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Author Topic: Mastering the Benson Mini Gem question  (Read 1327 times)
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Bob D
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« on: May 31, 2018, 04:20 AM »

The Mini Gem was my first high end kite many years ago. I only fly it when the wind is higher than I like for other duals so it doesn't get a real lot of air time. It axels like crazy but pretty hard to do much else. (It rolls up pretty well if the wind is low enough to snap the nose forward to get ready to roll up.)

I flew it yesterday in 11 mph to 18 mph gusts and had a nice time with it. It takes a little bit of work to set up a fade from a half axel but I can do it. It would rather axel than go into a fade to set up for other tricks. I'm wondering what experience others have had with the Mini Gem and what they did to master it.
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 08:08 AM »

If I'm not mistaken Tim Benson upgraded the Gemini, framing, bridle addition of roll bars etc so the new Gem was a completely different flying experience from the original. Not sure if he did anything with the mini gem.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2018, 01:39 AM »

I don't know what type of bridle you have on the mini-gem, but years ago I made a conversion to a cross-active bridle which I think helped. Details here: https://reeddesign.co.uk/kites/mini-gem.html
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2018, 03:46 AM »

It's a 2003. I had thought it had a cross-active bridle; maybe I'm wrong. I'll compare it with your graphics.

More than anything else it likes to axel. If I try hard enough I can get more than 2 at a time. It's possible to half axel to a fade but it takes a lot of finesse because it would really rather axel. Flic-flacs are possible but they're not easy. Lazy susans are REALLY hard (of course they're not great on the Deep Space either).

It's a very spinny kite and I wondered what others have experienced with it. Is it just a matter of adjusting to it and its quirks?

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 06:10 PM »

I will be focusing on other kites, but adding a little weight to the center standoff and loose one the leech line slowed the kite down a bit. Next will be the upgraded bridle. I have the first version with the cross active one.
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