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  1. Looking closer at mine, all four are snug - I was thinking they may have gotten loose but the way the screws seem to almost self-tap loosening seems less likely. Another alternative is that yours may have been over-tightened, and this could lead to a split of the upper washer, and eventual breaking off and loss. The remaining standoff assembly would then just fall out. I suppose excessive lateral forces on the standoff could also result in such a split... At any rate replacements, if not from ITW, are also available at other sources such as Kites 'n Fun Things (Skyburner) and FlyMar
  2. Hmmm. Have not experienced it with my Hydra. Trying to picture it. Did the standoff rods fall out of the sail stays? In which case a glue job perhaps? Or the sail stays themselves become dislodged? On mine they are the screw type. (Note to self to check mine for tightness of the screws). Any other info might help. Or pics. .
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    I have a couple of EXPs and while I am not an expert, in my opinion you have a fine kite that will give hours of fun. As has been pointed out, setup and configuring the line lengths including leaders is a key to success, and I defer to the other comments in that regard. (Hands on help is useful if you can get it, but flyers are often few and far between.) As far as wind: I, too, fly in shifty (with an ‘f’!) inland winds and in my experience the sweet spot of winds for a current EXP, until one gets more familiar, is approx 5/6 mph *minimum* to 9, maybe 10 mph max. The actual range o
  4. Assuming you are still waiting for yours, Andy55, I have posted images of my Std and UL DSs in the gallery to give you some interim pleasure... 😉 .
  5. A Standard framed Benson beaut -- poiple Deep Space.
  6. My UL variant of a rather nice kite; British made Benson
  7. Had seen the site a ways back but a few months or so ago bookmarked it for the Le Quartz plan. Not an expert but the Wayback Machine or other similar may help on that if needed. Version history? .
  8. Try this link (useful for would-be trick kite builders if others are interested): http://tom.tweelijners.be/tomskitesite-en/home.html Some day. .
  9. Coincidentally, I was flying my NSE Nirvana (Low Wind version) just this morning. Lovely kite. And I lusted after a Jam Session when it was first introduced in the 1990s (1996?). Dodd Gross helped with the design I think. Eventually got one. I know exactly what he means about the hand movements. Same experience. The three Ps may help with getting used to that DM. (Practice. Practice. Practice.)...😉 Will have to look into that kite. It's all fun! .
  10. Good news, Kite Girl. Be interested in knowing how he likes flying it. By the way - was it an old kite or a new model Dream Machine? Inquiring minds want to know! Cheers.
  11. Ouch. The Hydra use Dynamic spars? Wonder if Paul might be able to help? Flying Wings and some HQ kites also use Dynamics. As does Lam I think. (Or did.) Think the Kymera used Skysharks iirc, fwiw. A feasible alternative and yeah that money would go a long way towards that. And a fun lil project. May need new connectors, too, but if so not a biggie. .
  12. The UL, in its intended winds, will also tend to Slow. Everything. Down. Not that the Mamba is a fast kite. But I have really come to appreciate slow and steady and the flight unfolding in more than a blink. That said, it is just as easy, or should I say easier, to bust a UL kite if it is flown in more wind than one should... .
  13. Yeah, some of the newer kites have the extended leaders now. Part of the reason is to take the knots outside the bridle area for manoeuvres, to reduce places for lines to catch, and arguably to insulate the flying lines somewhat from wear and fraying during roll up moves. When you get that far A larks head knot attaching the flying lines will be just fine with the tiny knot. Have fun. .
  14. Welcome, Rickie. Get ready for many hours of fun with your new kite! Any Qs or problems, there's lots of help available here. Share the joy. .
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