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POWERHOUSE KITES?? Anyone remember them? Please read.

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:35 am
by flat out
Bit of a weird one this... and a big long shot!

Basically this was my first proper stunt kite bought for me by my folks when i was about 13 years old. It was a Powerhouse Adrenaline. Cut a long story short. I had this kite for years and years, totally loved it (im now 25) and 2 years ago it was stolen in the back of a car of mine. :(

I know Powerhouse have been out of business for a number of years but is there anyone out there that knows where i might find one or even that they still have an Adrenaline or a Blade that they might wish to sell?

Ive done some research and as far as i can tell they were made in Plymouth by a Husband/Wife setup.

Its just to rekindle some old love for what really got me into the sport. I bought myself a Tim Benson Gemini to replace it but as good as it is, nothing is quite as good/exciting as the noisey old Powerhouse on a windy day.

Ive spoken with a number of oldschool kite shops that remember the Powerhouse series and they all refered me to this forum.

So basically im looking for a Powerhouse Blade if anyone is willing to sell one that they might still have in good condition.

Can anyone help me?

Kindest regards

flat out

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:05 am
by Ian Newham
A long shot but maybe 3 years ago 'Just Kites' still listed a few old Powerhouse kites like Moonshots and Panics.

The website has gone and ISTR reading they'd closed the shops and gone mail order only but they're still listed on Yell:
Polzeath, Trebetherick, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6TL
Tel: 01208 862993

Could be worth a call?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:07 am
by flat out
Cheers Ian i'll try. But im looking for a Blade if im honest.

Cheers for the headsup :)

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:32 am
by Zippy8
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Other than nostalgia I can't say that I see the point.... :? (not that I have anything against nostalgia) This certainly predates the kiting experience of many people active on this forum (frickin' n00bs the lot of them).:P

Beyond posting to every UK kite forum going :wink: you could ask a few kite stores if they have one knocking around at the back. Maybe even extending over to Holland/Belgium as Powerhouse produced the Moonshot for a Belgian team.

Mike.

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:35 am
by ObijuanKenobe
Skill level: Intermediate to INSANE.

Thanks funny.

obi

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:50 am
by flat out
Ive been calling around the long running stores to ask if they have one and given out my number if they come across one.

I guess i'll keep on looking.

It is a nostalgia thing as i know there are better kites out there, but kites that offer that level of excitement that i remember as a kid.

I dunno??

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:05 pm
by Craig
There's lots of hard pulling dual-line power type kites around, nostalgia's not what it used to be :wink:

The Germans seem particularly keen, look at 'Power & Speed'

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:22 pm
by Stan Doff
Ian Newham wrote:
A long shot but maybe 3 years ago 'Just Kites' still listed a few old Powerhouse kites like Moonshots and Panics.

The website has gone ........


It appears that the web-site hosts ,aol,have done away with this service.Following the link to Just Kites brings up a page of comments from not-too-happy former users.

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:28 pm
by Ian Newham
Just to be clear they're former users not too happy with AOL - at first I read that as not too happy with Just Kites.
Never dealt with them myself so I worried that I'd recommended a bad shop then :D

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:31 pm
by Stan Doff
Ian Newham wrote:
Just to be clear they're former users not too happy with AOL - at first I read that as not too happy with Just Kites.
Never dealt with them myself so I worried that I'd recommended a bad shop then :D
Yes,thank-you for that clarification.
I was re-reading my post and wondering whether I ought to edit it :)

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:50 pm
by Zippy8
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I can't say that I remember much about this kite from the early~mid '90s. I do recall that I only saw them in either all black (which looks quite butch) or some hideous left/right combos. Powerhouse were amongst the first (if not the first) to use Mylarâ„¢ sail reinforcements.

For the moment I think that flat out has done as much as he can to find one.

Mike.

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:04 pm
by flat out
Indeed i have been trying hard to track one down.

Hopefully one might come up though.

As for hard pulling dual line noisey kites. Whats out there today that fits the same bill as the old blade did?

I thought all the new stuff had no pull and were as quiet as a mouse :(

Feel free to educate me on the current offerings lads.

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:16 pm
by ObijuanKenobe
What do you think guys? Something like the Cougar?

obi

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:50 pm
by flat out
Are they loud/noisey in the sky like the blade used to be?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:13 pm
by Yan
Flat Out,

I've got a Powerhouse Storm, haven't flown it for years, used to love it! I'll never fly it again. It may as well go to someone who will fly it, if your interested.

If i remember rightly, it needs a lot of wind to fly, pulls a bit and is noisy. I bought it about 17 years ago, it's still in good nick.

Yan

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