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« Reply #45 on: July 23, 2014, 10:18 PM »

I always thought a stranger would make an interesting sul project.
Love the psychos
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« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2014, 03:39 AM »

I think Allen mentioned that also.  May take a different direction with the Stranger and try the Nitro lites.

With 10 grams tail weight the Psycho rolls up quickly and easily.  The only thing that kite is missing is a deep turtle but I shouldn't expect a kite to lay on its back for long in 15+ winds  Cheesy

I always thought a stranger would make an interesting sul project.
Love the psychos
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« Reply #47 on: July 26, 2014, 08:16 PM »

Probably aren't too many of these out there, a modded Psycho UL in pink.  Cool I built this on a whim after flying the Psycho stack which does well in 8+ and wondered how low a lighter Psycho would fly.  The P200/P300/5PT std weighs 8.5 oz rtf while the P90/P100/3PT UL comes in at 6.4 oz rtf.  2 oz is a lot for kite this size so it should be interesting.  Starting with 10gr tail weight as in the std.  To recap, the changes include:

- Icarex sail
- Skyshark frame
- Leech line
- 1" longer keel
- Tail weight
- yo-yo stoppers
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- Radically sane bridle Smiley

I like the pink much better than I thought I might.


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« Reply #48 on: July 26, 2014, 08:58 PM »

Looks great Steve!
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« Reply #49 on: July 27, 2014, 03:25 AM »

Very nice I like the pink it looks good with the black and white. Should be an interesting fly, a high wind kite with a light wind frame. I reckon it could be a bit of fun...

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« Reply #50 on: July 27, 2014, 03:41 AM »

You really have a great looking design!  Hows your video making research coming? Wink
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« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2014, 12:26 PM »

Tied the bridle this morning, finished the bag, and headed out to find a field and some wind.




First we need to redefine terms.  The P200/P300/5PT is a high wind Psycho good from 8 mph to who knows.  The P90/P100/3PT is the Std Psycho as it flies in the same winds as the Exile Std. I would not be surprised if it has a higher usable max wind range than the Exile making this Psycho one of the highest wind rated UL framed kite out there. Ha!

Seriously this one flies just like a lighter version of the kite, fully capable, a little more float, flies in a little lower winds, and has a lighter feel.  Am not sure a true UL is possible with this design nor do I really see the point.  I will keep it in the A bag with the HW Psycho and fly it in sane winds when I need a change of pace from the Exile fleet.

Speaking of the Exile project, several have asked and there is more to report on that front.

Like many kites, the Psycho was retired before its time.  With a little updating there is lots of life left in that design.  Another score for sure....




Coogee, most every color looks good with black and white.  Smiley

Dana, on the video front I'm bummed gopro does not make a brim mount for the Tilley Sad  Huh  May have to rig something up...
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« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2014, 12:34 PM »

I always thought a stranger would make an interesting sul project.
Love the psychos

Flexi made a Stranger with a Poly sail and Skyshark 5P frame. Certainly lighter than the stock nylon 6mm pulltrude version but much stiffer. More a "pro" version than a UL but must have had a better bottom end. I've never found one, but would like to. I've read mixed reviews. Some really hated the stiffer frame.
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« Reply #53 on: July 27, 2014, 01:00 PM »

I had the Stranger UL, liked it better than the Standard.
The Sky Shark frame was a lot less noodley than the stock one and the Icarex sail didn't get baggy and heavy in our damp Fall/Winter weather.

Think it went to rod247.
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« Reply #54 on: July 27, 2014, 05:22 PM »

"Seriously this one flies just like a lighter version of the Psycho, fully capable, a little more float, flies in a little lower winds, and has a lighter feel.  Am not sure a true UL is possible with this design nor do I really see the point."

To clarify the above statement, I'm confident that adding another standoff to each side widening and flattening the tunnel TE profile would improve the low wind abilities of the Psycho and I may do just that.  Of course at some point it's no longer a Psycho but something a bit different.

I had particular goals in mind with the Psycho and Exile projects.  No such goal with the Stranger, just wanted to experience the kite and go from there.  At this time I have no immediate plans for the Stranger.  If someone really wanted to take on the reframe project, I could make the sail available and use the existing P200 frame in another project.
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« Reply #55 on: July 27, 2014, 06:54 PM »

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« Reply #56 on: July 27, 2014, 07:08 PM »

Replied  Smiley

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« Reply #57 on: July 27, 2014, 08:39 PM »

Stranger sail spoken for.  Pink Psycho TE updated and ready to test two standoffs per side. 

"Seriously this one flies just like a lighter version of the Psycho, fully capable, a little more float, flies in a little lower winds, and has a lighter feel.  Am not sure a true UL is possible with this design nor do I really see the point."

To clarify the above statement, I'm confident that adding another standoff to each side widening and flattening the tunnel TE profile would improve the low wind abilities of the Psycho and I may do just that.  Of course at some point it's no longer a Psycho but something a bit different.

I had particular goals in mind with the Psycho and Exile projects.  No such goal with the Stranger, just wanted to experience the kite and go from there.  At this time I have no immediate plans for the Stranger.  If someone really wanted to take on the reframe project, I could make the sail available and use the existing P200 frame in another project.
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« Reply #58 on: July 27, 2014, 08:58 PM »

I had the Stranger UL, liked it better than the Standard.
The Sky Shark frame was a lot less noodley than the stock one and the Icarex sail didn't get baggy and heavy in our damp Fall/Winter weather.

Think it went to rod247.

Hmmm now i want one
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