Tim P.

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About Tim P.

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 03/30/1962

Profile Information

  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Quads and Duals... I need some SLKs!
  • Flying Since
    1986
  • Location
    Gatesville, NC
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    flying kites, playing pool, martial arts, shooting guns, hunting
  • Gender
    Male
  1. Vented

    Eric, I got one of Steve's full sized vented Enigmas, flew it in ~15-16 mph the other week. A LOT more comfortable to fly than a regular standard, lol. I need to be on the lookout for some more vented duals. Maybe I need to save for a bit and have a talk with a certain someone up north... Hoping to see you soon, if I can swing the trip to Corolla. I still have ear plugs!
  2. Diamonds, the final cut

    VERY nice Rob, I think it's my favorite of yours I've seen yet!
  3. Kymera

    Contact Into The Wind for replacement parts, I lost the tail weight off my original Kymera and they sent a couple more out to me. They asked when I was on the phone with them if it was the tail weight or the barrel weights.
  4. This past summer I decided to get a "beater" kite to use when introducing new flyers to the fun. I wanted something relatively inexpensive and tough with parts readily available, but yet flew well and predictably in a pretty good range of wind. I've flown a Widow NG before and really liked it, I think it's a tremendous kite for the money. It was more than I wanted to put into this project though, I wanted to keep it around $120 or less if possible. I had high expectations for the KHK Skyscraper since it seems like a simple rebranding of the Widow NG. I flew one that Kitty Hawk Kites had as demo model and was a bit disappointed. Now I don't know if the bridle settings were as stock or if someone had tweaked them, but I didn't particularly like how it felt. It felt sluggish and mushy and seemed to flex way more than I liked. I also wasn't sure how much of a beating it could take before a break. Not too big of a deal, but I wanted something that felt a bit more durable. I love my Widowmaker Pros and really liked the Widow NGs I've had a chance to fly and I recommend them often, but didn't feel good about the KHK Skyscraper, which surprised me. And don't really know why. Just was my unqualified opinion, other opinions may vary.
  5. Doing Things Differently

    We use these at work sometimes, making holes in gasket materials. It should work for making holes for you. Just use some wood or a cutting board under the material. https://www.mainethread.com/index.php/tools/arch-punches/product/7-arch-punches
  6. Best Wishes

    We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And for those that don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have the happiest of holidays as well!
  7. Fulcrum

    Careful in higher winds, I broke an inner wing spine, the upright with the center tee that the outer cross spar runs through. Standard frame, 16-18 mph winds, closer to the edge of the window than the center. Was too much wind, but couldn't resist trying out the new toy. Was fun for a few minutes! Now have to wait on spares, but needed to order other stuff anyway.
  8. Corolla Quad Clinic (Apr 8-9, 2017)

    Would love some dual work here. Quads....okay, sure, that too.
  9. Those Mirages are your color John, nice to have in the bag for when the wind is too much for anything else. And you want to ZOOOOM!
  10. KARMA 9/21/2017: Revolution Rainbow Radical

    I'm in! Thanks for putting up this tremendous offering!
  11. My HQ Symphony 2.2.4

    Rob, have you ever talked to Chris about bringing this up with his HQ brass about making this as a production kite?
  12. Regarding the Kymera, I wouldn't say it's a low wind kite. I love it, it's my go to standard to test the winds and I abuse the hell out of it, but you'll struggle with it in low winds. You can remove the weights, adjust the bridle and remove the top spreader to help, but by doing that you've taken the "Kymera" out of it. For low winds, I'd look elsewhere. Of the others, the only one I have experience with is the Prism 4-D. Very capable low wind flyer, very robust despite the super skinny frame, although the aluminum ferrules on the leading edges seem to be a weak point. But it's really small and the super flexible frame makes it feel a bit twitchy in the air while flying. But it'll still be up in the air when everyone else's kites are on the ground and they're staring at their cell phones. Another good option would be a Skyburner NikNak. Great low wind flyer with great feel on the lines, very small inputs needed. Priced very reasonably. I'm sure others will chime in here as well with more opinions. Let us know what you choose! Don't forget it's all about fun!
  13. Reasons for Multiple Kites in Quiver/Arsenal?

    Like everyone else has said, I carry multiple kites for different conditions. I have duals for no wind, low wind, light to moderate wind, "standard" wind... and I like to have a backup for each one in case something breaks so I can keep flying until I can get home and repair the breakage. Same deal with the quads, although I don't have the variety and backups like with the duals...yet. Same with linesets, various lengths for both duals and quads in 50#, 100# and 150# weights. You gotta be prepared!
  14. Prism 4D repair help

    Had the exact same thing happen to me a couple of years ago. Ferrule broke but the spars were fine. I used a heat gun to loosen the glue from the ferrule and spar then used a pair of pliers to pull the ferrule off. Replaced the aluminum ferrule with rolled steel pins of the proper size found at the local hardware store, using the spar as a guide for size. Good luck!