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Everything posted by Cot51stState

  1. Congratulations @Mike Klaiber, may you thoroughly enjoy your new Djinn XT. Thank you @John Barresi for the awesome contests and @riffclownfor keeping the community running. 👍👍
  2. I'll need to check my kites, but weren't those just adhesive stickers? It's possible, with age, that they simply fell off 🤷‍♂️. I have a few different examples of rods (2 wrap up to SLE) with which to compare if you find yourself needing pictures.
  3. I've not seen a lot of talk about it, but for the price it's hard to beat a 3Wind. I was looking for a proper SUL and saw some videos Scott Weider (The Kite Shoppe) had posted flying in the street, flying amongst the trees, etc. I've had it out a few times on 30' linesets and have enjoyed how floaty it is. Yesterday I went about half that length and can see it might be passable as an indoor kite as well. As far as lines, I've been tying my own. I had purchased a spool of 50# PowerPro Super 8 Slick braided fishing line to play around with when I first started flying urban. I'm still using some
  4. Thank you for the well wishes... I made it another year! As far as the 3Winds kite, the bridle does appear to be similar to the Windrider. The fields have been wet and the winds have been higher than what this kite was designed for, so I've only had a couple of hours on it. There is a courtyard set between a five story and a three story building on campus, so I walked over there after work on Friday. The courtyard is brick and I now sympathize with those who were discussing what to put on end caps to give them some grip🤣. It was not a problem I ever recall having with the aluminum Djinn end ca
  5. USPS just dropped off one of those triangular boxes that originated at The Kite Shoppe. I have it on good authority that it is a 3Winds SUL. I'll have to wait until tomorrow for pictures because, alas, today is not my birthday 😏.
  6. I added lower bungee covers to the B Pro you sold me. Additionally there's leading edge t-connectors, aluminum end caps, and the upper bungee knots are tied off in the pocket formed between the dual layer of fabric at the top of the sail. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, you should be blushing 🤭.
  7. The Fulcrum can definitely provide a unique change of pace. It is currently one of the three kites I keep partially broken down in my truck with lines attached. I'm getting pretty consistent launching to rising fade and some things I don't have the vocabulary (or the background in freestyle tricks) to be able to describe.
  8. If you ever find yourself inland near Greenville... East Carolina University has an outdoor student recreation area that is perfect. Eight multipurpose fields with beautifully maintained turf grass, two man-made lakes with fountains (one with a sand beach), a clubhouse with a lanai and picnic tables large enough to work on your kites, easy access to water and restrooms. If it weren't within the flight pattern of the local airport, it would be a perfect place to host a kite festival 🤔.
  9. If you are anywhere near Corolla then you are in good shape. Flying Smiles Kites knows a little bit about quad line kites and I think they may have built one or two 😉
  10. I always erred on the side of stronger line. Mine was a 9-stack (standard 6 with a neon colors 3-pack add-on) that could generate a fair amount of pull. In addition to the stronger fly lines, I also upgraded the link lines by removing the metal clips, putting pigtails on the frame, and using larksheaded knots to attach the link line. The bridle was replaced with Rainbow's "Flying frame" (?). It's three hollow spars configured in a triangle with vinyl tubing connecting the ends together. A heavyweight bridle was connected to the front side and link lines on the back. This effectively removed a
  11. I'm on the east coast, so it's a little far for me to meet up. But, it looks like people do fly kites on Whidbey Island 😉. Maybe make contact with the local club and see if there will be someone out flying who can give you a taste of quad line flying?
  12. And just like that I realize I am still doing it wrong 😂. Your explanation makes complete sense, thank you. As a bonus, I find a figure eight knot is easier for me to place where I want it than a figure eight loop.
  13. Welcome to the group. You sound like you're where I was a little over a year ago. I usually took a couple of dual lines with me on vacation. Last year I took an original Revolution that had spent most of its time in the sleeve with me instead. Five quad line kites later I think it's safe to say I'm hooked. The support of this group has aided me greatly on my journey. Things I would recommend at the outset is have handles with the long leaders (like the ones available on this site), have a kite that is designed for the wind you'll most frequently be flying (for me that would be light and
  14. Thank you for sharing those pictures. Brett Marchel was the first I ever read describe those "pick knots" in a manner I could visualize. I really struggled with leader adjustments on 50# line before using them. My first attempt failed when I used overhand knots and the top line knots pulled free. I ended up getting a tiny latch hook to help tie the figure eight knot.
  15. It might factor into how large a stack you could fly 🤔
  16. Don't feel bad. A little over a year ago I showed up with a 30yo original Revolution and a bunch of questions. The original handles didn't have any leaders for adjustment and I was having trouble with reverse flight. So, I ordered a set of the TK Pro Leaders from this site and finally had the ability to properly tune that old kite.
  17. Decided to jump in on this thread since I haven't seen a lot of discussion on the Fulcrum... Second time out on 30' lines (I'm too lazy to use anything else on these hot days 😁) I started to get the hang of launching the Fulcrum from its back (standard leading edge up attitude, allow the kite to lie on its back and rock back until the trailing edge lifts a little, then apply gentle pressure on the lines as it rises). What I've yet to figure out is what's the exit maneuver? I've tried a couple of things that got the front of the sail facing back to me, but none of them seemed particularly
  18. I saw a B-series (maybe a Pro?) in the same 'bargain bin' that the Black Race frames were in at Kites Unlimited. It was a full sail with the same color and pattern as my B-Pro, white with red and black stripes. Might be worth a call... I believe they ship?
  19. I was successful in my search! Kites Unlimited (Atlantic Beach, NC) had a few. I bought what I needed plus a spare, but there was still a complete frame, a center leading edge, and a few more unferruled rods left over. There was even a full sail B-series and a Fulcrum in their bargain bin 😳.
  20. Thanks, I also found some Photoshop tutorials. I should be good now.
  21. I have access to Photoshop via Adobe Creative Cloud through the university and have played around with extracting individual video frames in Photoshop in order to edit and save them.
  22. If I send you the video clip, can you document the moment I broke the leading edge in my B-Pro? I'd make that the background image on my cell phone to use as a reminder 😫.
  23. No, not nearly as nice. This is a field adjacent to the local high school. The marching band uses a portion of it for practice. With all the recent rain; weeds, clover, and fireant mounds are trying to take over. East Carolina's intramural athletic athletic fields drain a lot better.
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