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  2. Hi Hippy Chippy ! 

    You probably won't remember me as it was 10yrs ago we met at Stokes Bay.You and some others helped me with my maiden flight :)

    Well I still have my Rev and I now live very close to S Bay.Do you or any of the other fliers still meet there ?

    I hope you are well.

    Take Care,Dave

  3. I'm here too after forgetting I had joined a little while ago.
  4. At the last moment I realised that there was going to be heavy rain coinciding with our usual arrival time on Blackheath so delayed departure. I was then able to finish putting back together the blue section of the 1985 JMH kite train that we flew briefly at Portsmouth last weekend before setting off. Light westerly/south westerly breeze so full sail 1.5s with race rods. I had expected stronger breezes. We put together two sections of the 1985 JMH train and had some good flying time before it became apparent that the last kite was regularly looping one way. Bringing the train down was easy and it was clear that an arch could be sustained. The trailing kite probably needs a stable lifter, long term, so I will set about finding the right one. In the meantime, a couple of the line loops that hold the kites apart failed so they will need replacing as well as a heavier duty repair to some of the eyelets. Looking forward to hearing news from WSIKF over the next few days. Felix
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  6. The forecast played out surprisingly accurately. On Saturday the wind was about 30mph steady but gusting to about 50mph. We did not try to fly anything. On Sunday the breeze was about 20mph gusting to 30mph plus I think. We did do a number of ‘routines’ but were somewhat hampered by an underpowered PA system. Ashley did manage to call a routine for a small mega fly along the lines of the Italian black sail performance. It is quite long but I got the impression that it was appreciated by the audience as well as the fliers. I really did not feel confident about flying any of the JMH kites but we did set up half of the expansible box kite and I did eventually get to feel the strength of pull flying it without the bridle lines. I also put together one section of the 1985 Rhombus-shaped kites and found out why some of the lines in the bags were so severely twisted. That will need fixing in some way! Felix
  7. In revolution type kites, eyelets are broken out and material at the upper beam is broken. You can sew an insert and make new stitches or make a small modification visible in the pictures below. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNnpABUKyBGtusMgD7t_vUG58FeSgVTsnFpdOE8Ostp8kUX2ZL7WLcjybziraMVBA?key=WlE2OVBJSDRpNTdBMXEiUZVV0d https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMzRy4F2yDikHF9r3EwFva8okJccptAE9e5f9h6HbRaLD7JAnBHxd8cnzv8zG6RCg?key=NnFBLXdQVWF2cEP6VHFFHe https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNk7wx6MGky37GhDb-kEyaq4_RHD68MiNhTKUicYRSuUzEMsDnUoBbSipRnxVqRrQ?key=SS1VZVIzSXpNRjZQbHc0c0huS3daUDZRVTNTVVNn
  8. Writing this on Monday afternoon as I was busy dealing with images yesterday afternoon. It was a diverted outward journey to Blackheath because of the London Cycling event. Martin had set up a Zen on green race and that was entirely appropriate in the light SE breeze so we flew close, no calls for an indeterminate period of time. Then, as had been previously suggested, I started to put together the JMH Triple Malay stack 1988. During the course of the last week I had established that Jørgen had flown this kite at Washington, Tyne and Wear in July 1989. The Decs had attended that event but only really met up with Jørgen later in 1989 in West Berlin. As we constructed the ‘train’ it became apparent that it was probably going to be possible to fly it in the light breeze. We were constructing it ‘the right way up’ and the front kites were raring to go! It did fly at the first launch but it was clear that something was not quite right. Finally we saw that the front left sail had a tip wrap. Once this was sorted and then another couple of wraps were resolved the stack flew perfectly. It was extremely satisfying to put together a kite that had been made 30 years ago and which looks so good in the sky even against all the kites that have been designed in the interim. The forecast for next weekend at Southsea Common, Portsmouth does not look great at the moment but we will of course fly whatever we can over the weekend. Felix
  9. Just checking to see if any fliers are in the Sanford NC area. Just getting started and someone to fly with would be nice. Thanks
  10. Westerly 13-15mph gusting 20 plus so it really was at the limit for testing kites today. I waited for a lull and did manage to launch the JMH Flare kite from 1986. It has recently been spotted with Jørgen in photographs from the 1989 Washington International Kite Festival in the UK. I had replaced the missing lower spreader and was concerned that I had not made it tight enough against the retaining knots. Indeed, it might be that it was missing because it had fallen out in flight and not been replace at the time. There was a slight tendency for the kite to wander to the right but that was only evident in the strongest gusts. The rest of the time it was just pulling hard at the top of the window. Dull and overcast so no point in attempting to photograph it in the air. For light relief I switched to the Rev 1.5 RSS prototype with the full lightweight frame. All very familiar and relaxed despite the varying breeze. Next Sunday we have to deal with pre-Portsmouth logistics. Too much kit for one car really! I also have to figure out what to take apart from the team kites. Spoilt for choice. Felix
  11. There was a deluge on the M40 as we headed out for lunch and an after lunch stroll on Friday before the event. The selected accommodation seemed fine on Friday evening. Saturday weather was mostly dry but with a variable wind rolling over the field boundary of houses and trees. We did, however, manage to launch Expandable box kite 1996 after some helpful advice and energetic contributions from the gathered kite fliers who also confirmed the source of the design, Eiji Ohashi. It did not fly for long but we now understand the basics. After a brief fly of the late JMH Delta and the 1990 Parafoil we set about launching the JMH Della Porta: Nine squares 1993. I had added inserts to strengthen the main spars and we had time to accept advice on the bridle settings which entirely matched my perception of how the kite had behaved previously. Finally we reduced the tail load by one half, looping one of original tail ends back to the other attachment point. We achieved a sustained stable flight before running out of field area. Saturday evening meal at one of a number of local curry houses was rather good but there was a loud event back at the pub where our overnight accommodation was located. On Sunday the breeze was slightly lighter but just as variable. There was not enough consistent breeze to get both of the parafoils launched within the confines of the site but we did get the anchors and safety line configuration established. We flew two of the three meter Rokakku kites with heavy spars over two sessions along with the late delta as well. We noted that while we could have flown the Rev kites during the course of the weekend the conditions were really not likely to have made for an interesting or constructive experience. Most of us were off site at about 5:00pm just after receiving an award for team effort over the weekend. Felix
  12. riffclown

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    Joe, It was an honor meeting you and chatting with you this weekend.
  13. Arrived soon after 10:30 am which was about the time that Jake had suggested he might get to the heath. We had not had the chance to fly the JMH kites together for some time now and this was an opportunity to check some of the kites we may be able to fly next weekend in Shropshire. First up, almost was the 8 diamond Della Porta. Not quite enough wind again but it is clear that this ‘composition’ is completely viable. The 1990 Parafoil which I have been partly re-bridling was then launched in the light NE breeze and performed very well indeed. We removed the old ‘cut’ and repaired’ lines and I will leave any fine tuning until I have measured the profile of the larger 1991 kite. Next up was the late delta with the light wind frame, mostly for Jake’s benefit but I really like flying that kite so was happy to have the opportunity again. Finally we put together what had been known as the 1988 expandable box kite with 60 cells but it was missing any bridling set-up. It was clear that this could be part of a larger composition and on checking the other bag back in Hackney it is obvious that it was the upper half of the kite from 1996, with 120 cells. We will hope to get the whole kite together next weekend in Shropshire. It will be worth the effort even if it does not get in the air. We didn’t quite manage any rev flying on this occasion but I am sure that we will do a bit next weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Felix
  14. Better late than never indeed! Welcome to the forum.
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    One thing to check as I didn't get logged out with this post, make sure you are allowing cookies to be set, the forum requires them
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    I'll get a look at this. I am not surprised the facebook login isn't working but, I'll see what that issue as well.
  17. Am having login issues with password failure, keep having to reset to gain entry. facebook login don't work ever.
  18. So everyone moved over to Kitelife or something. Well am here better late than never lol Actually Lolly got me in, she's a good un where would Revolution Kites be without her. I was on the verge of buying a Rev eX eX from a local distributor who had some orange ones on special as couldn't at the time afford the full normal priced ones they sold. He went and sold out the week before I had the wonga A friend from another forum mentioned a person who made Quads and maybe I should give them a shout. Long story shorter I bought this Quad, first flight was pretty good, decent south westerly breeze using 120ft lines it came with, lots of swoopy swoopy, the odd hover here and there, landing normal, landing inverted and re launch. Loops, one successful dive stop after several pulls instead of pushes. A happy bunny Second flight winds were rough northerlies using recently acquired 80ft lineset from Jez Wharton. Practised my hovers and dive stops though more just as stops every time looked like kite might go down. Girlfriend was struggling to untangle the foil so landed the quad staked the handles and went over to help. Big mistake kite was landed but not proper parked, no sooner had I left it than it went into a violent spin and trashed a leading edge end spar. A few days later I'd bought another Skyshark Competition Tube and noticed that my entire leading edge was unbranded carbon, 7.5mm as opposed to the Skysharks 7mm. The verticals are Skyshark and the Quad was sold under the premise that it had a Skyshark frame. Regardless was a pretty violent spin. Third and final flight lent the Quad to a mate, you know the type, don't need instruction, never watched videos, a natural who couldn't fly it for toffees. He reckoned it would only spin in one direction, I took back the handles and span it back the other way he reckoned it wouldn't spin lol He said the kites not for him, well that was pretty obvious lol I then attempted several dives stops then land inverted, only couldn't get my head around the move. Each time the kite turned out of the stop to re launch, finally I fought with it and sent into another frantic ground spin. I recovered it only to watch the wing drop moments later as the opposite spar to the last one took the glued in centre peg out of the strut and through it. I will add that noticed one of the genuine Skyshark verticals had been repaired with an inserted carbon tube. So along with the trashed leading edge centre and one outer I obtained another vertical from the kites creator, re assembled the kite and sold it on. During all this Joe Hadzicki contacted me, guy is an awesome salesman where his kites are concerned with an offer and Lolly Hadzicki finalised all the details, as well as helping me with colours and gaining entry to this forum. Am getting a custom Std RX. I need Reflex and Club 38 Bigtime. Was my original plan all along and although I got sidetracked, I learnt a few valuable lessons. That landing inverted and park is a crucial first thing to learn. Got my gopro I'll soon be all ready
  19. A light easterly breeze so Zens with green race today. The high and low cloud threatened drizzle but it didn’t happen. The ground was very wet from overnight rain and the plantain heads had sprung up over the last week. Nothing called and there was an occasional lull which had us walking back, every which way, it seemed. We had a visitor today who had seen the Revs from a passing bus. He was a Blacksmith student at an institution in Herefordshire having completed the first of three years taking a summer break in London. I had brought the 1990 JMH parafoil out with the intention of measuring the bridle lines. This was duly done with the kite remaining in the ski bag to avoid getting it wet. Three bridle lines have been replaced in parallel to repaired elements but they have not been finalised until the lengths have been checked against the overall profile. Getting hold of George Hamm’s and Ed Wright’s design principles has proved to be a bit challenging. At this stage we will probably just have to learn directly from Jørgen’s practical interpretation. Having the larger and well tuned 1991 parafoil should give us some clues. I hope to deal with the first of the two ‘stairway’ box constructions in the next week. The main issue is rusty metal fittings. It is probably impractical to replace with stainless steel so a clean and ‘prevent’ regime is in order. Felix
  20. Hello everyone. New to the sport. Just received a 1.5 Reflex RX. Plan on taking it out this weekend to start learning some of the basic flights with it.
  21. Only revs today as there was a running event taking place and the wind forecast did not look great. The high cloud was receding so fair weather cumulus but not very developed most of the time. The westerly wind was typical summer Blackheath, on the strong side this time, but consistently variable. Opting for mid vents with green race made a certain amount of sense until the arm ache set in! Very little called as the variability of the breeze really was not conducive to team flying. Festival in the Forest next Saturday in South London but we should be at Blackheath on Sunday as usual. Felix
  22. I haven't flown in a few years, but I'd be happy to fly with you once my son's baseball season winds down. I'm in Northville. I'd also support getting in touch with the Trennepohls' at Kites and Fun Things/Skyburner kites. They coordinate a group of fliers that are fairly active.
  23. I did take the personal revs to Blackheath today but managed to ‘forget’ the handle bag. As no one else was expected that really didn’t matter but I had also left the SLK toolkit behind as well. That might have been irritating! The challenge today was to set up the Edo kite solo. After the kind assistance of the team at the beginning of June I knew that I had to establish a method to accomplish this. I know that ground stakes are only to be used ‘carefully’ and as conditions were relatively calm I used the mooring pin to attach the bridle and the flying line. I set the spars and then walked the kite away downwind and placed it face up with the leading edge/top of the kite upwind secured, on this occasion, with my jacket. I then combed the lines back towards the anchor point. This is a slow process but it helps to know that it will resolve successfully. The bridle point was then switched from the anchor to the flying line and the kite was walked out and placed face down leading edge still to the front and the bow set. Then the kite was rolled and the bridle lines checked with the leading edge on the ground. Finally, keeping the bridle lines supporting the kite it was turned to leading edge up and launched once the centre of the window had been found. I launched the kite several times and while it was stable in the centre of the wind window when the wind was lighter as soon as a stronger flow occurred the kite tracked clockwise until it inevitably hit the ground. On breaking down the kite the process was reversed but I put a holding knot in the bridle lines at the anchor end first before taking the comb back to the kite and looping the lines together, using the carabiner to hold the final loop! Felix
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