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    Prism Nexus, Revo EXP
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    2003

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  1. Another great idea. I will consider this if more sand appears
  2. Thanks Mark, I've followed your excellent advice and removed quite a bit of sand from the sail. A hairdryer on the cool setting (no heat) inside each channel helped to extract about 80% of the debris and I did a little wiggling for another 10%. I've been contemplating the addition of a little slit/opening so I can feed a long piano wire+pipe cleaner in the trailing edge and either sewing or retaping it after cleaning is done. A few grains in there is ok for now though since I will continue to use this kite to teach others to fly
  3. After many years with my faithful Prism Snapshot 1.8, I've noticed a fair amount of sand in the sewn channel in the trailing edge. Are there any special techniques to remove said sand?
  4. The Zero G and me finally came to an understanding today After a nice long session with several Dualies, the wind dropped down to about 2mph. So up the ZeroG went while taking everyone's+Glider Geeks suggestions into account and I managed to keep it aloft for a good 8min or so. I discovered that launching this glider a few degrees to my left or right provides just enough of an offset to gently manage the change in return velocity. Successive launches went higher and higher and the dynamic of walking the kite suddenly made perfect sense. Now, totally excited to try using all the line instead of just 15 meters. Thanks again Wayne & Rob for your insights. -8th
  5. Ah 15 meters! That's the problem....I tried a dead launch with about 2 meters of line. Needless to say, Zero-G didn't stay aloft for long. Thanks again foe the advice Rob
  6. Thanks so much Rob & Wayne. I'll try those techniques and see what happens. Glider Geeks is great...I should have know my buddy Patrick (iFlite) is already on there
  7. Ok, so I've had great success with the iflite & iflite 2 and decided to try something even bigger and more complex...The ZeroG! Took it to the park yesterday in no to light winds and tried manipulating the 2 canard adjustments but just can't seem to get it to return/fly/glide as shown in the videos. Did a multitude of glide tests/adjustments and it well sail away in a nice even decent until I attempt to pull on the string. Does anyone have some tips for this kite? -8th
  8. That's a great tip. I'll go get some pvc caps too
  9. Sure is. I take the Link Lines and add a loop to each end that usually has the hooks. These have to be equal length of course. Then I take some economical Dacron line and make loops with large knots for each attachment point. I loop those around the frame with the large knots pointing forward and attach the new Link Line loops to the knots with a larks head. I've been flying a couple stacked Nexus airframes like this for a while and it takes me about 3-5min to hook the 5 lines together. There hasn't been any noticeable difference in flight performance with the little Dacron lines attached when flying a single kite. Two of the kites in my stack Neutrino have full bridles, so I just tie them together when using them in the stack.
  10. I'm guessing the hooks are a compromise for the novice stack flyer. They're relatively easy to attach but not necessary for those of us who have extra bridle line for the frame and are comfortable with knots & loops. Another thing I'm finding a little bothersome is that the little snap for the tail on the neutrino card winder keeps snagging my lines during unwinding. And the velcro on the winder can catch/tear up the dyneema line if not fully closed. Prism took care of me regarding this, but I'm hoping the design is improved for further production runs.
  11. I’ve attached a photo of the link line clips mentioned earlier. These are different from the spring clasps that attach line sets to the bridle. The issue I have with this hook style connection is that it can easily snag the sail or dislodge from the frame during acrobatic flight. The possible solution is to slide the frame out of the sail enough to connect the link line loops with a larks head knot or to make short attachments for each of the four link line connections to the frame.
  12. I was planning a review of the Neutrino. Got a 3-stack and love their flight characteristics for the most part. The only thing I'd really change are the link line clips that connect the stacks. They tend to come out and sometimes dig into the sail when flying with the stack aggressively. The stack bag is a must (just as it was with microns) if you're planning impromptu soaring sessions. As for build quality, they're different than the microns and would seemingly be cheaper to manufacture but no less fun to fly. No regrets from me so far.....and yes, stronger lines than stock are a must when flying in a stack above 5mph. Hope this helps, -8th
  13. Awesome shot! Like that there's another jet in the background too
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