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    HQ: Jam Session, Maestrale, Infinity, Fazer XL, Tramontana Prism: Elixir, Alien
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    A bit of: Tennis, doing craft like stuff in the backyard, Linux/electronics/programming, skiing...
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  1. Exult

    Hi all from the East of England

    Don’t forget the slowing down and stall practice. The ground (when doing belly landings e.g.) tends to be difficult to negotiate with. Would any thought of Neil Young be very far fetched (“My my, hey hey … It is better to burn out than to fade away”… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cawk2cMTnGo 🙂). But it if the destructive crash thing would happen once more @Gladders , well again welcome to the KL community of occasional kite crashers.
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    Kite buying tips

    Yes one could do one of them only. One could also eat plums as the only fruit and refuse all kiwis from right from the start until the end of time with no exception. That being said I have been doing mostly HWKing (Hadziki wing kiting, yes Rev like QLKing i.e.) lately, because locally (well in the Nordic countries – you can’t be too picky when defining “locally here”) HWKing has offered some kind of surrounding sport kiting activities (which is a luxury). When returning to DLKing I hope that I’ll make some use of the (this sounds fluffy) the QLK way of feeling the presence of the kite. When doing DLKing, have I 100% left the harder with too little feedback (from the feel through the lines) from the days of learning a long time ago or can something be added from QLKing? Another thing I’ll try to transfer to DLKing is more methodical way of learning with more repetition that I’ve applied since starting to learn QLKs (1.3 years ago).
  3. Exult

    Hi all from the East of England

    I take this is a very polite way(/example of) of encouraging checking of kite gear/kite that otherwise could be a contributing source of the frustration.
  4. Exult

    Hi all from the East of England

    Low (mostly) and low wind. After a successful belly landing the bridle side is on the ground and the nose is pointing away from you. See also: http://fracturedaxel.co.uk/wiki9/tiki-index.php?page=Pancake http://www.idemployee.id.tue.nl/p.j.f.peters/kites/basics/Duallinetricks.Landings.html#bellylanding
  5. Exult

    Hi all from the East of England

    I assume the sport kite is a two line delta kite for tricks and/or precision? Do you know the model and brand of this kite? What do you find frustrating and which tricks (if that is what you are aiming for) are closest to be within reach? AND Welcome here @Gladders!! Ahh, I saw from https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/9281-kite-buying-tips/ that that you have an HQ Limbo kite. Also saw from that topic that crash avoidance and stall/tricks practice was a thing. I think that you should not wait for a new kite to learn - use the time until you get one. Wait for a day of low wind (which should be beneficial for the survival of your kite) and you can practice stalls and powering the kite on and off which also is useful when giving to the kite before a crash. A kite in the non-powered "falling leaf" mode will not break on impact with the ground. To get free from the idea (and learn you hands to do it as well) that the kite must constantly rush forward do "barely flying": start the kite, let it reach about 40cm and let it sink back (nose still pointing upwards). Repeat with 80cm, 1.60m etc... Try to hold it a few seconds (yes, this would be a stall) at the "highest" point. Then start and fly to the top of the wind window (backing might be required), turn so that the nose points downwards. Walk towards the kite and try to gain ground (moving downwinds) while the kite is going downwards. Landing normally is now an option. Another way is to extend your arms just above the ground (fight the urge to pull the lines to steer away from the ground!) to do a belly landing. It should not be destructive even if the belly landing fails since you are extending your arms (that is moving them from you - not keeping the arms extended). Then try launching from the belly landed position by a quick tug on one of the lines. Good luck!!
  6. Exult

    13 videos in September

    When I think of your video in https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8859-progress-so-far/ the irony is very clear. Your video still serves as my two year goal next summer (though it now looks like I need to put a lot of effort in it and certainly not take any winter break). A toast for all inspirational material shared!!! 🍾🍷
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    13 videos in September

    Well, we only live once and don't want to miss out, do we? If we check out the Aerialis site to get the videos in order - I'm sure most of us would envy the progress rate.
  8. To keep myself alert I think of the lines as power cheese slicers (of the wire type) (not sure if I read this simile somewhere or not). I also appreciate the sharing of @RobB 's image of a line cut: https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7818-this-is-why-you-wear-gloves/
  9. Exult

    Sewing machine

    Find a few Youtube/Vimeo tutorial videos on basic sewing machine handling. Beginning with practice sewing on rags (or really worn clothes that soon would be used during some painting project or similar) sounds like a good start. If you can’t find any rags to practice on, sew on an ordinary (A4/letter) piece of paper. However you should not go directly to kite repair after this. IMO you should be familiar with the slipperiness of the ripstop before dealing with any kites (well the look of the kite bag on the other side might (?) be less important and the fabric is probably not ripstop). Just before doing the real repair job, practice on something as similar as the real job as possible, at least once! Other hints: Learn how to balance (upper/lower) the thread tension and don’t turn that wheel backwards ever. When you put the thread through the needle eye, the thread should go in the direction such that the thread goes along the long (almost needle long) grove of the machine needle. I also feel that I must make some advertising for a topic from earlier this year: There I covered unknown issues when building a small first model kite and mostly found out about the unknowns and put it into a context. Pointed at what was tricky and what seemed to work well. No, it is certainly not a guide from an expert, more the curious persistent rookie guide. Lot of links to external resources. Apart from the building process and material/equipment list, there you’ll also find explanations about the ways that needle dimensions are described, thread dimensions and fabric. Discussions on how heavy a seam is relative to the fabric. A thread combustion test is briefly performed (watch out for any remaining embers/glow). @Paul LaMasters contributed with various ways on how to attach the panels during the sewing process. Lot of links to external resources. Handling hints and some sewing exercises. Images on surprisingly blunt needle tips that worked...
  10. It seems to be the theme of the day to make DLK to QLK or QLK to DLK transitions (or return to) - you and @Breezin. I guess that is kiting; challenge and improvement, we do it/strive to on every session. When you talked to Paul de Bakker, you didn’t ask him by any chance whether he plans to do Jinx or something Jinxlike available again? I have only tried the Hydra of Paul de Bakkers kites, but I got very curious after reading: http://v2.2.kiteclique.com/focus-kites-jinx-jinx-ul-first-flight-jared-haworth/
  11. Exult

    LE tabs (service available for Revs)

    Funny, the latest tune with auto play tendencies in my head when kiting was Black Sabbath's Paranoid ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qanF-91aJo ), except for this evenings session when music was provided externally because there happened to be a beach party going on there (quite fun to fly to real music – never/rarely happens otherwise). Also I have informed my children who Boris Karloff was btw (as my father did). I got by the first sessions as a QLK rookie by pretending that the brake lines were the right/left lines of a DLK. You also obviously got it built by now that you should release the tension when the ground suddenly decides to hit the kite 🙂 (no matter the sort of kite) - sure it will go well. ... Imagine, just having a QLK just waiting for you to use the second you need it ... handy!
  12. Exult

    First flight

    Adding a thin protective layer at a strategic point appears to be a very nice fix. Bear in mind though that the bridle line core should not melt. Sacrifice the outermost 1cm of the long extended leaders to test if they can take the heat (unless you know it is spectra and wouldn't like to try). When I applied the heat shrink to a worn B-series bridle the fibres melted (and the bridle line was more or less cut in half on the inside) and I therefore replaced it with a bridle line of another type that could take the heat: https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8841-how-much-longer-to-replace-this-bridle/?do=findComment&comment=70924 Spectra melts at 130 - 136 degC or 266F - 277F ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high-molecular-weight_polyethylene#Fiber ). For a list of heat shrinking tubes filtered to display a max minimum shrinkage temperature of 115degC or 239F: https://www.elfa.se/en/cable-wire/heat-shrink-tubing/standard-heat-shrink-tubing/c/cat-DNAV_PL_090803?q=*&filter_Category3=Standard+Heat+Shrink+Tubing&filter_Shrinkage+temperature+min.~~°C=%2B100&filter_Shrinkage+temperature+min.~~°C=%2B115 With a well controlled heat source or rapidly applying the heat in short bursts (an allowing it to cool in between) could help if you would pursue the perhaps challenging task of putting heat shrink tubing on a spectra (core) bridle. Good luck with your bridle/extended leader fix!
  13. Exult

    LE tabs (service available for Revs)

    Accepting QLKing as part of one’s kiting activities is a process (shouldn’t I be using the valuable time to learn DLKs tricks? - I just started to see that QLK tricks are not non-existent, but are less emphasized). Give it some time! As an old (did I just write that?) DLK kiter, starting with QLK gave me something of an identity crisis (yes really!) lasting close to a year. Don’t worry 🙂, it just makes me think of scifi/horror with themes of groups being possessed or replaced: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049366/ (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tripods https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Goes_There%3F (Who Goes There …or The Thing) (or why not a good old Star Trek Borg?) Remember, there is nothing to fear, you’ll become like us eventually: 🤔 👽👾🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🐺👻😈
  14. Totally agree, use the polyester line that came with my HQ Quickstep for other purposes than kiting, because I refuse to let anyone, beginners as well, to be subject to much inferior lines - go Spectra/Dyneema (though the brands I use differs from those commonly mentioned on KL: Climax and Liros). Are nylon and dacron lines even sold as kite lines? How about emotionally connected? 🙂
  15. Exult

    First flight

    I don't do roll ups, but yet needed to add (rip stop) tape to hold them. Much differently, but wouldn't like to be without either one. The Kymera is a great and trickable flyer with a large wind window. The Hydra got a smaller wind window. Little input is required to make it do much trickwise. Pitch sensitive as well - won't get stuck in a turtle. For a beginner the Kymera would be easier to understand. In case I'd be out on an initially low wind day starting with the HQ Shadow, I could then go on with the ITW Kymera, then the ITW Hydra, then HQ Infinity (then a vented QLK).