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Author Topic: New type of enjoy for flying Kites in forest with the limited space  (Read 3857 times)
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2011, 12:38 AM »

Inquiries are being made... That's a kite with personality.

Ummm... greeny/yellow, for the first one...  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2011, 02:53 AM »

O ye of little faith ...


Yea, that is me, I had to get my Vampire Devil and Prediciton 250 out of Asia. The Laima video has been up for a week over there.
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2011, 07:24 PM »

I was just thinking about the shape of this kite vs Aerobe, Skate, etc.  The kite looks buoyant and pretty maneuverable. The gull-wing shape has evolved over about 250 million years for that perfect combination of both soaring on the wind and agility to escape predictors (or to be one).  However clever we may be, we will not outguess natural selection.  Otherwise birds would be shaped like Horvath's Urban Ninja! Our challenge has been to get a kite to move it's wings so as to glide, or turn and swoop when we want it to, by pulling on a single string.  Bell may have figured it out.  The Focus Manta is floaty, alright (and meditative and beautiful), not not nimble.  Longbottom's Pterodactyl gets closer, but I am still looking for that perfect balance. Very much looking forward to the reports of this one in flight.
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2011, 11:59 PM »

I happen to chat with a friend in Taiwan, inquiring about getting an early version of this beauty, since you all think they come out in Asia first and she's very much in that scene. She knows the designer! Apparently the kite was named after a beautiful local bird.  The Latin name is Megalaima oorti (common name: Barbet) and he shortened it to Laima to be catchy.  Easy to understand why someone would pick the Latvian version, since it's the first thing that comes up on google and the real name one is a shortened.  That would make the pronunciation Lay'muh, though I'm happy to bow to whatever Flying Wings Kites wants to call it, so long as I can get one.  
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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2011, 07:38 AM »

Thanks for the pic's Bell, the Pink looks to actually be Pink & Purple, the Aerobe/Wala was misleading and didn't arrive in the colors pictured which were also Pink/Purple but came in much different. All are stunning, decisions ... decisions ... love the pink/purple in the sun but they get lost on cloudy days, yellow? white/blue is my favorite for UL's ... don't have many green kites ... I hate choosing colors.

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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2011, 03:31 PM »

I live in the Netherlands, so due to the shipping rates, I might buy one in Europe if I can get it.

The sparring details are great. I especially like the wing-design; it reminds me of Carsten Domann's Pterodactyl because of the leading edge connectors. They both look like a sport kite in the wings to me. Also, I find it brilliant that the little fiber rod goes through the spine so that it is in front of the kite. I presume this prevents any flapping that might occur if the rod would've been unsupported on the backside.
Not to mention the tensioning system along the spreader...

I wonder what would happen if you'd put these wings on Derefat's l'Oiseau. Might be interesting to try out.

EDIT: nevermind, I saw a youtube video of bird kites in Dieppe, that last idea has already been tried out in various forms.
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« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2011, 10:49 PM »

Hmmm... Steve had posted that earlier but I see it's gone now, wonder if production isn't set yet? Very cool, almost up there with Ramlal's L'Oiseau, looking forward to more details. I hope it see's production, nothing on the site yet, but then I can't find the Wala/Aerobe either there.





To be relaeased next month, probably not in the USA, like the Vampire Devil SLK, VD Quad, Prediction 250 etc. If you want FLK you got to buy in Asia for the most part. Cool



Where in Asia?  Anyplace in Hong Kong or southern China?
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