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  1. Probably "Old School" isn't exactly the right term, but I couldn't think of a better one. There are lots of really good kite plans available now for "French Style" or "Polyvalent" kites. I was wondering if there was something leaning more towards the Benson Deep Space and Aerostar Sano SS end of the pool. Both of those examples are more "transitional", I suppose. (200x rather than 199x age) What I'm looking for is: more bias towards pretty flat spins, and less emphasis on roll-up tricks gently curved leading edges rather than very straight ones slightly lower aspect ratio Do you know of anything like that you would consider a very good performing plan?
  2. Yes, I was talking about your drawing. I suspected that the drawing was not how the kite was cut, but figured it didn't hurt to confirm.
  3. The typical rev-style sail has a curved LE pocket as sown (i.e. flat pattern). That's not to say a straight LE won't work, it's just not how most are designed.
  4. OK. I went back, looked at your design, and understand what you mean now. Makes complete sense when you think about it. I just didn't think about it until you pointed it out! Is the leading edge on yours dead-straight like it's shown in the illustration? Or is the picture "not to scale" for simplicity?
  5. Can you elaborate a little on this? Is it because there is no mesh in the "vents"?
  6. Zuul

    New York Minute

    Well, what I’ve read about isn’t considered normal buzz from the trailing edge. Here is a post by JB. Several others have similar experiences if you read down in that thread: NYM Discussion I was considering buying one and that’s why I was curious if the issue was resolved in production as time went on.
  7. Zuul

    New York Minute

    There were lots of complaints of buzzing / vibration in the NYM sails when it came out. It's been a few years, has Rev resolved this in newer kites?
  8. Just wanted to follow up. I was able to trade for a Sky Sport ATM by Lam. I've only had about an hour of flying time, and the wind was at the top of, or above, the range for a standard, but I think I'm really going to like it. Thanks RobB for the suggestion. It seams to be a little finicky to fade, but it locks into a turtle like nothing else I've flown. I wonder if a tad less spine weight might balance it better, but I'll fly it as it is for a while before experimenting.
  9. Yeah, I know. I was responding to the "shop around" comment. The Kite Shoppe is about the only place I see them stateside. I think you can buy direct from Lam, too.
  10. I can't find the Silver Fox 2.2 (2018) at very many shops at any price. Lots of the the old designs, though. (2.5 and 2.3).
  11. Midi has it pretty well covered. A full size kite got its name because each leading edge is made of 2 full length spars (arrow length) giving a roughly 8 foot span. A 3/4 kite is made using one full spar and one half spar for a roughly 6 foot span. The leading edges are made of 3 spars total instead of 4 ... 3/4 kite.
  12. Zuul

    Challenge Polymax

    Thanks for the input everyone. I like to build, but my “experiments” have never gone well, so I try to concentrate on well established plans now. If it’s not something then works well with Icarex, I’m going to pass.
  13. How does the Challenge Polymax Fly Market is selling compare to Icarex? Would you use is it for a "good" kite build? (mixed with Icarex)
  14. 95% doesn't seem like a very big reduction. The difference was really noticeable? In what way?
  15. Wow. Now that’s interesting. I’ve been thinking about building a 6th, just because. I hadn’t really considered that it would fill the “bigger slower” slot in my collection. I was also considering a [Return] but I don’t know how it compares
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