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  2. Another windy forecast had me looking back at notes for July over the last few years to find that it had generally been a light wind month. I can remember Washington Tyne and Wear events with blustery conditions, not least when a Cody train broke loose. On Friday afternoon the forecast windspeed for Sunday was 19-38mph but it was a bit less on the day c16-32mph. So we were all on RSS kites. These have proved to be a very successful design, lightening the line loading but maintaining performance. We had a good session without calls today. I also managed to tune the Peter Lynn pilot kite following the simple instructions regarding the “B” bridle. The JMH 1986 Flare that was damaged last Sunday has been repaired using oversewn dacron. This replaced a previous sticky tape repair. A similar preventative fix was done on the other vertical pocket. I also attended to a small repair on the JMH Della Porta: Eight rhomboids 1993 yesterday. Felix
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  4. The forecast was for c15-30mph and cloudy. We had the wind but the cloud was broken so there was quite a bit of sun as well. RSS kites and an Xtra Vent because Martin arrived first. There were some lulls but mostly it was constant with gusts blowing through. My plan for today hit an early problem which was not resolved on the field today. The pilot kite that I had planned to use needed tuning and while I found that small incremental corrections to the bridle did make a difference I did not hit on Peter Lynn’s solution from 2010:- ‘To pull a Pilot kite to the right, shorten "B" bridle on the right. - End of story!’ So that will have to await another occasion. A launch of the 1986 Flare resulted in an arc to crash landing. I knew that the bridle needed further adjustment but have paid a price for over confidence. One broken spar and a split sleeve end will need to be fixed. We could see that showers were forming so left a little earlier than in past weeks. Turning back to the A2 roundabout proved to be a quicker route to the tunnel approach. There were a few spots of rain as I unloaded the car back in Hackney! Felix
  5. Another week of weather watching and once again we have been fortunate that early rain moved away to a drying breeze which was strong enough for our needs. Ironically, when I arrived on site there was a bit of a long lull in the breeze, sufficient to set up a full sail 1.5. I had been expecting to use a full vent and so it proved after a third flier arrived on site and set up a full sail. We quickly changed to full vent with green race and had some subtle no calls interaction. Then, as is the custom, we set up a JMH kite. This time it was the 1994 Double Malay stack. It is probably the equivalent of a seven Rev 1 stack so I had made an anchor point with the barge pins again. After a couple of mis-steps we got the stack in the air and took turns on steading the bridle bar. A simple turn of the bar seemed to have the desired input to the kites if they appeared to drift off line. Quite how Jørgen managed to fly these kites without assistance I am not sure. They are however obviously designed for a substantial breeze and a good ground anchor. There was a magical sound of the wind resonating through the whole rig. Wonderful! Felix
  6. I had been watching the weather forecasts all week and was hopeful for a settled steady southerly breeze with some brightness. We got the breeze but actually had some good sunshine as well. I set up a full sail 1.5 with race rods and was just about airborne when Martin arrived. I was then able to collect the additional kit from the car. My plan was to see how many of the JMH Rhombus shaped kites 1985 we could put up. We have flown up to three sets previously. I had undertaken quite a lot of restoration/refurbishment of the 81 kites. All the tails had been re-fixed to the ramin spines, the eyelets had been replaced and the reinforcements for the eyelets re-sewn as needed. The flying lines for the pink and pale green sets had been replaced with new line. And of course, spare spreaders had been cut and finished! The 16 square metres sail area and the 5mm polyester braid line for the lower sets indicate a fairly heavy load so I set two of the barge pins with a rope link for connection. We flew seven sets as more would have taken the line too close to the main road. The angle of flight achieved with seven sets probably took the top kite close to the 60m height limit as well. The kites were sometimes settled in line, other times they were snaking rhythmically with the coloured tails swinging into view. Altogether a great result. I have posted a video here:- We did even manage to fly the revs up close… Felix
  7. if in the future you want to contact me, please write me only to guido.rev@libero.it thanks mate Guido
  8. Dear friend and kiteflyer, the FLY 4 FUN project started in 2003, the first videos were published in 2012 and this project ends today in 2020. I attach the Pdf file with the list of all the exercises of this huge project, as you can see I have not been able to complete all the videos that I designed and in the next few years I hope to be able to publish some new videos of ballets and / or tutorials, never say never. I think this project has somehow contributed to spreading quad line kite flying around the world and I hope it will also be useful for future generations. I thank Paolo Ceresa for having had the idea of this project and I sincerely thank Patrizio Marchesi, Gianluca Costantino and the whole the Stack Italia for promoting and publishing FLY 4 FUN on www.stackitalia.com and on www.youtube.com/user/StackItalia . Thanks a lot to you, friend and kiteflyer from all over the world who supported and spread this project. In the month of February we published the last tutorials: 15 February: Flic Fall Flac (MASTER) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj8AzRp0gTY&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC&index=139 for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/103-fly4funmasterenglish.html 15 February: Extra (Precision & Tricks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84IFDeZ0O9E&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC&index=169 for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/119-fly4funextraenglish.html A big hug and Good Wind to all of you, Peace and Love in this world. Sincerely Guido Maiocchi FLY 4 FUN_progetto.pdf
  9. thanks a lot Rev Guru for you feed back and sorry for my late reply, it's nice to know that you are in the Decorators team, I hope to see you at Cervia next september or in 2021. if you want you can contact me directly to guido.rev@libero.it Regards Guido
  10. The wind was lighter than forecast soon after my arrival but strengthened later. Full sail 1.5s with race rods were just holding in the lulls and we did fly a bit closer today as the rules have changed. I had hoped to fly the Peter Malinski train in full today as I thought that I had cut spare sticks and put them in the new bags for each set. Seems like I had only replaced broken ones and so we only managed four sets again today using ‘spares’ from the fifth set as we inevitably broke some during assembly. While the whole train was well behaved in lighter breeze moments today the pilot kite exhibited an anticlockwise loop tendency when the gusts blew through. I will have to check it over but do not think that the length of the pilot line should have been an issue. The mini spectacle certainly attracted attention across the heath today. I hope that we will be able to do some further focused flying days over the remainder of the summer. That would include some Rev flying, of course. Felix
  11. So next weekend we can fly six kites together providing we keep 2 meters apart. Unlikely that there will actually be six of us but at least it is now allowed. Today was full on blue sky, just the odd clouds off towards the horizon and plenty of swifts to keep us company in the air above. A fairly steady easterly breeze meant that full vent 1.5s were just about comfortable most of the time with green race frames. Having had recent experience of the JMH Della Porta kites and some success in configuring the Hex Pilot I was intent on tackling the late Four Square that we initially flew back in March 2019. At the time the kite appeared to be unstable and we thought that the bridle may not have been finished. In keeping with social distancing I was intent on managing the kite by myself although assistance was offered. I had run out about 35m of the 2.5mm spectra flying line ‘secured’ at the ground end. The kite was assembled and then pinned face up with the lower edge of the kite downwind. I attached the bridle to the flying line and moved the kite so that the lowest legs of the bridle were tight. I then lifted the kite so that all the bridle lines were tight with the top edge of the kite on the ground. There were issues with the bridle lines that needed to be resolved. This could not be done under tension so the kite was lowered to the ground again and secured. Once the bridle was set with no loops the kite was lifted back under tension and the tails attached. It was then a case of rotating the kite, checking that everything looked ‘correct’ and then releasing it into the sky! It was somewhat gratifying that the kite launched perfectly with no sign of instability. Flying on spectra is somewhat risky because it does not stretch under stress like polyester line. If the kite goes into a powered dive or spin releasing line quickly may help in recovery. I was expecting to hand hold this kite both to soften the impact of gusts and to aid recover. I would also expect to fly on twice the length of line as used today to help avoid the possibility of the kite drifting off to either side of the wind window and ‘falling out of the sky’ in lighter breeze moments as seen a couple of times today. Felix
  12. Another breezy day so I was flying the RSS kite today. There were two other fliers nearby but we were not sharing kit so they were flying the Xtra Vents by Bazzer. Flying was ‘at a distance’ except for one moment when a family group came a bit close. Should have grounded the kites really… A further session on the Hex Pilot and this time the breeze was consistently strong enough to keep the kite at the top of the window which turned out to be really quite high. Except, of course, for when a switch occurred and the kite went into a spin all the way to the ground. Dropping the line tension will probably resolve the spin but I was not quite set up to release line fast today. A further small adjustment to the bridle may also resolve line pressure sufficiently. I am very pleased to have put this kite together even if it does not eventually get used with the Peter Malinski Hexagonal kite train. Felix
  13. It was strange to be driving to Blackheath today. I was quite prepared to turn around and drive home again if there was any indication of congestion on the site. While there were people about, many in pairs at a distance, there was plenty of space at our usual spot. Mid vent 1.5 for a while just to remember how it felt on a dry surface with some sun breaking through the high cloud. I then set up the Hexagonal ‘pilot’ kite that was sewn up back in the autumn as a possible replacement for the missing element of the Peter Malinski ‘stack’. The bridle had been roughly configured but I knew that there may be some considerable ‘tuning’ required to achieve anything like a stable and sustained flight. A combination of re-tying and using dowel pegs eventually got close to stable flight on a fixed line. At that point I extended the flying line, hand held it, and found that the kite was flying like a well balanced fighter kite. It really needed slack line in order to change direction or to stop a spin. While I had put seven lines in the bridle the centre and top two are the main elements and it may be that the remaining four lines will need to be discarded. It is possible that they are the cause of instability. More experimentation is required but considerable progress had been made today! Felix
  14. I just bought a used rev 2 wondering if there commonly wear or damage I need to look for
  15. Your video link doesn't work for me.
  16. Website distraction yesterday in a good way. I had found some details of the two kites that were raffled in aid of the Bristol Kite Festival 2009. They were in the original JMH design from 1991 but in the 1.5 format, one yellow, one blue. After a bit of further research I found some images by Laura Berg from Long Beach WSIKF 2009 and Laura was able to send me higher resolution versions for the web site. It was good to pin down that episode and to be reminded that Rich Comrass who Jake and I met in Miami 2013 was one of the winners of the raffle. It may now be possible to fly kites individually depending on the interpretation of the new rules that are coming into effect during this week. Felix
  17. Cervia would have ended today and the lilac bush in the Hackney garden here has begun to end its glorious spring show. Still haven’t started the Tetraeder exercise but the weather has not been great this last week. The 1992 Rev 1 re-make project is now in hand. Martin Lester will sew the sails and Revolution will finish them as has been our practice. They may be finished in time for any surviving Autumn events but probably will only really get used next year. Something to look forward to, anyway. It is quite likely that we will also get the fourth Rokkaku made as well, to complete the set. Not sure that my sewing skills are up to that yet so probably get ‘someone else’ to do it! I have laid off the JMH kite repair works in the last few weeks and intend to pick up on that soon hoping for a slight lifting of restrictions over the summer. One issue that I have encountered is figuring out how to remember what needs to be done and to keep track in some way. Getting spares organised and ‘in place’ is also needing further attention. That is a useful reminder that JC may also have some Rev SLE spares that could be very useful for some of the JMH kites, notably the early 7m Delta which needs replacement for broken bamboo spars. Felix
  18. Hey guys, I bought a Revolution Reflex EXP Kite some time ago and tried flying it several times. Everytime I could improve a little bit to manage it in the air. So far it went quite well but I have one issue I am not getting rid of. From time to time the kite somehow drifts to the side, completely loses its boost and crashes. I made a video. Maybe you can tell me what I am doing wrong. Thank you! <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/414278107" width="640" height="1165" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/414278107">VID-20200502-WA0005</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user114474601">Sven</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  19. Super excited to get my Rev into the air. I'm in central Wyoming and its Cooooold and windy alot here. I got my first Rev the "Tarantula" last summer but didn't get much time in as I was expecting a baby. He is big enough to watch now and the weather is turning warm. Cant wait to get out with my Kite that is currently hanging on my wall calling to me.
  20. ha, just saw this Monkey..... Ha, whole bag, not quite. I carry about a dozen kites minimum (in the Orvis Full sized Carry-on padded case). It is like a wallet or a cell phone, handy always! Then there's another bag of excessively sized quads that don't fit or make the cut to the "A" bag. Mini-Ryvs? A case for 4 stacks, hard-sider, plastic waffle board lined and Brianne's sewing expertise to turn it into a double sided case. I can carry half of it or all. each stack is six kites, three are 42 inch LE baby revs by Harold Ames, the last is a 36 inch set by Paul Dugard,... they need 25-40 mph to take off and are a hoot hiding by a structure whilst flying THEM out into that gale. Each half case holds two stacks of six kites if I could only have one kite though it would have to be a Zen,... I've abused four of 'em to valueless rags since introduction of that model. Gust buster, no wind long line super reliable demo kite, superb teaching aide, defines the words "slow and graceful" in flight dynamics (for example; axels are timed with sun dials!) Walking on foot to my local park, at least 14 kites accompany me, together with a dozen sets of handles, lunch (my Barbara is queen of sandwiches!). I tow a wagon, can't imagine why anyone would try to carry the kite supplies on their back only.
  21. So, that is the sixth week with no flying. Berck would have completed and Cervia would be well underway! Further work on the website through the week so there are now 29 event pages and 25 kite and banner pages. I have set up an entry page with a copy of the introduction page from about 1992 along with the storyboard I prepared in February 2020. The index has been reduced to five headings, some of them toggling with context. The good news this week is that JC has located the Blue (Ultramarine) Rokkaku from the 1992 set of four. That means that only the Red one is missing now. He also confirmed that he has the Flexifoil sails. They are illustrated on the c1992 page. Not sure what we would do with them but great to know that they are also not lost. We’ll certainly get them photographed when the opportunity arises. Felix
  22. hawkeye

    Kite Stakes

    I was talking about John B from Kitelife.He has since said that LS Kitestakes are no longer in business.So now Ill just stick with I've made,a golf ball on a spike. Cheers Dave M
  23. makatakam

    Kite Stakes

    Cool, because the rest of us have no idea which John you meant. Many other people make similar stakes, including the Chinese. I know this one guy, John, who uses a rusty screwdriver, but I'm guessing you already knew where to find those.
  24. hawkeye

    Kite Stakes

    I found them they are made by LS Stakes
  25. makatakam

    Kite Stakes

    Ask John. I'm sure he knows.
  26. hawkeye

    Kite Stakes

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a kite stake like John uses. Cheers Dave
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