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 on: August 22, 2016, 04:19 AM 
Started by KaoS - Last post by KaoS
A newcomer turned up at the beach yesterday and asked if he could fly with us.  He apologised for only having one kite - "an old one, don't know if it's any good" - it was a Trick Tail Std.

I'd not flown one before, but I'd heard they had a style of their own.  Yep, I have to agree  Grin

So all you Trick Tail enthusiasts... apart from the beautiful arrow straight tracking and pinpoint, tight, precise turns, what can you get out of a Trick Tail?

I managed some reasonably elegant axels (although it took me a while to stop being overly ham fisted), got one or two flattish incomplete 540s - closer to 400s  Embarrassed

...and too many shallow turtle / float on it's back to the ground  Sad

I feel sure it's not the kite, it's me.  And I want to change me

 on: August 22, 2016, 12:03 AM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by chilese
Nicely done sir.

 on: August 21, 2016, 09:34 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by OCPablo
Deep turtle is basically nose low when the kite is on its back. It locks in better while rotating, allowing for more lazy Susan based tricks.

I can tell you sail depth and the curve of the LE have little or nothing to do with how flat a kite lays during a spin. It's all in how the keel is angled and a bit in how the tunnel is set.

I would politely disagree, a kite with a shallow sail and a slightly curved L/W will flat spin much better when compared to kites with much deeper sails.

 on: August 21, 2016, 08:03 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by KaoS
Made one - interesting flyer.  Winds were light and variable, and I was by myself so didn't get any decent pictures of it in the sky.

I tried various configurations - my favourite was with the wingtips swept forward of the centre, rather than swept aft. More stable and stronger pull than the other way round.

 on: August 21, 2016, 05:49 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by tonycarl60
I'll be there around noon both days, save me a parking space  Grin

 on: August 21, 2016, 03:13 PM 
Started by Soarin - Last post by White Bird Lover
 Smiley  Smiley  Smiley  Shocked  Cool

 on: August 21, 2016, 02:58 PM 
Started by Krijn - Last post by Krijn
Remember this one:

And this one:

I like the STD a lot, and also the UL. Both fly the same-ish. Nice easy Taz, deep and stable Backflip, Lazies, Cyniques and - I always like that! - a fast Yoyo (especially for the UL). The UL flies easy in SUL-winds.

I'm building a Matrix Strong right now.

I will talk about the frame later (when I'll frame the kite), for now the sail.
I've designed the STD with orange, white, darkgrey and a bit of brown. For the UL I took gold, white, light grey and some light brown (skin).
For this one I took off course red, white, black and dark brown.
All three kites will have some fluor yellow on the back. Is very nice when you are tricking the kite!

The black is not Icarex, but laminated black mylar (quite expensive stuff). Is heavy, but no problem for a high wind kite.
I "made" the dark brown by making an extra layer: around the standoffs there is (from back to front) fluor yellow Chikara, 75gr mylar, skin Chikara and brown Chikara. (Not Icarex, just because it is not available in those brownish colours).

Some pics of the built so far:

Still have to do the nose and the reinforcement on the front (tail to centrecross).


 on: August 21, 2016, 10:26 AM 
Started by Daves1980 - Last post by Ca Ike
The sixth sense is more of a polyvalent kite. Tracks really well and tricks pretty easily. My only issue is it tends to backflip lazily but that could just be something a bit off on my frame specs when I built mine.

 on: August 21, 2016, 04:17 AM 
Started by Mr.Derrick - Last post by JJF6
I think we have approached a point similar to Golf where everything is just so balanced and attainable for most of the experienced flyers . I really appreciate your flying skills great video. Today I manage to to get a rising fade from a Prism Zephyr- I was happy with a small achievement since I haven't flown for about three months..
Cheers Mate


 on: August 21, 2016, 01:31 AM 
Started by Flying Fish - Last post by Flying Fish
Thanks Charles!

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