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  1. Height 90cm Wingspan 223cm Weight Approximately 305g Wing Range 5-25mph (8-40km/h) Sail Icarex PC-31 Ripstop Polyester Upper Leading Edge P200 Lower Leading Edge 5PT Upper Spreader 5mm Excel Lower Spreader 5PT Spine P200 (2-piece) Fittings APA / T-APA / HQ Bridle Active Weighting 5g Integrated into Spine Tip
  2. I'd suggest keeping the Sandpiper (it's the one I'd definitely keep out of that lot). A very nice kite to fly, nice amount of pull, very controllable, no quirks. Big enough so it is on the slow side - that's important for a novice. Smaller kites need more wind than large ones and can get overwhelmingly fast and zippy as the wind picks up. Good luck with your fund raising, and I hope you enjoy flying in your friend's memory
  3. Welcome to the forum. The kites are all from the early 1990s. It looks like there is a mixture of commercially made ones as well as probably one non-commercial, home made (but good quality) example. Commercially produced ones... The black kite with yellow,red and white triangles looks like an early 90s HiFlyers Phantom (English design). The green and white Wild Thang is also from HighFlyers. The purple and white kite is a Sandpiper made by Chris Matheson (when he was known as Beaker)(also English) The black and white kite with pink wingtips is a US made Goodwinds Flash The rainbow and black North Shore Extreme is a US kite made by Top Of The Line. It is the smaller version of their North Shore Radical design The white and black Powerhouse Blade is another English design. The Rare Air Kite Company was an English company who made a range of sport kites in the 90s, I can quite place that sail pattern. Possibly hand made... The blue and red kite looks like a copy of a Phantom. The quality of the stitching suggests not commercially made. The multicolour one... TC Powers was a sport kite competitor in the US in the early 90s. Looks like he made a few kites for sale and liked to use the fancy stitch patterns on his sewing machine. It appears to have the word Tracer on it. The Tracer was a commercially produced kite around the same time, but looked nothing like this kite I don't recognise the yellow and black, or the red and black kites Sport kites have never had good re-sale value - even supposedly "rare" ones from a time that some might consider a golden era. I suspect you will have difficulty selling any of them apart from the North Shore Extreme. There are a few kite flyers around the world who have nostalgia for the NSE and its larger version the NSR. There is a Facebook public group Stunt Kite Garage Sale where people buy and sell second hand kites. You could try there. Maybe list them with a request for genuine offers and see what comes back. Cleaning nylon kites... If the discolouration is just dirt, detergent and water will do a good job. If there are oil or gum based marks, Eucalyptus Oil will dissolve many different substances and will dry without leaving stains. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions 🙂
  4. We use transdirect.com.au for all our interstate parcels. They are a broker, so they get quotes from multiple companies and you get to choose which one suits your needs. I have also used them for bulky items (motorcycle engine, wide format printer, and such). Always had satisfactory results - good luck
  5. ... and selling manjha 🥵
  6. $103... Someone got a bargain! 😮
  7. What length are the handles? Rev used to supply 11" long handles with all their kites. Nowadays they supply 13" handles and the extra length makes a huge difference in kite control. Some people even go as far as using 15" handles, but most people find the 13" ones give the best control - MUCH better than 11"
  8. The Shockwave and Supersonic kites are a lot more sensitive than the traditional Revs. They react very quickly to small handle movements. And because of the curl along the leading edge, they tend to glide forward by themselves. Revolution claim this design feature was to allow you to launch the kite when it was lying face down on the ground. You can just tug on the upper lines and the kite will catch the wind and flip to the upright, forward flight position. If the handles that you use have "leaders" with multiple knots for line length adjustment, try shortening the lower lines (or lengthening the top lines) so that you have more control over the forward speed of the kite. If the lower lines are too long, it takes a lot of wrist movement before the brake lines start coming into effect. On a kite as sensitive as this, that can lead to a lot of over-correction. (Sort of like trying to straighten a sliding car on an icy road) Hope this helps. If not, keep asking questions 🙂
  9. The same thing can be achieved by packing the pipe with dry sand, and plugging the ends so the sand doesn't pour out while bending. I've seen a mate bend a new motorcycle exhaust header pipe this way. ...Well done, by the way!
  10. I have used method number 1, but as you say it is extra weight. Maybe try method number 3, but have a spar in the white sleeve of the flag to keep that edge straight?
  11. Not sure why, but the SA government is still allowing quite a range of social activity (albeit with appropriate distancing). Having worked in public hospital biochemistry laboratories for 20 years, I'm probably a bit more cautious than Joe and Jenny Average. But I am not convinced our government is being as responsible as it should be. ...AND there are plenty of morons out there who aren't even following the guidelines that are in place anyway ? Stay safe, everyone!
  12. It took a while, but I found a little bit of unoccupied sand on the weekend
  13. I hope everyone is (and continues to be) fit and healthy, and coping. I suspect a major effect of the current situation will be a significant impact on people's emotional well-being, especially as it drags on. Remember, we can all use forums to keep in touch, air our thoughts/worries, and offer each other support. Fingers crossed, we'll all be catching up in person sooner rather than later. Kingston 2021 may end up being HUGE. Stay safe, and keep in touch
  14. Apparently the Lions club are buying a bunch of printed banners to use instead. As you say, not the same, but the average member of the public probably won't realize there's much of a difference. C'est la vie. We'll just have to change the location of our annual get together... Kingston 2021??
  15. Sadly, we won't be at Emu Park 2020 ... the local Lions club sent a short email email stating "we will not require your services this year". ?
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