KITES; both building and flying them,... mostly quad-lines, although I own others that never seem to get pulled from the bags!<br /><br />I work for the federal government's National Institutes of Health in the printing & graphic design area. <br /><br />I have the best wife/woman in the whole world! <br /><br />I'm part of a local kite club (actually several!, Wings Over Washington is the one that receives most of my attention though) and greatly value the opinions of the friends/ other members I have met. They help me solve developmental issues, as I'm much more of a concept-type of guy, than an actual implementer. I love these three guys (Harold Ames, Dave Ashworth & Mike Mosman) 'cause they're all engineer-geeks. You give them a cocktail napkin sketch and the next week they hand you back a prototype to test.
don't use CA Glue, instead mix a good portion of 5 minute epoxy (waste some to insure the proper proportions of each component) to reaffix the ferrule. There's just no point in using something that isn't shock resistant for the repairs!
okay, let's try the other end of the catch, down-wind instead! I'm still not convinced this is the proper design for the catch trick. The Speed series kites will dead launch on a smooth surface. Pretty hard to get a long glide when the leading edge has so much pronounced curvature built in.
Anyway, we intent for it to float around in that gradual arc, back to the execution area starting point for the catch (and will position yourself such that you are downwind and approaching a catching point towards the direction the kite is expected to travel).
Man, this will have to be some edge of low-end wind range practice season too or that thing will come back towards the pilot very fast! (scary?)
I'll probably go to very long lines first, but now the flying field location also comes into play. Is the surface sufficiently tangle-free to allow these lines to move as slack while I'm repositioning myself?
I can do this occasionally (in ideal conditions!) with a full sail Pro or the Zen on 120s. Where you can walk along side the kite as it's floating on the breeze (not going up-wind though) and decide when to pick it out of the flight path with your catch. Do I want to rush ahead slightly and have it land in my lap as I sit underneath it's expected zone? Of just that over-passing me into the backwards facing "beheaded catch",.... sitting on the ground? Catch it standing and then swing the kite around "sword style" back at the spectators?
I might have to run a trick-line around all the end-caps of my supersonic to prevent a snag with all the slack in the flying lines. Then onto magic sticks? so it won't require my walk-of-shame as I flail around, we'll see.
If anyone shows up, I'll try to get some video this sunday of this outlandish exercise, then the SS will go back into the closet for another few years.
I haven't had my Supersonic out of the bag for years, I'll have to search for it. But hey, we have wind in the cooler months, so maybe I need to shake off the dust of it. All the other speed series kites I have liquidated to other fliers, except never owned that 4/8 big boy!
All my long throw & catch efforts are on the more traditional platforms. I guess 'cause I have more practice with these kites.
Both of these tricks also easier when you don't have much wind (to overcome, honestly!)
Maybe this weekend, I will at least put it together and make sure nothing is out of kilter.
120 throws need all the mass present in the shockwave, combined with all the glide capabilities of the zen. You step a couple of times into the throw, like a javelin toss,... Then race backwards as fast as possible to take up the slack. I generally throw left-handed, heading for the lower right corner of the wind window. Place both handles, pinky finger between the grips, facing full reverse, in one hand and at the end of the throw, it winds up inverted, in the corner, hovering just above the soil, like u meant to do that!
120 catches are much more reliable, than the throwing part, maybe 80/20
Rick Harmer acquired a new Pro w/diamond sticks which we "tested & abused" this past weekend up at the Sam Lewis State Park (York PA). A great spot to fly, low wind most of the day, eventually though we were pulling 120s and should have switched to mid-vents! We stayed on the diamond sticks and spanked 'em hard. It's a tough stick,... or it wouldn't survive all my flailing and throwing it around. It dropped countless times out of the sky impacting mother earth hard. (I'm working on a one-string yank to almost impact, timing is everything <LOL!>)
Meanwhile Rick's banging and bouncing the leading edge off of a park bench to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
His great new kite, all new, slick and crispy, makes mine seem so unworthy to share the hill's air.
Certainly a home-run for many of the folks occasionally complaining about low wind conditions.
Comparisons are so much fun! Comparisons make it easy to decide which things go and which stay when contemplating modifications or adjustments.
My "more responsive" is someone else's "too darn twitchy" It's not better, just different..... my own preferences, developed around a no-wind environment forced upon me by moving. Then enough hours to prove it's worth the change, expense.
Believe me, I watched a-plenty from the sidelines before mastering these difficult conditions. I moved from Chicago to Ft Lauderdale, then to DC and none of my darn kites would fly anymore! When you hang around a bunch of builders/engineers it's quite natural to fiddle with things. Most experiments end in failure. The important part is what did you learn? I've learned a lot and now want all that crap I like on my kites. I used to build kites myself but the factory can set you up with stuff better than I can craft myself (now anyway, that wasn't always the case!)
I have two Old Glory masterpiece kites, one with a french bridle and one stock. I also keep two 75% shook mesh kites the same way. What's really fun is trying to fly two at once with different bridles. It keeps you honest. Dugard makes this easy looking though.
You can't buy hours of experience with a visa card or I'd be one of the best pilots <LOL!>
The newest Zen is still my favorite kite for November!
First one out & last one put away, unless the conditions are simply too extreme for it to remain assembled. It flies from zip/zero wind to around the flying conditions when most have switched to mid-vent 1.5 Pros, certainly comfortable to double digit wind speeds.
It's unfair to my friends and perfect for relaxing (on long lines ~ early in the morning) when everything is quiet and calm as the sun rises. A special zen moment to be shared with my favorite kite and any witnesses to the antics.
the new diamond tubes are another great addition to an already fantastic kite Rob!
get Flying Smiles Kites on the telephone/e-mail line, order their 16" sissy sticks and a replacement french bridle, put in the time to make it your own style of comfortable,... or dump 'em if you hate it (doubtful)
Long throw handles are the best edition to any SUL if you haven't tried 15 inch no-snags that's a great ticket too!
send me a private email and I'll coach you thru the install if necessary.
Saw Rick flying the other day at Sandy Point SP with both quads & dualies, man he's such a good flyer. He already owns his inverted hover and has fully grasped the principles of reverse flight, to say nothing of his mastery on Lam's sport kites on 2 string tricks. We watched him while eating lunch doing the most amazing things, stuff where we knew he was stuck w/the walk of shame, Nope! A couple yanks and he's relaunched (but in the fade position), we actually began applause, stood and bowed towards him. We then witnessed him interacting with a family traveling towards the bay water with his B-Pro full sail. We again stood and howled when he captured a tree about shoulder height. Rick is such a welcome addition to our club's activities, eventually my bride will hook him into the NASM museum circuit with his family and indoor kites as well.
My experience with weighing was handing my bride a tube from each of the Zen kites and then waiting for her to tell me which was lighter. One has Zen tubes, the other Diamond. Her carefully calibrated senses claimed the new tubes significantly superior despite the addl. cost! She's no quad head but has purchased enough rev products to buy a new car with all that cash if I wasn't involved w/her life.
Posted by REVflyer
on 30 September 2013 - 06:43 AM
Compared diamond rods in SUL Bazzer pro 1.5 and zen format, the big size has more impact on effortless, it was dead calm, heavy fog and wet ground. I flew on 60'/90# LPG and 100'/50# LPG both on 15 inch throw no-snags. The zen was a clear-cut winner on 3-D stuff or the long reach on fifty# lines. Effortless doesn't mean stationary, but I could occasionally during the day fly from a lawn chair! Switched the handles and kites, even tuned the set- up to a neutral, even alignment from a stake, neither line set has sleeving. Overall another smashing success story by Rev kites, next comparison on travel frames vs full sized, to be continued.....