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  1. I had to pick a standard when I wrote the manual a few years ago. Some teams used 100', some used 120'. iQuad used 120's; I was on iQuad; so I chose 120 feet
  2. Hi Mark, It's been many years since I've been there, but I'll be at Wildwood this year and I'm really looking forward to it!. Look for team 180GO! and introduce yourselves. If you'd like to fly with others and do some team flying, take a look at this pdf: Revolution Mega-Fly Figures v1d.pdf and the animations here: http://www.revkites.com/learn-to-fly/revolution-kite-team-animations
  3. Mitch is a good guy to hook up with. Let him talk you into making the trek with him to the festival in Jamestown, ND where team 180GO! will have a team of 6 Revs flying. It's a 3-day festival and the first day, Friday, is all about lessons and learning to fly. For an online kite shop, I highly recommend TheKiteSite.net Big Mike and his wife run the shop, and Big Mike knows his revs--he's on 180GO! and has been flying Revs for years.
  4. I've also had luck cleaning with liquid laundry detergent, undiluted.
  5. There are photos in remembrance of David that Jeff posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/180GO
  6. Mike

    Ben's Farewell

    awww, we'll miss you Ben. Best of luck on whatever you do next.
  7. Mike

    helium

    "float away"...haha
  8. Actually, I like the green race rods because I just stick them in and they handle well in any wind and I don't feel the need to swap rods. Personally, I love them in the NYM.
  9. Hello Heino, though it might feel like you need heavier line, I never use anything heavier than 90lb lines for the 1.5 sized kites (NYM, B-Series, SLE, etc). Also, in 10-15 mph with a vented kite, a 3 wrap frame might be easier. They won't break, so it's worth experimenting to see how if flies for you. The extra flex might help.
  10. 180GO! flew a similar setup at the Dieppe, NB festival night fly a couple weeks ago. We also used a single battery.
  11. The NYM can be flown with any of the other frames. However, the green race rods are pretty awesome. They are light and strong and can be flown in the entire wind range of your 2 Vent NYM.
  12. I think 100# works fine, and I don't even double the line.
  13. When the vented kite starts to pull you off your feet, switch to the 4 wraps
  14. Quick tip: don't pull your hands back and forth like you do with a dual. With a quad, it's mostly in the wrist movement. Tip 2: just to be sure, on Revs, the spars go on the back side of the kite. They are *not* on the same side as the bridal--unlike duals. Tip 3: make sure all 4 lines are all the same length. Tip 4: hope someone from the UK pops on here and you can meet up with them. I learned on my own, and so have many others, but it's easier to learn from someone with experience.
  15. Glad you got your kite, I think it looks great!. I see you will also be flying with a local flier, that will speed up your learning. Welcome, as we say, to the dark side!
  16. I'm afraid I have to disagree with my friend Wayne. The spars differ in flex: 2 wraps are much more flexible than 4 wraps. Although many people will recommend 3 wraps for beginners, I think 2 wraps are easier. I've never broken either spar and I've handed my kites to anyone who walks up to me and wants to try. But it doesn't matter, it sounds like you'll have both, so you can decide for yourself!
  17. Based on your choices, I would get a solid sail kite with the 2 wrap and 3 wrap spars. That's the way they seem to be sold at the places you linked to. My opinion would be to fly the 2 wraps spars most of the time, especially as a beginner. The lighter weight of the 2 wrap will help in light winds, and the extra flex will help a little with gusts. If you want to import a kite, I would get the NYM single vent. The vent on the NYM is smaller than the vent on the B-series, which I think is an advantage for you. The NYM kites come with a nice light-weight spar too. I have gusty winds too, and there isn't a mountain within 1000 kilometers from here. If you have trouble learning to fly the kite, I strongly recommend driving to a place with nice winds. Driving an hour to the beach will be well worth it.
  18. The B2 is a smaller, faster kite with less pull. But it is not easy to fly with precision. It may not be the easiest kite to learn to fly on, but I know people who have started with a 2. In the video you posted, it showed someone flying 1.5 with precision and teasing people on the Huntington Beach pier. I was there and doing that last weekend. It is a lot of fun, but it takes a *lot* of practice before you can fly that close to people without fear of hurting them. Rev has a new 1.5 kite, called the New York Minute. The single vented version of that kite has a pretty wide wind range and would have the least pull. The vent is smaller than on the B-series kites. Otherwise either of the two kites you linked above would work well. Both the kites you linked to come with 2 wrap and 3 wrap frames--a 2 wrap spar is lighter and more flexible than a 3 wrap. Normally, you would fly with a 2 wrap in light winds, and then switch to a 3 wrap when the wind gets stronger. If you're concerned about the pull, when the time comes to switch to a 3-wrap, I would instead switch to a vented kite. Vented kites pull less, but are slower than a full (non-vented) sail. That's a trade-off for someone who likes speedy kites. If the wind where you are tends to be gusty, a vented kite will smooth out the wind and you'll have fewer cases of a sudden pull on the kite. If you're lucky enough to fly near the ocean, your winds are probably smooth and that won't be a concern. Once you start flying these kites, you will probably find yourself owning more than one anyway. So you're really asking, what should your *first* rev be What is the usual wind speed where you want to fly your kite? (and yes, I'm a very proud father )
  19. Percy, you can fly a Rev. My daughter started flying when she was 8 years old and didn't weigh more than you. She now flies on Team 180GO!. In light winds the Rev doesn't pull very much, and then you can switch to a vented model when the pull gets stronger. Or a Rev 2 as the post above mentions. But for control like you see in the video, I would stick with a Rev 1.5, which is the most common Rev that is flown. There are some Rev fliers in the Netherlands, maybe one of them will chime in here and you can give it a try with one of their kites. It's also easier to learn with help, so I would try to find them. I'll actually be in the Netherlands for a week in April, but I'll be traveling light--without kites. If you can't wait to try, buy a standard Rev 1.5 for light winds or a mid-vent for medium winds. Please post back here and let us know how you are doing.
  20. That's all true! I've flown there twice before.
  21. Sorry to miss you, but the 180GO! team of 6 won't include me. You'll have to keep an eye on them for me, John I'm staying home to welcome my first grandchild into the world.
  22. Confirmed: a team of 6 will be there.
  23. 180GO! has been invited. We don't yet know if we'll be flying a team of 4 or a team of 6.
  24. Welcome Nick! If your travels ever take you to the Midwest, be sure to let us at IKE know. We've got a bunch of Rev fliers in our club.
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