Got a chance to test out the new valor 'Z' today in much better winds than my initial test flight ...in fact they were pretty much lab grade winds off the ocean & I couldn't be any happier with it's performance so far, so far. The 'Z' is surpassing my expectations.
The Z has a slightly longer wingspan & taller ...with the LE straighter ...than the original Valor. It flies similar to the regular Valor ...with some input differences but is much slower. Tricks are all still there with perhaps some additional unique flying traits & some great precision. Sits deep in a turtle & rolls up easily. I haven't put any yo-yo stoppers on it yet as I still need to determine what position on the LE to best place them ....Sky Claws will be the eventual choice. I did a couple lifter launches with it which combed with a Lazy Susan followed by a JL ...& a half lazy into a nice controlled fade. Both look sweet & are impressive! JLs are nice & slow ...needing a snappier stronger input to transition from the lazy - back into the fade position. It also does some incredibly graceful flat spins ...even going around an additional time when hit right.! I'm really loving this kite! I couldn't be any happier.
I plan to build more Zs ...& plan on tweaking the design to visually improve the upper perspective of the 'Z' but other than that I don't expect to anything else at all in the build.
Today was perhaps the best flying & best wind day I've had in a long time! Nothing beats a steady lab-grade beach wind ...especially when critiquing a kite ...particularly fine tuning a new design!