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Author Topic: Enigma UL by Tappestry Kites (Steve Tapp)  (Read 12179 times)
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« on: December 14, 2014, 04:32 PM »

Today was one of the nicer days we have had lately.

So I took the Bambi designed Enigma UL to Patriot Park

for some old-school flying (I am 65 after all).

Winds: 2-6 mph (shifting and smooth for Las Vegas)
Temp: 53°F
Hum: 38%
Alt: 2300 feet
Lines: 100 ft / 90#

Kite Setup:  No weights and ShapeShifter™ set to the inner mark.
                 Upper bridle line set to top knot

Kite Build Quality: Excellent

Visually, you have 26 panels and pin-striping so your imagination can get pretty creative.

The wingtip tensioning is now adjustable done with a single line wrapped and vinyl end cap (very clean).

At 2300 feet, the kite needed about 4 mph wind to fly without moving my feet. I do envy you people

who fly down at sea level and by the ocean. Inland winds leave a lot to be desired. By 6 mph, the kite

was solid with excellent feedback. You can hear the sail inflate and deflate. I'm guessing the kite could

handle a good 10 mph wind well. It's a solid build.

PRECISION: To me, the kite flies in-between a Mojo and last generation Killer Bee. This is not a statement

I make lightly. Even with the ShapeShifter set to a more relaxed style of flying, lines were sweet and

punch turns were rewarded with a nice sail snap. If you just want to fly a good looking sport kite, you

have it here. The long standoffs provide a deep keel to carve through the air.

TRICKS: (Remember, no weights were used) Spin tricks were slow and beautiful. I was able to get

very nice, Slot Machines, Axels, 540s, Lazy Susans (got a double once). The turtle sits a bit deeper than

I was expecting (still pretty flat) so Jacob's Ladders are good looking. I did 3 reversing rungs in about

3 mph wind with some backing up. That's pretty good for my skill level. The kite does a backspin (not

barrel roll) with a moderate pull although the nose is down a bit, but it is definitely a backspin. The

standard would do both a backspin or a barrel roll with weights.
This may also be true with the UL, but

today was about no weights and just flying and enjoying the kite. Flic-flacs required cutting the pancake

just short of flared flat. I did several and the kite lost little altitude. If you just pull the kite from a fade,

it will drop about 10 feet initially, but then it just starts transitioning in place. I couldn't get any pitch

tricks or Taz Machines without weights. Steve Tapp says he used 15 grams and I can believe that would

bring the kite around. Next time I'll add a couple of weights. Two pull cascades were nice as the kite went into

a pancake position mid-trick each time. There has got to be some combos possible from that for you

better tricksters.

CONCLUSION: It's a really sweet, all-around larger sail. Tricks are a little slower so they can be seen

and appreciated. The ShapeShifter allows the pilot to experiment without changing weights. Just a quick

slide of the connector on the lower spreader and you're ready. Does the world need another all-around

sport kite? Sure, when it fits into an area on the graph that was vacant.  Smiley

9 pictures start at the link below:









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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 09:53 PM »

Sounds like the kite has promise John  Smiley  It may require a bit more active flying but I find the best low wind lift and drive with the bridle stock on the third knot down and the SS out ~1/2" so there is 1/2" offset in the TE.  YMMV.

Thanks for the review!

Steve
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 11:38 PM »

Hi John,

Good job. Congratulations. Video, soon ?
JPC
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 10:19 AM »

I made an incorrect statement in the review shown above (now shown with strikeout).

The sentence should read: The standard Enigma would do a barrel roll or backspin with no weights.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 02:12 PM »

Not funny skb™.

Well, maybe a little.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 05:13 PM »

one of your best pics skb, sans the apartment complex.  Can't you put a nice mountain in the background?  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 05:40 PM »

What about the apartment in the water?
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 06:04 PM »

Would like a nice mirror image of the mountain in the water of course.  Would be an amazing picture. Could also be a natural shoreline, beach, Gothic cathedral or some such  Cool
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2014, 06:26 PM »

Mermaid under water holding the tip stab Enigma up.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 01:12 AM »

The standard Enigma would do a barrel roll or backspin with no weights.
no weights
Like series STX 11years ago . Wink
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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2014, 01:52 AM »

JPC, you were way ahead of your time.

And you still are.  Smiley

Ton ami,

John
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