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About makatakam

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  • Birthday 04/10/1951

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    revs, other quads
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    2009
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    Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois
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    United States
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    fishing, fossils, kites
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  1. Great pun!!!! Welcome to the forum.
  2. makatakam

    Insurance

    Wouldn't they also have something for sport kiters? If you have renters' or homeowners' insurance I believe your agent can up the limits of your personal liability coverage for a very modest sum.
  3. makatakam

    Handles

    Exactly -- but since longer handles will amplify input, if you are looking for precision as one would in competition, you must realize that any "mistake" you make will be amplified as well. That's why a beginner flying in light wind will tend to fall out of the sky more often when using longer handles. Again, as with all other facets of kite adjustment it becomes a compromise. You make the choice depending on what you need versus what you prefer and usually settle for something in between. Once you know that there are several of these extremes that can be adjusted independently, you begin to make significant advancements towards pilot proficiency. Understanding this and implementing the knowledge accordingly is the difference between intermediate and advanced. Just being able to feel the change an adjustment makes is the difference between novice and intermediate.
  4. makatakam

    Handles

    It really depends on your level of experience. If you have not yet reached the "intermediate" level you won't notice any difference at all. If you have you may notice some but will have to alter the inputs because the additional length accentuates the inputs so you'll have to tame them down, but the length also gives you added throw distance as a lever. You'll probably fall out of the sky at first, but once you adjust you'll be ok. Some people like longer, some don't. Try it before you buy it. Personally, I just never bothered. It's fine for me with standard handles. Your mileage may vary.
  5. Shanti and Laser Pro are the way to go.
  6. Welcome to the forum. Shanti and Laser Pro are your best bet.
  7. makatakam

    Grey Fade

    Excellent acquisition. I know where you got that!
  8. If you like flying quad kites and don't lose interest, you will soon have more kites than you need. But you will have what you need to fly in any wind. Don't worry about it. It will just happen. I have 14 Rev-style quad kites, 5 sets of handles, at least 7 line sets in various length and strength, 4 extra frames, and a $200 bag to hold it all. I don't have very many kites, compared to others. Just enough to make sure that when I get to the field, no matter what the conditions are, I can fly.
  9. You can find screws at most hardware stores that have no thread at least 1/4" down the shank from the head with no problem, and definitely find the anchors that have the flange at one end. Panhead screws are ok, but may have a bit of a rough edge. I prefer the beveled countersink head type. If you can't find them in a kit/prepack buy them separately. These items literally cost pennies each. Get the right stuff and make the job easy. Carefully remove the burr on the outside of the handle tube and don't worry about the inside. Any rough edge or surface on the inside will hold the anchor better and if it doesn't want to fit easily just force it in. You'll need to poke a new hole in each vinyl tip cover and fish the leader through. If you like you can use sacrificial loops to which you attach the leaders. This way if there's any rough spots the loops will take the wear and your leaders will stay untouched. I always did both top and bottom of each handle. Doing the top is not necessary, but it does look better, and there is zero chance of the tops snagging if done. You can do two sets of handles, both tops and bottoms, for less than $10 if you look for loose screws and anchors, and get the job done in less than an hour, so there's no reason you shouldn't. You'll love the performance of your new snagless handles. There are solid aluminum no snag handles available for purchase if you prefer and don't mind spending money. I purchased some from one of the IKE club members who used to make them, after I had modified the first two original sets I had, and I must admit I like them more than the modded ones.
  10. Cut a piece of cardboard into the shape you want. Bend the cardboard into the shape you want. Push a skewer through the cardboard at the point you want. Fasten a second skewer at 90 degrees to the first skewer to both the first skewer and the cardboard at the point you want.
  11. The leaders will move less and therefore take longer to wear out if you secure them to the screw using a clove hitch. Also not as bulky as the larkshead.
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