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  2. Travel to Dieppe went smoothly and we had a chance for a stroll around town before registration and heading off to the gite in Puys. We had varying numbers of fliers for the first three days but then were settled on eight from Tuesday morning onwards. I had tentatively hoped that the opportunity to rig a stack of 8 Rev1s would arise during the week. We duly tied two linked 4 stacks and the first fix was very successful. I flew the stack alongside the 1991 20sq meter JMH parafoil which was a great sight. The graphics on the JMH Rev 1s work extremely well in the stack… The post Moscow project got an airing on Friday evening reasonably successfully but the ‘joke’ title of the group in Moscow needs to be discarded without delay. Curious to be flying moves that I drew back in 2010, finally. We did not get to do the full Dutch Windmill which was first flown at Portsmouth… Great to be flying in a large group with consistent ‘graphics’ but there is massive opportunity to create something much more exciting than plain black! Our journey back from Dieppe on Sunday was slow after arrival in the UK. It took almost an hour to get out of the port at Newhaven and the M25 was blocked so we had to do a cross suburban route back to Blackheath and the Blackwall Tunnel… Felix
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  4. makatakam

    Back in the air

    The new kites can't do some of the old stuff and the old kites can't do some of the new stuff. There are always design limitations -- compromises which can't be avoided. Which you prefer, new or old design, will eventually become clear depending on your flying style and what you want the kite to do. It's a journey of discovery that will last a lifetime. Come on in. The water's fine.
  5. awindofchange

    Back in the air

    I have both the XX and the Rev 1 (actually have 4 Rev 1's including two Segwicks). The XX is definitely easier to fly in light winds, has better glides, hovers better and can dead launch. Some of it is the sail design, some their newly designed rods but most of it is from the Reflex Technology that Rev has incorporated into all of their kite models now. This allows the kite to have much better performance in light winds as well as better performance overall, especially when stalling the kite or dropping the sail out of the wind. The Reflex design is a huge breakthrough in quad line flying and design. Makes all the older quad designs that don't have the Reflex Technology old-school, outdated and obsolete. The standard rods/sails that you find in the older Rev models is Revolution's original kite design that is 30 years old. There has been so many advancements over the last 30 years in components, carbon fiber, computers, sail design, models etc... Revolution has continued to push the boundaries with their innovative designs and their new Reflex Technology really brings quads out of the past and into the future. If you fly any quad line kite that doesn't have the new Reflex Tech, even if it is being touted as something "new", its still based off of 30 year old, outdated technology and will never have the same performance as the Reflex.
  6. makatakam

    Back in the air

    The more the total sail area increases and the total weight decreases the more chance that the kite will fly in lower speed wind. There are other factors involved, but these two are the major factors to consider at the outset. Obviously, if you attach a bowling ball to a Rev II it won't get off the ground. If you attach a feather to a Rev I it will appear to be zero hindrance to flight. So, knowing this you can do one or the other or both of two things to fly in lighter wind. Increase the sail area. Decrease the weight. Or both. If you increase the sail area, however, you are also increasing the weight by the amount of the materials added, additional frame lengths, sailcloth, more robust connectors to handle the additional stress of greater sail area, increased bridle leg lengths, etc. Another factor is the weight of the flying lines the kite has to pull with itself. So the simplest way to make a kite fly in lighter wind is to leave the sail area as it is and decrease the amount, weight and/or size of some or all of components (including the sail material, but that gets into somewhat complicated aerodynamic theory regarding how and where it can be done) so as to reduce the overall weight significantly, but not to the point where structural integrity is severely compromised. So, how is this done. Here's some ideas to play with. What is the minimum length of connector necessary so it doesn't fall off when I tug sharply on the lines (assuming the bungees are properly tensioned)? How much bungee do I need to keep the sail tensioned? How much less weight does the kite have to drag around if I use shorter lines? Do I need a 200-pound bridle to fly in 1-mph wind? Do I need 90-pound lines for that wind? Can I use thinner, smaller diameter frame members? I'm sure you can think of more. If you want to play with this and don't want to hack up a kite you already have, buy a cheap "beater" and go to town on it. Modifying a kite to improve performance is how you become one with the understanding of what makes it work. Just don't forget to have fun as you do it. Don't let the drive replace the joy.
  7. mbkite12

    Hot water

    I have been detailing cars as a hobby of mine and I found a post from a Canadian who worked for the power co. any way he was researching how to remove salt water from power lines from soaps to chemical he posted the only thing that works 100% is hot water just thought I would pass this on for all the beach and ocean flyers
  8. mbkite12

    Back in the air

    Would you say the xx is a bit better than the rev 1 for low wind I don't see the rev 1 for sale any more and want a low wind kite but can't afford the zen and not sure the zen is still made I have been off the forum for many years but want to get back up to speed thanks
  9. awindofchange

    Back in the air

    The XX is larger than the 1.5 series kites but it is quite different than the Rev 1. The sails and frames are not interchangeable. I like the XX a bit better than the RX as I find it has a little better precision and handles the lighter winds better. Both are very fun to fly and usually my mood is what picks which kite I pull out of my bag.
  10. mbkite12

    Back in the air

    Well for at least 1 week per year few questions my son just got the rx and the xx both kites fly great but my son likes the rx better he is a pretty good flyer muck better then me my question is the xx a rev 1 with new springs on the sail I do like it just was wondering we also have vented mid vent standard solid b kites an exp and a blast love them all
  11. makatakam

    Upright vs Side Hover Aerodynamics

    The differential in distance is greater from side to side than it is from top to bottom. In other words, the distance between the control lines on the left and right is greater than the distance between the forward and reverse control lines. This allows a more efficient angle of attack. You can hold an upright hover in the same wind speed if you bring in the top lines toward the handles, but you would lose control ability in other aspects of flight. As always, it is a compromise of adjustments that allow optimum performance. You can't have all the extremes at once, and once you go beyond any extreme flight becomes impossible and the kite falls from the sky. The surface area of the airfoil doesn't change, but its shape and orientation to the wind flow do.
  12. REVflyer

    Upright vs Side Hover Aerodynamics

    because the wind can blow for a longer amount of time on the sail when the kite is laid out on it's side inverted? the weight of the leading can "drag" the kite along for the ride (the glide) Upright hover is the least effective orientational use of the airstream
  13. When I fly in very light winds, which will not sustain an upright hover, I can sometimes use a left or right side hover and remain aloft. Why is this? The sail area doesn't change so why is the side hover able to remain flying when upright cannot?
  14. Travelled to Kendal on Friday and on Saturday walked out of Sedburgh up Winder on a circular route. Later in the day travelled up the River Brathay valley and over the Wrynose Pass. The cyclists that we saw at the top of the pass travelling in the opposite direction looked very excited to be heading downhill… It was a brief re-introduction to me of Cumbria. On Sunday we stopped off at Lytham St. Annes to see the event in action before heading back to London. We are all set for the early start on Friday heading to Dieppe! Felix
  15. guido maiocchi

    Video tutorial FLY 4 FUN by Guido Maiocchi

    Hi all, in the month April and August we published the following videos: 1 April: MI 20 – Lift - COMPULSORIES FIGURES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWrnhs21dzk&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC&index=162 for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/137-fly4funcompulsoryfigures.html 4 August: Ballet 2001, Classic Music (BALLETS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnq7gI4T3wg&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC&index=139 for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/106-fly4funballet.html 4 August: Ballet 2001 with stick, Classic Music (BALLETS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOErdEE1S7Y&index=140&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/106-fly4funballet.html ciao ciao Guido
  16. There was only going to be a narrow window of opportunity today before the rain arrived. The southerly breeze was reasonably consistent probably 8-10mph so mid-vents with race rods felt comfortable most of the time. Still getting to know the 15 inch handles on a new set of leaders but there were no issues today. At the end of July Blackheath was brown underfoot. It is now mostly back to a new growth of green. The rain started soon after 11:00am and is still steady in Hackney at 12:30… Felix
  17. Capgun

    Help with a Sail...

    Thanks very much! Will do!
  18. Big Bri Pork Pie

    Big Bri says Hi

    Lets see what happens on here. Hello all,had some years and bad times that would frighten John Wicks bodyguard or a Riot Cops/Police Horse. As Forest Gump says,-HIT HAPPENS. Ile open his box of chocolates and see what i get. As Wayne Dowler put it.I am out my cave. I dont think ive smiled,realy smiled for years.I have sat and thought for many an evening thinking. Well, what next Big Fella.Maybe the shock,Doctors,Health,and massive change in life as i knew it ,was my good times.Nope,keep going and think what made you Happy.Eassyyyyy answer.I dont mean Tom Greenfield[aka easy tom] btw. Although ,Tom helped me,perhaps more than he realised and a few others. Best medicine in the world,if your able.Get your Kite Bag out and get going again.Took me some time to realise it.Restarted my life, now i am out my cave.I am about three months in now and finding my feet and true passion.MAN,Its changed in 5-6yrs.Whos who and whats what.Forums are all quiet,many gone,i hate Facebook,it realy is the Devil.Lets leave it at that. Some great people make it such a joy of a Journey.Some great kites in your hands bring that BDG again. Hart attack,hart opp,Diabetic issues,breathing problems,a weird disease that surfaced after Kite Party 2008 has now aged my tendons and at 53yrs old, its had 15 yrs to dig in.Docs said to me i am 1 in 8millon,its unsual if yr over 60,.So im super Special the consultant/specialist announced. Tell me something i dont know was my reply,we are all special,so crack on and show me how special you guys are.My,Knees,ankles elbows,fingers and most bits that move are not happy about it ,but while i still can.GET THEM REVS OUT. BTW,i am a Rev flyer and thers only one Revolution. Big Bri,with his Pork Pie .
  19. Big Bri Pork Pie

    12/08/2018 After Portsmouth

    Hello Felix, Be nice to catch you at Lytham Felix .I hope to make it.Just up the road from me as you know. Wigan Vs St Helen's on the Friday evening and the Lytham Night flying is a torment. A consultant Saturday morning holds the key to my visit for the weekend.He may have to have a team of wild horses if its nice and blowing an8 or a prescription with,Go to Lytham Kite Festival on it .Have a safe trip.Catch you soon pal. BBPP
  20. Felix

    12/08/2018 After Portsmouth

    Hello Big Bri, I only log in once a week so only just saw your message. It is quiet here but I have carried on posting out of habit really. I have the complete document saved elsewhere now. The team is working well... I am making a very brief visit to Lytham St. Annes if all goes to plan and then we are in Dieppe for the full event minus the last Sunday. Take care... Felix
  21. Cloudy with a mostly brisk SW breeze so we were on full vent 1.5s with race rods. We used the RSS kites in Scarborough but apart from that the last time we flew full vented appears to have been in Cervia… Nothing called, just a relaxed fly. Jade joined us for the first time in a number of years. We expect to be at Blackheath next weekend but will be travelling the following weekend with a brief visit to Lytham St. Annes a possibility. Dieppe follows taking the next two weekends. It will then be the 23rd September when we are back on Blackheath! I am hoping that Dieppe will see the development of the Super 16 concept following on from the Moscow event. Felix
  22. JB how the devil are you young man.Well i hope,check that new image pal.Youve got the red nose and ONE yellow ear.Reminds me of a toy bear .See ya at St Annes Champ.

    Big Bri

     

  23. Big Bri Pork Pie

    Forum Upgrade

    Man its quiet on here these days Monkey.Anybody still breathing.Site looks fine btw. Just shocked how things have changed in such a short time.I still wont use spell checker.I am trying Facebook,but i dont like it.Someone may just come along and Boom.100% increase in user traffic. Stay well Monkey. Big Bri
  24. Big Bri Pork Pie

    12/08/2018 After Portsmouth

    Hello Felix. Still showing them how its done i see.Nice to read your report on here.Seems quiet these days.Facebook i am told is the way.Dont like it,trying it,but its still The Devil. Ashley looks well and hes grown a bit. Stay well and be lucky Felix. bbpp ps, Tell Dave Ellison he looked tierd to me at Exmouth. Take it easy,
  25. Travel to Portsmouth was a bit dramatic for some of the team with repeated torrential downpours. The event on Saturday was very well attended. We set up close to the War Memorial as the 'other' end of the south side of the arena was dominated by ‘commercial operations’. Not Zens were used extensively early in the day but the JMH mid vents came into play later… Sunday was going to be wet but we had a narrow window in which to get prepared before the rain started. It was a ‘one-kite’ day, that being the mid vent. It did get very wet on site but by the end of the afternoon we were actually able to pack everything ‘dry’. Interesting to meet with fliers who had originally met the team in Germany in 1989… Felix
  26. After last weekend’s respite we were back to high summer today. Intermittent light breeze from the SE generally but switching 90 degrees to either side. No sign of the swifts which is what I would have expected… Zens and CRs again but I set up some 15 inch clipless handles on a new set of lines. The increased brake provided felt very ‘familiar’ so walking ‘fast’ downwind in a very light or no wind situation was now ‘possible’ with the larger sail. I can now see that limiting the ‘forwards’ option, (more brake) prevents the sail load spilling in light wind and can appreciate that it would be very difficult to hit a ‘close to’ full sail loading just by feel! The full vented JMH 1.5s LEs have been checked and oversewn where necessary. The re-sewn JMH Not Zen sail arrived from San Diego so everything is ready for Portsmouth. The weather forecast for next weekend is cooler and maybe a bit wet! Felix
  27. awindofchange

    Help with a Sail...

    Give Daelyn an email at Customerservice@awindofchange.com. We have some sails in stock and can get you any replacement sail you need.
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