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« Reply #75 on: January 05, 2012, 01:42 AM »

Seriously, kids pick this stuff up 50x faster - they don't think twice about what they can't do, they just do it.

Ain't that the truth of it? I can still remember how crushed I was when I found out I was supposed to color inside the lines. It's been downhill ever since.

I was hoping you'd post a video of that kid of yours flying. Awesome stuff to see!

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« Reply #76 on: January 05, 2012, 04:40 AM »

How I wish I had picked up a Peter Powell stunter (I don't think there was much else to choose from in the late 70s) when I was 10-15 years old... I might have had a chance at being good. Or, it would've taken a couple years to get good instead of a couple of decades.

I've been watching Tom's son's videos, and that's the inspiration for me to put the lines in my kid's hands early and whenever they're interested.

Back to the original topic...
I got a Kymera as a gift recently, and have been out with it a few times. The wind has been pretty poor, but I can tell the kite's got some great promise. A number of interesting features, decent build, as good as a modern Prism, I'd say, maybe better. I've flown it in the winds that go from 5mph to 15mph, and shift all over, but have been able to string some nice combinations together in the lulls and punch some sharp turns and straight lines when it's gusting.
I do need to get a line on spare parts, as the velcro in the tail let go and spilled my tail weights somewhere on the field. The barrel weight isn't unique, but the weight that caps the spine seems pretty unique. I wonder if the distributers can get parts yet, or if it would just be quicker to try to fabricate the part. I would just need an idea of the weight of that T piece, or maybe a suggestion of material to fabricate it from.

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« Reply #77 on: January 05, 2012, 06:56 AM »

It was suggested that the center T from a Prism Zephyr would work?

if so, GWTW has those listed for $6
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« Reply #78 on: January 05, 2012, 07:31 AM »

I do need to get a line on spare parts ... The barrel weight isn't unique, but the weight that caps the spine seems pretty unique...

I haven't seen what the Kymera uses but I wonder if a door hinge pin might work there, that was a popular way to weight kites at one time. They fit inside Skyshark tubes and have a mushroomed head, you just cut them off at a suitable length for the weight you need. It wouldn't be that T shape but could be a suitable replacement and easier to fab then cross drilling a metal rod.

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« Reply #79 on: January 05, 2012, 11:04 AM »

Steve should be able to get you any part you may need.  I also have a huge selection of parts and if I don't have it in stock, we can always order it in for you. Smiley

Basically, any true kite shop that carries parts should be able to take care of you.  The parts on the Kymeria are not any different from most every other kite on the market.  The weights could be specialized but again, they can always be ordered in if they are not carried in normal stock.

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