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|Please note: The most-used sizes of fiberglass and some of the carbon fiber rods and tubes used in most of my medium sized kites are no longer being made. Until substitutes can be found those kites will be off the menu.|
|Prototypes are being modified and new stock for testing is on order, but no orders for the affected designs can be taken until the new parts, if found, pass testing in a variety of different weather conditions.|
|Affected designs are Whirlwind, Wildcard, Trooper, R5, R7 and M7. In the past some of the discontinued fiberglass parts have been successfully replaced by carbon equivalents in experimental kites—this incurs an average 3.5x increase in the costs of those parts. Replacements for the discontinued carbon parts may never be found.|
|UPDATE 29 May
Fiberglass and Carbon order finally arrived this morning. On first appraisal it appears that 5mm carbon rod may be the only substitute for the Whirlwind, R7, and Wildcard - it's already been tested in the Carbon Whirlwind and a Carbon Wildcard. It will also work on the R7. However, they will be quite expensive thanks to a huge rise in the cost of stock from the manufacturer. For fiberglass-sparred versions of those three, 6mm fiberglass tube could be used, but to do so the three kites will need to be scaled down a certain percentage (as yet unknown) in overall size to maintain the right level of rigidity. The Trooper, at this point in time, may or may not require scaling down, pending tests using alternative parts in the wing leading edges and the spine.
|UPDATE 1 July
A Whirlwind, a Wildcard and an R7 have been given new frames and the former two's are pretty much settled—there just aren't that many alternative parts to choose from. The R7's new wing spars are as yet unconfirmed, as there are several more yet to be tested.
The Trooper, unfortunately, was hopeless in admittedly a too-horrendous wind with 5.5 carbon (too stiff) and 6mm fiberglass rods (too heavy), and may well require or scaling down (or up, but preferably down, since they can pull so hard in strong wind).
|With our emphasis on quality, rather than quantity, and strictly limited production, it is recommended that orders be placed early to avoid disappointment
· Lead time for kites can be short (2 to 5 weeks), but it's often longer (6 to 12 weeks or more), depending on the number and sizes of kites already on order, plus a chaos factor. Since the situation can change over the course of a single day, lead time is by-and-large unpredictable.
· We are not a shop.
· Most customers can pay on-line using PayPal.
· We make kites only after receipt of payment; not in response to telephone requests alone.
· Limit: two kites per order.
· We do not do free repairs or supply free replacement parts, and we don't re-build kites made by other people even if it is claimed they were made by us—worn out, UV damaged, rotted, oxidized, shredded, severely stretched or otherwise mis-shapen kites cannot be repaired.
North America and Europe
|For local or on-line stockists of factory-made XFS Deltas, Little Bears, Whirlwinds and Troopers please contact:||(e-mail link) Into the Wind|
(web link) Into the Wind
|Into the Wind
1408 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302
tel: +1 (303) 449-5356
click here for page 23 of Into the Wind's 2009 catalog
|Polite notice: please do not try to contact me at Into the Wind - I am in Wales, UK, and will not get the message|
|Near Chinle, in the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona, it is possible to walk down to the floor of Canyon de Chelly and see White House Ruin magnificently set into a recess in the 600 foot high canyon wall. Inscribed by chipping through the dark patina of rock varnish in the de Chelly sandstone just below the main cliff dwelling is this petroglyph, clearly depicting someone assisting in a long launch of a delta kite. (; wink...)|