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  2. 12-22mph SSE with clear blue sky would have been a perfect flying day so that is one day down to the lock down, rather than the weather. I did do my normal weekday 10 miles on the bike, except, of course, going around Victoria Park rather than through it! There were quite a lot of cyclists and runners in the parts of the ride where I do not usually see anyone at all. I had thought that I might do some Tetraeder building today but did not quite get to it! On the web site I ended up scanning colour prints from a group of early festivals so I now have some images of the kites to work with as well. Too many of the early digital images were just too small for the storyboard idea. Felix
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  4. So, you just brought your whole bag Be well!
  5. Strong NNE wind with wintery showers would not have been particularly enticing for kite flying on Blackheath today. So, some more imagined launches and thoughts about further material for the web site. I have looked at some of the notes I made at or after events. It can be a strange shorthand for what was a very focused activity over periods of days in some cases. The routine in Cervia 2014 is a case in point particularly as Davide Baroni is posting images from his extensive catalogue on Facebook. I’m thinking that a ‘storyboard’ pdf of the JMH Rev designs would be a simple solution given that we do not have many high resolution images of the older designs. Just about getting geared up to do it alongside the various little bits of maintenance needed on JMH kites! Felix
  6. While taking the air, going for a walk, run or cycle ride may not be prohibited in London just yet it seemed appropriate to show restraint hoping that more stringent rulings will remain distant. So virtual kite flying only today after another week of consolidating records on the web site. The accumulative record is much more impressive than the constituent parts. I like the idea of gradually being able to populate the records of past events, maybe only with a couple of images but also with written memories. Interesting to have a record of weekly notes over the last 10+ years to hand as well! If the weather remains fine I might start on some back yard Tetraeder training. There may just be room to get a flyable unit built even with zero prospect of a launch. Felix
  7. Another breezy day, 15-30mph SSW, mostly cloudy but with the odd flash of sun and blue sky. RSS sails were comfortable and today, even with only three fliers there were some called moves. We put together the JMH Flare Kite 1986 as it is almost the last kite to have a page set up on the site. (Once done I will start on the Rev designs.) The wind was outside the comfort zone but it was useful to try adjusting the bias that appeared in the stronger gusts. The adjustment required is less than a dowel peg so I started to shift the bridle line. The first step in this respect was not enough but the line was marked for future reference. I have been considering making plans for a Malinski Tetraeder session but that will depend on weather conditions and if outside activities are permitted in the coming weeks. A slightly desperate prospect really! Felix
  8. If I absolutely had to, I could get by on a standard sail, a full vent and a roll of masking tape, as I did for a couple of years when starting out.
  9. Two Bazzers and Five Shook for me,....... 1. Zen 2. AuA indoor 3. SUL B-Pro full sail (or Phoenix Ashe) 4. 40% Shook 5. 75% Shook 6. B-2 Shook (called the CR2, only in a 75%) 7. a 135% Shook
  10. Alas no, it would not fit, the XX is a little bit bigger than the RX. But, Rev could certainly make you an RX travel frame.
  11. For myself, I could quite happily exist with a standard, a mid vent (single vent) and an Extra vent. Mid vents are really great for 8 - 12 mph
  12. a single vent is commonly referred to as a "mid-vent", it would fit nicely in between your current quiver of existing kites for wind range.
  13. Having been watching the forecasts closely I managed a circa 10:00am arrival on the ‘Heath’. After a short wind check stroll I set about preparing the JMH Della Porta 8 Rhomboids for another ‘strong breeze’ test. The intention was to use a secure anchor as the kite was walked into the middle of the wind window before launch. We were almost successful at the first attempt but the pulling power of the kite was somewhat more than I had anticipated. It really needed a ground anchor in flight. For the second launch I used a longer flying line and was happy for assistance in getting the line onto the ground anchor. Once launched the kite did occasionally wander with the shifting wind and the indications were that it did need the actual wind speed available. We did keep the kite flying long enough for me to feel confident to leave the ground anchor and check the kite from underneath. The spars were certainly under some stress! When we ended the flight we waited for a slight lull in the breeze, unhooked the flying line from the ground anchor and walked forwards. The kite floated elegantly to the ground and tipped over to lie flat with the bridle lines on top. The windward edge was secured and we wrapped as planned. Thanks very much to Martin and Maggie for your assistance today! After all the excitement we then flew RSS sails until the forecast thundery showers closed in from the South West. Felix
  14. Hi Wiggle, If you are looking for even more vented than a spider, I would suggest going for a Super Spider. I have 3 full sets of revs in my bag (Baressi 1.5 STD, Mid Vented and VTD) (RX STD, Spider and Super Spider) (XX STD, Tarantula and Super Tarantula) + the all new Eagle. You can pretty much consider your Spider as a Mid (single) vented, a Super Spider would be between the Full vented (double vented) and Xtra Vented (no longer available, but it's even more vented than the full vented version). I have no problems flying my RX Super Spider in 5-6 BFT wind speeds. My Revolution XX set My Revolution RX set My Revolution 1.5 Baressi set You can find some photos of our team kites at https://www.unitedwings.eu/
  15. Hi , everyone..I have a B2, a Rx and a spider. At the moment I seem to be using my Spider the most due to blustery winds. It Feels like the venting helps alot with stability and smoothness of flight.....since buying my Spider I've considered buying a single vented kite? Would there be much difference in flight because of the mesh? And size of venting? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
  16. Finally got out on Blackheath today in bright windy conditions. RSS Rev for a while getting a feel for the breeze which was often as little as c12mph but also sustained gusts probably well over 25mph. I decided that although the conditions were a bit extreme I would try to fly the JMH Della Porta: 8 Rhomboids 1993. Apart from anything else learning the set-up can only be achieved by doing it. There was a moment of anxiety getting it out of the bag as the elements did not fall free, seeming to be inextricably tangled. Fortunately appearances were deceptive and the ‘unfolding’ resolved the apparent tangle leaving the bridle lines free to the comb. In windy conditions the windward ‘edge’ needs to be secured at all times. I had set a ground anchor at almost right angles to the kite and the wind direction. Once the spars were set the kite was held up on its edge allowing the bridle to be combed out completely. The kite was then held flat on the ground with a ‘pin’ through the top centre join point while the tails were attached. At this point I made a ‘mistake’ and as a result a spar was broken and no flight was possible. In lifting and turning the sail in ‘high wind’ the bridle needs to be secured statically, that is, to a ground anchor. Wrapping the kite was done with the ‘pin’ through the top centre; removing the horizontal spars first but leaving the centre of the top one in place until the verticals were split in two and the lower sails folded over. The loose bridle lines were wound around the sails up to the comb and remaining plaited bridle lines. The kite was put in the bag followed by the plaited bridle and finally the loose spars. I’ll fix the broken spar during the week and maybe try again next Sunday, subject to the weather of course! Felix
  17. So, it was the third weekend where conditions were simply not conducive to ‘kite flying’. 20-40mph was forecast and it certainly sounded like it in Hackney! I was planning to set about repairing the JMH full vents but got distracted by the new line of development on the web site. In addition to having started to set up pages for the individual JMH kites I have also set up some event pages as follows:- https://www.felixmottram.com/decorators/eventpages/Cervia_2018.html https://www.felixmottram.com/decorators/eventpages/Cervia_2019.html https://www.felixmottram.com/decorators/eventpages/Cleobury_Mortimer_Shropshire_2019.html I do have sets of images for a couple more events and have established a reasonably straightforward workflow for the future. Maybe we will get to fly kites next weekend. Felix
  18. REVflyer

    Lines

    maybe a stack (a 12 pack) of Rev ones? Can't imagine using flying lines that thick for one kite, but sometimes you work what's available
  19. And then it was wet. High winds had been forecast but did not really materialise. So, preventative maintenance on the 2007/8 Rev 1 stacks today. All leading edge mesh edges oversewn with a three step zig-zag stitch. There were not as many actual breaks as I had anticipated. Maybe there are more on the 1.5 stack? We managed to get a peculiar wrap in the stacking lines of one four set. Not yet resolved but shows that it can be done! After un-tangling the JMH Double Malay stack anything is possible! Felix
  20. The synoptic chart from the Met Office on Wednesday 5th February was clear that the isobars would be tightly packed today and so they were. No thoughts of kite flying but a bit of weather spotting via the webcams at Lyme Regis, West Bay and Polzeath. The day did start though, with a bit of knot tying, roping in a rotten fence post in the back yard… Felix
  21. monkey

    Lines

    Not sure you mean "expect too much from the forum" I mean, feel free to fly whatever you'd like. I was just clarifying that you meant 300 pound lines. In 25 years of flying Revs, I'd just not even seen a 300 pound line quad set, let alone fly on one ;-) Have fun, you certainly aren't doing anything wrong.
  22. Wiggle

    Lines

    Hi REVflyer Great to hear from you. I appreciate the information on your flying preferences. I was beginning to feel like I was doing something wrong ? The heavier lines on my spider give it an exceptionally smooth ride in blustery winds.A pleasure to fly.
  23. REVflyer

    Lines

    my preference is 50#/65 feet if flailing around on a full sail on a mesh kite that six foot leading edge size I've used 50#/100 foot and 100#/120's my heaviest lines are 175# sky bond/120's
  24. Wiggle

    Lines

    Who doesn't like driving a Ferrari at what ever speed ? For about two and a half years I've flown my B2 on 15 meter 84 lbs line, NO problems and love it. EXPERIMENT and find what suits you best ....mix and match lines frames etc.... I have done exactly that . I have yet to hear from someone who writes Whooow what a crazy idea I must try that ? Have I expected to much from the www.revkites forum? I also fly my new Rev Spider with these lines and love it!
  25. makatakam

    Lines

    He likes driving a Ferrari at bicycle speed. The really short 75 foot lines make the kite too fast for him to handle, I guess. Like the rest of us his likes will probably change with time.
  26. Thanks Guido, always love watching these. If you are at Cervia this year, come and say hello, I will be with the Decorators again.
  27. monkey

    Lines

    I find the value of 130KG a little odd, that makes them nearly 300 pound lines, thus pretty thick. Am I missing something here?
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