After multiple misses on trying to throw my Flying Panda almost a year ago, it just sat and sat. Uncovering it just last night, I wanted to give it a shot again possibly having a better understanding at how to work it. Landing was a little better when I found holding the string shorter makes it easier to catch. Still missing and tired of chasing a yoyo down, and having a bunch of yoyo parts on hand earlier I thought “What if I could fit my MOD spacers on my Flying Panda?” The long Pro Z bolt just fit. The Pro Z’s spacers made this semi responsive but now I have a pretty wide, cool-looking Offstring yoyo!
Testing it’s first flight, I landed it right on the string and it felt like the spin time was improved as there was a little more weight to fling upward. However after multiple tests during the day, I found that perhaps the gap might be a bit too wide. It required me to do a couple wraps before binding and even at that, it made the next throw snag. It looked cool and all watching the yoyo fling around and wrap but the snags were no good. Then, I just remembered that I had some slimmer bearing spacers back when I had my Ballistic. Now the gap’s narrower and there’s more response for a bind. It was actually very smooth earlier. Now I do have a little vibe but I can just tune it to smooth it out.
So yea, if you have a Flying Panda laying around and aren’t using your MOD Spacers from your Pro Z, try it out in the FP and see how you like it! While I don’t know a whole lot about Offstring other than gaps tend to be a little more narrow than a 1A yoyo and the yoyo itself is fairly oversized, I’m liking this a lot! Learning tricks hasn’t been easier!
For an idea of the stock catch zone and yoyo - the body is about the width of a FH2, with the rubber rims increasing diameter but not a whole lot of width.