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 on: January 22, 2015, 11:46 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
Yours did not count. The kite has to make a thud sound

to be considered a nose plant. You were too gentle.

Maybe next time.

 on: January 22, 2015, 10:44 PM 
Started by kitebug - Last post by kiterpillar
Yes, I too.
I wrote two time an email to Christian, but the first email address (I think) is no longer active and my message was not delivered, and I'm waiting for an answer to my second mail (to another email address).

 on: January 22, 2015, 09:17 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by tcope
I heard you can nose plant those Vapors without any issues. Don't know if its true.

 on: January 22, 2015, 09:05 PM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by twhite510
Today I added the pockets and most of the reenforcement's. Quite tedious work handling the small parts and tape. It is a bit on the sloppy side but I am fairly happy for my first time. Tomorrow I plan on finishing the reenforcement's and try my hand at sewing what is needed. Here are a few more pictures of my progress.

 on: January 22, 2015, 07:24 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by aaron j.
I know right! It would be a beautiful sight to see them together!

 on: January 22, 2015, 06:04 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
So here are some recent videos of the PBSK VP and Enigma SUL pictured above.

Allen shows the smooth graceful flat spin classic goodness of the VP at the beach.  Zen.

Here in an overflow parking lot is me attempting to look controlled in light lumpy inland winds coming over trees and buildings.  Yummy.

Modded Exile SUL

It would be an interesting project to see how many tricks can be added to a classic flying kite without destroying the traits that make it a classic.

 on: January 22, 2015, 05:48 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
Yes I have a whole bag of Skyburner kites and would recommend them highly.  The Ocius and Aura are 7' and 6' kites respectively.  Classic sail cuts with higher aspect ratios making for wind efficient kites that trick well.  If you are looking for smaller light wind trickable kites both of these are good flyers and great values.

Not sure which SUL I would recommend as best though I personally like larger kites in the 7.5' to 8' range.

Devin and JonT can chime in here...

I myself enjoy low wind flying very much, especial the graceful spinning of my Ocius SUL... in slow motion.
Steve, I noticed you own both the Ocius SUL and the Aura SUL, could you give some of your comments on the character differences of these two kites. The Aura appears to have higher aspect ratio (width/height), how different does it make?

 on: January 22, 2015, 05:28 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
By now I bet you can do them blindfolded...  Huh

Certainly not blindfolded, would likely sew right through a finger - ouch!  Cheesy

The goals of this project were to improve on a favorite kite and hone building skills.

I can build a consistently good and accurate kite now, just not a perfect kite. When I asked long time builders about minor things that inevitably happen I got back "build more" and "the first thousand kites are the hardest"  Huh  Long way to go there...

Have been pleased with this project so far.  The kite has exceeded my expectations and initial feedback from the testers has been favorable.  Will be interesting to see how the kite does with the coming flying season.

Have sent out a handful of test kites (the last one now in transit), raffled one (Christmas raffle), and filled my bag for the coming season.  No need to build more of these right now though I have some ideas that may look nice.

Looks like there are a couple of collaboration design/build projects coming up and much flying to do.

Thanks all for the nice comments on this thread.  Special thanks to the testers, their time, feedback, videos, and pics.  Seeing the kite fly outside my field has been one of the best parts. Smiley

I think this set will be a personal favorite:

 on: January 22, 2015, 03:51 PM 
Started by photogbill - Last post by thief
Sorry Aaron, it would clash too much with that enigma

 on: January 22, 2015, 03:25 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by Allen Carter
I believe there are still old skool 2pts available from K&FT

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