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 on: Today at 01:14 PM 
Started by luke.moore - Last post by skb
^Allen knows his Peter Betancourt kites and spotted a few details that I missed. Allen is right, the bridle is installed incorrectly.

 on: Today at 11:50 AM 
Started by luke.moore - Last post by Allen Carter
Certainly a Wind Whip, and a very early version.

The Wind Whip is a reduced size Bad Boy which was designed to be an excellent tail pulling kite (hence the name). Peter loves to fly with a long tube tail, and this was his purpose built kite for ballet flying with a tail.

If you do get it, be aware that the LE fittings are from the mid '90s pre-APA era and are likely to be brittle and need to be replaced.

Also, the bridle inhauls are intended to cross over the center T and connect on the other side of the stoppers on the spreader rather than at the T (as with most kites). See the snap below. So, the right bridle connects to the left spreader, etc. It won't fly even close to right with the bridle connected at the T. The bridle legs are too long. I'm sure whoever set this one up for display was unfamiliar with this type of bridle.

Another issue to be aware of with this older version of the Wind Whip is that the frame may be Avia G-Force or SkyShark Response, or other discontinued sticks. If I bought that kite I'd re-frame in in Skyshark 3PTs if needed. (the final version of the WW, made until the mid 2000s used 3PTs)

 on: Today at 10:12 AM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Lex B
#1 - scissor, except for making holes.
#2 - going over twice start and end
#3 - once
#4 - the way the creator did it......

Krijn's ideas always a good choise, but hard to do them as neat as he does...

 on: Today at 09:42 AM 
Started by luke.moore - Last post by Admin
without a doubt that is a Wind Whip. that "helix" graphic is Peter's for sure. the broad nose, the bridle, the tensioning and trickline setup ...

 on: Today at 07:34 AM 
Started by luke.moore - Last post by luke.moore
That's Kites Unlimited in Galveston TX. Shot it yesterday. Might see if they will sell me that kite.  They didn't seem interested in selling it yesterday but i didn't try very hard.

 on: Today at 07:16 AM 
Started by jlmcevoy - Last post by stapp59
Yep, nice flying!

The Enigma may never win a competition...

I do think that you could use the Enigma for (TricksParty) competition and you could very well win with it.
Most tricks are there and some are very nice looking. Even precise enough to fly a trick ballet routine.

That's a nice complement for a kite that was developed to be a competent freestyler but not an all out competition kite.  I have tried some things to make the kite a more aggressive trickster but the tester group tells me they prefer the more relaxed, predictable, and classic nature of the kite. So I will keep the kite focused on the niche it does best, a wind efficient classic ballet style kite that can trick.

I consider the design mature at this point. It's a kite to take out and fly in most conditions, fly hard if desired, and most importantly to enjoy flying...

 on: Today at 06:49 AM 
Started by jlmcevoy - Last post by stapp59
Jim, it's a real pleasure and gratifying to see the kite flown and enjoyed by a talented flyer like yourself - and others in the tester group.  Cool

Do others on the forum know you teach a continuing ed class on dual line flying at your college?

 on: Today at 05:46 AM 
Started by jlmcevoy - Last post by jlmcevoy
Here is just a few more minutes of flying from later in the same day.



 on: Today at 04:38 AM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by stapp59
Wow, thanks Fraser!  It was for a good cause and actually winning is a nice surprise. L1 makes a fine kite and this will be a nice addition to the fleet.  Good luck with the event.  Cool

Make it better? Na. Tune it perhaps  Wink

 on: Today at 02:03 AM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Palmahnic

My first kite build is finally finished... It was such an enjoyable and tense experience  Cheesy Some part of it are frustrating, some are easy, but all are rewarding and I can't wait to start my second. Haven't gone out flying this one yet, because there's so much work, and it's really much too hot outside.

I do have some questions for the many talented builders of this forum:
I'm not so interested in the general practice, but rather your own personal preference:

1. Hot cutting - Do you hot cut everything or are there somethings you prefer regular cutting, specifically Mylar and Dacron?

2. What's your preferred seam starting and seam ending technique? What do you do to secure either side?
I've used the going over twice for the start, and Sugarbaker's surgeon's technique for the end, but how many of you actually do that for every seam?

3. Nose: I use Tarp as nose material, do you go over every seam twice or just once?

4. Bridle: I used the way shown on Tom's site for making the bridle for the La Quartz, as it calls for a turbo leg, and the adjustment knots being on the spine, but I was wondering what's your preferred way, assuming a standard three point bridle?

I'm thinking about my next build... maybe Krijn's scaled down version of the Sixth Sense as an SUL... What do you suggest?

Thanks so much for your help!

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