The glider kite "Plutz" by Ceewan. I have since found out that the hanging weight should be connected at its free end to the front wing standoff above it. Sorry about the photos not showing the correct build.
SLK flying in the backyard just before sunset.
Handheld in the fading light.
Joe loaned his stunning Mohawk XS to me for some photos.
My son Britt was doing the flying. Actually reverse flying as the wind was blowing towards us at about 1 mph. It was tough, but he did a great job.
For a brief moment, the wind was with us enough to get this nice shot.
A few details of the Mohawk XS. The kite band also has a sportkitedesign tag on it, although I didn't get a shot of it.
Very nice sleeve and tags.
Mark loaned his new old stock Prophecy for photos also.
These were the hardest shots to get as the wind was blowing against us at a few mph.
Here's proof we were in the backyard.
This is such a beautiful kite.
We got this a lot due to the wind direction.
Britt fighting to keep the kite up.
And a detail shot. Happy New Year.
Merry Christmas. Larry Evans as Santa Claus.
Dec 17, 2011. Patriot Park, Las Vegas. Many times when by myself taking pictures, I will practice the fade. It almost never goes well in our bumpy winds. Collage sized for 8x5 ratio. There is a few second gap between 5-6 and then again between 10-11.
As the sequence in the previous collage was made up of 3 separate bursts, I have rearranged the photos into what looks like 1 continuous shoot, ending in a wonderful fade. It didn't happen like this, so just keep it a secret.
Dec 17, 2011. Patriot Park, Las Vegas. This is Mark's Chiroptera. Designed and built by Will Sturdy. It is an xUL, and was just barely surviving the 7mph winds at the park. Forgive all the lens flare, I just wanted to get the sail looking as good as possible. Sorry Mark, but I had to get the picture.
This is really a glider kite, not meant to be a SLK in the normal sense.
Looks like I got a blade of grass on the back of the sail. I probably should clone it out.
You can see that the cross spars are held away from the sail by a set of lines and the center ferrule. This was way too much wind, but the kite handled it well.
In this too strong wind, the cross-spars have moved backward causing the rear spar line to go slack. At first, I thought it was wrapped around the bridle. Nope, I just shouldn't be flying the kite in this amount of wind.
Mark's Talon SUL by Jest of Eve kites. To save weight, the yoyo stoppers are black cable ties. The left one has broken and fallen off. Although the Talon did come with extra cable ties.
Mark Clements calls the large panel (black) both his Hero panel and the "I hate this panel".
Yes, I am once again both pilot and photographer.
That is a pretty panel layout. That's in addition to being an excellent kite.
Accidental tip stand.
I have wrapped the tension lines so they no longer dangle in the wind.
Last flying shot of the Talon SUL.
No roll bars on the SUL. They weigh too much.
For Joe. This is the Solus in the grey/orange color scheme.
I really wanted to fly this in the good wind. But it was just on loan for photos. Drat.
There are 4 standard color configurations. This is Joe's favorite, and my least favorite. I guess that is why Sky Burner offers us choices.
Because the black V can be cut as 1 panel, this Solus has 18 panels instead of 22.
I'm putting in a few extra pictures for Joe.
This one may get deleted later.
Even though this is my least favorite color combination of the Solus, I still like it.
Working on my 1 hand fade skills.
I went back and took the most even looking fade photo. Then, cropped for a computer monitor 8x5 ratio and enhanced the kite just a touch.
Dec 16, 2011. New Silverbowl Park, Las Vegas. Mohawk XS originally designed by Robert Randolph. This newer version is made by Sportkitedesign under license. Photo taken at night with my new little camera.
Joe came up from Arizona. He is an excellent trickster and was flipping his new Mohawk around very deftly.
This is the new xUL Chiroptera by Will Sturdy. I'll have more pictures later. This was the best I could get without using the flash.
Then, I turned on the flash and still took some bad pictures. Fortunately, I got a few useful ones. This is an excellent gliding kite. Nice job Will Sturdy.
A little blur, sorry. You can see the wing battens.
And here is Joe's left hand.
The 4 standard color choices for the Solus by Sky Burner Kites.
November 24, 2011. Thanksgiving Day. Pandora by Flying Wings. This is a very large (10.5 foot) kite with a reported weight of 12.5 ounces.
Looking forward to some higher wind. The kite started making some very nice growls when the wind speed picked up briefly to about 5 mph.
Old school flat axels are nice and slow.
Had to get a backlit shot.
And back to the house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Nov 9, 2011 Kent Kingston holds a Jest Of Eve Talon Vented. His store (A Wind Of Change) is now carrying all versions (vented, standard, UL) of the Talon in various colors. This photo was taken with our pocket camera. By the way, I think the Talon has the best looking vented model.
Kent loaned several kites to me for photos. These were all taken in my back yard using a flying handle, 15 foot line set and my trusty Nikon dSLR. The line set is so short that the converging lines cause the bridle inhaul to droop in these pictures. On longer lines, all bridle lines would be taut.
I was going to wait for some higher wind, but the clouds, sun and wind direction had me yanking the kites up into the air for some quick photos.
As soon as the photos were taken, the kites were returned to their bags.
This is the standard version of the Talon by Jest Of Eve Kites.
Solus by Sky Burner Kites. This is Option #4 of the standard color configurations for the 22 panel kite.
Fortunately, the little wind we had was blowing in a direction which allowed me to capture some backlit shots.
More of a side shot showing the less dramatic, but more accurate presentation of the colors.
Although there is a little discoloration near the left wingtip, the rest of the photo looks pretty good.
This is Option #3 of the standard color combinations for the Solus. You can see the upper adjustment leg of the bridle near the upper spreader on the right side. I had moved the bridle connection to the top knot to get extra lift in the very light winds.
Here I have cheated and used Photoshop and the cloning tool to remove the bridle leg adjustment link you saw in the previous photo. I really like this red version.
Last photo of the Red Solus. These kites were only popped into the air for photos, then quickly put away. Hopefully, this will let potential buyers see what the kites really look like so they don't have to decide based on a drawing.
And finally, this is Kent's custom Solus. Very sharp color scheme. We live about 2 miles from the smaller airport in Las Vegas. We get aircraft from time to time in the distance. It adds some variety and a little noise, but we like the planes.
Looks nice, doesn't it?
The Solus is a 100", large sport kite. Kent said I could spank this one around, and I am looking forward to testing my limited skills on it.
I always like to have clouds in kite photos. Looks like a slack line trick to me. How is it staying up?
My favorite photo of Kent's Solus.
This is the WindBlade, complete with box that was originally sold to Paul Shirey. Photos taken in April 2011.
You get all this stuff that you then put together.
Fortunately, there are directions.
This is the heart of the system. It is a sail which slides along 2 monofilament lines, traveling back and forth between 2 people.
To make the device go back to where it came from, you flip over the handle, which inverts the sail.
It's quite large.
And has a patent.
The angle of the sail is controlled by the 2 glide tubes.
So 2 people stand away from each other until the lines are taut. In enough wind, the sail will slide back and forth between them.
Photo by either Darren or Dave. Here I am showing my lack of coordination in using the device.
October 1, 2011. This is the Odyssey UL by Peter Taylor (Airdynamics). I had asked my daughter to draw something on the mostly monochrome sail.
She had previously drawn a design on my Dharma, another kite by Peter Taylor.
I was swinging the kite way over to the left to get the sun for backlighting. Caught this fade in the process.
My kit lenses aren't real happy about shooting so close to the sun.
Peter's kites are very fluid in an old school way for those of you who enjoy flying a kite. Although spin tricks are easily accessible.
Sept 17, 2011 Patriot Park. Kent Kingston loaned his custom Ocius SUL to me for some photos. The kite is just darned green.
The wingtip accents are a recent addition to the Ocius line.
That center vertical black stripe is a reinforcement strip, not the shadow of the spine.
That white looking central area is a mylar which is fairly opaque compared with most other mylar seen on sport kites.
Just for variety, these 6 photos have been color shifted in equal amounts through the Photoshop Hue filter. I don't even know if these colors are available, but they sure look interesting. I am surprisingly drawn to the salmon colored one in the lower left.
Winds were low and bumpy. Barely caught these fade pictures.
The Ocius SUL required a long, slow sweeping motion to get into the fade.
Some detail shots. The inner standoffs have a bit of bend in them. The standoffs are quite slender.
The published weight of the SUL is 4.8 ounces, I got 4.9 ounces (139 grams) with the bridle and vinyl end caps.
Here is a closeup showing the reinforcing stripe along the centerline. The nose looks odd only because I am grabbing one side with my left hand.
Didn't really get a chance to fly it in the ever decreasing wind.
When front lit, the kite is extra green.
You can see the bend in the inner standoffs. Looking forward to flying this 7 footer in the near future before I return it to Kent.
Sept 16, 2011 New Silverbowl Park. This is the fairly rare UFO by Joel Scholz. I spent some extra time in post-processing to make the kite look as good as reasonably possible. There are built-in pockets at each end. Perhaps that helps with the flight.
Sept 14, 2011. My backyard. I wasn't completely happy with my initial photos of this beautiful kite and the clouds from a previous storm were looking like they wanted to be a background. This was the best photo of the shoot.
I've put in a few others that came out fairly well.
Sadly, the wind was once again coming from the wrong direction, so it was yank and shoot the falling kite time.
I retied the bridle lines so the adjustment link wouldn't be distracting.
These last 2 photos are nice, but the kite just looks too flat.
Sept 10, 2011, Patriot Park near my house. Meet the Black Pearl UL. This is the first purchased model in the United States.
Mark ordered the Black Pearl UL in his trademark color scheme of Blue, Neon Yellow and Black. Hmmmm, looks like I have a little purple tint to this picture. That little extra spike near the upper left spreader connector is merely the adjustment link of the bridle line.
I was surprised at the high aspect ratio as the pictures on the net made the kite seem slightly lower in that department. I kept swinging the kite to the extreme sides of the window to get some clouds in the background. Post-processing was used to remove the adjustment link on the upper bridle leg in this photo and one other.
The Black Pearl UL went into a fade very easily. And once again, I am the pilot and photographer. My continued thanks and remembrance to Shane for making the flying handle for me.
This kite has no weight added that we could find and still rolled up fairly easily. I don't know if the other ULs come with any weight on them. The published weight is 230 grams, this one (with bridle and leader lines) weighs in at 255 grams (9 ounces) which is on the light side for a 2.4m (94.5") kite, but well within reason for a true UL. Many modern kites claim names lighter than they really are. The Black Pearl UL tells the truth in its name.
Here are some detail shots. I had trouble with cascades, but that is probably just a timing issue on my part. Joe was doing the modern comete type tricks and I was getting Taz Machines much more easily than I do on other kites. To me, there is a dead spot on flic-flacs if you get the kite into a true pancake (flat) position.
Mark asked Thorsten Mikus to sign the kite as First in USA, meaning the first purchased Black Pearl as there have been a few demo kites traveling around the country. Construction is very good, not perfect, certainly the kite will last a long time with excellent reinforcement in the proper areas.
A few more detail shots. Note the unusual configuration on the standoffs.
A backlit shot so you can see the asymmetric color scheme.
Well, aside from the color fringing, this shot looks pretty good. Shooting into the sun is always risky.
This was a tough angle to get as I had to swing the kite around to the wrong side of the wind to get the sun in the background.
The kite would immediately lose tension as it reached the absolute limit of wrong way flying. It was a trooper.
You get a very cool kite bag with the Black Pearl UL.
Sep 9, 2011. Mark arrived with his new Black Pearl UL. It was too late to get any real shots so Mark loaned the kite to me for a week.
Mike was visiting from Kingman, AZ. Here he holds up a bonus kite that Mark received.
A close-up. According to Robin McCracken, this is a "HATA".
Here is a Jeff Howard Imperial UL. This kite was a gift from my friend geezer.
It may be old school, but Joe was whacking it around pretty well. Photo rotated 90°.
Aug 19, 2011. Joe, his friend, and his grandfather drove up from Kingman Arizona for our Friday Night Fly at New Silverbowl Park.
Joe had several very nice kites, but I had never seen an "Essence" by Dutchkites (designed by Pim Kusters). It's a 2.36 meter (93") full size trickster framed in mostly Skyshark 5PT spars.
I quickly hooked my 15 foot lineset and flying handle to the kite and started both yanking the lines and shooting pictures.
Normally, the Essence has an internal yo-yo cage forming 2 inverted T shapes between the standoffs and the leading edge. It's there to reinforce the sail during multiple roll-ups. Joe flies without the cage.
Darren was in the background with his Deep Space. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to fly the Essence (both hands), but Joe assures us he will be back for future Friday Night get-togethers.
The kites drew interest from some younger, future fliers.
I asked Joe if he would like to try the flying handle. He was quite good, but prefers 2 hands. Joe can spank a sport kite around very well. We're all looking forward to flying with him again.
Aug 17, 2011. My back yard. Mark loaned this beautiful Level One "Jumping Jack Flash" SUL to me for some photos. Temperatures were high so I went into the back yard with the flying handle and 15 foot lines. I realized some "extra lines" needed to be tucked in after looking at this photo on the camera's review screen.
Anytime you see the flower petal reinforcements around the standoffs, you know that it is a Level One kite.
Listed at 2.05 m (81 inches) and 218 gms (7.7 oz), the JJF SUL is on the smallish side and yet it is one of the very few smaller kites I really enjoy. I own a standard JJF.
My standard has a black sail where this one is white (silverish/grey). There is also some translucent mylar at the wingtips, nose and keel center area.
According to the bag, the kites are made in Heaven. Who am I to doubt them?
The nose is very clean, but you can pick up an edge of the top piece. A quick trip to a pair of scissors should take care of any problems.
Here are a few closeups for you detail freaks.
Friday Night Fly, Aug 12, 2011 New Silverbowl Park, Nevada. I brought out this beautiful Brian Todd modified Paradox by Spirit Of Air.
The Paradox is the only sport kite I know of that has extended leading edge material used to wrap around the otherwise exposed tips of the spars. It's sort of like a cowboy's chaps.
This particular Paradox has a modified bridle activator leg and telescoping inner standoffs.
This is the purple fade theme. Most of the Paradox models had a color fade theme. However, the elusive spectrum design had 5 different colors with the 5th color going onto a special inserted panel at the wingtips that the normal Paradox kites don't have.
Mylar and backlighting. That's one of the best visuals I can think of. The wings look very dragonfly(ish) to me.
Mark then brought out his Mojo RWB, recently purchased from Kent. After taking these photos, I got a chance to fly this one. Still considered by me to be the best flying sport kite ever made, although Bambi says it is the AirFX. As the AirFX is the father of the Mojo, who am I to disagree.
You can see the billow of the sail as it is un-inflated in this stalled position. The Mojo is one of the very few kites to incorporate broadseaming into the construction.
The sun was getting pretty low by this time. You can see the yellow tint to this photo.
I do enjoy how the kite lines will pick up and reflect the sun. Sadly, you can see some color fringing in the sky to the left side.
The blue can go through several shade changes as the sun shines through it.
My favorite photo showing the different shades of blue. Sadly, I missed the lower tip of the kite.
New to our area this is Jared flying and his father Bobby. This is the 5 sqm Toxic foil by HQ. The picture is a composite of 3 shots taken about 1/3 of a second apart.
Here is the final of the 3 photos used in the previous picture. Bobby also owns a 12, 15 and 18 !! sqm set of foils.
Just before the sun set, I took these final 2 pictures of the Toxic.
Jared let me fly this for a bit. The lad had more skills than I when it came to showing what a foil could do.
Friday, July 22, 2011 New Silverbowl Park, NV. Mark brought out several old school kites. Here is a TOTL (Top of The Line) Spinoff in the Sunrise panel layout.
Really bold panel layout.
Darren was flying in the light winds while Ken and Mark watch.
I had Mark hold up his kites for the backlit shots. You can see how loose the sail is before it inflates.
AirPro by Tori Tako.
Wizard by Bob Childs.
Spider Wing II.
Raven by Tori Tako. Tako means octopus or kite. In this case, I'm guessing kite.
Friday, July 15, 2011 and a family from Utah shows up with this home-made Xitr based on a Kathy Goodwind design.
The bridle needed lots of work and the upper spreader connector broke so we only got a little bit of airtime. The build quality was very good otherwise.
Mark had his new Dyna-Kite stack and the wind was pretty strong earlier in the evening.
These little dualies looked quite nice.
Dave's big 19 foot delta will be the background for many of these photos.
I hear the Dyna-Kites are not really expensive either.
Here Mark untangles the tails after an abrupt landing.
Buena Vista "Pulse" by Peter Werba.
An old-school kite that will yoyo fairly easily without weights.
Dave with his big monster.
Those tails look wonderful by the way.
Artsy out-of-focus hand in the foreground.
Here is another Dave with a vented Rev 1.5.
It was getting close to sunset and the camera sensor was having a difficult time.
Yeah, I see the solar flares. Cut me some slack people.
Nice looking Rev though.
The sun was almost out of sight so these photos are going to look fairly flat. You can see the aliasing in the sky background as the ISO was being pushed to its limits. I could have smoothed the background but didn't want to spend the time.
And a home-made Urban Ninja way after the sun went down. Available light only, no flash.
July 4, 2011 Las Vegas, NV. 95°F, 25% RH, 2300 ft altitude, winds around 6 mph. KYMERA: designed by John Barresi. An Into The Wind Kite.
I was popping the Kymera up in the variable wind and getting a slow drift down. It was around 4 PM and I was the only person standing in the park field in the muggy, Nevada sun.
I am once again flying the kite with my left hand using the Shane handle and snapping photos with my right hand holding the Nikon D5000.
The Kymera has a pleasant look to it and uses light colors, which I personally prefer. Other choices vary the one color, but the whites and grays remain the same.
The few times I got a slight burst of wind to power up the kite, it responded with a nice low throaty trailing edge buzz.
I didn't get a real chance to fly the kite or examine it closely. Not sure if the keeper bridle lines are supposed to be active as it looks like they just tug on the lower inhauls. The bridle also has a nice, long set of leaders for yoyo tricks.
I was already looking forward to going home and taking a shower.
The sail has a LOT of billow to it. You could see the sail inflate when it loaded up. I guess we could say the kite is broadseamed. Yes, that is an intentional fade although I'm backing up pretty quickly.
The overall proportions first reminded me of my new generation Katana. But a quick comparison showed the Kymera to have a shorter and lower keel so the aspect ratio is much higher and the standoff spacing is much wider. Definitely not a me too design, although the long keel had me guessing at first.
The inner standoffs are canted inward significantly and even have a stop to show where they are supposed to be. Several detail shots now follow.
Back and front close-ups of the nose after 15 minutes of photos and several cartwheel recoveries on the park grass. A little nose trim would be acceptable.
The Kymera feels very heavy for 11.1 ounces. It has a keel weight and 2 non-removable weights just above the center-T. I heard there may be a weight in the nose, but do not know as the rubber tip was glued on. If you remove the keel weight, there is no way to protect the flap from spar wear as no plastic substitute comes with the kite. The bag is very nice.
Overall quality seems quite good to my non-expert eyes. I would have appreciated a more adjustable bridle as even the lighter of the 2 settings on the upper outhaul was quite heavy. I ended up wrapping the line around the ULE connector once later in an attempt to get any flying in the 6 mph winds. The upper left photo shows a crease spot where the upper brass weight C-clip just above the center-T rubs against the sail. This could lead to accelerated wear over time.
A few more closeups showing various points of interest. I even gave you drop shadows, glow and bevel on the inserts.
I have placed a lineset on the back of the sail so you can see the large amount of billow sewn into the sail. The kite loads up when the line is pulled and the sail pops full of air.
That is me and my sopping wet T-shirt after 30 minutes at the park. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Can 1 man be that good-looking?
1993 Windborne Kitealog® from Monterey's Cannery Row. 16 pages
Highline Kites of Berkeley 1993 Fall Kite Catalog. 12 half-pages printed on 3 sheets. Here are the back cover (left) and front cover (right).
Friday Night June 24, 2011 New Silverbowl Park. Kent had out his beautiful Progressive Stack of Revs. Photos taken with Canon pocket camera.
Here you can see the emphasized size difference in the 3 Revs. The smallest Rev II is up front, Rev 1.5 in the middle and the largest Rev I is in the back. Sorry about the red tinge from the camera sensor overload.
Polly and son Sam were in town from Georgia and came out for an hour or so before heading to the airport. Neither had flown a fighter before so I pulled out my new used Hoopty fighter and they took turns flying it.
Here is my attempt at artsy. Polly is kneeling and I am way down to get the shot. Sam is a triathlete and professional photographer. He claims he has no hand-eye coordination, but he flew the fighter very well for his first time.
Friday, June 17, 2011: New Silverbowl Park, NV. This is the out-of-production SkyTiger Foil. It has cell-to-cell fill to help prevent collapsing and trailing edge flaps to aid in turning response.
It has a very flat profile which makes the entire surface useful at producing pull. After all, these are traction foils.
Just had the little Canon Elph for these shots.
Sunday, June 12, 2011. Bob Matteo is in town for a convention. He had a few hours and was kind enough to drive over to my local park. The sun had already officially set and I was shooting with my small Elph. This overexposed flash picture shows Bob's newest purchase, a Brassington "Kindness Of Strangers".
So, in the waning light, Bob pulled up his 6 footish SLK for some photos. Winds were spotty at best.
This is the maiden voyage for the kite. You can see all the creases in the kite.
Bob liked the purple SLK so much he ordered 5! kits in various matched color schemes. So far, he has only had time to sew the blue version, seen here.
When finished, there will be 6 of these in a train.
I turned on the strobe for this aerial photo.
Bob and I then went to Big Dog's Microbrewery for Root Beer and brats. And he paid. What a good guy. Beautiful kites. Bob goes to about 4 kite making seminars a year.
Friday, June 10, 2011 at New Silverbowl Park. The wind started off strong, but would later die down to about 2 mph.
Originally, I was going to fly the Vented Katana with a 100'x7"dia tube tail, but that didn't work out.
Scott Stickney was still in town and left for the airport soon after this photo was taken. So, it does sort of go with the next 2 photos, although taken on another day at another location.
June 9, 2011. Scott Stickney from Seattle, WA was in town for a few days. We got together at my nearby Patriot Park for a few hours of low wind flying. The Widow Maker UL was too heavy, but the Benson Inner Space was just right. We worked on his 540s. He got really good.
Later, oddly, the wind picked up and we flew the Trident UL until we just couldn't see the lines at all. The park doesn't have a lit field, although there are lights at the nearby playground and tennis court. I just had the pocket camera and used no flash. The white panels and sky did take some work in Photoshop.
Friday, June 3, 2011 and Doug Charleville from Virginia was in town.
Doug had this beautiful RWB Elliot Shook Mesh. Doug added the magic sticks and made a 10 piece travel rod set for the trip to Las Vegas. If you look at the knots on Doug's magic stick setup, you can tell he is a detail freak.
For June, we had wonderful weather. The temperature in the early evening was in the 70s and the winds were bumpy, but at least they were blowing enough to fly standards and this mid-vent equivalent.
I took way too many photos this evening, but that kite just looks amazing.
The sun was going in and out of the clouds, so we just took photos about every 10 minutes, hoping to get some good lighting.
This kite has a "French" bridle instead of the traditional Revolution bridle. It has lots of extra lines and that doesn't even count the magic sticks on the back.
This one might get deleted later.
Happily, we did have a few periods where the sun poked through.
Amazingly, no real sun spots in this shot. Although there is some discoloration near the corona edge.
Yes, I really like the look of this Mesh Shook. Nice job on the color scheme Doug.
You can see a lot of the extra bridle lines in this shot.
Last photo of the Mesh.
Amanda showed up tonight with her darling 1.5 year old daughter whose name I have forgotten. Oops, her name is Daisy.
Amanda is a buggier and a very competent 2 line flier.
Kent couldn't be here this evening as he had a Scout campout. But, he was kind enough to lend me this new Masterpiece by Dean Jordan
Frankly, I don't really understand Darth with the Japanese traditional sun, but I do like how it looks.
Doug Charleville was flying the Revs on my 40' photo lineset. Darren was flying his Talon UL in the background.
This is what happens when you get sortof sunlight coming through the hazy cloud cover. These photos were taken before the Mesh Rev pictures.
You can see the hazy clouds in this shot.
Doug was commenting on how bumpy the winds were this evening. I told him this was pretty normal.
Doug was wearing flip-flops although he appears to be barefoot.
I would alternate between front lit and back lit. Here I walked in-between Doug and the kite.
Then I would ask (tell) Doug to raise and lower the kite. He was excellent.
I wanted to get a shot of the real sun shining through the kite red sun, but didn't get any good ones. Oh well.
Doug will be back in Virginia as you read this. He flew MEFMs, flew team Revs, was my kite pilot model and we even talked a little politics.
Probably the best photo showing what the kite really looks like.
My attempt at dramatic.
Well, thanks for coming out to fly with us Doug.
Sky Zone "Santana": May 30, 2011 in my back yard.
At the Friday Night Fly, a man came up and asked if anyone wanted to buy a sportkite. It came with all this added stuff. Made in USA.
The price also included a lineset with straps and winder. I'd never seen these rods before.
The Santana looked like it had never been flown. The asking price was $30. Dave tried to talk the man down to $20. I told Dave to pay the man the $30 or I would buy the kite.
Some of the features are old school, like the tubing on the lower spreaders for the standoffs, the round cut-out for the center T and the 3 point bridle.
But the kite also had covered standoff connectors on the back of the sail.
Overall, the stitching looked pretty good.
Just a shot across the back.
The upper spreader had a rub bar, the fittings were APA and the trailing edge had a leech line.
The bridle needs some work. I wrapped the upper outhauls around the upper spreader connectors twice to get it to fly reasonably in the light and fickle winds of our back yard.
You can see the inhauls are slack a lot of the time.
It's a nice looking kite, although skittish.
The wind was shifting fairly often.
Here, you can see my latest project, as Bambi wanted a structure over the vegetable garden. For shade we ended up going to an Army Surplus Store and buying an official snow camo netting to reflect most of the sun. The netting comes with a radar rating.
So if you know anything about this kite, please leave a comment.
Here's how it looks when front lit.
I'll be working on some details soon. Thanks for looking.
Friday, May 20, 2011. Mark holds up his Blue Moon Mongoose UL "Moonie".
Close-up of the Blue Moon logo with the "attitude beard".
At a little after 7PM, we were getting the warming effect of the sun on the colors.
As this is the first time I've photographed the Moonie Mongoose, I'm including several pictures more than normally posted.
I got to fly the kite for a little while. Very light on the lines. Very nice.
The shot after this is the same one, just cropped for a 4x3 ratio.
See, just more of the background.
Darren was the pilot for the shoot.
Probably my favorite picture of the group.
Just slowing down to 1/1000th of a second shows this slight blur. I was experimenting. Normally, I shoot at 1/2000th of a second and even with the kite moving slowly it is truly difficult to freeze the motion.
Got lucky on this one.
Of course it helps when the pilot is stalling the kite and letting it settle slowly to the ground.
Experiments in strobe with different shutter speeds. The first 2 photos are at 1/200th of a second and the final shot is at 1/30th of a second.
Ken flies his white #2 Ed Shenk double Prism. Shutter speed 1/200th of a second with strobe and rear curtain sync.
1/30th of a second shutter speed, strobe on experiment. This was the best photo at this very low shutter speed. Darren was taking me out of my comfort zone with these panning experiments.
And as a super bonus, Kent (far right) brought a grill and several different types of hot dogs, buns and all the fixings. No tongs, so we were toughing it. Thanks Kent. That was very thoughtful. Then he attempted to teach me a true half-axel to fade. I am not yet fast enough. The strobe for these shots is the Nikon SB-900 AF with diffuser head.
May 1, 2011, Patriot Park: I met Mariya and Vinnie today. They arrived with the Blue Angels $10 Wal-Mart special dual-line kite. But when they left, they were both proficient fliers on the Hummingbird and Quantum Pro. Vinnie was even doing multiple high speed turns with the 100 ft, 7 inch diameter tube tail in tow. They were a delight to spend a Sunday afternoon with.
Friday Night Fly: April 15, 2011 and Dano came down from Reno. He also brought some cool kites.
Dano holding his Kite Connection color scheme Rev 1.5 B series.
The C21 is one of the very few smaller sport kites that I like.
Way too busy of a background.
The C21 Extreme is always in my A bag.
The sun peaked out enough to attempt some late evening photos with my little pocket camera. This is Dano's C21 Extreme.
Yes, the sun was really too low for photos, but we attempted it anyway. Several different pilots at the controls.
And Dano had this stunning small delta by New Tech called the Ascension. Even though the wind was only around 3 mph, this little kite was sweetly flying pulling a fairly hefty U-shaped tail.
Without anyone around for scale, it's hard to guess the size of this little workhorse.
If I was going to recommend a small delta for a child, this one would do well. I like the look too.
So does that keel add stability? It sure flew like a champion.
A better picture showing the U-shaped tail that this little delta was pulling in the light wind.
Dano floated this over my head and I took a few shots with the built in-strobe. A little too much in your face, but you get the idea.
The park lights were just turning on.
Here is Dano's Kite Connection Rev 1.5 flying with Race Rods in the light wind. You can see the logos as I have turned on the flash.
Gosh, I miss him already. Thanks for coming to play Dano.
March 6, 2011. A recent visit to my cousin and her family revealed that they too had a few kites. Now, we just need to get them some sport kites.
The sun shining through an older Peter Powell dual line kite. Does anyone have information on this probably at least 20 year old stunter?
And here they are with the homemade Rev clone. I miss them already.
(l-r) Gordy, Bud, Lisa and the kites we flew. They leave Friday. I hadn't seen them in 2 years.
As they all like to look at new kites, I brought out my Cosmic Ghost. We all flew the kite and concluded it was a very nice, overpriced kite.
Bud is flying the kite as wife Lisa looks on.
Lisa is practicing her inverted hovers. After examining the kite, I suggested they tighten the elastics as the sail was a bit loose. But it flew very well in the light winds. See, even the fake palm tree in the background isn't moving.
It was good to see Gordy flying again. He had his WSO out in the light winds.
Feb 3, 2011. I left KTAI early in the afternoon to meet Bud and Lisa, who were in town visiting Gordy Fry. They had a friend's Rev clone. His first and last kite build as he has passed.
Guess the kite. Photo taken with our pocket camera. The answer is here: http://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2009Kites#5434501316394769298