, less desirably, pack it in. I keep the kites I am not flying at the moment ‘parked’ on the ground nose into the wind face down. Sometimes there is quite the squadron of them The other note is that I am fortunate enough to fly mainly over grass (soccer/cricket fields) and so ymmv for other surfaces. I am inland so our winds are somewhat variable and uneven but this works for me most of the time. This process gets me out flying in a wide range of winds by meself with good success, and may be worth a try if you, ummm, forget a stake, too. Hope this helps a bit. .
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    Skynasaur Tracker WTT WTS

    In doing a little Skynasaur research here I came across this post. Given the sail graphics and lack of extended keel, I believe that the kite in this pic could have been the Skynasaur Trixter. The Trixter and Tracker, at ~74" wingspans, were slightly smaller variants of the Tracer as has been stated in this thread. I have in front of me the printed instruction booklet which points out that the Tracker has an extended keel, whereas the Trixter does not. The pic here does not, leading me to the possible Trixter conclusion. If we had dimensions of the depicted kite we could be more certain. OP did mention it being a somewhat smaller kite fwiw. The booklet came with my Tracker, which I recently picked up used. If I can figure out how to post it I can put up the diagram from the booklet describing the two smaller variants. It has dimensions and some notes on bridle differences as well. It may also be useful to someone down the line with these fun ole kites. .
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    I am looking out the window at snowflakes, and the thermometer says 0* C so the title caught my eye. Envy you! Pics would be nice but my imagination suffices at the moment. The kite will be fast in a 30kph wind; pull a bit, too. Interested in your idea of shipping it down -- how did that work out for you? Shipping it back, too? Aruba isn't that large I gather, so a bus or a car to another beach might be feasible, eh? .