Trilby Kites What Happend?

by Dave
(USA)

Q:

I lived in Long Beach, WA. From 1989 thru to 2000. Got my Rev 1.5 signed by Dave and one other brother at the first World Cup in lb. Anyway, cabin burned to the ground and I lost everything. P.L. comp buggy quadrifoil comp one. I was there when Gale got in to the record books by flying two stacks of 25 Trilby's. A year later he sold me one stack of 25 numbered and signed by him. I only ever did 18 though, I got 135 all wet!

Has Trilby gone out of biz or something? No one has any, and I loved flying 2 stacks of 3 one in each hand. I'm no Ray Bethell or Rodger M. but it was always a kick in the pants! Have lived in Vegas for the last 9 years - damn I miss the beach!

My kingdom for a couple of three-packs of 'em?

THANKS SO MUCH
"PEACE"
DAVE

A:

You wouldn't believe how hard it was to find anything online about the origin and manufacture of these kites! But, finally, I did turn up a reference to them by Drachen Foundation, who apparently have a pristine set of 6 in one of the collections on their kite database. According to this source...


  1. Trilby operated out of Connecticut in the USA

  2. These kites were designed and manufactured by a couple - Stacy and Bob Milletti


No dates were mentioned unfortunately, but Glenn Davison (AKA) tells me that these Diamond dual line kites are no longer being made.

Now, regarding finding some of these kites to fly...

Here are some online references - you could try registering with some kite forums and asking around to help get your hands on a pack of Trilby kites. (Try pasting the links below into your browser and hit Enter)

http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/565-trlby-kites/

http://jaysworks.com/kites/index.html

http://prismkites.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1277403372

There's nothing on eBay right now, which seems to confirm that these kites are no longer being manufactured!

By the way, the original spelling seems to be 'Trlby Kites' - as you can see from the site at the last link in the list above.

Good luck with your search!

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Aug 07, 2014
I have a brand new set
by: Rbest

I just happened to buy a brand new set of three a few years back. They have never been opened. I'd be willing to sell them. Contact me at rbest34@gmail.com

Jul 05, 2014
Trlbys for sale on Myrtle Beach website
by: Anonymous

Jon,

If you're looking for Trlby's, go to
http://kligs.com/

A friend of mine told me that he has some in
stock... He might also have some spare parts.

Jun 27, 2014
My Kite Stack Finally Died
by: Anonymous

Yes, finally succumbed to RUST! All the little metal rings got rusty, and finally broke.

Whacked the sail on the leader. So now I'm sewing a replacement for July-4.

But building a replacement Trilby from scratch is VERY easy. Two fiberglass sticks, a diamond sail, any material you can lay your hands on. (Yes I did make one out of "real" tyvek houswrap once.)

So learn to sew?

Or is this a kickstarter project? Anyone want 1000 of them?

Jun 09, 2014
Got TRLBYs?
by: Jon

If anyone has any Trlby kites that they would be willing to sell I would be interested.

Thanks all!

Jon
jal@mlaglobal.com

May 12, 2014
Trlby Kites
by: Daniel in Tahoe

Hello Elle, just double checking if you have any parts or Trlby kit parts left, or any kites left. I have an old 3 stack but missing a few parts. I can probably find alternate parts. But I would really like to buy another 3 stack.

530.386.6363

Apr 08, 2014
No More Kites
by: Elle

UPDATE- we do not have any more kites in storage. We also no longer have the equipment to make them anymore.

Thank you very much for your loyalty, but please do not use the contact info on the business website to try and acquire more Trlby kites. Sadly, we don't have any left, and no means of producing any more.

Best wishes!

Apr 08, 2014
Very Interested In Getting Some
by: Scott

The TRLBY 3 stack was my very first stunt kite. The sails finally gave out a few years ago. I would sure LOVE to get my hands on some. Please let me know if you have any. scottyhahn@earthlink.net.

I'm now 50 and still fly kites regularly. I'll have my fingers crossed hoping... Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
Trlby - My Parents' Business
by: Elle

I do not know how old this post is, but I can set the record straight for you:

(1) The original spelling is T-R-L-B-Y.
(2) No, they are not being manufactured any more.
(3) The company is still in business, but they haven't produced kites since the 90s. My father used his knowledge of heat sealing technology (which he learned from making kites) to move into the medical device, food packaging, and other industries that could provide more security for a small business. You can see what the company is up to now on their website: www.trlby.com
(4) My parents' names are spelled Bob and Stacey Mileti.
(5) After the kite business died out, my mom did sell packs of Trlby kites on eBay. She has not done this in quite awhile, but we may still have some in storage.

I was actually going to our current website to work on it, but I forgot to add ".com" to the address bar and came up with a Google search. This was one of the first hits. It's nice to see that people (at least up until a year or two ago!) are still interested in kites!

Jan 16, 2014
Trlby Kite
by: Ed

I just saw a Trlby kite on Ebay today. Not sure what you guys see in these kites, but you better check it out.

Oct 20, 2013
Trlby Kites For Sale
by: Chevelle66-71

Trlby kites listed 10-20-13 on Ebay # 261311278129 & 141095805775 - Auctions end Sunday 10-27 - Thanks

Sep 13, 2013
Trlby Kites For Sale/Auction
by: Chevelle66-71

Hi - I just found some Trlby Kites, one is a single and one a double. I will be listing them on Ebay shortly, if you or anyone may be interested.
- Thanks!

Jan 19, 2013
Ya! I Have New Trlby's!
by: Capton Bob

Just cleaned out the suburban. In the back was a box unopened, with a 6 pack and another 3 pack. Make a reasonable offer. Plastic/mylar sails. Find me @ Capton Bob, Facebook Sonora Mexico... soon! Or I'm bringing em down here. Cheers!

Oct 12, 2012
Selling My MINT Collection Of Trlby Kites
by: Anonymous

Hello, I have several (13) Solid Color, Rip Stop Nylon Fabric Trlby's - Never flown ~ MINT on ebay starting Saturday 10/13/2012. Just type in Trilby kite in the search bar.

Oct 02, 2012
Sail Mill
by: Anonymous

Hey yal,

Anybody know the thickness mill of a mylar trlby sail?
Thanks Gaulty

Sep 28, 2012
3 Stack For Sale
by: Dennis

I have a Red, Yellow, Blue 3 stack for sale. It is in good shape. No rips. All link lines are there. Have tails, handles and string. Not flown much due to lack of time. Please email me at ata2ed@comcast.net

Sep 28, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Dennis

I have a 3 stack in good shape that I am looking to sell. It is Red, Yellow, Blue, with tails, string and handles. They were never flown much due to lack of wind in my area. There is some rust on the paper clip type connections. Please email me at ata2ed@comcast.net. thanks

Sep 18, 2012
To Mr. Claus in Germany
by: IKITE bumper stickers

Good morning Mr. Claus,

Could you please get back to me with the information regarding your TRLBY parts for sale.
I can be reached at "upupandaway37@hotmail.com".
I have quite a few TRLBY kites that are in great need of repair.

Thanks

Sep 12, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Claus

I am just checking my old inventory of kites when reading this column. In the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties I had some years contact to Bob and Stacey and dealed with them. It was all the time very difficult, today I think they were under big pressure... Nevertheless I still have material for trlby kites as polystyrene-sails, rods, bridles. I will check and if somebody has interest he might contact me under claus22@me.com. I am living in Germany.

Jul 11, 2012
Where Can I Find Trlbys
by: Anonymous

Lost my stack of 16 in a flood in 2007 now going to the beach just isn't the same! I would love to find a six pack or two. Please help!

Jul 05, 2012
Use Tape For Your Trlbys
by: IKITE Bumper Stickers

I have been using clear 2" wide tape on the ends of my Trlby's for years. Start from the face, parallel to the edge at the top of the kite and wrap it around the side to the back. This will keep the spars from popping through if you crash into the ground. It will dry out after a few months so have some extra tape handy.

I've had my Trlbys for over 22 years, and still going strong. I use them to teach newbies how to fly dual line kites. They're perfect for newbies because they won't break... ENJOY!

Jun 28, 2012
Trilby Repairs
by: Chris

I still have my triple. The problem is that the corners on the sails have come unglued. Does anyone know of a good way to reglue them or what kind of tape they used to make them?

May 29, 2012
Reply to "Anonymous" from Mar 30, 2012
by: IKITE Bumper Stickers

I should be able to hook you up with a few spare parts. Send me an email at "upupandaway37@hotmail.com" and let me know what color the center spar is where you're missing the "black T-hook" at the top. Some vertical spars are white and some are yellow. The yellow ones are stronger and are usually the first kites to a triple pack.

I dealt with Stacy Mileti many years ago and when I found out that they were going to stop production, I sort of "hoarded" some of their spare parts. Today I wish I had more.

IKITE

May 02, 2012
Founder of former Air Adventures Kite Store, Wichita, KS - 1991...
by: Lynn Shank

Catch The Wind, Lincoln City (in OR, USA) MAY have some Trlby's. SOMEONE should bring Trlby's back to life! They were a GREAT item, and we sold MANY of them when Air Adventures was open in Wichita, KS.

Bob and Stacey Mileti, Connecticut, were the originators and producers of Trlby kites. IF they could be found, that might be a "New Beginning" for Trlby Kites, and tremendous FUN for many "Kids" ... of all ages!

Abundant blessings, and Great Flying to all,
Lynn Shank, Rural Salida, Colorado, USA.

Apr 28, 2012
Confirmed - Trlby Kites No Longer in Production
by: Anonymous

You can still find them on ebay and other online sources as well. Gift of Wings in Milwaukee has a few brand new kites left in their inventory. Also, GoW has plenty of replacement parts for Trlbys.

Apr 13, 2012
Got Last Three!
by: David Gault

Hey Mike,

Thanks a bunch for the tip! I got the last two kites and one sail I can spar my self! You da man!

I'm still looking for 9 or so more so if I can return the help by finding any more I'll sure post a link here first! Thanks again Mike!

Fly'em From The Heart Fellows
"peace"
David Gault

Apr 12, 2012
Thank You!
by: Anonymous

I will try both those resources... I really appreciate the info!

Apr 12, 2012
Trilby Kites at Kligs Kites
by: Mike

I just bought Trilby's at Kligs Kites in Myrtle Beach, SC. And they had about 8 or 9 left. Here is their website.

http://kligbro.com/

They don't have any sets but are selling the individual kids for $29 each. The owner will make the attach lines for you if you ask when you purchase.

Was excited to find these as I flew a set 20+ years ago and have no idea what happened to them over the years.

Good luck!
Mike S.
High Point, NC

Mar 30, 2012
Trilby Parts?
by: Anonymous

Hi...

I am an absolute kite amateur, but love my 3 Trilby kites. I'm looking for replacement parts for one of them...

Wondering if anyone can help? I don't even know the correct terminology, but I'm looking for the following:

-the white connecting part in the center where the dowel's meet (mine snapped off and broke)

-the black "t" shaped piece on the top of the center dowel.

Thanks for any information that might help!

Feb 14, 2012
Trilby Kites
by: Tom Callahan

Gift of Wings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a few of them left!

http://www.giftofwings.com/cgi-bin/SoftCart.exe/?E+mystore1

Call, in case the web site does not list them. (414-425-8002)

Jan 03, 2012
Trlby's
by: David Gault

I hear ya brother boy! Do I hear ya.

Thank you.

Jan 01, 2012
Trlby Rules
by: Jimi

Great to see these comments, I'm a major fan of Trlbys, have about a dozen of them, from parts kits to a few that still can fly. Too bad these aren't around, this will be the end of the road for my search for them. They don't look that hard to build, maybe someone could consider a new biz.

The high tech kites are cool, but they don't have the feel or charm of a simple design that is beautiful. Flying a 6 pack is just about the most fun I've had in years. Next to the lake, flying low over the water, dropping the tails in the lake, and sometimes landing and launching from the water - too cool.

Dec 24, 2011
Trlbys
by: David Gault

Thanks so much Tim, you were a great help!

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