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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2014, 07:19 AM »

Great job Steve!
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2014, 09:12 AM »





I'm curious to see if I'm the only one who likes it  Wink

 Huh  Huh  Huh

Errr.... um... no, not the only one who likes it.

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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2014, 10:58 AM »

Looks incredible IMO - it reminds me of the Elixir.
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2014, 12:16 PM »

hey Tom, I hope to be at the Whidbey Kite Festival in a few weeks.
I have one of Steve Tapp's modified Exiles and would love to have yourself and any other PNW fliers run it through its paces, give opinions/feedback.
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2014, 01:07 PM »

How I spent my weekend, a TriSpi 40 modded Exile standard:

An all-Mylar "Exile"?  Did anybody else hear that rumbling?  If I'm not mistaken, that's the sound of Moonie rolling over in his grave.* ;-)

It's very nice Steve.  Very "Euro"

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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2014, 02:54 PM »

That Jessica Rabbit is hot......
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2014, 05:46 PM »

hey Tom, I hope to be at the Whidbey Kite Festival in a few weeks.
I have one of Steve Tapp's modified Exiles and would love to have yourself and any other PNW fliers run it through its paces, give opinions/feedback.




I'll be there Steve and would love to try the kite!   Also, I'll be bringing my ABS and some others that I'd like you to try if you would like.

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« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2014, 09:06 PM »

Here she is outside.  Thunderstorms were rolling through with lightening (Spirit of Moonie perhaps?) so only had a few minutes in the air. Flies just fine and weighs about the same as an Icarex model.  Mylar is a bit stiffer though. Overall I prefer a fabric sail but this does look pretty cool.  Cool

Ken I'm happy you're still talking to me  Wink and thanks for all your kites over the years.  Some of the best.

Will get some pictures in the sun and practice some aerial shots.  Steve your pics are great!  With a location that awesome the proto Exile has no intention of coming back to Indiana.  That's fine as it's earned respite from having me cut on it.  It used to be a vented then I replaced the panels and cut it in half for the mods...

Tom would love to have input from you and other PNW fliers. Remember this is not meant to be an Ultimate Trick Kite (UTK) but rather a trick accessible all rounder that files well and retains much of that Blue Moon Feel (tm). If you guys agree with that description I'll be very pleased indeed.

Of course there are many good all rounders on the market already.  The modded Exile fills a very important niche though - my kite bag  Cheesy

Steve any trim issues to work on between now and then?  If so, send me a PM.

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2014, 09:14 PM »

I really like the look of an all mylar (or all white...yes, I am thinking about your Monster builds) sail with black pinstriping.  Just something about it, can't put my finger on it. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2014, 10:54 PM »

OK Tom, looking forward to Whidbey Island in later September!

I flew the modded Exile again this afternoon in ~6-10 knot winds.

I'm still flying it without weights and found the only thing I struggled with was the effortless yo-yos it did with all 5 weights.

Backspins were quite flat and weren't too fussy about set-up. I'll probably settle on 2 or 3 weights.

Did a lovely old trick that I can't recall the name of, but it's a Coin-toss that starts on the wingtip the kite is poised on and goes to a 360 flat spin to a 2 point landing.

Jacob's Ladder and Flic-flacs were a piece of cake, the modded Exile quickly transitions orientation in a predictable and repeatable manner.

I'm liking the mods quite a lot, it has a bit more trickiness without giving up that BMK feel. 

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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2014, 04:40 AM »

Quote from: indigo_wolf
Huh  Huh  Huh

Errr.... um... no, not the only one who likes it.

ATB,
Sam

Smiley  May have to get a proto out to the east coast sometime...

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I really like the look of an all mylar (or all white...yes, I am thinking about your Monster builds) sail with black pinstriping.  Just something about it, can't put my finger on it. 

Thanks!  I really like the all white with pin striping as well.  A real classic and awesome looking pulling a 100' black/white tube tail around.  If I didn't have so many Exiles would do a set of those next.

I'll keep the all white Monster set but may make the Mylar std available sometime as it is not likely to be flown much now with the Exile in the bag.

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OK Tom, looking forward to Whidbey Island in later September!

I flew the modded Exile again this afternoon in ~6-10 knot winds.

I'm still flying it without weights and found the only thing I struggled with was the effortless yo-yos it did with all 5 weights.

Backspins were quite flat and weren't too fussy about set-up. I'll probably settle on 2 or 3 weights.

Did a lovely old trick that I can't recall the name of, but it's a Coin-toss that starts on the wingtip the kite is poised on and goes to a 360 flat spin to a 2 point landing.

Jacob's Ladder and Flic-flacs were a piece of cake, the modded Exile quickly transitions orientation in a predictable and repeatable manner.

I'm liking the mods quite a lot, it has a bit more trickiness without giving up that BMK feel. 

Sounds like it's on the right track Steve.  Am using 3 weights now on the Std and 5 weights still on the heavier vented.

Did you shorten that inner standoff a little (1/4")?  Tames the tendency to over rotate.  Have done that adjustment on all my standards and vents.

Yes the kite has a familiar feel and it's the simple little things I really like. Pop up take offs, ground work, solid fade, endless cascades and flic-flacs, etc.

The easier roll-ups and JL type moves are a nice addition.

Don't know about the RUCWFFETR.  Never had a kite that would do those and I've not learned all the tricks yet Cheesy
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