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 on: June 25, 2016, 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: June 25, 2016, 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: June 25, 2016, 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: June 25, 2016, 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: June 25, 2016, 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!

 on: June 24, 2016, 10:46 PM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by chilese
He might try to make it better.  Smiley

 on: June 24, 2016, 09:51 PM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by reddobie
Steve Tapp, congratulation on the win.


 on: June 24, 2016, 09:23 PM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by Frazer

Any word on the lucky winner?
Sorry - the red-eye back ... and the Brexit has rather distracted me.

The winner is Steve Tapp, he of the Enigma build.

A very generous forum member and worthy winner.

Kite will be sent out next week USPS Priority insured - post a pic of it in the air.

Thank you again to all who participated.


 on: June 24, 2016, 07:29 PM 
Started by Frazer - Last post by cmay

Any word on the lucky winner?

 on: June 24, 2016, 07:24 PM 
Started by thief - Last post by Stevo
At least I wasn't the only one thinking this  Wink

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