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 on: October 20, 2016, 08:25 AM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by asburyparkjohn
Doing great with the multi-lazies and backspins. Pull out of those backspins when LESS than SIX FEET off the ground.  Grin Grin Grin

All belly-up tricks (nose toward or away from you) are now wide OPEN for your INVESTIGATION/TRAINING. Keep it GOING!

 Cool Cool Cool

With the Claw yo-yo strip try some unwaps at 45* ...  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Also - try over the next several weeks work on reducing the SIZE your inputs on the backspin's and they never should be over belt high - this will come with repetition. So work towards that ... IMO. I found 45* is better with a Lam kite than straight back ... but could be just me ...

All around ... all you need is SMALLER INPUTS.


 on: October 20, 2016, 07:11 AM 
Started by Trip - Last post by Trip
Here's another flying the Nik Nak at Opfel Park in Galveston...

 on: October 20, 2016, 06:45 AM 
Started by vertigo2u - Last post by vertigo2u
Got a chance to fly at the Beach yesterday... What a day !!!  Cool  Cool   Huh Huh

p.s. The beginning of the video is symbolic of the Yin and Yang. Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (rather than opposing) forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which the whole is greater than the assembled parts.  I find a oneness of the duality of a Vietnamese refuge and a Vietnam Veteran.  One a builder of kites and the other a flyer.  Together and for me achieving an indivisible whole.

 on: October 20, 2016, 04:21 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by harveystubbs
The std generally didn't have weighted wing tips whilst the UL did. Jon is right though there are a few different versions. The main versions were the std with p2x/ nitro (strong?) leading edge and 7pt lower spreaders but was changed to p200 5pt leading edge later with 5pt lower spreaders. Both versions fly really well .... top kite, great designer sadly not making kites atm Cool

 on: October 20, 2016, 04:16 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by harveystubbs
Sounds like an UL

 on: October 20, 2016, 12:09 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by jaydub
If you can post a pic of the kite and particularly the logo and the tail weight arrangement that will help identify which version it is.

 on: October 20, 2016, 12:06 AM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by jaydub
JoE is Mark Clements and he is on Facebook, so you can contact him there.

There are a couple of variations on the standard spec.  Maybe even 3.  The Structil spine was replaced by P200 / P2X (can't remember which) and Mark made some sail changes to make the standard sail construction more like the UL from memory.

The original version of the standard had wing tip weights.  Not sure about the later version.

The bridle is meant to be on the lower o-ring, not against the LS APA on both.  My standard started to wing tip shudder in anything above 10mph or so.

I don't have my Talons any more, so can't provide any bridle specs, however Bryan Beasley and HarveyStubbs post on here and there are a number of the Northern Monkey Kite Group who fly Talons in the UK and can be contacted on the other forum (as can Harv and Bryan).

 on: October 19, 2016, 11:43 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by Michel
Thanks for this information Palmahnic.

Marieanne of Kites and Fun Things informed me that they have stopped making the P#X series all together.

Do you know why?

 on: October 19, 2016, 08:40 PM 
Started by Pikman - Last post by Ca Ike
The larger ones fly better IMO and have a bit lower wind range.  I have a couple of 3 stacks that I fly on 50# line up to about 10mph then use 90#.  When linked in a 6 stack I use 90# up to 20mph.  For a 12 stack, Dynakite recommends 90# and requires a ghost kite frame or the lead kite will break.

I have a friend that has the smaller ones and they barely fly in anything less than about 7mph. They both look good flying though.

 on: October 19, 2016, 08:30 PM 
Started by Ca Ike - Last post by Ca Ike
Ive come into possession of a set of talons.  The first time I flew this kite I didn't get along with it but I am going to give them a chance since Ive gotten a lot better at flying in the two+ years since I first tried a talon.  I have a few questions for those that know this kite well and since JoE is not making them anymore I don't know how to get ahold of him(will search his forum name though).

First thing is frame.  I seem to remember mention of weights put into the wingtips of these kites. Something on the level of 3g and also what the tail weight they came with is supposed to be.

Bridle.  If anyone has bridle specs I can compare mine to I would appreciate it.  The other thing I noticed is JoE put a o-ring stop about 3 inches below the lower spreader fitting on both the std and ul.  The std's outhauls are on this stop but the UL's are on the spreaders.  What is the reason for these stops and is this an optional bridle point or normal position.  Ive flown with the bridle in both positions and don't really notice a difference other than the kite develops a shudder in its higher range if the low points are used.

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