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  1. Going to do the Sunday (old folks live nr Bristol so should get a roast dinner out of it) ... See u there!
  2. I have 3 sets of no snag handles (1 USA and 2 UK versions) so have each one setup on a line set (incl 15" handles on light lines) so have done away with bottom leaders altogether .. bottom lines straight on to handle and have 3 knots in my top leaders .... call me lazy but I never swap lines anymore and don't have any issues (helps that I can't fly for shit I guess!)
  3. Sorry Mark I think we have more than enough northerners
  4. No problem .... Bad news I returned to my other sport on Monday and managed to lose my GoPro camera overboard .... An excuse to buy a better one I guess!
  5. ... tough condition for us amateurs as the breeze got up and probably had wrong kite on .. well thats my excuse and Im sticking to it!
  6. Please 'come on down' .. There are quite a few of us lucky enough to live and fly down here where the winds are clean and the sky's blue .. Of course if you are in North London you might have to head up the M1 to that boil on the buttocks of England they call Dunstable Downs .. But quite frankly I wouldn't recommend it they'll make you eat cake and get fat ... Then there's always the Blackheath posse but thats a whole other story
  7. Tommy... I was probably one of the first to advocate using McLube on here .. Having worked for several Sailmakers in a previous life it's a product I was very familiar with .. In fact it's branded 'sailkote' when sold to Sailmakers. The base product is sold in many variations in many vertical markets ..pretty sure I read it was used to lubricate steam catapults on aircraft carriers! ... Anyway ... Sailors use it as a general lubricant including coating dinghy hulls, as chaff/friction protection on cruising sails etc. On spinnaker nylons/polyesters (of which Icarex is one) it's great for reducing friction where a sail is dragged into a spinnaker chute on a dinghy which can be pretty analogous to some of the abuse we put our Revs through ...as well as helping shed water quickly .. Very useful up North where you are It does wear off so I give my sails a coating a couple of times a season as well as my lines and of course those who know me will confirm my shoulders get a regular coating too
  8. I can be available if required .... and will bring the GoPro + head mount to film ... weather dependent of course as I believe it can get quite parky up North this time of year?
  9. Jonesey

    Rev Cam!

    lines are standard 120's ... have a plan for a proper/lighter mount based on this ... one of the nice thing about the GoPro is you can set it to do various things like take a picture every few seconds, which would probably get the best results ... also I guess you need to learn to fly super steady and level etc when using video to that end the last section was flown inverted and I just flipped the footage 'in post' ... much more stable So now just need to get some other kites in the air ...
  10. Jonesey

    Rev Cam!

    Got myself a GoPro HD a while back for use in 'another area' and finally had the chance to strap it to a kite yesterday so see whether it would work ... you tube video (watch in 720p if possible) Seems to have potential just need to sort a decent mount system thats not too heavy (used a standard camera mount/clamp/case this time) ..
  11. The outright sailing speed record got smashed again today by a kite border lots of my sailing associates not happy with this as its basically a purpose dug ditch in Namibia and questionable how much 'sailing' is going on + arguments about shallow water effect etc etc but whatever the argument these guys have some balls!
  12. If I had a pound for every client that told me the Keyboard or some other bit of hardware/software was responsible ....
  13. Simon you need to lay off the booze when your typing Oh and thank you for calling! p.s. anybody take any pictures??
  14. Great day ... thanks for organizing Baz .. one always feels so welcome on the downs ... despite Gary No doubt the mega fly that was forming as I left for the carpark was the biggest/best of the day but one short of the Downs record?
  15. Sorry Chris ... But I'm sure your aware that what happens on the Downs .......
  16. Have we got a schedule, Dress code, Menu etc yet??? Need to know what to pack in the car... Obviously I've ironed my pink shirt and been practicing pie eating all week but my whinging's a little rusty ...
  17. Based on the popularity of this I assume you will be printing a Rev calendar for next season Ben?? Go and watch Calendar girls (the movie) if you need any further inspiration..... I'm sure the Rev ladies from around the world would be up for it ... I can think of a few this side of the pond who would be (no not you Gary)
  18. Ah yes .. good spot! its obvious now you point it out .... I suspect foul play .. lets organise a posse of unruly rev flyers armed with SLE's and linch the perpetrator Either way looks like a call to kiteworld for a new leading edge
  19. Looking at that again the outer rods in your picture look completely different finish/construction to the centre?? and there are 4 pieces??? how many joins/ferrules were there?... something doesn't add up
  20. Obvious thing from the previous owners photo is that the vertical rods are on the front not on the back which if flown like that in any breeze would put more load on the leading edge but I would expect the bungy's to break before the rod .. Second thing is that your photo of the broken rods are the remnants of the ferrules still in the rod ends? if so they look (and its hard to be exact) lighter built then my ones (thinner walled) so maybe the previous owner replaced them with some spare rods or something?? Either way I would agree with all the above and say its almost impossible to break the ferrules without breaking the rods first unless there is something wrong with the ferrules. I have broken 2 blast leading edges but in both cases they were race frames and I was to blame (don't ask!!!)
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    I gave up on blocks and used one of these .. worked a treat ...big enough to pass handles through etc ... My ability to take advantage of it in the other hand ......
  22. So no feedback from 'the Squad' about invading their turf then?? Wonder if we should hire scooters for the day or are we the rockers?
  23. Might be in Cornwall but if not.. count me in!
  24. Of course the air's a bit denser here so our crossovers are at slightly different windspeeds (just threw that in to start another debate ) ... however I tend to go for 1. Full sail - Race rods 2. Mid-Vent - Race rods 3. Full-Vent - 3 Wrap 4. tea and cakes in the local cafe I have re-discovered my 2~4 for light wind floating this year, had some glamour days of under @ 3 knots floating fun I'm pretty alone in my pier group in not getting the Full-vent/race frame setup ... just strikes me as a very narrow band between mid-vent and 3 wrap Full-vent but I think its because I prefer less flexible frames in the upper wind ranges? If its double stuff or mega vent weather its probably stopped being fun so I'm off home or to the Pub!
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