makatakam

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About makatakam

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    Kite Romantic
  • Birthday 04/10/1951

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    revs, other quads
  • Flying Since
    2009
  • Location
    Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    fishing, fossils, kites
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  1. makatakam

    Quiet word from the admin...

    I wish all of you the best.
  2. makatakam

    Djinn ST by Kite Forge (2/21/19)

    Only needs mine, 978. How's that for "oneupmanship"?
  3. makatakam

    Fixed my reflex today

    Then you've got it covered. That's good. I just wanted to make sure you don't miss any smiles. 🙂
  4. makatakam

    Fixed my reflex today

    You might check the wind speed to see how many days, in your area, the wind was over 18mph last couple of years before you sell the Spider. You may be surprised at how many days per year the wind is that strong. It's about 50 days per year in my neck of the woods. That means that almost 1 out 6 times I want to fly the Spider would be my choice. As Murphy's law states, the time you really need it you won't have one. I live in the Chicago area, "Windy City" and all, but the reference actually regards the politics and not the weather. Chicago is about average as far as wind speed goes, and before I had a full vent I spent many days flying very uncomfortably or not at all. If you can afford to keep it you might consider doing so. I recommend you have either a full- or extra-vent in your quiver.
  5. makatakam

    Learning catch and throw. Need some tips.

    Stiffer line like LPG helps when learning because it doesn't allow the line to whip as much. Definitely disengage the springs if present or use a frame without them. Most of all, have fun, smile, and don't forget to breathe.
  6. Hi, Ian, and welcome to the forum.
  7. makatakam

    Greetings to all from SE PA!

    Hi, JS, and welcome to the forum.
  8. makatakam

    New member

    Hi, Elliot, and welcome to the forum.
  9. makatakam

    being disintegrated

    Cool!
  10. makatakam

    Bowtie remedies

    Experience is the name of the game. Using a French bridle helps a bit but it still boils down to time on the lines. Try flipping one side, letting it make one spin and then flipping that side back.
  11. makatakam

    being disintegrated

    That's just Marvinlous.
  12. makatakam

    Scrapestry III

    I would lengthen the bungee as opposed to cutting the frame. Just a thought. Won't affect flight, and you still have the option to trim it if absolutely necessary. I used to trim frames to fit the sail and ended up buying many more frames than I needed instead of kites and materials.
  13. makatakam

    New Member. Cocoa Beach, Florida

    You probably cut a 100 hours off your learning curve as opposed to flying alone. And it's fun too.
  14. makatakam

    Leech line gains?

    It increases speed. Do you find the flare/fade easier at higher or lower speeds? Higher speeds require faster reaction from you, and decrease precision. Like everything else it's a compromise between extremes.
  15. makatakam

    New Member. Cocoa Beach, Florida

    Or lengthen the top leaders by untying a couple knots nearest the handles. Experienced flyers never use those two unless needed for a different style of quad.