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nodric




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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 01:42 PM
Sky Kites Predator 2 Help


Hi all,

I have a vintage, in as new condition, Predator 2 traction/power kit (3 meter version).

It's been stored for years, and now I get it out since the last time I used it and find the loops to connected the power and brake lines are missing or maybe the fairies ate them.

The lines to the foil are all intact and as they should be, but I am clueless how to attach the actual flying lines as the usual rope loop that all the foil lines link to is not there.

I guess what I need is a picture or an old instruction sheet of how all the lines group together to I can gather them and attach them correctly.

It's a long shot but I'd like to fly this thing again.
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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 04:22 PM


Pictures of the current state of the bridle lines, manufacturer name and approximate year of purchase would help in getting things sorted out.

EDIT: Just saw the manufacturer name in your post title. So disregard that part. I will see if I can dig anything up.

Pics and purchase year would still help.

Most kites have the bridle lines cascade down into 2, 3, or 4 bridle leaders that terminate in a series of pigtail knots. The flying lines all terminate in loops that are larksheaded to the appropriate bridle leaders.

The larkshead tutorial for Revolution kites also applies to power kites.



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Sam




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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 05:31 PM


The Predator apparently hailed out of the UK and had a loyal following in the 90s and early 2000s.

Unfortunately the company's website didn't seem particularly friendly to being crawled and archived by the WayBackMachine (www.archive.org), so it's very hard to look at the old web pages. There are reviews on Racekites and KitePower websites, but pics are skimpy due to the state of digital photography at the time.

Any photos you can share seems to be the final recourse, unless someone suddenly wakes up from a nap.

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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 05:33 PM


I will roll the kite out and take photos.

Year of purchase if I had to hazard a guess would be 1995-2000 period and it came from Sky Kites in the UK (I am now in Dallas TX).

Review of the kite here http://www.kitepower.com/reviews/predator2review.html

I saw the second reply and yes I agree none of the old websites are there, and I'm pretty sure the original company is long gone.

The good news is all the lines are in their as new original condition, and I am sure once I take photos we can work out how they all comment to the bridle lines.
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