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andelscott

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  1. Well, either a herd of Rev pilots are keeping quiet about attending or the mega team is going to be a micro team this year!
  2. Maybe so - but the patterns of CALL and RESPONSE may be a bit different in team flying....
  3. If the line was sleeved, it's not too hard. Just little time consuming. You should only need to shorten three lines, of course, I'd sleeve up the broken line first then match the others to that. A violin E string or thin guitar string / wire can be doubled up, poking the looped end all the way through the sleeving and used to drag the (good section of) line back through the sleeving. I've learned (from another local) that the quickest knot is the figure of eight - with both 'ends' of the sleeved loop held together as it's tied (so it is a doubled figure of eight). Some will add an extra single knot at one end of the sleeving to secure the 'free' end of the line as it exits the sleeving, but it's not really necessary if you leave a good cm or 1/4 inch excess of the flying line for future line adjustments. For now, just set the sleeving to the correct position, leaving a little line poking out the far end, ready for tying. With that one done, you just need to untie the remaining three sets, one at a time and slide the sleeving back to match the new position of the shortened line. Re-tie each, checking that the sleeving 'begins' the same place for each line before and after tying. The excess line can be trimmed away (leaving a cm / 1/4-1/2 inch excess) once you're satisfied that the lines all match. Easiest on a windless day when you can stake all lines on a single ground stake and extend all the lines, tho' I have performed 'surgery' in an hotel room, just doing the final line equalisation outside. Alternatively, if this was a 120 foot line set and the break was more than a foot or so from an end (and you have some matching line from a spool), you might be better off making up one new line to keep line lengths consistent for team flying. Hope this helps.
  4. Isn't this just the difference between hearing calls and actually acting on them?
  5. Sounds good. I know of a couple of fliers who use Sewers' Aid - which is, I think, a silicone-based lubricant for threads - run down the lines using a cotton pad or non-abrasive cloth. Quilters and needlework shops may have some.
  6. OK - so my first reply was somewhat flippant, but I hadn't really noticed any issues. Windoze lives up to its name for me: WinXP and browser-based stuff can appallingly slow regardless of the content source, but FF (5.0) on Ubuntu Linux has appeared to be consistently fast via cable Internet (I don't use an ADSL circuit). For me, the WinXP problems appear to arise from greedy applications grabbing rather more memory than is reasonable (Skype in particular), giving rise to performance issues for everything else. Maybe Windoze 7 manages memory better. Not sure if that helps, but maybe server-side issues, if any, have cleared now.
  7. That's what happens when you live in the rural extremities of the Internet. Not so much digital superhighway, more a single track branch line?
  8. Daz, What lines do you use to fly that radio mast?
  9. Simply a kite with many holes cut across the face to create the effect of extra-mega-venting. Teabag, since it looks like a teabag, with all the perforations. Most holes cut are circular, as it's easy and less likely to result in tearing at corners - sizes of holes depend on the maker! An EXP works if you have one, 1.5s are used too, but the better (= expensive) the kite, the more scary it is cutting into it. I haven't made one as I can't summon the courage to perform the surgery, but I'm sure someone can post a picture.
  10. You must have two cars, Chris. Car park email also sent, just in case I have a car that actually runs....
  11. My source of spares for a repair kit includes: Plastic cup washers - size M4. 3/8" tap washers - centre hole opened up. Rev spares available "Rev end caps - sandproof" - basically the same as the standard endcap but with the silicone rubber (?) sleeve. In packs of 2 with replacement bungee cord lengths. But its less likely that this would come off accidentally without a fair bit of persuasion!
  12. 3/8" tap washers do the job - just need to open out the centre to make a nice (push tight) fit.
  13. The event now has a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216247505075377 Not long to go now...
  14. Welcome to the Dark Side!! The 1.5SLE is a great kite. If you don't get a normal 3 or 4 wrap leading edge (the original SLEs came with a big fat tube) it would be well worth obtaining one as the slight flex (in my opinion) makes the kite much more controllable and less twitchy as the winds pick up. ...no doubt the quiver will fill soon. Oh, the other investment apart from a vented 1.5 (B or otherwise) may be the 120 foot lines if you fly team! Enjoy!!
  15. Just shows how so many community events depend on one person to make them happen. Lesson to be learned there?
  16. Sadly cannot make it - but have a great time everyone. The website appears a bit ambiguous: the red text suggests no programme for Monday, unlike the body text in black.
  17. Thanks Pete, didn't realise that was necessary - 'Neither' option now added to the second question.
  18. Located on the Dunstable Downs (near Luton / Dunstable), this year's kite festival spans the weekend of 16-17 July with a full performance programme. Limited camping facilities are available nearby (contact the Chiltern Gateway Centre for more details). It would not be unreasonable to anticipate a Megateam opportunity for Rev fliers present each day! Festival website - www.dunstablekitefestival.co.uk So - who's up for it?? Nearest SatNav postcode: LU6 2NB kitemap.org location listing
  19. Nice use of actors on the ground and very enjoyable performance all round!
  20. You've hit the nail on the head here. I tend to assume 180 as 180 up. Maybe that's just me. So a fully qualified call - in a Megateam or mixed team environment - i.e. "180 up" or "180 down" would be safest - assume nothing! Only problem comes in the leader's benefits, when not everyone ends up turning the same way half way through. I am a fan of TFS and others calling for pass-throughs as "English" or "French" - depending on direction of the rotation. Unfortunately this analogy doesn't work so well in the USA where roundabouts are relatively uncommon on the roads.... And just because the call is good doesn't mean I'll fly it right. Another favorite call is "No, the other left" to correct a routine....
  21. Now that looks like a lot of fun to try. Or should I say carnage? [Thanks for the ongoing work with animations - I'm sure we'll see most committed to video sooner or later!]
  22. Hmm - the where can I fly question throws up some suggestions: http://www.kitemap.org http://aeolian.co.uk....html#HAMPSTEAD http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/ ...but the pertinent question may be "where can I fly with others on Sunday?". If you don't get a direct response here, I'd suggest PM'ing to check that there'll be someone there that day before making a special trip (in case they're involved with the Swindon kite festival). There are a number of parks in London, but the "square mile" - City of London - is constrained with more formal (smaller) gardens, with trees but more important: horrible wind due to the surrounding buildings.
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