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  2. Fortunately this was the one Sunday in March that Jacob was in London so we could start assessing the JMH kites. Ironically having been concentrating on selecting kites to try and additional equipment I had left my Rev handles at home. Spares were offered but I did not get to fly a Rev today! For those that did it was RSS sails which gives an indication of the wind speed, probably about 15mph I would guess. First up was a set of 6 banners. Now we remember why we don’t do banners at close quarters. Very noisy indeed, partly, I expect because the fabric is like new.! The late delta seemed to be a reasonably safe choice and was made with different line attachment points. The front most point seemed to work fine but the kite did need a reasonable length of line for it to be stable. Jacob flew the orange/purple Rokkaku from the bridle. Far too much wind really! Finally we set up the late Della Porta: 4 squares with two tails. We do not think that this kite was ‘finished’ and it currently has a bias to the right. I was surprised that it could be flown at all given the wind speed. We did have a celebratory Gammel Dansk at the start of proceedings today! Felix
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  4. It was windy as forecast so I did not expect to be on site for long today. Soon after arriving there were relatively long spell where the RSS kites were quite comfortable. Gradually the length of the calmer spells shortened and so kites on the ground time increased. It did not feel as if anything was going to break but it was sufficiently uncomfortable flying so we called it a day at about midday. The Aarhus trip was straightforward but I have to go back to collect four more kites weighing in at just under 20kg/44lb in the skiboard bag. Might have to have a celebratory Gammel Dansk on Blackheath next Sunday, weather permitting! Felix
  5. The weather for the 10th March still does not look promising. We didn’t even try today given the rain and wind! All set for Aarhus, Wednesday. The prospect of so many unique kites to fly is a bit exciting. A whole new chapter, even. Felix
  6. Blue sky and sunshine in Hackney but heading towards the Blackwall Tunnel there was fog closer to the Thames with the tops of the Canary Wharf buildings appearing above it. Emerging from the tunnel south of the river it was fairly dense fog but at the top of the Sun in the Sands hill the sun was shining again in a blue sky. A light east north easterly breeze was only just perceptible when we arrived but it did strengthen gradually and switch to more easterly before the thermal activity really set in. Zens and CR sails with mostly green race worked most of the time. Some extended free flying with a musical accompaniment was interspersed with called sequences. Some of the free flying was very effectively using the full window as well as close interaction with some clear interpretation of the musical ‘mood’. I am booked to fly to Aarhus on Wednesday 6th March, returning on Friday 8th March so I will be watching the weather forecast for Sunday 10th March with particular interest. Felix
  7. Our arrival today coincided with the southerly breeze freshening somewhat so we eventually decided on full vented 1.5s with mostly race frames after having tried full sail and mid vents as well. The breeze was mostly c11mph but often more and with just the occasional lull. Full sunshine as well to the point that I was feeling that I had too many layers! Six up so mostly called and accompanied flying today. Steve Reich, Pat Metheny: Electric Counterpoint had an airing as well as some of the team pieces from recent years. We ended up with Steve Reich: Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards which at 21:42 was a bit long, but none the less, an interesting experiment. Looks like I will be the one doing the Aarhus trip to collect the JMH kites. I am hoping that this can be arranged soon! Felix
  8. I keep a set of 240's in my bag. Inverted Side Slides on 240' lines are insanely cool.
  9. A brief visit today as the weather forecast was not really very helpful. In the event a 15mph westerly breeze occasionally dropped off but there was a considerable wind chill, feeling as if it was only just above freezing point. Occasional raindrops for most of the time until a settled band of rain arrived a bit before 1:00pm. RSS kites again and it was noted how much ‘lighter’ these are compared to other high wind formats. The lack of gauze is a definite benefit especially in damp/wet conditions! There was some neat close uncalled flying with just the occasional kite contact. The trailing edge of the band of rain abruptly gave way to sunny conditions back in Hackney. Felix
  10. It's fun and really different. I've flown on 250' lines but only once. There is not much advantage as far as getting up into the wind goes and control becomes weird. The kite's speed and response time slow down very much and the kite must lift the weight of the additional line. Not much advantage if the wind is slow or inconsistent to begin with because it is usually proportionally slow and/or inconsistent higher up. The longest lines I would think to be enjoyable (not a ton of work) would be 180 feet, with 150 being a more realistic choice. If you want an idea of how long lines change performance, just connect (larkshead) two 120-foot sets, or a 120 and an 80. 150 to 180 will give you a huge wind window without becoming laborious.
  11. I was thinking of making some really long lines. Somewhere around 200-250 ft. Is this a bad idea? I fly in an open field with no trees and nobody to hit with my kite if I lose control. I just figure it would get the kite into more steady winds. Please let me know if this is a bad idea and if so, why? Thank you for all the advice in advance.
  12. A light WSW breeze and mostly sunny session today. Zens with green race and a couple of CR sails were eventually a bit overpowered but to start it must have been 4mph, if that, ending with 7 or 8mph, I guess! Some excellent silent and close flying today along with relaxed called sequences and musical accompaniment. It might have been good for the stacks but I was intent on checking out the 100m of 2.5mm diameter red sleeved spectra with the large JMH Rokakku and especially the line grips that arrived during the week. It may take a bit of practical experience to figure out the best way to get the grips to engage but they certainly take line handling to a different level. It was a ‘from the hand’ launch of the 3m kite which is always amusing and while it might have been a bit risky the kite did handle the full line length and a walk down was required. Felix
  13. Blustery, chilly NW breeze, probably 15 gusting 30mph. Mostly cloudy, just the occasional burst of sunshine. RSS kites handled well, not too much of a struggle and of course dealt with the lulls. We noticed some pinching of the sails around the vertical spars which may have been due to the ‘springs’ being set on the inner of the spar rather than the outer side. Probably not of any importance but worth remembering if we decide not to use the springs… Further work on the web site this last week as I found the coding for handling an image library. https://www.felixmottram.com/decorators/pictures.html Pleased to be able to get a scaleable group of images all together with the option to isolate images in a ‘new tab’. Interesting to go back to some of the older images and find that the source prints really were not very good. Re-scanning is not an option so we’ll just have to accept them as they are. A work in progress:- https://www.felixmottram.com/decorators/olderpictures.html Felix
  14. makatakam

    Members Map

    I'm not sure it exists any more. Hang in there, someone from admin will probably chime in and let us know.
  15. 976herget

    Members Map

    Hello, I'm new here and was wondering, where do I find the Members Map? If someone could give me a link or help me navigate there, that would be great. Thank you.
  16. The armor all and the talcum powder will both accumulate dust and dirt, and the talcum will probably cause the lines to bind sooner. It's meant to ease the friction caused on skin by cloth. If you use any kind of lubricant on your lines I would recommend a silicon or teflon spray with a medium that will completely evaporate quickly. The best way to keep your lines slippery is to wash them occasionally. I usually put the winder with the line well secured to it in a cotton drawstring bag in with the laundry when I do underwear, and don't use any softener. When the wash is done I put the line in for an additional rinse by itself. Once the lines get fuzzy from wear there isn't much you can do to keep them from binding. That's when you cut them down to shorter lines. The fuzziness shows up in the area where the lines cross most often and about 5 feet to either side.
  17. Hi guys, with a little delay I inform you that in the month of October we published the following video tutorials: 21 October: Flicopter (MASTER) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5oHCUZk6Kg&index=132&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/103-fly4funmasterenglish.html 21 October: Axel Esterno Multiplo (MASTER) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuR3ftjHzjQ&index=100&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/103-fly4funmasterenglish.html 21 October: MI 28 – Square - (COMPULSORIES FIGURES) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoATJn_uVl0&index=172&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/137-fly4funcompulsoryfigures.html 21 October: MI 30 - Vertical Pivots - (COMPULSORIES FIGURES) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-TToRxC6nM&index=171&list=PLrcalCNHjNMuWLNRhU3Du_lMaIKcjQgIC for download: http://www.stackitalia.com/videofly4fun/137-fly4funcompulsoryfigures.html ciao ciao Guido
  18. I would think that Armor-All would collect dirt and dust. I would look for some type of dry lubricant. Maybe baby powder or something along that line.
  19. A hazy blue sky today, a light NNE breeze so dark glasses all round. Zens with Green Race and a CR were not overpowered, 2-5mph probably! I had wondered about putting up both JMH 8 stacks for a ‘photo-op’ but in the event we opted to spend time familiarising ourselves with the line settings for the 1.5 stack. Ideally I would want to have much finer steps than those on the provided leaders but today we started with the settings I had made in 9-10mph, put on much more brake and then stepped back to the starting position. Different fliers hold handles ‘differently’! Gripping the handles tightly, especially if they are held vertically, has a considerable impact, not that I actually spotted that particular aspect on the field today… It ended up feeling quite warm even if the actual temperature was only 6-7C. Felix
  20. Duncan

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    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
  21. makatakam

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    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.
  22. 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
  23. Duncan

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    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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
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