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  2. 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
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  4. riffclown

    MSG for Rev

    Joe, It was an honor meeting you and chatting with you this weekend.
  5. 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
  6. Better late than never indeed! Welcome to the forum.
  7. monkey

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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
  8. monkey

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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.
  9. Am having login issues with password failure, keep having to reset to gain entry. facebook login don't work ever.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. RSS kites today in contrast to last weekend. Today there were also very localised heavy showers to contend with on the brisk SW breeze. We were mostly lucky but were dressed accordingly anyway. Extended no call flying watching the highly contrasted clouds passing by. The plantain seed heads that were becoming prevalent in recent weeks had been mown so really no issues today! No JMH kites today as it was clear that conditions would be a bit fierce. Happy to have the ‘drum kit’ bags back in use finally for kite transport and storage. Both of them were damaged during Cervia and have been replaced with new. Felix
  17. Hi! Im want my first Revolution, I already have other 2 lines kites. Which would you buy? Diferences? Best regards!
  18. Zens with green race today gives a measure of the breeze from the SW. Mostly fair weather cumulus in long standing lines with very high cloud gradually thickening. There were occasional lulls which made a perfect excuse for putting together some of the JMH kites. First up was the re-framed late Delta. Mainly 10mm carbon tube but with a re-purposed Rev SLE spreader. This is a very good light wind option now. I note that this was flown on the rear connection point. I tried the middle point but the sail was immediately spilling too much air, not enough brake, one might say! Following this I put up both of the 2m Rokkakus having split the main rods for portability. The yellow kite flew perfectly straight away, the blue kite needed the lower bridle shortening slightly, a clove hitch around the 5mm peg that I had prepared before leaving Hackney this morning. I had remembered both kites as being slightly unbalanced but they were fine in ‘just enough’ breeze today. I had repaired the Edo after last weekends attempt but will wait until the missing diagonal ribbon fixing is replaced before trying another flight. I have decided that the Della Porta: Nine squares is probably needing stronger spars and have discovered that Not Zen green race rods with a short carbon rod supplement will fit inside the white fibreglass rods. This may be the next week’s project in addition to de-rusting one of the ‘stairway’ kites… Felix
  19. New to quad flying. I purchased a Rev.1.5 in San Diego. I have been watching a lot of videos on the subject finally got kite off the ground. Struggling with the movements, but I'm committed to getting to master level in club 38. To all who are on the journey best of luck. Hopefully we can fly together someday.
  20. My two line isn’t as much fun after seeing a quad during vacation at the beach. Unfortunately, we don’t have a kite shop nearby where we live, which means I’ll be buying over the Web. I can’t seem to find a buyers guide, and there are so many features that I don’t know where to start. We don’t have high winds like at the beach. Any recommendations for quads that work without a huge ocean breeze would also be appreciated. Please help me find a quad
  21. I had hoped for 8-10mph today but it ended up more like 13-15 with significantly higher gusts. Full vent 1.5s with green race were ok most of the time. I had not taken the RSS kites so that was not an option. During the week I had prepared a light wind frame for the large JMH delta and also modified the frames for the two Rok and Rev JMH Rokakkus which need further bridle adjustment. Today I opted to put together the JMH Edo from 1995. The fact that the bridle took a considerable time to untangle should have been an indicator that this was not really the right kite for the day. In the event there was too much breeze. This really is a light wind JMH design! Good to spend the time looking at the configuration anyway. Felix
  22. The weather forecast for the weekend indicated that Saturday was going to be the day that offered the opportunity to fly JMH kites as well as the Revs and possibly Rev stacks. On that basis we set up with the full banners and tent configuration first thing on Saturday. Not Zens were the right sail all day with green race as usual. We flew the three large JMH Rokkaku kites with the light weight frames and they looked stunning together in the sky. There was not quite enough breeze for the Della Porta: Eight rhomboids kite but it appeared to be completely viable. We did try the Della Porta: Nine squares but once again it exhibited the oscillation with the top of the kite dropping down. Two spars were broken on impact with the ground. We will have to have a close look at the bridling before further attempts to launch this kite. The Rev 1.5 eight stack was flown towards the end of the afternoon. There was rain first thing on Sunday morning with a blustery westerly offshore wind throughout the day. The Rev RSS kites worked reasonably well even in the strongest gusts but it was hard work. We did not put up banners or the tent and used the car as our base… Monday started with the same blustery conditions but as the wind direction slowly changed from west to north it eased somewhat and certainly became more consistent and without the wild changes in direction. RSS sails were again all that we were able to fly but as there was little else in the air that was not a problem really. Travel to and from the event was not too difficult for a Bank Holiday weekend with a total mileage of just over 500 miles. Felix
  23. Cloudy today with occasional brightness and the threat of a shower. Light NE breeze which was mostly steady. Zens and CR sails mostly with green race were comfortable but I did feel somewhat constrained having woken today with an aching left leg. Despite the discomfort I did put together the Della Porta: Nine squares 1993. All seemed ok but there were some questionable knots on the bridle ring and an odd overlay of a couple of the individual bridle lines. As the last time that this kite had been flown five spars had been damaged I was not overly hopeful. The first launch was too short but the kite was certainly tracking to the centre of the wind window. The second launch was longer and appeared to be going well until the top edge of the kite dipped and caught the wind on the back of the kite. The kite was grounded and nothing actually got broken on this occasion but obviously something is not right. A light shower meant a quick pack away of this kite and then a further short Zen session. I may stick to the other two Della Porta kites for Scarborough! Felix
  24. A quiet day on Blackheath, light NE breeze and a first sighting of swifts against the blue sky and bubbling cumulus. Took the Della Porta: Eight rhomboids 1993 today but didn’t check to see if the tails were in the bag. As with the other two kites from this period the tails are actually bagged separately… Still, no broken spars in this one and there is a chance to try it next weekend ahead of the Scarborough event the following weekend. I’ll try to sort the broken 5 spars for the bigger Della Porta: Nine squares 1993 in the meantime. Some of the team will be attending the Shropshire Kite Festival 20th - 21st July. We will take JMH kites on that occasion, for sure, looking for advice on re-sparing some of them. Felix
  25. I desanded by bag today as well, that fine sand got everywhere!
  26. Personally, I still love Rev 1s. As makatam said, as long as it's not destroyed, this is a great price.
  27. If all the frame members are included as well as lines and handles and the sail is not absolutely ragged, jump on it fast. You would pay nearly that much for just a new set of handles. Although the Rev I is the large and slow configuration, it's good to learn on just for that reason. It would be a steal at literally twice that price even if it has a ton of wear on it. Al long as it isn't falling apart, go for it. I would buy it for myself, but I already have 14 Revs in my bag.
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