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
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
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.