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  1. A similar forecast to last Sunday but the wind was from the North today and the cloud cover gradually thickened. Full vent 1.5s with race rods were fine again. We did manage to get the sound system set up properly so had the benefit of Bill Frisell for our final flying session which helped cover the background noise from the Bank Holiday fairground on the other side of the A2. Mr. Helicopter was unusually on our side of the road today doing all his trick flying but fortunately he didn’t stay long. It is a noisy machine. In addition to the Rev flying today we put together the Peter Malinski Tetraeder from 1989. This was a kite that Jørgen owned and as part of the transaction from early 2019 we were asked to take care of it. In January 2020 I replaced all the rubber fixing loops with tied string. I had done a test build of a few cell but today was the first field test. We configured 20 cells in a regular tetrahedron which seemed a sensible place to start. I hand held the kite prior to tying the flying line to the spar fixing one level down from the top of the kite. The launch on the 40m line was remarkably smooth. Thereafter the kite occasionally needed a bit of manual input but was well behaved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSUDJQudgrY At the end of the session a slightly over firm impact with the ground resulted in a couple of the fixing element splitting and it may be that they are all quite brittle with age. I will have to investigate further! Felix
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  2. The forecast was for 10-11mph gusting maybe twice that and for fairly dense cloud and that is basically what we got although there were some brighter moments. Full vent 1.5s felt very comfortable and we even had a bit of jazz piano accompaniment by Andrew McCormack. A new one for me and might be interesting long term! For some reason the UE Boom 2s wouldn’t pair up which was irritating so it was a mono playback. I had hoped to fly and video the JMH Della-Porta: Four Rhomboids and while setting it up the wind dropped a bit. When the time came though, the anchored 40m of 4mm polyester braid provided great shock absorption and the kite launched smoothly. There were moments when the breeze was lighter and the kite needed walking back. It was not too much to hand hold in the harder pulling moments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnppT5anbrI Video from today - Della-Porta:Four Rhomboids 1993 I need to replace rusty components on this kite, the bridle ring being in the most pressing need. The link lines between the top sail and the sails below may need attention as well. I’ll try with dowel pegs first! Another gale is expected during the coming week. Autumn had arrived early. Felix
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  3. Lots of good information to be found here... http://www.kitelife.com/video-tutorials/
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  4. With lines, I pair off a black and a white. Black for bottoms and whites for tops. At the kite end of the string I larks the white onto the black to allow for the longer leaders at the handle end. I have a few Revs and they have all come with the bridle attached. Even my "sail only" ones. Don't know what happened with yours. When I got my 120' x #90 line set they were in all sorts of tangle, no knots thankfully. It took about 3/4 hour to get them separated. All I can say is check out the line management tutorial and it won't happen again. Your EXP is a great kite, I still fly on mine. Although I do give it more of a spanking now I have a set of B's!
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  5. I carry two 'stakes' with me, one is a 24inch, 6mm solid fibreglass rubber tipped rod, rescued from a now dead kite, and a smaller 12 inch *ABS PLASTIC with a slight mushroomed top. The idea of the 24inch rod is to set it at about 60 degrees into the ground with tip facing WITH the wind. I use this rod for multiple uses. It's a bag anchor. It's a wind direction indicator (hole for cotton thread at top), it's a line length checker...hook loops over and unwind, pull on lines, result!! And last but not least, it's a place to test your control accuracy, rod directly between wings, extra pint next time out etc. The shorter 'stake' is just a boring yet essential brake line anchor, perfect for a quick land, anchor, smoke break. I made a small belt hook to make it easy accessable. * many years ago while out with a few mates and power kites, a friend used his steel stake and rammed it into the grass, he hit an electricity mains supply that hadn't been buried to the required depth. He suffered severe burns to his hand, arm and leg with irrepairable damage to his nerves resulting in him never flying again. Mainly its this reason i insist on an ABS Plastic stake.
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  6. Interesting URL Bob. Thanks for that. I think I would have to mention Blackheath. Didnt fly there for long, but it WAS FAST!! I notice it is in the "list" on the site.
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