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      Greetings, we've received notice of a few forum members soliciting other users for specifications on some of the Revolution kites... Please be advised, any such confirmed activity will result in immediate suspension of forum privileges. Making your own Rev style kite for artisitic purposes is admirable, but directly copying the patterns in use will not be encouraged here.


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About makatakam

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    Schaumburg, IL, USA (Chicago nw suburb)
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    kites, fishing, fossils, target shooting
  • Favorite Kites
    revs, my home-mades, and anything else with more than 0 lines
  1. Delighted EXP newbie on NC coast

    Hi, fwimmer, and welcome to the forum. Join us on the KiteLife forum also. Your experience with the dual-line probably helped a lot. It takes most people a bit longer to get comfortable with a Rev. Some people have a very hard time with it, struggling for quite some time before it "clicks". I'm glad that you are able to begin the journey so quickly -- and it is a journey, very much like the one you are on with your Jazz. There's so much you can do. The easiest way to learn new stuff is to try to feel it. In other words, don't overthink what you're trying to accomplish. Plus with the quad you can control the speed of the kite precisely. Doing things slowly until you build up the muscle memory is one advantage of quads. Good luck on your journey. Smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe.
  2. New York Minute Is Alive

    @onyx Can you be more specific? I'll answer your questions if I can.
  3. Hello

    Hi, onyx. Good to have you aboard. I look forward to flying with you someday. If you are new to flying and/or have any kite-related questions, ask and we will do our best to help.
  4. Congratulations to Fletch (James Fletcher)

    Congratulations, Fletch!
  5. Fishing, fossil hunting and target shooting. Oh, I forgot one: drinking beer.
  6. Global Rev Count.

    -1 (13) Rainbow Radical gone.
  7. Is It Time?

    Please have Revolution send me one of each model and variation. I will send photos electronically in whatever format you prefer the same day I receive the kites. Thank you.
  8. Is It Time?

    I'll take a look. Thanks.
  9. Is It Time?

    Most kite shops show the B-Series, but it has been discontinued. I would like to be able to look at currently made models -- as in manufacturer's catalog. I don't want to see discontinued models. I don't want to hear that there are some "not shown here" or "photo not available". I want to see everything they are making.
  10. B2 revolution or reflex

    Not good or bad, just different. You probably won't really notice much of a difference until you have 100 to 200 hours of experience. Which one you may prefer eventually is anyone's guess at this point. Too many variables to consider, and it will depend on the type of flying style you develop. It's a lot like asking which is better, blue or yellow. You may eventually prefer red over both of them.
  11. Is It Time?

    Is it time to update the forum header showing the evolution of Revolution Kites, showing the models and year of inception beyond 2010? In addition, I would like to view the entire line-up of current production models somewhere, including descriptions and specifications. Is that something that is in progress?
  12. Laser Pro -- Where to buy?

    I must disagree. If you can learn to fly as well as Paul, it's worth abusing your equipment.
  13. Laser Pro -- Where to buy?

    Hi, don't recall if I've already welcomed you. So many new flyers this year! If not, welcome to the forum. You can buy bulk and tie them yourself. Two for the price of one, more or less. With pre-tied sets you're paying for materials and labor. I am particularly fond of Theresa's lines from The Kite Shoppe. She does a great job of pre-stretching them and uses thinner sleeving on the end loops which equals less drag when I fly SUL (super ultra light) kites in very light wind. Order online, or give her a call if you have questions. I recommend LPG if you have little or no experience with flying duals or quads. The stiffness helps a lot on fields that aren't quite perfectly groomed, and have dandelions or other weeds that your lines can snag on. Very annoying when you are trying to learn to fly and one or more of your lines won't let go of the ground. I do like the Skybond in light wind, again because of reduced drag made possible by its smaller diameter, and also the additional amount of wraps possible when spinning the kite in one direction due to its slickness. I like the color/visibility too, but unfortunately it does fade rather quickly to a sickly shade of off-white. Durability is as good, or maybe even a little than LPG. The jury is still out on that one for me. I've only been using it, but not exclusively, for about two years. Paul (REVflyer) has more experience with it and I trust his opinion. He yanks, cranks and spanks his kites unbelievably (you're close enough, go fly with him), so if he says it's good, it's good. So, like everything else in kiting and life, it's a compromise. You can't have both extremes at the same time, so you go with what suits the conditions you will encounter most frequently, unless you can afford both. Starting with one or the other and using one for a length of time will make it easy to tell the difference once you try the other -- we're talking like 100 hours of experience -- and you will instantly be able to tell which will be optimal in existing conditions. If you have any problems getting it up (pun intended) sing out. We'll do what we can to help. Don't get frustrated if you have some difficulties along the way. Though it isn't rocket science (it's kite science), it's not as easy as the experienced flyers make it look. Most of us have at least hundreds if not thousands of hours of flight time, but we have all been right where you are at this point. We all survived the minor problems involved with flying a quad. You will too. Smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe. P.S. -- Do not purchase generic spectra line from or made in China. It is NOT even near the quality of LaserProGold or Shanti Skybond. It will only cause you grief when it begins to bind up after only four or five spins in the same direction, and wears out in one season.
  14. Handle size for rev ll ?

    Hi, Noel, and welcome! The RevII is a fast and very responsive kite. It will be a bit more challenging to learn with that size of sail, but not impossible. Nine- to eleven-inch handles are ideal for this size, but the more common thirteen-inch are what most flyers use, since that's what they have if they started out with a full-size sail. The lines most folks start with are 75 to 80 feet in length, and eventually get 120-foot which is the accepted international standard when crossing lines with others. Get no-snag handles with extended top leaders. They cost just a little bit more, but will eliminate the need to modify the standard hog-ring style later. Get on the KiteLife forum and watch the tutorials on setup, breakdown and line management if you don't have anyone to instruct or help you with your first few flights. It will save you a bit of frustration and is easier than learning on your own. If you must learn on your own, you will more than likely have some issues with getting the lines sorted without tangling them. Ignore the twists that appear to be in the lines as you lay them out and attach them. Ninety-nine percent of those twists will disappear when you put tension on the lines. The remaining two or three should be fairly easy to undo at the handle end. From your description it appears that you bought a used one which came with "magic sticks", the frame members that jut out perpendicularly from the back of the kite, supported by lines that go from the distal ends to the leading edge and tips of the kite frame. I recommend not using them unless you are absolutely positive that they are attached and tensioned correctly. This kite will need wind of at least 8 to 10 mph until you have basic control down pat. Wait for winds in the 8 to 16 mph range. If you fly in less or more wind you will only be fighting the wind and not learning to fly the kite. It will be an exercise in frustration and not much else. If you wait for suitable wind you should have mastered basic control in four or five outings. Take a 5-minute break every 20 minutes or so. Try not to overthink what you are doing. Spend some time just feeling how the wind pushes against the sail. Remember, if you can't feel the wind pushing on the kite it won't fly. Any questions you have can and will be answered. Don't be shy. We all want you to succeed. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
  15. First flight on my new Rev Reflex RX

    Easiest remedy for what you are experiencing is to wait until the wind is decent. Six to twelve mph and fairly steady will be the easiest in which to learn. If you are fighting the wind, whether it is too strong or too weak, you are learning frustration and how hard it is in crappy wind, but not much else. I know how much you just want to fly, but choosing your wind at the beginning will speed up the process of being able to fly in crap and make it look easy. Flying in crap wind is difficult, even for those with hundreds of hours of experience. In lighter winds adjusting the knots is finding the ideal compromise between sail pressure and lift, and it is always a compromise. It seems counter-intuitive, but moving to the knots further out will help in the lighter stuff. If you move by walking backwards when the wind slows or dies you create pressure in the sail which keeps the kite aloft. Watch some indoor flying videos to get an idea of what it's about. DLK and QLK are similar enough that some inputs translate well from one to the other, and different enough that most do not. About 80% of DLK does not apply, maybe more. It will all come with time on the lines, just as it did with DLKs. Hang in there. By the time you have 40 hours under your belt, you should have the basics down pat.