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    HQ: Jam Session, Maestrale, Infinity, Fazer XL, Tramontana Prism: Elixir, Alien
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  1. I’d say it is mostly originating from people in general not knowing: what it is, what kites can offer and do. But with this ”setting of reality” it becomes an exercise in not caring about what others think. This also applies on the field – to learn something new you need to accept to fail, most often in public, since a kite is very visible. This view is actually a bit odd considering that you are probably the the most skilled person when it comes to kites on that beach or that field. Personally, my QLK low/zero wind development was delayed by this (and that is truly stupid). Totally agree! Not having to: charge the kite, regularly update it, fear stop receiving the updates, stop being able to see it well in day light, accept that you can't repair it or need keeping it from water is a luxury! If having only one DLK, the first thing (before considering a certain a brand) I’d think of is what wind range I’d like to cover when purchasing the next one. Then try to figure out which model that could offer you that wind range and other desirable properties. Also from the manufacturers video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC0dU6Wp5zY ) the possible tricks with this model should keep ”a total newbie” occupied for a long time (I have never started learning the comet btw). Don’t underestimate the time it takes learning a new trick until you can claim it (but do enjoy the trip!). Now I certainly don’t say don’t go for that second kite. They all have different properties that provide food for thought and affect the direction of your kiting. Typically (talking for myself at least) learn a slack line trick (or turn, or landing/start...) on one kite (that is more prone to do it) and then transfer it to another model. Also if having a 2m span kite, after a while it is not surprising if one would get curious of a more full size one. As you seem to realize, this second kite could lead to another kite and then another… Good luck with your development!
  2. > With absolutely no help from my able assistant. I think that even if the cat would be in the way lying on the ripstop, consider it a success if it keeps its claws in. > I tried to fly in the backyard and had moderate success with the light wind glider kite … …I’m sure the neighbors found it amusing watching me stumble around the backyard with a kite string in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Working at home most of the days I often use the low morning and evening wind on the sheltered parking close to my home. This wind is quite free from turbulence and quite suitable for my Rev Indoor and B-series std sometimes. And yes of course it is an odd activity that no one else is doing here and is fully visible by the neighbours and other people passing. There are few pandemic related mandatory restrictions here so I could go to a field or the beach if I wanted to, but the parking just happens to be so close.
  3. Exult

    Stay At Home

    I think that the very process of announcing and sharing what one is doing (as you do here) puts some kind of pressure to finish whatever project that is ongoing. Good luck with your kite making!
  4. Really, I’m quite eager to get this one, to close the circle. I started out years ago with the conviction: -”Naah, QLKs are for others - I’m a DLKer only”. OK, tried QLKs and “got stuck” there for soon three years now, but for a long time thought that zero wind was not for mortals. Then I got properly started with indoor/zero wind piloting about half a year ago, still sticking to QLKs. While keeping a zero/low wind focus (the available nearby parking makes this kind of a natural choice) a return to DLKs could be through the Kaiju (which will obviously arrive here in Northern Europe any time soon b.t.w. 🙂 ).
  5. Trimming the nose towards you or away from you angle by changing the attachments points of the lines on the bridle e.g., affects how easily the kite turns/rotates for a certain input when pulling one of the lines e.g.. Trimming the kite so that the nose gets further away from you makes the kite turn more easily. It also makes it easier to maintain a stall. The ease of maintaining the stalls by nose away trim is valid to a certain point when the kite gets too prone to sink while stalled, especially towards the edges of the wind window. When overdoing the nose away from you, the kite might also be difficult to start from the ground. Except for the very lightest winds (when maintaining a stall is not so much of a problem anyway), try to trim the kite nose away until you start to miss the forward drive. Now much less input to the snap stall is required and maintaining the stall is easier. That should enable you to do the snap stall (or anything else that involves a stall) with more control. Play with the trimming until you get an idea of how it works. If not well marked, make sure that there is a way to return to the initial trimming first. In the Prism videos (from about the same time as the @Dodd Gross HQ VHS cassettes ( had them all)) I remember that they recommended to do the two inputs of the snap stall very quickly. There Mark Reed snapped his left and right hand fingers (representing the right/left tugs on the lines during a snap stall) with less and less time between until you hardly heard that there were two individual snaps any longer. Perhaps this soon input of the second tug could stop the kite from over rotating? OK, to the over rotating spin stalls… hmm… can’t think of something else than stop the turning input (the pulling on the line that makes the kite spin) a bit earlier.
  6. Makes me feel like the clouds were seen from orbit against an ocean background...
  7. Yes, that a good one, especially the part about tension. Start practising on paper until you get it right and then on a patch of ripstop. I leave no guarantees whether paper will eventually make the needle go blunt or not. However I have done rather much paper sewing stitch practice and then checked the needle tip in a microscope by comparing it to other needle tips without seeing any bad effects. Here is the same document in two other addresses: https://web.archive.org/web/20180524030645/http://dako-club.tripod.com/kitesewing101.htm https://sites.google.com/site/kites4all/home/kite-sewing-101
  8. Exult

    Covid 19

    Actually, when thinking about it, I have had more kiting opportunities now than during normal times. While working from home most of the days I don’t spend the time travelling home in the dusk (when the wind typically drops to an acceptable level). In this lighter wind I can now go to the (no lights really) parking in the dusk (with the neon yellow reflex west on). For longer line (solo) kiting I see in principal no difference now from before in the number of opportunities. OK, time disappears due to additional activities related to the new situation, like: preparation of DIY hand/phone sanitizer, stream line cleaning routine, agreeing to what extent we should go on with activities that carries some risk, driving children so that they don't need to go by public transportation, how we would split the home (using plastic foil and splitting up the food storage...) in case one of us got infected, extra shopping for the mother in law, minimizing normal non-covid19 risks to avoid unnecessary exposure...).
  9. Exult

    Covid 19

    I have stopped doing indoors QLK indoors, but outdoors in zero wind instead. I have postponed to start doing it in more densely populated spaces (which was something I aimed for) in case someone would have spat on the ground etc., but I do it on a sparsely used parking when the conditions allow it. Otherwise when using long lines on a field or a beach (especially on this time of the year) I feel safe, since it should be ideal from a Covid-19 perspective I guess.
  10. Sounds great. Feel free to contact me in advance to make it easier to plan. Low/zero wind outdoors on short lines and indoors are not very different from each other and can be performed with a Rev std (though you need to move your feet more in zero wind compared to a Rev Indoor). A key thing is to apply enough brake when the wing is in normal flight forwards, so that pressure is maximized and required number of steps are minimized IMO (also pulling in the direction of the lines is important). That being said I have not been doing short line zero/low wind piloting regularly for more than say five months.
  11. Hello and Welcome! It is not every day you learn about some person that can pilot a QLK or DLK in Sweden! I do quads (and duals only occasionally nowadays) and like to discuss the various aspects thereof. I practice all year-round at least weekly with outdoor and/or indoor quads. However I do not live close to Kalmar, but in Stockholm. If you would happen to pass Stockholm it would be fun to do some common (during these unfortunate times: outdoors only) kiting. On Gärdet (large field in Stockholm) perhaps? Unfortunately I don’t think that there is such a thing as a Swedish club for duals or quads here. I have never seen/heard of any Swede now actively doing quads than @Anders Matson (west coast of Sweden). Last year @Axident (doing quads I believe) put his marker in Malmö (see https://kitelife.com/forum/membermap/ ). However the four line Orao kite is marketed in a department store chain in a few places, so there could be more persons active (though I have never seen one being piloted).
  12. Exult

    3D flying video

    15m lines (49’) often requires me to do a little backwards jogging when doing throws. I can’t recall that the 8.2m lines (27’) were more difficult for me when learning catch&throws. With shorter lines there is less walking involved and therefore more time for the catches and throws practice. Mix and try different line lengths – testing something new tends to make one learn something new. Good luck!
  13. Would you expect (I don’t have the answer), that the reason why the sail needs so much more load during reverse is due to a need to flex the LE or is it something to do more with the air flow around the sail? If it is the first case, that the LE should be curved somewhat, shouldn’t this be available with a sightly more flexible LE (and therefore require less pull when reversing)? I like my P90 LE (very soft) in my Rev 1.5 B-series std in very low winds, but have not tested any P90 LE in the Rev Indoor. You did find it worthwhile to defy the ”the terrible inland winds” with the Rev Indoor or was it while using a 1.5 outdoors?
  14. General flying – 360ies and up and overs First have you extended the top lines in some way if using the original Rev Indoor as originally configured? – if not: Do so! I added a pair of pigtails in series to the top two pigtails on the LE. When originally starting out with the Rev indoor I flopped seriously and forgot/hid the kite after trying a couple of humiliating times and didn’t touch it for something like 1.5 years. My recommendation (quite close to how I did it i.e.) is to address one difficulty at a time: Learn to do 360ies and low wind flying with your normal outdoor quadline. I used 10m (33foot) and 8.2m (27foot) for this. This step can take a long time dependant on your previous quad skills. Learn how to pilot the Rev Indoor as a "normal" kite to know its properties on ”long” lines (25 to 30 foot) outdoors on close to zero wind days. The Rev Indoor has a way of ”cutting/sliding downwards through the air” seeking the ground when doing horizontal flight or 360ies if you do not know how to counter act it. This behaviour is different from the 1.5 Revs. I think of the lower hand handle and lower hand wing tip as intersecting cog wheels – if the lowest wing tip starts to lag to much when doing a 360 and you want to bring the lower wing forward – rotate the lower hand handle so the top line of the handle gets pulled and the brake line gets slacker. Get used to the kite and as usual feel the kite through the lines while thinking of the sail surface/feel the presence of the kite/feel the pressure of the sail. Also: Beware of gusts – they are scary when piloting the Rev Indoor outdoors! Deal with the really short short lines - in my case 3.6m (12foot) and 4.6m (15foot). Being Indoors or outdoors is not so important. If/when available also try the longer line set indoors. When you do an up and over with a long line set (like 25foot), a nice drill is to try to adjust the brake (trim the sail) so that you don’t need to pull so much on the lines and (in this case) while keeping the handles far from the ground. How well you managed can be measured in how much you need to lower your hands to make the kite pass the top (and yes, the handles can’t go lower than the ground). Reverse flying I’m sorry, I’m learning reverse flying myself and the success rate for limited distances is perhaps 50%, so the only thing I can say is how it has worked for me so far. The sort of reverse flying that I have looked into is almost exclusively horizontal or 360-like flying. I have been more successful outdoors than indoors with the reverse flying. It could possibly be caused by more frequent "natural" load on the sail (if positioned downwind). Think of it, medium light wind when reversing a 1.5 Rev, one builds up some pressure in the sail or at least starts a bit slow the first bit. Although I didn’t get all parts in it, this old post got was helpful in creating a subjective image that seems to help me: https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/294-quad-flying/?do=findComment&comment=1915 I think that the post says that the kite should lead the way and you shouldn’t pull too softly(?). OK, now to my image (yes it will sound silly): I see the kite (and especially the now leading trailing edge as a locomotive) that way ahead leads/drags any (real or imaginary) tail. When doing so, I pretend that the air has turned much viscous. This image says that the kite goes first and (the viscous part) says I should have enough line tension. Let me know in a couple of months if any of the above descriptions held water.
  15. Starting out with/mainly doing? ...and Welcome b.t.w.!!
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