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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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  1. SHBKF

    Long Island Kiters? I'm new.

    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 home I went into the shop & found an eighth inch wooden dowel to make a prettier one. I just tapered the ends a bit to make the fit a little better. The kite flew just fine. But still I wanted the proper part. Thinking about the afternoon I lost the part I remembered hearing a distinct "ting" noise as I loaded the kites into my truck. On a hopeful thought I went back to where I parked that day & there was my carbon fiber spreader laying in the gravel. These days I have spare parts, spare kites & still keep my little dowel too. I also know most dualies will fly without upper spreaders & I have flown them without any spreaders just to see if they would do it. SHBKF
  2. SHBKF

    Like a Rolling Stone Flow by Thomas Horvath

    great looking wing
  3. SHBKF

    Wind Range??

    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 did not have when starting out with only a few kites. Times have changed in that aspect as well. Just some thoughts from out here in the sticks, SHBKF
  4. SHBKF

    help buying first kite for me and my son

    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
  5. SHBKF

    Facebook and Riffclown

    I get touchy if people at a gathering expect me to wear a name badge, sigh. SHBKF
  6. SHBKF

    Crazy Quilt

    Just threw it together from scraps in a couple days, You continue to wow us. rd
  7. 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
  8. SHBKF

    My first Quad and its a Rev

    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
  9. SHBKF

    SS Great Britain

    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
  10. 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
  11. SHBKF

    2nd Time Success

    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 stake pulled part way & was bent by the pull of the stack. They kept climbing until the stake came out completely. Then they drifted off to the right crashing to the ground barely missing a parked Rev Power Blast 2-4. That could have been a disaster. But no harm was done & I was very glad I was the only one on the field as there could have been injuries with the out of control kites & the dangling kite stake. Many lessons come the hard way. Be careful out there. SHBKF Not a great image but the kites right before that unintentional launch. If you look closely you can see the golf ball stake.
  12. SHBKF

    Prizm Tensor?

    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 one time in some changing conditions. The kite went up, the wind changed directions & I was being pulled straight toward my vehicle. Kite killers saved me for sure. I think Riff covers all this stuff in his excellent post. But do enjoy whatever your choice as the big foils are great fun. SHBKF
  13. SHBKF

    Thumbs up for the aviator day!

    Ah, nothing quite like flying a foil. See a few here on KiteLife. Even the little teeny ones are so cool to zoom around with. SHBKF Had my first two line light wind flying session with this one. Notice my great form, arms high to "keep it in the air".
  14. SHBKF

    A Sunday Glide - The Long Way Home

    Appears to be Interstate 40 zoomin along behind you. Quite a sharp contrast to the flight of your kite. Well done Master flier. SHBKF
  15. SHBKF

    Quad Count (they all count)

    No laughing from out here in the sticks. Looks like a great collection to me. I never thought I would own more than a couple kites but things changed when I found out how friendly kites became. Greetings from the Dark Side of the Blue Ridge, SHBKF