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 on: Today at 12:22 AM 
Started by chilese - Last post by cerfvoliste

 on: Yesterday at 11:34 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
Those are the closet bags.

My "A" bag is in another room.

 on: Yesterday at 09:41 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Allen Carter

Good grief.

Very Good!

 on: Yesterday at 08:25 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
Cleaned out the kite closet.

Need another bag.

Bags labeled:

Tall Kites
German & French
Ken McNeill
Gary Dromgold (small HQ bag)

Good grief.

 on: Yesterday at 07:53 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by chilese
The Enigma would be a worthy addition to any sport kite

flier's bag on this forum. Your quality of build and unique

parameters combined make this a stand-alone achievement.

I enjoy the slower speed this kite performs its tricks and the

slot machine is top shelf.  Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 06:36 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59


Itís been a year since the start of this project and the goals have been largely met.  A favorite set of kites has been replaced and the freestyle capabilities enhanced without losing the essence of what made it a favorite kite to start. The kite is not perfect but certainly very good.

Ken McNeill has offered much sage advice.  Some of the best was to ďmake the kite, you most want to fly.Ē  For me the Enigma is that kite and a tribute to the thousands of kites Ken has designed and built and yet to build for all of us to enjoy.  Thank you Ken!

The testers offered much feedback and helped improve several aspects of the build and final settings.  Their involvement has been one of the best parts of the project.   One tester described the kite as a capable serious recreational kite.  Iím a serious recreational flyer so that fits.  Smiley  Iíd like to think the kite is ďseriously capableĒ but that remains to be seen.  I will do well to fly to its ability. 

As mentioned the Enigma is not a trick monster and unlikely to show up in a Virtual Freestyle video.  It is a larger slower paced wind efficient kite that is fun to fly.  It is the kite to take to that deserted island if you can only take one.  Iíd take the Std or the HV to start.  Add the UL then the SUL if you can take a few. Add a Psycho and a bag of Revs if space permits.  Donít forget a couple SLKs to color the sky, a power foil to drag you down the beach, and a gliderÖ.

Several have asked about the future plans for the kite.  There are no plans at this point.

While much has changed, the kite is a derivative of the Exile and subject to that copyright.  The sail profile has changed, panel layout changed, framing changed, fitting locations changed, standoff geometry changed.  More has changed than some Nirvana clones  Roll Eyes Interesting trivia, after all the tweaking and testing, the bridle measurements are the same between the two kites.

The high end sport kite market is small and saturated.  Many great kites are already available.   Several builders have been around for a long time making a living with kites and deserve your patronage:  KenM, JonT, TimB, Lam, etc.  It is hard to make a living with kiting.

The Enigma has taught me much. Iíve sewn fifty or so sails now and each one gets just a little better with the experience.   The project will lead to others Iím sure.  Devinís Monolith is an exciting opportunity as it ramps up.

I will likely always be a small home builder.  It would be great if the hobby can become self-sustaining but no plans to quit the day job and always looking for loose change to stuff in the R&D finance jar.

Itís going to be a great flying season.  Iím ready  Cool

 on: Yesterday at 06:20 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
Maybe call the graphic layout "panels of possibility"?  Sounds like a little known deleted scene from "The Princess Bride"  Inconceivable! Cheesy

26 panels of creativity. Nice.

 on: Yesterday at 02:02 PM 
Started by DaveS - Last post by DaveS
Hey Gang,
So I'm looking for someone that wants to make up dual and quad line sets in their spare time. You can probably make $12.00 - 15.00/hr once you get the hang of it and if you work fairly quickly. Please email me to if you are interested. Thanks.

 on: Yesterday at 11:46 AM 
Started by sugarbaker - Last post by chilese
Allen Carter (kite framer extraordinaire) should be in the neighborhood.

Our own Steve Hall might be worth sending an email too.

Your builds are well regarded.  Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 08:00 AM 
Started by Cpt. Nemo - Last post by Cpt. Nemo
Not having a lot of info, I still took a chance on the Impulse. Wills philosophy as discussed earlier, makes perfect sense as soon as you fly this kite. It's obvious Will put a lot of thought into the design and build of this kite, however I would like to see the center spine more secure in the nose. Unlikely to pop out anyways. I was so intrigued by the way the Impulse fly's I had to take a chance on his other kite the Saber III. The Saber fly's pretty much like the review posted on Kite Clique. Having good winds this morning I gave both kites a good workout. Both kites fly much differently than the other but are equally capable tricksters. Hard to say which one I like the most. Both kites are a lot of fun to fly.  Anyways, good job to: Mr. Will Sturdy and Mr. Eliot Shook.   

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