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Stephen Hoath

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  1. Hi there, my team (The Flying Squad) fly stacks of 7 Rev II's and they are an absolute buzz. We have been known to fly them as low as 2mph (360's are a challenge but possible) and for high winds we take 4 off and fly 3 stacks. They have been flown in demo's up to 20 mph. This year at Berck we flew a techno routine with these and tails (some one played the wrong music!) . You all NEED a stack of these. Infact, buy two and put them together and then you can fly 6 on your own (join a gym first) or split it to fly with a friend.

    Any idea of what colours you are going to do?


  2. Hi Cath, just a quick thought on the cracked rod.  In the past we have made a quick repair by stuffing the cracked end with some 6mm carbon tube, about 25mm longer than the crack should do it.   Glue this in and then use a little electrical tape on the outside.  

    Whilst this does add a little weight, it really makes little or no difference to the flying.  I still use a rod like this and I made the repair about 2 yrs ago!

    As for the other issue, I believe that you could substitute an Avia or Sky Shark tube for the broken rod but try and balance the kite up.  So for example if they have broken a down spreader then they should use the new style rod on both sides.  The same is true for the outer sections of the leading edge.  This technique has two benefits,  the flier now has a spare Rev rod and you got to sell them two new ones :wink:

    I hope this helps?

  3. If you are going to keep "dog staking" then you should get Lolly to make you a rev with their logo printed on the back and upside down.  We have been thinking about this for the team as a great deal of the time the kites are staked out on the ground leading edge down.  Nice picture though.

  4. Re replacement rods, if you really can't get hold of the real thing then Avia is the closest in stiffness to weight ratios.  However, in 10 years of flying revs in competition and demos (including 4 European titles)  you just cannot beat the real stuff.  Infact I am still using the original rods I got way back when.  I only broke one rod and that was because the megabyte tried to eat my kite!

    So the moral is, there is no substitute. but that of course is just one man's opinion :wink:

  5. The only picture I have is of the "test" we made. We are proud to be supported by Rev and fly all their kites until it hits 30mph+ then we have to fly these. If Rev were to make a kite for these strong European winds then that would be great, but I am not sure what sort of market there would be. So far we have not got around to putting wholes in a brand new vented 1.5 but that will be the next step. On a visual side, the venting gives the kite a pastel look and so using a kite with bold colours in the first place is the best option.

    I think I have attached a photo which should help give an idea of what can be done. This type of venting with an SLE spar will give good control well past 30 pmh.


  6. Bon Jour mes amis.

    I anteresting way of venting an existing kite (if you're brave enough) is to take a large soldering iron (16mm or so) an make a series of holes in it across the whole sail.  Leave a gap of 5mm between each hole for sail strength.  (If you're not confident try burning half the holes first and then if this is not sufficient, complete the others)

    This is very effective as you do not need to do any sewing and also it does not add weight to the sail.  This means that the kite is still very light and will fly in lower winds than a normal version.

    Bon courage!


  7. Thanks for this Sam,  I am afraid I am too weedy to fly a "mans" train :wink: , but  the Rev II'2 look great in a team of 4.  

    Currently we just use the back kite to host the tails.  We use 6 tails in pairs on the bottom two tips and one pair from centre of the leading edge.  This gives us the benefit on not getting tails caught in the following kite but does weird things to the back kite.

    Another question,  do you adjust the bridles on your trains at all?

  8. Has anyone successfully built a train of Rev II's?

    Next question, have you put tails on them?

    If the answer to these questions is yes then I would like to know what length stacking lines you used and if they were the same length for the whole train.

    Finally, where is the best place to anchor the tails?  On each kite or just the last one?  

    We will be flying 4 in team and so tail tangles with kites is a big issue.

  9. As with everything in life, it's not quite as simple as my friends would have you believe.

    The SLE does have a place.  Personnaly I have been "anti" SLE for some years but have recently started flying with them again.  They perform best in the mid to upper wind range of which ever kite you are using them in.  They then give a degree a rigidity that allows for very solid flying.

    However, whilst I have to agree with John ( :lol: ) I do find that the ordinary rod is far more effective in the light to medium wind range of the kite.  Therefore.  buy both and get the maximum out of your kite.


  10. Hola Jose.  I have just got back from a festival in Valencia where I was judging in the Spanish National Championships.  There were many excellent Rev pilots there and so I am sure that you will be able to find some help (in Spanish! :wink: )

    Try contacting Team Bolau (http://www.euskalnet.net/bolau/index2.htm) who I am sure will be able to give you some help.  

    Rev flying in Spain is hot stuff with some of the best flying I have seen for a while.  Keep at it and have fun.

  11. I have just got back from the kite festival in Berck-sur-Mer.  We flew a Rev mega team with 18 kites which probably looked great.  The only problem is that I was concentrating so much on not crashing that I didn't see it!

    Did any one get any decent photo's.  If so I would love to see them

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