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Everything posted by andelscott

  1. Part-timers!! We'll try to keep your space warm on Saturday...
  2. There are a group who certainly used to fly near Gosport (so depends which part of Hampshire you're talking about!) Message Sailor99, Jonesey or Yrna to see what they're up to these days.... Jeremy (Sailor99) is unavailable due to work quite a bit, but may be able to advise. Hope this helps.
  3. If flying by oneself, music is a good training tool - just get the right meter & beats per minute. It's not about enjoying the music (tho' that helps) - but enforcing discipline in manoevres to sharpen the skills. You turn on the beat, not when you really think you're ready, you set travel speeds to cover your canvas smoothly with the musical phrase. No matter how the wind pulses or drops. That's my aspiration and, who knows, with more practice I might achieve it one day! Give it a go!
  4. If you don't get to meet up with others, see if you can get along to a kite festival sometime - the Portsmouth kite festival over August Bank Holiday weekend has traditionally had quite a gathering of Rev flyers. These are great opportunities to talk all things kite and pick up a load of ideas. When you're ready - basics covered: flying with controlled speed, hover at any point of the clock face - they can also introduce you to the fun of team flying. BTW: a set of 120 foot lines is a worthwhile investment... Above all else, *have fun*!
  5. Seems there's already a computer game called 'Revolution'* - not sure if it's multi-player. But surely this would remove the exercise and the fresh air (not to mention driving rain and howling winds) that makes team flying so much fun....? * Of course this Revolution has nothing to do with kite flying.
  6. The obvious solution is to have your wife try flying the Rev. The down-side is you end up buying twice as many kites (some would argue that's not a down-side at all), but on the up-side, you have someone to fly with in pairs ready for more team flying!
  7. I'll just repeat the advice - for a first kite, it's probably best to save some cash and omit the 'Pro'. A good combination is the full sail B series and vented B series. This covers the range; a Mid-vent is nice to fly but you will have days when there's not enough wind for the mid vent or too much. Combine the other two and you've 2, 3 and 4 wrap frames and kites for 4mph and up. There will still be squally days when you wouldn't want to fly the vented, of course. It is true that you don't have to walk as far when resetting the kite on 80 foot lines - helpful when learning! But, as soon as you start flying with others you'll need a 120 foot set, so worth budgeting for another line set after a couple of months.
  8. I fear there is a risk of end-user confusion as there is a difference between the "Revolution Authorized Pro No Snag Handles" and the anodised handles discussed here. [i have no commercial connection with either design.]
  9. No, probably using iOS6 / iPhone 5 and can't find Wakefield on the map.
  10. 1 daN = 2.2 lbs So 25daN is 55lb, etc.
  11. andelscott

    The Decorators

    From the album: Portsmouth 2012

    The Decorators taking some time in the Rev arena at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival before the backwards walk to the main display arena.
  12. andelscott

    Portsmouth 2012

    Rev teams present again at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival - completre with its Rev arena
  13. andelscott

    Team Fusion

    From the album: Portsmouth 2012

    The premier Rev Kite Team of North East England taking some time in the Rev arena before their main arena demonstration.
  14. Just make sure you leave some Rev arena space for the rest of us in the afternoon then! <grins> Or maybe there are enough graduated grid exercises to say it's grid practice from 2:30pm (just to fit everyone in)
  15. I think there were 14 (we split into two balls of seven a couple of times)...
  16. Hey Steve - know what you mean: you think you've handled the previous punches and another one follows. I have a number of friends who've been through Chemotherapy (and radiotherapy beyond) - there's no denying it can be really unpleasant and I feel for you, my brother. But they've come through it and their hair grows back - you would never know unless they tell you. Stay strong and fight - you've been through so much already. Hang in there, it *will* pass and if you want to have a moan, then skype me - I'm around far more time than is desirable!
  17. No, no, no. Just use the wife's standard excuse: "New? No, I've had those for years!"
  18. Hi Bri Sorry to hear about your health issues and hope that the clinicians manage it promptly and effectively for you. I still remember that great weekend gathering you brokered up at Ainsdale a couple of years back. Here's hoping you'll still get to fly from time to time and restore a broad grin on your face! Take care Bri...
  19. Or even Saturday/Sunday 14-15 July. I hope the invited fliers are not relying on the event website as there aren't many festivals that run only on a Monday and Tuesday...
  20. At least one more than the combined number of kites ...as you (and your kite) are missing from the photos!
  21. ...especially when a predator (a.k.a. out of control SLK) is sighted approaching the flock.
  22. You could try Kiteworld: www.kiteworld.co.uk
  23. Will you be streaming video again this year? It's as close as I can get to FL but it is great to get a flavour of what you are all up to on the beach.... Have a great time, one and all!
  24. It's easy to be dispassionate when you haven't got the cash to spend on one (or more) of these kites. So here goes: Revolution have funded the materials and labour costs for producing the kites (and any remaking cost); The kites are not really 'beginner' grade kites; Most fliers would have little concern about the print quality - at a distance (say 120 feet or more) it's not the most important thing; If Revolution are worried that print quality would tarnish the brand image, then they might wish to prevent product entering the market; If Ben has a healthy marketing budget, then company representatives (i.e. Ben and Joe) could retain them as (advanced) demonstrators for use at kite festivals - targeting Rev pilots (EXP, SLE and 'B' series) who might just be considering their next kite choice. Whatever happens, please be kind to the kites and let them take to the air - I'm sure they don't want to sit on a dry shelf or wall and fade under artificial lights.
  25. Isn't the 24 inch winder called "a splint"?
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