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  1. I'll let you know how it goes. Silky sounds very appealing. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  2. I recently came into a BMK too, bought used from a guy on a German forum. My first impression are, wow. Made about ten years ago and absolutely spotless. The yoyo stoppers have perished but everything else is as new. Can't wait for the right winds. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  3. I bought a new kite last week, a Blue Moon Mantis, and since it arrived it has been blowing a gale here. So your high winds are probably my fault. Sorry. [emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  4. Cool. Thanks. I wonder if it has any impact on the kite's ability to flare/fade? Suppose I'll find out next time I fly. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  5. I've just put a leech line into my Quantum using the guide here. What kind of gains should I expect to see from doing that? Apart from being a bit quieter? Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  6. Gladders

    Turtling 🐢

    I was flying yesterday in winds of naybec12mph. I really struggled to get my kite to turtle - it made it half way there then righted and just carried on. I was flying directly upwards in the middle of the window. So, my question is, is it the distance of the throw forward, the speed of the throw forward, or both?
  7. Yes, there was a bit of that. Stall, then fall. I tried a couple of nosedive to pancakes, which I might not have dared in stronger winds.
  8. I just had forty minutes in 6mph winds with the quantum. Great fun. Waaaay slower than the limbo, and more stately. Got a helicopter and a belly launch. Nothing broken. Woo hoo!
  9. That ^^^ ✔️ I'm quite ready to believe that. So here's the rub - you read around to seek advice, and on one site you read that the premier addiction is too twitchy and has loads of oversteer, then on another you find someone like you that really likes it. So much of this is subjective, which means that a kite with consistent though perhaps lukewarm reviews starts to looks like a good bet. I'm looking forward to flying the Quantum. Today will be the second thirteen hour working day in a row, but I'm off tomorrow. The forecast is cold and clear with 4/5mph winds. Maybe I'll get some light wind practice in. Can I say, I'm really enjoying this kite chat. Thanks to everyone who's made me so welcome.
  10. Thats me. Short and very, very wide. 🙃
  11. That was easy. Good old Wikipedia. Bell wanted a kite that was both strong and stable enough to carry people. He worked up to one with (wait for it) 3393 cell weighing 90KG. Some kite. Bell's experiments in manned kite flight did not, it seems, represent a great leap forward either in kite design or in the way we move from A to B. I wonder if all famous inventors CVs are a mixture of the good stuff that made them famous and some the crazy, pointless stuff that no-one talks about? I bet they are. 🤪
  12. Is there an advantage to that shape, other than it being good fun? Is it more stable? Does it have more lift? It certainly doesn't look easier to store, assemble, launch or land. Bell used them for aerials I suppose. He must have been dissatisfied with the existing kite designs for some reason? I'll google it.
  13. I've been looking for a Zephyr but I think they are out of production and increasingly out of stock.
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