Item No: 5463

    Buteo Huang's Starbird Kite

    Designed to soar like a real bird.
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    Product Description

    Buteo Huang's Starbird Kite
    Buteo Huang’s Starbird is cleverly designed to flap, fly and soar like a real bird. Made of dye-sublimated polyester on a carbon frame, it’s Ready to Fly with 300’ of 50-lb. line on a handle. 5-18 mph winds. 6’-5” x 3’-0” reusable plastic case included. Assorted blue/gold/red color variations.

    Product Specifications
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Minimum Wind Speed: 5
    Maximum Wind Speed: 18
    jim@next.gen.nz
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    Subject
    This kite gives the impression of being very over-priced
    Rating
    Review this item:
    Looking again at my previous review, I find that I forgot one important point. If you order one of these, the color you receive may not match the photo (mine, for instance, has no red on it at all.) I see that New Tech have added a warning to that effect on their website. In the time since I bought this, I have flown it perhaps three times. It is not an exciting kite, but I should try it again soon, or give it to someone who would appreciate it more!
    Review this item:
    I agree with the other review(s) by Jim but would like to add some information. First… I really like this kite and I believe it looks quite beautiful in the air. It is indeed very lightweight, making it a perfect choice for days when the wind is just barely blowing. The spars are made of graphite, which lowers the kite's overall weight. It is well crafted and all of the kites look different depending on what segment of fabric the kite is cut from. I think that's cool… no two are exactly the same which isn't the case with most kites that strive to be consistent in presentation. Some of these may be more green than red… some may have more blue in the design… you never know! The plastic sleeve that it arrived in for Jim would leave the impression that the packaging was an afterthought by the manufacturer… but that isn't the case. Unfortunately, Jim only received the "inside" of the package, as is the situation with most of the kites by this designer and New Tech. They are supposed to arrive in a very substantial and well made presentation box (made of heavy weight thick cardboard) that would have provided information about the graphite spars and info on the kite designer. New Tech tends to not ship them out that way because of the cost associated with shipping such a heavy unit… so they probably just showed up at Into the Wind in the plastic cases to save them and the consumer money on shipping, which I think is really a shame because I love the look and feel of the original packaging. I offer (at my kite shop) a kite made by this designer called "Stream" (it's like an 8' tall by 2' wide leaf or Zulu shield made of the same fabric and spars as the kite I'm currently reviewing) and I made sure that New Tech shipped them to me in the boxes they originally are supposed to be in. Anyway… in the original box, the kite makes for a beautiful presentation. In just the plastic sleeve… not so much. The New Tech Starbird casts a wonderful shadow on the ground as it soars up above. The shadow is enough to bring in other raptors in the Montana sky I fly it in. We usually end up seeing a golden eagle or hawk that becomes interested in the motion as they come in to investigate. In closing, it really is a beautiful kite that gently flaps in the light wind and hangs in there during stronger gusts. I give it a big thumbs up for ease of flight, stability even though it lacks a tail, and design.
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    jim@next.gen.nz
    Rating brightstarbrightstarbrightstardullstardullstar
    Rating brightstarbrightstarbrightstardullstardullstar
    Subject
    Looking again at my previous review
    Review this item:
    Looking again at my previous review, I find that I forgot one important point. If you order one of these, the color you receive may not match the photo (mine, for instance, has no red on it at all.) I see that New Tech have added a warning to that effect on their website. In the time since I bought this, I have flown it perhaps three times. It is not an exciting kite, but I should try it again soon, or give it to someone who would appreciate it more!
    Review this item:
    I agree with the other review(s) by Jim but would like to add some information. First… I really like this kite and I believe it looks quite beautiful in the air. It is indeed very lightweight, making it a perfect choice for days when the wind is just barely blowing. The spars are made of graphite, which lowers the kite's overall weight. It is well crafted and all of the kites look different depending on what segment of fabric the kite is cut from. I think that's cool… no two are exactly the same which isn't the case with most kites that strive to be consistent in presentation. Some of these may be more green than red… some may have more blue in the design… you never know! The plastic sleeve that it arrived in for Jim would leave the impression that the packaging was an afterthought by the manufacturer… but that isn't the case. Unfortunately, Jim only received the "inside" of the package, as is the situation with most of the kites by this designer and New Tech. They are supposed to arrive in a very substantial and well made presentation box (made of heavy weight thick cardboard) that would have provided information about the graphite spars and info on the kite designer. New Tech tends to not ship them out that way because of the cost associated with shipping such a heavy unit… so they probably just showed up at Into the Wind in the plastic cases to save them and the consumer money on shipping, which I think is really a shame because I love the look and feel of the original packaging. I offer (at my kite shop) a kite made by this designer called "Stream" (it's like an 8' tall by 2' wide leaf or Zulu shield made of the same fabric and spars as the kite I'm currently reviewing) and I made sure that New Tech shipped them to me in the boxes they originally are supposed to be in. Anyway… in the original box, the kite makes for a beautiful presentation. In just the plastic sleeve… not so much. The New Tech Starbird casts a wonderful shadow on the ground as it soars up above. The shadow is enough to bring in other raptors in the Montana sky I fly it in. We usually end up seeing a golden eagle or hawk that becomes interested in the motion as they come in to investigate. In closing, it really is a beautiful kite that gently flaps in the light wind and hangs in there during stronger gusts. I give it a big thumbs up for ease of flight, stability even though it lacks a tail, and design.
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    LivingstonKiteCompany
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    I agree with the other review
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    This kite gives the impression of being very over-priced. The construction is light and the material thin. It arrived in a cheap, plain plastic case, with no instructions and not even a header card, as if the maker was ashamed to acknowledge it. I guess the dyeing process must be expensive, or the designer demands a large payment on each kite, otherwise I can't see where the value is. \ \ The bridle was in need of adjustment before the kite would fly. After adjustment, it flew quite well, but the colors are not as vibrant (on mine anyway) as they appear in the illustration, and there is little impact in the sky. \ \ All in all, this kite was a disappointment, unlike almost everything else I have bought from ITW. And it doesn't match up to the usual value from the manufacturer, New Tech. I considered giving only two stars, but as it does fly reasonably I will make that three.
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