I've posted this 10minutes earlier on the ARC forum at yahoo (it's 8:50am NY time on Thursday), so you may be a bit behind.
After seeing a post about the difficulty of finding kite fabric, etc.....I will also send at no charge: the bits to make either the mini or standard flares to one person in a place where you would not expect to find kite stuff. (Hanover does not qualify.....)
It's American "Thanksgiving" today. We kicked the Indians out and are thanking ourselves for making such a good geographic choice. The Pilgrims could have landed in Senagal?!
Anyway, I better post this...you're already 10min. behind!
Jim, I think the flares totally suck. My 1510 came with the flares and would only relaunch 10% with them. they stuck to the water like glue and held the tip down. And when drgging a tip, they acted like a shove and dug under the water pulling the kite down. i took them off and move the back line a third up the spar and the kite worked fine. It always relaunches now. And turns just as fast.
SQ: I 'm not 100% sure what they are supposed to do?! It seems that PL completes about 90% of his kites - then it's left to users to finish or improve. I made mine, partially because I have about 15 commercial sewing machines and can't resist the impulse to use them.
(I'm working on my North's now....)
.....and Phil: you might be right. I've never flown one without. It seemed when the F's came out with those Laplander Earmuff-looking flares it validated the use of them on earlier production kites, no?! Dunno?! I'm just here to have fun...
I'm convinced the mini flares I did for my F's are better than the earflaps - and they sure-as-shit don't slap the wind like a
Sparrow flying into a hurricane. (I still can't believe they released them that way...)
I suspect , that by both the small size and closed cell foam within these mini flares, these will come off the water as well as a non-molested kite. The 1120 is simply so forgiving of sloppy flying, that I would almost deserve the swim in if it get's wet.