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 81 
 on: December 14, 2014, 04:32 PM 
Started by chilese - Last post by chilese
Today was one of the nicer days we have had lately.

So I took the Bambi designed Enigma UL to Patriot Park

for some old-school flying (I am 65 after all).

Winds: 2-6 mph (shifting and smooth for Las Vegas)
Temp: 53°F
Hum: 38%
Alt: 2300 feet
Lines: 100 ft / 90#

Kite Setup:  No weights and ShapeShifter™ set to the inner mark.
                 Upper bridle line set to top knot

Kite Build Quality: Excellent

Visually, you have 26 panels and pin-striping so your imagination can get pretty creative.

The wingtip tensioning is now adjustable done with a single line wrapped and vinyl end cap (very clean).

At 2300 feet, the kite needed about 4 mph wind to fly without moving my feet. I do envy you people

who fly down at sea level and by the ocean. Inland winds leave a lot to be desired. By 6 mph, the kite

was solid with excellent feedback. You can hear the sail inflate and deflate. I'm guessing the kite could

handle a good 10 mph wind well. It's a solid build.

PRECISION: To me, the kite flies in-between a Mojo and last generation Killer Bee. This is not a statement

I make lightly. Even with the ShapeShifter set to a more relaxed style of flying, lines were sweet and

punch turns were rewarded with a nice sail snap. If you just want to fly a good looking sport kite, you

have it here. The long standoffs provide a deep keel to carve through the air.

TRICKS: (Remember, no weights were used) Spin tricks were slow and beautiful. I was able to get

very nice, Slot Machines, Axels, 540s, Lazy Susans (got a double once). The turtle sits a bit deeper than

I was expecting (still pretty flat) so Jacob's Ladders are good looking. I did 3 reversing rungs in about

3 mph wind with some backing up. That's pretty good for my skill level. The kite does a backspin (not

barrel roll) with a moderate pull although the nose is down a bit, but it is definitely a backspin. The

standard would do both a backspin or a barrel roll with weights.
This may also be true with the UL, but

today was about no weights and just flying and enjoying the kite. Flic-flacs required cutting the pancake

just short of flared flat. I did several and the kite lost little altitude. If you just pull the kite from a fade,

it will drop about 10 feet initially, but then it just starts transitioning in place. I couldn't get any pitch

tricks or Taz Machines without weights. Steve Tapp says he used 15 grams and I can believe that would

bring the kite around. Next time I'll add a couple of weights. Two pull cascades were nice as the kite went into

a pancake position mid-trick each time. There has got to be some combos possible from that for you

better tricksters.

CONCLUSION: It's a really sweet, all-around larger sail. Tricks are a little slower so they can be seen

and appreciated. The ShapeShifter allows the pilot to experiment without changing weights. Just a quick

slide of the connector on the lower spreader and you're ready. Does the world need another all-around

sport kite? Sure, when it fits into an area on the graph that was vacant.  Smiley

9 pictures start at the link below:










 82 
 on: December 14, 2014, 04:03 PM 
Started by ae - Last post by chilese
Sharp looking and flying kite ae.

And I too envy you that flying field.

The buggiers here would love to have a go.


 83 
 on: December 14, 2014, 03:39 PM 
Started by ae - Last post by ae
Indeed Rob, that field is a gift. Old abandoned airfield pretty much in the middle of Berlin, and by law it is forbidden to be used for anything beside sitting there now as well Smiley And it is large, several square miles, open to the public from sunrise to sunset. And you will pretty much always find some kite fliers there.

 84 
 on: December 14, 2014, 03:26 PM 
Started by ae - Last post by thief
Andre I am always amazed by that flying field of yours... There is always other things in the air there!!!!

That new Dagget looks hot!

 85 
 on: December 14, 2014, 02:21 PM 
Started by ae - Last post by ae
Hi,

I cooked up something new, the dagger Speedkite. Designed for entry level speed flyers or just plain uncomplicated fun in higher winds. Wingspan is 185cm (73 inches). It flies from 3bft and up to 6bft and over. Framing is with 6mm Matrix carbon and 6mm Matrix lower spreader. Sail is made form Skytex 40 and 80 and 120g mylar.

Flown here by a normal trick kite pilot that has its hands on it for the first time:
https://vimeo.com/112628368

And thanks to the foggy weather here, I even have a bad picture Smiley


 86 
 on: December 14, 2014, 01:16 PM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by Ara Ararauna
And now for something completely normal.  It's always appropriate to salute "Veterans Day"




Wow...  Huh  That's a beauty.
It is the prettiest asymmetry I've ever seen.

Absolutely impressive.  Shocked   

 87 
 on: December 14, 2014, 11:42 AM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by chilese
That is not completely normal.

But it is very nice looking.  Smiley

 88 
 on: December 14, 2014, 11:15 AM 
Started by sadsack - Last post by sadsack
I flew for 3hours today, here is my girl




























 89 
 on: December 14, 2014, 10:08 AM 
Started by stapp59 - Last post by stapp59
And now for something completely normal.  It's always appropriate to salute "Veterans Day"



 90 
 on: December 14, 2014, 07:11 AM 
Started by whitebirdlover - Last post by jlmcevoy
We need more of that!

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