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Everything posted by PaoloM

  1. Our team Evolution, back in Italy, around 95. Spectra Sport Kites.
  2. With a little walking in 2mph the WW Is floating, you will have to be pretty delicate but as far as I can see it does everything I’m able to do, and more, it’s a pretty slow kite, and I can actually see what’s doing. In 5mph it starts to buzz nicely, past that I go to an UL. The. Benson SF or SN.
  3. Without Wind. Or Without Weed. Depends. Both critical conditions. 😉
  4. Not a review by any mean, but I had more flying time since last time and why not. The video is from last month. https://youtu.be/VkM-T3sVM6A Coming from decades of Rev flying, I still remember my neon blue and yellow Rev one, the smell unfolding it and the hours spent (untangling the lines the firs times) and watching the accompanying video about how to fly the thing. Years later I was competing with them, (until 1998 maybe?) I had a full set of Rev 1.5, stopped for a decade, the virus came back last September, I saw what Carl Robertshaw came up with and could not wait to fly the weird thing. The kite comes in a nice bag, with a separate pocket for the 4 standoffs and a Velcro strap to keep the kite rolled up. Assembly can be tricky the first times, I did it in my backyard several times, Carl video is very clear. Make sure that the bridle stays untangled, but you can also untie the bridle, that is attached to the central spar via a knot, like any dual line kite and solve the tangle. The first time pushing the spars won’t be easy. A little lubrification will help to connect the outside wing fittings to the spar, make sure you push the carbon fiber all the way inside the connector. I usually fly few minutes and check the kite to see if the end of the spar is not all in and bending the fitting. I saw a pic of one pushing thought the rubber and then the sail. Once assembled the kite lays upside down ready to go. It flies differently from a Rev, of course. It’s 3D deep sail offers much more of a stable flight especially at low speeds the kite seems glued to the sky. lol of this is from memory since I don’t have a Rev or other quad to compare with. Looking forward to that. People loves watching it spin, it’s pretty big too, more like. Rev1, but they really enjoy when after spinning and flying gracefully and slow, you dramatically fly up, stop, and rush down for a dive, just like a rev. The difference I that the Fulcrum, otherwise very quiet, literally roars like a jet at speed surprising everyone. Has a very ample wind range, I was able to fly the std in around 5mph, and up to maybe 12, I do have an UL spare but I haven’t tried it yet. All Rev manouvers are there, beside the side slide that only works with the Fulcrum inverted, the shape of the sail preventing that with the kite right side up. The kite feels very smooth in every direction, but you have to be careful about one important thing, it’s not that uncommon to loose track of the up side the Fulcrum doesn’t have an obvious shape like the Rev and I more than once pulled the brakes, thinking the kite was pointing up, to see it go down and slam the ground if I couldn’t recover fast enough. This happens especially when spinning fast on the center, but I blame my attention, and the black and white color pattern partially for this mishap, which I’m sure will become less frequent with more flying. The kite flies straight up and down in a very balanced way, and stops dead when you want it to in a very dramatic way, the roar helps this effect too. Spins on the center or on either wingtip are also very round, assuming your lines are equalized and the wind is stable, slow it’s a very precise kite. At speed, having quite a bit of mass and therefore momentum it needs more pilot fine control. I barely explored the fade and turtle, both amazing. If you step forward having the kite down on the ground, it will roll on its back, like a dual line would do and actually take off in that position! Control is tricky since all your 4 lines will be slack, you can kind of control the kite sideways attitude like you would do in a dual. Then flick your wrist up and regain normal flight. I didn’t try this much, hitting the ground or loosing control seems easy, I’ll try on a beach or tall grass when I’ll have a chance. Or in the air when I have more space. Weather has been mild so far an the small Berkeley field is full o people, dogs, kids, moms trying to launch kites against wind, domes, rc planes...a guy has a beautiful RC glider that hand-launches and flies for minutes in spirals jus to catch it back in zero wind, as I watch holding my WW. The quality of build is very high. The fittings are feeling all he pressure of the central spar and it’s imperative that you push the frame all the way in, or it will bend the wingtip fittings and might perforate. I’m sure they will came out with a more rigid piece or I’ll just change them frequently. You only assemble the central spine and the 4 standoffs, which are 3 and 4 mil. Bigger ones go on the wings. Smaller in the center. But I’m sure you all saw CR assembly video. Solid kite, very light even in standard, moans and pops in low wind, and roars as you pull it in more than 5mph. All in all I’m very happy about the whole deal. I sold my Rev 1.5 set to get it, with the UL spine too, after flying Revs for decades I was curious about something new and the Fulcrum fits the role perfectly. I still haven’t explored much of its capabilities, another very interesting thing are spins with your arms very offset, say the right all back and the left all extended, to make the kite spin in a cone shaped curve, because of the 3D shape. I gets really fast. I remember the rev Suoersonic I’m not misaken could do the same. And of course the flic-flac, fade and who knows what that S shaped wing promises. I had it since November. I need more time. More detailed review in the future.
  5. Nirvana WW is now my SUL. Love it. First brand new R-Sky
  6. Don’t fly much in high winds, but if I do...usually it’s my Prism Alien. http://www.windpowersports.com/kites/prism/alien.php
  7. Ehhhh...you should have asked win Zecharia first. ;-) but good answer.
  8. Hmmm..ok..what about the Bible thing and the spaceship..I mean the Jacobs ladder.
  9. The Mylar panels on the SF (and SN) are pretty thick and with a line grid structure inside. It’s not the light, completely transparent Mylar. The kite feels very solid and flies with some walking and pumping in 2 mph as it is. Its a great kite IMO. Tried the Hydra, but too little wind that day. Feels pretty solid too
  10. Yes, figure 8 is a climbing knot, very effective. I still like the sleeve, easier to attach to the kites with my chunky fingers. ;-)
  11. First of all..abandon the imperial system and use meters. 😉 it’s much easier. Buy a spool of LPG or similar, plant a stake in you flying field, unroll the line walking backward and count your steps. One step is roughly one meter. Or you can be more precise and actually precisely measure your step or the line with a long measuring tape. Repeat the process again for a quad set, making sure you check all 4 before tightening the knots My standard has been so far: 45 meters for team / Pair flying. You want all the sky. 35 meters for single flying comp. 30 to 20 meters for trick flying. I rarely fly shorter than that. Once unrolled the spool on one hand and the line in the other you should have 2 lines ready to be cut at the ground stake and at the spool of course. Hold the ends together with a simple knot , cut at the stake. You have 2 equal lines. I use old bridle line for sleeving, I cut 4 equal pieces and sleeve them in at each end better if you have 2 colors. Tie your loops and you should be good to go make sure to check from time to time if they are still equal. It depends on which side you pull more often tricks
  12. I always wondered where the Jacobs Ladder trick name came from. Someone that remembers Tim Robins 80s horror movie with the same name or...was it inspired by the story on the Bible? Where Lazy Susan comes from ? Who was Susan? In what was she lazy? I can kind of guess this one 😉 Axel, obviously from skating... Turtle..never liked the term, looks more like a Seagull to me, besides turtles don’t fly 🙂 Fade, I like who was Taz? And what does his machine do? Cometa is funny, because it means kite in Spanish i need answers here guys...can’t sleep
  13. My only one has been the trusty Ozone. It flew always before anything else. Bit that’s gone now, it tansformed in other kites. Specifically a N3WW. I’m also trying the GForce skinnies that I have left from the Oz on the Benson SuperFly UL, probably removing the weight too. That should bring that kite around 200gr. Not quite the 156 of the Ozone...but still. Problem with the Oz is that was very limited in tricks, other than super flat spins. Still a great classic.
  14. First good flight. https://youtu.be/VkM-T3sVM6A
  15. I2K, $220 Ozone, Elixir, 3D *SOLD* All prices + ship I pay the PP fee (in conusa) Prism I2K, very good state, no damage but I removed the Velcro for the airbrakes,Flown very little. I still have the Velcro, but without the kite it’s much lighter. $220 All prices plus shipping in the CONUS. https://photos.app.goo.gl/4KwzpSaYa3GKnZZy9
  16. Sanding the edge and a bit of tape should do it. If that’s the only post about that issue maybe they’ll fixed it.
  17. That looks pretty bad. I hope they fixed the issue with better fittings or a cap on that spar. Maybe wrong assembly?
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