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SHBKF last won the day on April 10 2018

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    favorite kite? let me check the wind
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    Do $0.15 paper Hi-Fliers count?
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    Highlands of Virginia
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  1. A few of these kites seem very familiar.... SHBKF
  2. I really like the white leading edge. After flying the Blue Diamond kite I realized that the white leading edge sort of disappears when the kite is in the sky. My eye seems to only see the main body of diamonds & darker blue stripes. The white is close to the brightness of the background sky. When the kite is inverted parked on the terrain the white then shows up very well. Your new Midnight Blowing Snow is another amazing product of your powerful kite fab mind. Wow, you're killin' me, SHBKF
  3. Thanks for all you do John. KiteLife has been a part of my life for some time now. It is everything kites for all kite fliers. Pure & fine all the time. The prizes are just icing on the cake. I have been fortunate to win several times. It is a surprise, a joy & humbling all at the same time. The B series have a special place in the world of kites. I believe I have nine in the kite dungeon now. I guess I have been around just long enough to see some changes. Rock on, SHBKF my beloved B mid vent
  4. I lost the upper spreader for my Prism 4D several years ago when I had no spare tubes or rods for any of my few kites. It was a bad feeling thinking I would not be flying my little superlight kite until I could order a replacement part. No kite shops anywhere in my area & I did not know at that time that hobby stores stocked small diameter light carbon fiber rods for RC control rod use on the little planes. So after a bit of useless anguish, I used my Swiss Army knife to whittle a replacement twig into the guessed length. Later I thought I would make something without bark. At hom
  5. Always enjoy topics about wind range of specific kites. Also glad to see the discussion of alternate tube choices for Hadziki wings. There was a time that I feared appropriate tubes would no longer be available & I did not think I could make satisfactory ones on my own. But now more choices are obviously available & the originals are less important. When I got involved in quad sport wings I was impressed that you could change frames so easily. That is not so easily done on dualies. But in reality I am like Wayne, I change kites as the wind conditions warrant. That is a luxury I d
  6. A very inexpensive tail can be purchased at your local building supply store, surveyor's tape. Check out the bright colors. Just roll out how much you like & tie it on somewhere on the trailing edge of your kite. Do several if you wish. They are reusable and disposable too. I have used other materials scrounged from various sources. The most amusing one was a eight & one half inch wide piece black ribbon from an older fax cartridge. But that was used on a larger single line kite. Have fun! SHBKF
  7. I get touchy if people at a gathering expect me to wear a name badge, sigh. SHBKF
  8. SHBKF

    Crazy Quilt

    Just threw it together from scraps in a couple days, You continue to wow us. rd
  9. SHBKF

    The Hive

    Riff my friend we have all watched you grow into a full blast kite maker. Congratulations on this made to order custom beauty. Ralph
  10. Hello, welcome to KiteLife! This is the place you need to be for friendly kite help. Keep posting about your journey. Your experience sounds very similar to my own. We are all very interested. Cordially, SHBKF
  11. June 10th, 2018 Revisiting this thanks to Exult. I am still amazed at the total connection. It just makes you want to do it. SHBKF
  12. SHBKF

    First look!

    With just enough personal flying ability to understand the flying in the videos I will humbly say it brought tears to my eyes. Ah, the joy of understanding the beauty of superb controlled flight. Thanks, SHBKF
  13. Glad I'm not the only one with a staked handle unintentional launch. Had that experience a few years ago with my five stack of blue Nexus kites. Staked 'em carefully, well I thought I did, but had a similar result. The kites were leaned way back but as the gusts came & went the kites would move a little bit. Each time they moved a little I guess they straightened up a little more until the angle of attack was right for a self launch. My well equalized lines gave them a nice straight trajectory to the top of the window. Soon as they got up high enough they pulled the stake. The stak
  14. Just my opinion here. I have all three of the Tensors. If I were to buy again I would start with the 3.1 & maybe that would be the only one I would keep. You will have plenty to deal with flying the 3.1. Also, being a smaller sail than the others, it turns more easily than the larger ones. Do not try jumping with the 3.1 as it will lift you then let you down hard. Do not park the kite at the zenith. A gust can happen at any time. Stay safe. Forget the bar, fly with the handles & use the kite killers. You will have much more control with the handles. I hot launched a big foil
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