I know it might sound trite but I think I just may have re-discovered 'The Perect Kite' ....well ...at least for me, anyway!
First a little history! I discovered the plans for Christian Dérefat's Organic ...or L'Organic as it is also called ....over 5 years ago and decided to build one ...which turned into 4 builds! The first one, I'm extremely embarrassed to say seems to have mysteriously disappeared. I have only the vaguest idea of what might have happened to it. Best I can come up with is that I must have left it on the flying field after a day of flying somewhere. (I know ...I'm an idiot!
The 2nd and 3rd were built simultaneously! A new one for myself and a requested one for a kite buddy who offered to pay for the build. Those two were a couple of the best looking kites I had ever built to date ...and still are beauties, IMO.
The 4th and most recent one took me more than 5 years to finish, which I did a little over a week ago! I had it 1/2 built for a number of years and stopped work on it until recently making some progress on it while working on a couple of new builds ...my 85% 6th Senses. Why did it take me so long to complete it? One ...my gracious good friend, who I was building it for wasn't in any hurry for it to be completed and it gave him great pleasure in razzing me from time to time about it's still not being finished. Also, that same friend had been the recipient of several other new builds that I have successfully completed since.
But the biggest factor in my delay was that I had flown mine (the #2 build) only once or twice after completion...and gave it a seriously flawed
analysis that it was lacking in performance, somehow! Over the years, I couldn't remember even what it was I didn't like about it's flight abilities ...and/or lack thereof.
A few weeks ago, after being reminded by a post here on the forum from others about how re-visiting and re-flying an 'old' kite had left them with an all new opinion of that kite ...from the one they had initially ...and thankfully, I decided to give my Organic a 'Second Look'!To my surprise and great delight ....
I couldn't discover anything that had previously turned me off to the kite! In fact, I couldn't find anything wrong with the way the Organic flew at all! NOTHING!
I was amazed at how much I liked the way it flew! It motivated me to go ahead and finish that 4th Organic build that I had put off completing for so long ...and to my friends delight, I finished the build last week!
So WHY do I now feel that the Organic is the "Perfect Kite" ...for me anyway? Whether my initial analysis was due to a bad kite flying day, poor wind conditions, or more likely my now-improved kite flying abilities ...as lacking as they might be ...I can't find anything I don't like about flying this kite! My recent kite builds of the 6th Senses (full and 85%ers) and Invictus' were/are great fun to fly, with many positive attributes and I enjoy flying both of those kite models. I don't mean to take anything away from their performance at all but there is just something about my Organic that I connect with better than any kite I have ever flown!
After a couple more trips to the beach with my Organic ...the last being with it reframed as an UL for experiment (after needing to scavenge it's standard framing due to a shortage of kite parts, so I could finally complete that 4th Organic) ...I had a hard time flying anything else in my kite bag ...even after comparative flying of a couple of my old "favorite kites" in the same wind ...my R-Sky Manga and my designer built Mohawk XS!
I reframed the Organic with P1X ULE, P2X LLE, P2X Spine, 3PT LS rods, and 2100 TS rod ...and 18 gram ...for starters tail weight as an UL model! This configuration brought what was a great flying kite as a standard ...into a whole other realm. The wind range seems to be phenomenal, at least at first impressions. The kite does everything I tried and know how to do with precision, grace, and ease! Where many other kites I've owned and flew were either a bit too strong or too light on the lines, the Organic seems to strike a perfect balance of feel feedback and execution of tricks!
What tricks? It JLs
IMO better than anything I have ever flown ...and that is saying a lot. I can do JLs, which is my favorite trick, with all of my current kites ...some more easily ...and more gracefully than others ...but none better than the Organic! JLs with my Organic are EXTREMELY forgivable to less than perfect inputs and when done perfectly are like watching a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance routine (for those old geysers like myself that remember). IT holds a fade
...and a turtle
EXTREMLY well and STABLY ...almost daring you to see how long it will hold them. Backspins
are stupid easy. Multi-lazies
are the same. Cascades
are there. Gorgeous and flat tax machines
...with gorgeous double rotations there on occasion. Flick-flacks
or over rotated flick-flacks ... even roll-ups
are easily done! The kite flies well when rolled up and I imagine multiple roll-ups will be easily done in better flying hands than mine. Flap Jacks
...cake. Quick spin stall landings into a tip stand are easy enough to be illegal. Tried a yo-fade
a couple times but wasn't able to get a full roll-up back into a fade with the UL framing, although they were stupid easy with the standard framing Organic and enough tail weight (approx 30 grams). I suspect a little more effort on my part and/or bumping the weight up a few grams will help that on the UL. I didn't think to try a coin toss but with everything else it does, I don't imagine they will be a problem. I haven't learned to do a Comet yet but would be anxious to see someone who has ....try one out on my Organic!
Well, If I haven't bored you to death yet ...and haven't convinced you that I have lost my mind completely ...and you are still reading this post ...I'd encourage the other 'builders' on this site to give the Organic a "Second Look'
if you have never built one before. I'd be happy to share my additional measurements and specs to any one that is interested in building one or tweaking theirs.
P.S. Can a moderator please post a picture of the 3 photos I linked to so other members don't have to click a link to see them? I can't figure out how to post the images with Flikr's new photo sharing features! ^I figured it out by accident!