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  1. 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! smile.png

    Give it a go!

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  2. 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*!

  3. 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....? cool.png

    * Of course this Revolution has nothing to do with kite flying.

  4. HA HA HA..... YOU SAID "IF"!!!!

    And I know because I have lost a lot of sleep. and if i don't watch it... my wife!

    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! :)

  5. 1) How does a STD full sail B-Pro handle in winds of say, 8-15mph compared to a MidVent at the same wind speed? Is a STD merely just faster whilst still retaining absolute control and stability.. or is it a bit unruly, buffet-y and unsteady?

    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.

    120' of lines seems a little massive and a bit of a daunting prospect at the moment so will likely grab 80' lines for the time being while I'm starting out, it's more what I'm used to with dualies (~60') and I like the idea of more of a direct connection with the kite and taking up less room in the area (without killing someone half a mile away if it suddenly decides to ditch itself, ho ho), but will look to get 120' later on.

    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.

  6. I'm wondering if any of those well qualified fliers from the South of England or the North West of England will join us at YSP (Wakefield) the first weekend in November? Maybe they are no longer on this forum...

    No, probably using iOS6 / iPhone 5 and can't find Wakefield on the map.

  7. Hi Baz,

    Thanks for that. The main arena Rev spots are 11am, 1pm and 2pm so we should have plenty of time to take advantage of the Rev Arena facilities during the afternoon <grins>


    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) :blue-cool:

  8. 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!

  9. 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...

  10. I'd like to go to that one some time, but after a quick look, I figured the travel was much easier to TI. (I could only really go to one or the other.)

    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!

  11. Okay enough I've made up my mind,,,,,,,, 10 stack for Ben......blue_cool.gifblue_cool.gifblue_cool.gif

    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.

  12. Would appreciate opinions on if i should take the kite dealers advice or that i go with the b2, but with me having no starting point both are going to seem difficult and it would then come down to my persistence to master the model i chose anyway.

    They're just different kites and each is good for its chosen application, so it really depends what you want to do. If your aim is to go street flying on short lines, get the B2. If you really want to try team flying with others, then the 1.5 (and 120 foot lines) is the way to go. As you noted, the B2 will be a bit zippier and initially may give you less reaction time to (re)gain control (the same is true on shorter lines too, of course) - but if this is what you want to do, would you buy a family car if you really want a 2 seat sportster?

    ..if you've not seen or tried team flying, there are a number of centres of excellence around the UK (and centres of mediocrity if I get to fly) where the pilots will be more than willing to give you a few pointers once you get your kite.

    Hope this helps!

  13. Hi All

    Hi Pete - not sure which part of London you're in, [EDIT: just re-read the post! you did say - sorry!] but I would recommend trying to get over to Blackheath one Sunday (morning?) where there are normally a bunch or Rev pilots playing, including 'The Decorators'. You will get all the advice you need. Alternatively if you're way out to the North of London, Dunstable Downs on a Sunday afternoon would provide the same input! You'll find attendees of both locations on this forum and so it's worth checking to see that they'll be there before you make a special journey (just in case they're all away performing at some exotic kite festival).

    As mentioned, take a look at some of JB's 'getting started' videos at http://www.learnkites.com/ - and 3 wrap in a vented is just fine - do not worry if the leading edge flexes and bows a bit - it does not have to be straight to provide the control you will want.

    As mentioned, you'll see four short tassel like strands on the bridle - two on each of the 'vertical' sections of the bridle. There is a knot at the end of each tassel, so your larkshead knot runs over the end of the tassel and sits against this knot as it pulls tight (preventing the line from sliding off, of course). There are a few fliers who use modified bridles, but that just complicates issues, so just be warned that if it looks different to yours, it may just be because it is!

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