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SparkieRob

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  1. Nice set up. Good luck to all. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  2. I've got an 8 meter (25 feet) Occy that I use #150 for. I wouldn't go any lower on mine. Agree with the suggestion of #500 line. Don't mess with the bridle as they are set from factory. UNLESS you have some fairly major issues with it in flight behaviour. Octopuses look amazing in the sky. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  3. The final centre design looks classier than the "V". Really sweet looking ride. Love it. Love it. Love it. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  4. Perfect kite for a Sparkie..... Really liking this one@riffclown Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  5. Sweeeeeet! Second chance for swag! I'm in. 977 let's go! Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  6. Congrats! Lucky there is more than one do you both can represent!! Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  7. All good mate. It's coming Down Under so no rush.... Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  8. That design lends to reflective strips! I might have a thing for them.... Great scheme. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  9. Set a budget first. This will be the hardest to stick to... A bigger wing will get slower and more forgiving but will be a handfull in more wind. A smaller wing will be faster and more twitchy (responsive) but will need more wind to fly. Some kites have energy dispersive features that will help with the lawn darts. Most importantly, get a ready to fly (rtf) package so you can just buy and fly. A stake to set up and re-set up is important too. One person feature. That being said, there is always "better" models available as second hand. Check out some tutorials on the basics. Prism, Skydog and Skyburner all make some great entry kites. Pick something that appeals to your eyes. There's a great bloke that flies around Long Island... He'll chime as he's a regular. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  10. That looks very good. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  11. Just thinking out loud, imagine a diamond pattern but with one colour black and the other being reflective tape... Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  12. When I fly slk's off a hoop winder, I have the line to the kite from the top of the spool. For me it's an ergonomic thing. Kite will pull on the line causing the force to act on the hoop to "unwind". Line on top means that I have my thumb on it and control the force with my wrist. I relax my grip to feed a little line off then lock it up. Imagine you are giving the kite a thumbs up and the thumb rests on the line directly to the kite. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  13. I'll stick my hand up and say I have to crunch the numbers. I don't get any opportunities to try before I buy. I rely heavily on manufacturers data as well as pilot reviews. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  14. A quick word on a 30 set. You can fly a Standard into Vented winds quite easily. Quick to the edges but you are also under the strong stuff due to a 30 or do foot ceiling cap. I can take a Standard with Black Race on 30's from true zero all the way out to 20 mph. Rarely are my conditions THAT variable but can be done. Top end is a bit punishing on a Standard though. For me, 30 feet is my happy zone. The length is super fun. Tight work in tight spaces. Mark my words, there will be a competition category for 30 feet soon! Picture this, 3 or 4 competitors on the field at once battling! Giving the crowd a show up close and real personal. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  15. Got the notification; The item is leaving on a jet plane... Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  16. I signed up for the USPS notifications so I can watch it cross the globe. Damn excited! Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  17. Oh, it is ideal that lines be millimetre perfect but a little off and your hands will correct for your eyes. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  18. The first time I cut down some lines, I made a 30 and 49ish set from my old 80's. It was really simple in the end. I decided not to sleeve the new loops but did put pull tabs on them. I measured out 15 feet and makes them with 2 stakes, one at either end. One at a time! I put the loop on one stake and went around and back to give me 30 feet. BUT. I went around and back where the stake that had the loops on and replicated the extra length that will form my "other" loop. Applying some tension, I marked across both lines with a sharpie and then cut 1cm PASSED the mark. Repeat for the other 3. When it came to tying the knot, I tied a figure 8 stopper on the very end but I found this not really needed. Line the 2 marks up and tie the first overhand knot just on the loop side of the mark. Careful to keep the tension even. Tie another overhand knot about 2cm closer to the new loop end from the one you just did. Repeat for the others. I put all 4 over the stake and ran them up and back again to check for even length. My first set only one was a bit off so I just tied another knot between the 2 overhand ones. Give it a go. Still use that set but it's getting a little ratty now... 30 is my favourite length, I just love to intimacy of it. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  19. I think there was a thread somewhere talking of the difference between less big holes verses more little holes. The sail with more little holes cloud go lower due to the vortices created at the edges. When, that's not an if, I tea-bag a rev I will be cutting lots of smaller holes rather than big ones. Looking to make a spiral pattern on each wing with them. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  20. Make it the front kite of a progressive stack. Or a stack of some sort. The other kites will divide the weight. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  21. Schwaggg! Nice offering mate. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  22. Following this with a little more than passing interest. I considered a perimeter lighting system for my stack. They don't make the system anymore. Like this a lot! Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  23. Massive congratulations!!!! Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  24. Ahem, think I'm about 15 hours ahead.... Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
  25. Oh yes! One more Day till I win a brother (or sister) to my PoloVTD.... I've played around on the colourizer and are really loving the monochrome scheme. Sent from a Galaxy 8 Far Far Down Under.
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