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« on: Yesterday at 11:23 PM »

Well,  it finally came down to me wanting a monster more than the video equipment I intended to acquire to film the construction.  Originally my thoughts were that I would document the entire build with dialogue and close ups of film.  That being said, I was never happy with the level of production I was able to achieve and so I have thrown in the towel on this particular project. 

The result is a fine kite (minus an upper spreader right now, as I find I'm out of 5mm carbon... which is now on order).  I can add this to the stack of kites I've built but yet to fly!

Some notes on the design:
Should you build this kite, beware the mylar panels.  If your stitches are too close together, it will just tear a hole in the mylar sections.
The frame of this kite is great... the lower spreaders, upper leading edges and lower leading edges can all be cut to 73mm.  I set a stop block on my DIY spar cutter and just cut away (6 spars all the same length)
3pt bridle is just the right dimension so that a keeper line is not needed to prevent tail wraps. 
Hopefully "imitation" really is the higher form of flattery.  If you look close at the kites I build, you'll see the clear influences of my favorite builders (Paul Shirey, Ken McNeill, Lam Hoac, to name a few).

Frame is:
3pt leading edges
5pt black diamond lower spreaders
5pt spine
5mm upper spreader (on order)
approx 12 grams weight in the tail
leech line



And more related to another thread (the "which part of kite making do you like the least" thread), here is a shot of the nose.  The nose, being close to the last thing I do on the sail, always presents one last step for me to mess up!  This nose has a mylar sail re-enforcement, along with a dacron pocket in the rear for the spine.  The dacron pocket is lined with 'moonie tape', as i find this helps the spine slide in easily and keeps the dacron from splitting over time. 

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« Reply #1 on: Today at 12:01 AM »

That's a fine looking Monster.

Air shots soon? (hint, hint)
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 01:57 AM »

Great colour choice! I like that s lot.


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« Reply #3 on: Today at 04:23 AM »

You always do nice work Steve and this is another fine build  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: Today at 05:42 AM »

Oh wow, that is gorgeous!
Beautiful kite, nice job!  Definitely need some in-flight pics or even a video.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:08 AM »

If your problem is the 5mm, ship me the kite, I happen to have some available  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: Today at 11:28 AM »

of course I have a day off today... and not a speck of wind!  not a single shiver of a blade of grass.  Maybe later this afternoon.
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 02:00 PM »

Great looking kite. The colours look very good with that panel layout.

Always loved the Derefat designs. Still enjoy flying the Vortex and the Organic is huge fun specially in a bit of breeze.

Brilliant work Stephen... as usual

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« Reply #8 on: Today at 06:20 PM »

Great job Steve! That color combo is really nice! I'm going to be building another Monster myself ...and this time keep it at the designer's original size instead of the 94%er I previously built! The one I built is a fun kite but a little to squirrelly. I'm still planning on tweaking the bridle when I have time to hopefully tame it down a bit but I expect the full size monster might resolve that issue as well.
One thing is certain with the 94%er I built. It loves to roll up ...and it does a yo-fade like no there kite I've ever flown. It practically gives them away!

Looking forward to some flying videos of yours to inspire me to start that project!  Wink
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