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  3. Duncan


    Hi thanks for the response Yes I have been rev flying now for 9 years when I can and have only ever seen one other pilot on woolacombe beach about 4 years ago I will join kite life and thanks Ps I was a member on here some 5 years ago but lost my password and forgot my usermame it was much more active then
  4. makatakam


    Hi, Duncan, and welcome to the forum. Lots of folks east of you towards London. There isn't much activity on this forum. You can join us on the KiteLife forum if you haven't yet. You will most likely get responses there.
  5. A bit of a contrast to last Sunday, the wind still from the west but 15+ gusting 30+mph. Very bright, almost sunny with a mix of thin high and lower cloud. Full vent 1.5s were clearly overpowered so it was the RSS kites again. Even they felt like a bit of a handful in the higher gusts. Still suffering from a lingering ‘cold’ which has the rest of my household in their beds today! Portsmouth and Scarborough events are going ahead in 2019 and we have fliers lined up but not finalised. Felix
  6. Duncan


    Hi everyone and a big hello from Devon england Just wondering if and rev flyers are in my area of ilfracombe/woolacombe I seem to be alone
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  8. A bit of a struggle to get out today due to a lingering 'cold' that stopped me in my tracks on New Years Eve. A light westerly breeze so Zens with green race, a great configuration. Landfall by Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet was a bit 'moody' but interesting to 'fly with'. There was variable high cloud but that was doing nothing to stop the UV getting through. A very dark sunglass day. We should be confirming Berck arrangements in the next day or so. We will then be making arrangements for the JMH kites in Aarhus to be packed and road transported back to the UK. I am hoping to set up a weekend on Blackheath in March devoted to checking and test flying the kites, some of which are illustrated here:- https://www.felixmottram.com/jmh/ on the linked pdf. Felix
  9. The tops of the Canary Wharf towers were hidden in the curiously luminous, low anticyclonic cloud this morning. On Blackheath it was very damp underfoot with worm casts in addition to the goose shit. Not exactly the stable surface I had hoped for! The breeze from the west was somewhat stronger than forecast, probably about 9mph, gusting higher. So not the conditions for flying both stacks side by side today but I did try the full1.5 version. The slippery surface really was an issue but I did get to add some more ‘forwards’ assisting takeoff and parking the stack comfortably at the top of the window. The bits in between were not so pretty in my risk adverse mode. I found a ‘less tedious’ breakdown sequence, bunching the kites together LE up and tying the centre and outer link lines before removing the vertical spars. Then on to a more suitable kite for the conditions, mid vent 1.5 with race rods… That will have been the last fly for 2018. I may be tempted out on New Years Day but at this stage it looks as if the gloomy anticyclonic conditions will still be in place. Felix
  10. Felix


    Early rain was forecast and as I had to collect from the local butcher this morning I had decided to miss the flying session today. Ordered some SLK flying line in preparation for some further work with the JMH rokkakus. Cervia flights are booked and a lineup for Berck is becoming clearer now. We should be back on Blackheath on the 30th. A Boxing Day flight looks unlikely as I may be attending a ‘kite related’ lunch! Felix
  11. Clear blue sky over Hackney as we set out but we could soon see the approaching high grey cloud to the south west. The light southerly breeze was just what we needed after a windy spell going back to early November. I set up full sail 1.5 with green race which worked ok. Ashley had a diamond LE with green race uprights. MW was working on her Rev 2 stack. My intention was to do some more work on the 1.5 JMH stack today. I had done a bit of fettling of knots and link lengths on Saturday at home. Now for the moment of truth! The first four kites seemed well behaved compared to how they had felt in a stronger breeze a few weeks ago. The link lines between the two sets of four had been tied and ‘put somewhere safe’. They were quickly ‘found’ and initially tied to the leading edges of the back four kites. I had been worried about the tight loops but setting the larks heads was fine. As with the Rev 1 JMH 8 stack at Dieppe we got a very satisfactory ‘first fix’ result… The cloud had thickened substantially by the time we left Blackheath, the sun long gone, but the rain was not due until later! Felix
  12. No rain to contend with today and while it didn’t feel it, the temperature was probably a bit over 10C. More silly coloured cloudscapes today, the sun was very bright when it did break through occasionally. A mostly brisk westerly breeze so we were on the RSS kites again for further familiarisation. While nothing was called the sails do cope quite well with the lulls, they certainly do not drop out of the sky! This was probably the last ‘not so many of us’ meeting before the New Year. Maybe this year we will aim to have a New Years Day fly. Felix
  13. There was drizzle in the air on the hill up to ‘Sun in the Sands’ roundabout but it had stopped by the time we got out onto the ‘heath’. The wind was forecast at 13mph upwards so I had extracted the team RSS set so that we could get some ‘hands on’ time if conditions were appropriate. That was certainly the case today and I think that we all appreciated the ‘forgiving’ wind range of these kites. Nothing called but there was a lot of close and slow interaction interspersed with faster broader moves as well as some interesting stacking. Curiously the holes in these kites allow an element of ‘overlapping’ in a way which would not be possible with ‘full’ sails. We were treated to some ‘silly coloured’ dramatic cloud scapes as well as a persistent rainbow and a couple of light showers before most of the low cloud cleared and left us in very bright sunlight! Felix
  14. It was a token session today really. The damp easterly breeze was fairly consistent under low grey clouds with an occasional brighter moment. Somehow the combination of a cold damp ‘strongish’ breeze was not conducive to contemplative ‘flying’. It was certainly not good for fettling the stacks. I might have to do some more measurement checking indoors rather than waiting for ideal outdoor condition. I hope to do some more work on our Jørgen Møeller Hansen project soon. In the meantime this is the link to the site that Karen has recently updated:- http://www.jmollerhansen.dk Felix
  15. awindofchange

    Original style Super Blast

    REVflyer is correct. The leading edges are different lengths and will not interchange. The Super Blast leading edge is also stronger/stiffer than the 1.5 SLE leading edge, even though they might be labeled the same. We have several different frames available for your 1.5. You may want to change out the SLE leading edge for the standard 1/4" leading edge. It gives the kite a lot more precision and takes some of the quickness out. If you decide to do this, all you need is the three pieces, just slide the SLE rod out and insert the 1/4" rods in its place. End caps still work just fine and will fit over the rod instead of inside it. Hope this helps.
  16. REVflyer

    Original style Super Blast

    the two kites are different overall sizes, so the spars are not interchangeable between these 3 models
  17. SmokeMan

    Original style Super Blast

    Funny I was just on you website looking for these very items. I was confused once I seen that the washers were in different locations. I expect that they shouldn't come off too easily? I'm ordering a couple sets. As for the Bridle, that is just what I was referring to. I'll fly it without the down-line for now. Will a 1.5 SLE leading edge work in the Super Blast? Let me explain. I picked up a used 1.5 SLE and it only has the larger tube LE. I determined this by fitting the end cap inside the tube. My SB only has the higher wind LE as determined by the end cap fitting inside the LE. I would to get just one complete LE and share it between the two kites. Is this possible?
  18. awindofchange

    Original style Super Blast

    On the Super Blast (Now called the Power Blast 2-4), The bridle had a down-line that ran from the top bridle to the one of the bottom bridles, one down-line on each side. Some people took this line off and said the kite had a little better precision without it. It flies fine with or without the down-line. Is this what you are talking about? If you do need a new bridle, we have them in stock. http://www.awindofchange.com/product/rev-bridle.html As for the rubber washers/spacers. Those go onto the leading edge end caps. Their purpose is to protect the bridle line from being cut by the larger leading edge rod. You should have one spacer on each end cap on the leading edge. (two total on the kite). Sometimes this spacer gets pushed off and it falls onto the bridle line, just move it back to where it goes when you see it. http://www.awindofchange.com/product/rev-stopper.html
  19. SmokeMan

    Original style Super Blast

    I just bought a used Super Blast. I think the bridle is missing pieces. Could someone post a picture of complete bridle and where can I get a replacement? Also, there are two rubber rings on the LE ends, what are they for and where do they go? They're about 1/4in wide, one is one the LE and one is on the end cap. Thanks, George
  20. Bright and sunny with a brisk easterly breeze today, probably 12mph gusting much more… Full vented with green race mostly, I was on the RSS again which meant that I occasionally needed to move a bit faster. Some called moves today, nothing too challenging but it was the free flying interaction that impressed me most… I have located this text and all that precede it in an orderly manner at www.felixmottram.com/kiteblog. I will eventually deal with the remaining ‘translation’ issues where characters, mostly punctuation, were not handled properly. Some of the invisibles took a bit of finding! No ‘stack’ work today as it was a bit windy and a bit cold too! Felix
  21. I arrived on Blackheath today in bright sunshine with a mostly blue sky. While showers had been forecast I had for some reason assumed that they would be elsewhere but on the SW horizon there was a very dark area of cloud. After a few minutes it was apparent that it was approaching fast. I set up an RSS ( it was a fairly brisk SW breeze) assuming that it was going to be a fairly sharp shower and that the rest of the kit should stay in the dry. It was only when the sun was obscured by the leading edge of the cloud that a brightness could be seen on part of the horizon. The darker, unmistakably wet part of the shower was going to pass to the south of Blackheath. There were a few spots of rain and then the clouds cleared and we were able to proceed with setting up the stacks that MW and I had tied during the week. First up was MWs Rev2 stack fronted by a relatively new vented sail. Some of the bungees on the old sails were mostly perished so will need replacing. For the time being they were tightened anyway. The stack flew very well for a first fix, four sails so far with maybe five or six to be added… I then set up the first four of the JMH 1.5 stack. I knew that there were some discrepancies in the line lengths but it flew ok despite being somewhat overpowered. I’ll do further adjustments when the breeze is more appropriate and when we can rig the whole eight stack. On leaving Blackheath there was another ‘anvil shaped cloud’ approaching from the SW… Felix
  22. I have noticed previously that the high level cloudscape can be particularly varied and interesting in the remains of Atlantic hurricanes that have been swept up by the jet stream that delivers the weather to the UK. Today was one of those occasions, with temperatures well into double figures as well! Light SW breeze so mostly full 1.5s with race rods. Nothing called today, not least because minds (and some bodies) were elsewhere… The sleeved kevlar turned out to be too tough really for the link line application but fortunately the alternative arrived just in time from Holland. Today we started MW on re-rigging a Rev2 stack that was flown occasionally back in the nineties. The sails are still bright so had obviously not seen much ‘daylight’. We may include the additional Rev2 ‘prototype’ that came into my possession at some point early on in Rev history! I decided that preparing the link lines for the 1.5JMH stack would be an indoor job so that delivery can be quick and easy on the field, as with the Rev1 stack at Dieppe. Felix
  23. At 9:00am the rain looked steady so the prospect of flying today appeared remote. The forecast was mixed but in the event there was a break in the ‘showers’ around our normal start time. Full vented with green race and an RSS in the occasionally brisk ENE breeze. There was some warmth in the sun but was definitely ‘gloves’ weather; the first this Autumn. We did not last long as there was an approaching shower. More rain back in Hackney at 2:00pm. I have located and ordered some 1.2mm kevlar cored polyester line so should be knot tying next weekend… Felix
  24. frob

    Big Bri says Hi

    The health issues sound horrible. I know aging is something that happens to all of us, but it stinks when it does. I've had my own bouts of "Oh, that's what they meant!" regarding joint pain, but not the issues you describe. As for this: There are several active kite forums, and activity seems to go in cycles. Currently both Kitelife and GWTW Forums are more active than the Rev forums, although that can always change back. I think several things contributed to these forums dropping in popularity. The site took a big plunge after the revkites.com site was redesigned to be a more traditional sales site, they moved the forums to revkites.net which broke all the existing links, broke the ranking on search engines, and otherwise made it harder to visit. The expiration of the original rounds of patents (by several groups) also meant more competitors have entered the market, so while Revolution kites is still by far the biggest brand, they're no longer the only player on the field. There is the natural ebb and flow of the web, where content breeds more content and stagnation breeds more stagnation. Combine them all and the RevKites forums have dropped a bit in popularity for now. The cycle will likely change again over time, different web sites ebb and flow in popularity.
  25. Clear blue sky with steady westerly breeze, probably 4 gusting 8 mph. Wet underfoot to start but soon dried out… Zens and CRs with green and black race rods mostly. There was a bit of called flying but nothing too energetic. A neat transformation from circle to vertical line and the reverse suggested a whole range of novel moves that just need to be ‘called’. Once the ground had dried a bit I ran out a new line-set for the stacks, the standard 100ft 200lb (thanks to Vliegertak Kite Lines) replacing the shorter 300lb set used previously. It was good to see the two four stacks flying ‘together’. Still not so much for the fliers to see though! The next task was to locate 8 sets of 1.5 ultra light/3 wrap spars. With a couple of donated sets I was able to find enough bar one centre spar so I substituted a green race one for the front kite! I hope to rig the 2008 JMH 1.5 sails to match the Rev 1 set. Just need to decide on the appropriate link line as the kevlar cored pink polyester would be overkill… and I am not sure if I have enough anyway. A longer session today, not least making up for last week. Felix
  26. No repeat performance today after last Sunday! It did not look as if we would have any flying today but at 10:30am the radar was no longer showing heavy showers approaching from the South so we ‘took a chance’. Full sail 1.5s with Race rods mostly in the NW breeze before the rain arrived again. So that was our token OSOW effort for another year… I note that last year Chris Murphy first visited us on the second Sunday. It looked as if we had much more flying on that occasion! Felix
  27. Sunshine to start and with a light northerly breeze we were flying into the sun. Zens with green race to begin with… We then set up the two four stacks and ‘everyone’ took them for a spin. I managed to get a couple of photos as well! High cloud had moved in by this time. As the wind was occasionally dropping down I decided to join the stacks and try the longer handles on the full rig. Forward flight was really not happening when the handles were on full forwards. I will be interested to try this setting in a ‘higher’ wind speed in due course. Everyone got to fly the full stack and I am hoping that we can do a ‘repeat performance’ next Sunday for OSOW… Felix
  28. monkey

    Forum moved to https/SSL

    Just a quick note, I have moved the URL of the forum over to https for better security. No action should be required on your part but, if anything behaves oddly, just let me know :-)
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