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Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:34 pm

Have you ever been on a night out where an overweight friend has had too much to drink and you've been left with the responsibility to prop them up until you can get them into a taxi? * If so, you already know what it's like to fly this failed experiment in kite design and need not apply. As for the rest of you, you may have long been intrigued by the inward pointing wing tips and the promise of 3D flying **. Mine has been sitting in my parent's attic for a number of years and now I'm giving it away to the highest bidder!

That's right, I'm not interested in monetary bids: you bid with the number of times you promise to fly it before it ends up in your attic. You can strengthen your bid with a sob story of how you always wanted to try this kite but never got the chance, or by promising to put it on permanent display in your kite exhibition room (you have one too, right?).

It comes with the original box and 'instructions'. I've thrown out the useless instructional video (VHS) but it's available on Youtube. The kite is in fine condition apart from a LE ferrule being the wrong colour and currently held in place with sellotape. Mango colour scheme.

* To stop the kite spinning (in the simplest sense) it's not enough to simply return the lines to a neutral position, you have to apply some opposite lock. You get the hang of it after a while, but then you realise you could have spent that time flying a proper kite.

** Flying uncontrolled on slack lines on a trajectory determined by a couple of settings. For some reason this never caught on.

PS. If this kite is actually now worth hundreds of pounds because there's now a booming market in kite memorabilia then would someone kindly send me a PM telling me where to sell it.
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:06 am

We had one of those, in brown, and had an informal competition amongst our friends as to how long one could keep it in the air. For a long while the record sat at 30s :lol:

It was donated to the FA library, no idea where it went...
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:59 am

Brilliant!

Your post made me laugh lots! Thank you!

Good luck with the disposal/sale/donation. I'm sure someone will be very keen to give it a try.

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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:43 pm

I've flown one twice. That's two times too many!
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:12 pm

Just to be clear, I'm not even going to charge postage. I just want it to go to a good home. As a teenager I saved up for this kite.
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:35 pm

You want a crazy bid? We do have a Level 7 already, and, as Flying Fish, we promise to try at least three times to fly two Level 7s together in pair formation. Pictures to be provided as evidence if I can work out how to fly a Level 7 while taking a picture of it next to the other one. Don't think that's ever been done before. And there's a very good reason for that ....
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:58 pm

Excellent idea! Although I think you'll need a third person to work the camera. PM me your address and it'll be yours as soon as I've found suitable packing materials. What colour is your current L7?
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:17 pm

Emailed you back, with a picture of our current L7 (the light blue/brown colour scheme; forgot what it was called).
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:21 pm

That's called 'Retro'. I'd love to see a video of this attempt cut with the same routine on your regular kites so we at least know what you were trying to do.
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:26 am

Sounds like the Monkey's Paw curse


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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:06 am

Routine??? I'll be glad enough if we manage to fly a few follow-on or parallel infinities before one of them decides to fly towards us. Any of you having flown a SL7 will know what I mean ....
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:46 pm

I had the Wino (seriously!) Never managed more than 10 seconds in the air.
ISTR Craig having a go and just dropping the lines and walking away.

@Keith - I'm sorry - like so many of the library kites it probably ended up in the paws of someone too lazy, dishonest or stupid to send it on. I lost a good condition Outerspace that way, and it still annoys me now.
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:15 am

@Andy, not a problem, and certainly not your fault.
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:25 pm

Image.

The two together; not had the opportunity to take them to the flying field.
 
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Re: Stranger Level 7 (Mango)

Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:13 pm

Noooooooooo, don't do it.
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