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« on: September 27, 2011, 11:41 AM »

I've waited to say anything because I didn't want to jinx it.... and I'm still jumping the gun, but find that I can't wait to share any longer. After getting a chance to play with Allen's BMK kites I knew I'd found what I'd been craving in a kite and hadn't been able to put into words yet. I spent a couple of weeks on that colorizer-thing and finally pared my choices down to ONE layout. Boy, that was hard! The kite will be finished tomorrow, then shipped. Oh man, I can't wait!

My new BMK Mamba:


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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2011, 11:47 AM »

You are gonna love that kite!
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2011, 11:51 AM »

I am, Allen, I am! It's so weird... I really do know this. Solidity and just enough tricking capability to keep this old bird satisfied. This kite will have everything I need.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 12:36 PM »

That kite has enough tricking capability for all but a few zealots. Just 'cause it's been around...

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011, 12:59 PM »

Excellent choice in a kite and builder. You will love that kite for years to come.
The color pattern selections you made are quite interesting and unique. It will be easy to spot you on any kite field.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 02:19 PM »

NIce choice.  The mamba is a fun kite.  Old school feel with just enough of the new stuff thrown in to make it a an A bag favorite.  Been wanting to add one to my bag as well but so many on the list to choose from Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2011, 12:42 AM »

Zealots Allen, as in swallowing the Kool-Aid? (lol) It's hard not to do that when you're as new as I am.   

MrBill, after all of the nay-saying I did on running out to get an Exile for myself, I did a 180 as soon as I got to try out Allen's kites. I'd considered both the Exile and the Mongoose early on, but then I found other kites that sounded like they would suit me better. I want the option to do some tricky stuff, but at my age, I need to be realistic about it. I think the Mamba will let me do just what I want to do, plus it's there is such an elegance to this kite. I really really love it.

Hey Anthony, I'll let you play with mine when I finally get down to the Ripon Fly! Yup, way too many choices, but they sure are lovely choices.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2011, 07:50 AM »

... just enough tricking capability to keep this old bird satisfied...

That kite has enough tricking capability for all but a few zealots. Just 'cause it's been around...


I used to think it was a bit Old School, maybe limited in its abilities because of its older design elements,  but Devin blew that assumption right out of the water proving it is just me that's a bit Old School ... LOL  ... The Mamba is a great kite, few kites have matched its gracefullness. It has outlived many of the Blue Moon models that came after it and all that came before it, enjoy it.

I'm sure you've seen his BMK videos but here's a link to Devins You Tube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/DevinC049#p/u

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 12:38 PM »

Mike, so many of you guys know the difference between the old school kites and the new-fangled tricksters. I don't, but I know by now that someone like Devin can get blood out of a turnip. I'm not athletic, nor coordinated..... but I'm stubborn as all get-out, so if the Mamba can do something, I'll be out there until I can do it. Hmmm..... I used to have an old horse like this. I could put a baby on her back and she'd fall asleep. Put someone who knows a little and she'd only do that little bit. If you knew The Secret Stuff she knew, she'd perk right up, give a little buck, then do whatever it was you wanted.

Thanks for the link to Devin's channel-- I'd seen it before, but it was worth a run thru again.

Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2011, 01:57 PM »

Still keep my Mamba in the A bag   Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 09:09 PM »

I got the kite yesterday and it's just beautiful. Everyone was right when they mentioned the attention to detail and the thoughtful way Ken made this kite. Lovely. Right after I got the kite assembled, it began to rain. I waited to see if it would go away, but nope, a good rain is what we were in for, so I spent the late afternoon/evening sorting out my kite bags.

I worked the early shift today, so I drove straight home to grab the kite and headed to the park. Um..... no wind. I wouldn't even be able to say there was much of a breeze.  I put the kite together anyway (had to look at it again), set it up and waited. Finally, there was a breeze so I thought I'd see what happened if I tried to launch the thing. Dang! The kite zoomed right up into the air. AND it stayed up while I did a few passes back and forth.

I would be surprised if the breeze was even 1mph with gusts somewhere around 2-3mph. The breezes were intermittent, so I just kept launching everytime the breeze hit my head. All in all, I didn't get a lot of flying time-- maybe 30 minutes total before even that little breeze went away, but man, it sure was fun. I can't wait until I get to fly it in some real wind!
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« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 09:14 PM »

I don't like to say I told you so,  but ...



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« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2011, 09:25 PM »

I don't like to say I told you so,  but ...



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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011, 10:31 PM »

Great story mad!  I had to read it twice because I had pretty much the same experience with my first Mamba flight last weekend.  Winds were maybe 1-3 mph tops, I said what the heck and set it up anyway because I wanted to check it out.  To my surprise I was able to keep it going for a good 20-30 min. before it started getting dark.

I was definitely impressed..

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« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2011, 07:47 AM »

Most of Kens kites are designed with good drive, that's a big plus in low winds since you don't have to work too hard to get them to actually fly under their rated wind range. IMO Ken is usually conservative on those ratings.
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