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« on: March 08, 2014, 04:01 PM »

The build in my avatar has 11 colors of Icarex.  This one a bit less colors and not much Icarex either.  Wink


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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2014, 04:04 PM »

SCcchhhhhhwwwwwhhheeeeettttttt!

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2014, 05:53 PM »

WOW I love your Monster Steve  Smiley Cool Cool
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2014, 06:18 PM »

Nice! You are on a roll, my friend!
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2014, 07:12 PM »

Nice!  I'm going to be interested to hear your impression on how it handles.  You are on a roll
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2014, 07:22 PM »

excellent!  Did you use and ultralight frame (what specs?) 
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2014, 08:01 PM »

Standard kite.  Dacron LE tunnels with the Mylar panels.  P300 spine, P2X LEs, 5PT spreaders.  Just tied the bridle, added 25 grams tail weight (may be too much), stoppers, and vinyl end caps.  RTF it comes in at 10.2 oz.  Very similar to the Exile in weight and overall size.

Looking forward to flying it.  I like to overall shape and layout and have been looking for a nice French trickster to compliment the Exile fleet.  If this is it, there will be a 3PT UL in the future.

With DST and temp pushing the 30s I'll likely slow the building and spend more time outside flying. Yea!

excellent!  Did you use and ultralight frame (what specs?) 
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2014, 08:08 PM »

This is very stunning - nice work!  I love the stained-glass look.  It reminds me of some of the classy looking Vapors that I've seen - very elegant.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2014, 08:18 PM »

Thank you very much!  Always wanted to do a Mylar paneled sail and since JonT had the light TriSpi, why not?  Should be quite interesting in the sun.  Also curious how it will wear.  One caution with the light Mylar, if you stress it too much, it will stretch out of shape and stay that way.  Looks cool though  Cool

This is very stunning - nice work!  I love the stained-glass look.  It reminds me of some of the classy looking Vapors that I've seen - very elegant.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2014, 05:11 AM »

Sweet looking kite!!!

It takes the 'ghost'theme to the next level!!!
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Sweet!

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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2014, 03:05 PM »

So we are all clear about the color  Cheesy




Will post some first impressions after a couple more sessions.  In short I do like the kite...
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2014, 03:30 PM »

You are killing me softly.  Huh
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2014, 01:00 AM »

Very VERY nice!!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2014, 04:33 AM »

First impressions:

So after three sessions the Monster is shaping up to be the kind of kite I'd hoped it would be; something between the Exile and an all out TP design like the SF/Talon. Similar in size to the 7 1/2' Exile, the Monster scores well as nicely behaved, wind efficient, trick capable, polyvalent kite that should appeal to a broad group of flyers. 

2D - It spins tightly around the lower spreader connector, tracks well, figures are nice, corners cleanly with proper attention.  With 25gr of tail weight the bridle is set just outside of the point of oversteer. Groundwork is there, window size appropriate. Nice overall.

Wind efficiency - The Monster is better here than my all out trick monsters.  It flies in the lower wind range and handles lulls well.  It tells you if the winds are bumpy but doesn't get all hissy about it.  The sail will load up fairly quickly as the winds pick up and I found I wanted to shorten the uphaul 1/2" to bleed off the pressure with the winds in the lower/mid teens. Make sure your uphaul is adjustable.  I added a leech line though the sail still buzzes quite a bit under load.  Forward speed picks up some with the wind but the kite is not prone to accelerate.  A good compromise for a variety of winds.

3D - This is a Derefat kite  Smiley The Monster feels well balanced, behaved, and forgiving.  Fades and backflips are solid. Rolls up easily. ABTs are all there.  Small hand movements are fine. After 20 minutes I was having fun flipping the kite around rather than learning how to fly it. For Allen I saw several moves that looked suspiciously like an axel  Cheesy  Tips almost level and rotation speed controllable. It makes me look a better flyer than I am.  I like that in a kite!  Would like to hear impressions from others.

Overall, the kite felt well designed and trimmed right from the start.  For someone who likes to tinker, the only thing I wanted to touch was the uphaul in higher winds. I like it enough that the panels for the UL are already cut and sail taped. Home builders are fortunate to have plans like these available. Thanks Christian.

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