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 on: Today at 05:34 AM 
Started by asburyparkjohn - Last post by asburyparkjohn
Rather than go through a standard overview of what trick it can do well or not do well or of the build quality we expect from a lam kite - why bother. Interestingly, I did tell Lam that I wanted the kite built 2PT all around rather than the more fragile ORIGINAL DESIGN as winds are rarely very very low at the beach except in the early morning and I already own the Tattoo for such circumstances. As I was flying it I have to say this is the most compact feeling STURDIEST SUL level dual I have flown. It felt like flying one of his LIGHT kites or for most people a standard build as unusual as that may sound. So my recommendation is to keep the original build. I may go for another Mind Trick but obviously go for the original design settings. I think one can experiment say in 1-2 mph winds based on your flying capability and I was flying my 2PT custom upgrade without any excessive footwork (i.e., more than 1-2 steps backward or forward) even with 50 foot line X 50 pound line as I did this past weekend.
Based on this sturdy type factor I am wondering how far up the wind range this kite can GO without any noticeable wing tip fluttering.
With the the 2PT build the Tattoo does get easier air time in and around 1 mph but as I indicated with Mind Trick's original build I suspect it may be EQUAL?
As some pilots can attest to in the Jacobs Ladder whether you pop or pull to the fade I expect no issues here in higher winds although still need to test above 5 mph and again see if this kite can handle 10 mph.
In terms of this kite there is a dilemma ... if built with 2PT it could be a kite that could easily fly say in 0.5 mph wind with longer lines at 60 or 75 feet X 50 lb. or in the original build this could make the Tattoo obsolete?
If you find yourself running around with a R-Sky or Benson SUL in really low/low winds thinking (only a glider as the American flag is fluttering just a tiny bit) there is no doubt you have another option - the Mind Trick in its original build design.

I still need to do more comparison flying with the 2PT Mind Trick and GPS SUL.

Do I go 2PT so I can fly to 10 mph or keep it original and fly easy in 1 mph winds even with 50 foot lines and little footwork?

Mind Trick ... two tricky options ...  Wink Wink Wink


 on: Today at 04:44 AM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by Trip
As always.... nice vid!   Grin Grin

 on: Today at 04:25 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by thief
Do as Kareloh suggests.

I have a good 3" scar across my right wrist from stupidly putting a screwdriver (being used as a grounds stake) into my trouser pocket point up, forgetting it was there and then tricked. Pushed for a flare and you can guess the rest. A very deep cut, blood everywhere and lots of questions at the hospital when stitching it together  Cry

This was over 10 years ago and I still get odd looks and asked how it happened. I know what they think happened as it is in a very suggestive place.
Many people have decided to make their own peg style stake using tubular fiberglass..... Never do this!  I know two people that have scars also on their inner wrist because the pushed down on the end of the tube and it shattered, slicing then up in the process...

I prefer simple golf ball stakes or sand bags now...... Or tie down lines to anchor to benches, trees, cars........

Honestly for sport kites i do not use a stake at all.... Just the method kareloh described works for all of my dualies

 on: Today at 03:42 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by CHopkins
I use a Carey Quicky stake when not flying on sand (I'm an inland flier).  It's made of orange plastic and you can't cut yourself with it.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:04 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by indigo_wolf
Given the Exile Evolution thread, I would be surprised if Steve didn't have a notebook full of measurements and specs.

Might want to PM him if he doesn't see this thread.


 on: Yesterday at 03:09 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Dano
It's so hot...  I just saw a fire hydrant chasing a pack of dogs!    Cheesy

 on: Yesterday at 01:13 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Ca Ike
I'm looking for all specs for Kens exile.  Bridle, stop locations, frame and any adjustment info as well. I've talked to Ken and he no longer has the specs. I got a couple used exiles and want to make sure they are set right.

 on: Yesterday at 01:13 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by david barnby
indeed - what a great person. I have fond memories of a few great laughs with him

 on: Yesterday at 08:23 AM 
Started by Pikman - Last post by Henri
The other knot can be slided away while performing the adjustment (it will help...) but should be set back against the prussik knot after.

 on: Yesterday at 08:18 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by Henri
At the beach, you can lay the kite back and put some sand on the trailing edge, preventing it from flipping. I mostly use the rollup technique above but sometimes the kite will just slide (on packed wet sand) and I use the sand on it technique...

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