Now that I have gotten a bit of time on it and made some mods that seem to make it work better, I can really start this thing I think. I am still far from done, but it actually flies like a decent kite now.

Changes I made:

I added a leach line to make it a bit faster in most things, the saber has a very loose TE, which I like, but it made the light have a bit to little drive. This has worked as I hoped it would.

I made it use 2 standoffs per side. I know that this is a huge departure from the standard, but it is a different kite.

I changed the bridle to something similar to the one used on the nirvana.




So how does it work?? I think fairly well.

Tracking is fairly good

it turns really tightly and fast, but with absolutely NO oversteer.

Stalls really easily

flat spins nicely

fairly stable fade

easy cyniques

yoyos extremely fast, never had such a lovely kite for pitch. I did a yoyo dead launch todayimage

Easy dead launches

Super sweet multilazies and yoyo multilazies

Really nice tip stabs, I can now do a tip stand in our packed dirt field, which it is impossible to get a purchase on. As with the winds, if you can do it here, you can do it anywhere...



So what is not working yet??

It has a fairly bad dead spot. No where near as bad as the CTC, but that same general thing. there is a spot which it is hard to recover from in a flare a bit beyond horizontal. The part of a jacob's ladder to a fade is hard, as the kite wants to stop a bit before it gets parallel to the ground.

It is hard to get a really nice landing, it doesn't want to go all the way around.

Flapjacks are actually really hard, as you can't let the kite go forward before the pop at all. If you do that, it will go a bit to far and make it really hard to get the input for the lazy to work.

I think most of these issues can be resolved with enough playing around with standoff position and weights.

I would really like the inputs for it to be a bit larger. It still requires more than most kites, but still not quite enough think. I will have to play around with the bridle on that one.

I still really want to try it with a skinny SUL frame, when I can afford itimage
Last edited by: W Sturdy 06/15/08 12:48:31. Edited 2 times.