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Jim Foster

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  1. There is a registration tent where you will sign up. They will give you an AKA band to get you on the field and make you a name tag.
  2. Lynn and I are ready to fly mega team and grid as we did with you and others in Berck last April. So much fun making figures like the car and others. Anyone else up for something new and different at WSIKF? Bring your 120s and join in. So easy and so much fun. Cheers, Jim and Lynn
  3. We are on our way. Will be nice to fly with you. Cheers, Jim and Lynn
  4. To make life a little easier, I am using 3/4" wide Scotch tape around the joints making the 10 travel spars into 3 with no ferrules on the end and 2 with a ferrule on one end. I did this on our first day of our stay in Berck, and removed the tape before moving on. Also, we removed the covers from two kites and used them keep two sets of one type of spar each. Seems lots easier than dealing with 10 little pieces, or in our case, 40 little pieces. This is working well for us
  5. Offer stil open. WSIKF maybe? Cheers, Jim
  6. We had a meeting to go to Thursday morning, but to heck with that. We're going flying.......... See you in the morning.
  7. We'll be there Thursday after lunch, unless something really good or really bad happens.
  8. I'm in if you like. We plan to be there starting Thursday afternoon. Don't know what time Kent will arrive.
  9. A few years ago at Kite Party, there were 18 of us flying together on 75' lines. Much of the time it was a traffic jam, but we had loads of fun. "Don't try this at home"
  10. I do not extend the tape over the vent screen.
  11. Ben We first met you at WSIKF 2003 before we were even flying as a pair. Don't know how many festivals and other gatherings at which our paths have crossed over the past 11+ years, but it's been many. As noted before, you have introduced many things to the Rev family, of which, you will always be a part. Some will say "We'll miss you Ben", but we would rather say "See you on the beach or at the park." Best wishes and good fortune in whatever you do. Cheers, Jim and Lynn WSIKF August 21, 2003
  12. Right Bend them to your liking, make leaders with plenty of adjustment, and fly with a length that suits you for the kite and wind conditions. We have been flying on 13" handles for years, but I'm about to make two sets of 14s. Flew a little at WSIKF on someones 14s and liked them a lot. 15s are a little quick for our liking.
  13. The longer handles require less input to the kite. They allow the kite to be be controlled at greater angles to the wind. Some may take issue with my answer to the second part of your question. The bend angle, geometrically, makes no difference at all. Any difference in the bend angle can be compensated for by the length of the pig tails at each end of the handle. Think about it. If the handle was straight, you would want short pigtails on the top, and very long pigtails on the bottom. If the handle had a 90 degree bend in the middle, below the grip, you would want very long pigtails on the top and very short pigtails on the bottom. The distance between the top and bottom pigtails is what controls the amount of input required to control the kite. I had Mr. Hunt for geometry. We fly with fairly long pigtails on both ends of the handle, allowing nearly infinite adjustment of the angle of the grip portion of the handle. In very high winds, we keep the grip as close as possible to a neutral position to ease strain on our wrists.
  14. The three vent NYM venting is 312 sq in. "B" full vent is 335 sq in. Pro Xtra vent is 488 sq in.
  15. What Paul said. Cheers, Jim
  16. You have received loads of good advice here. The best is the invitation to go learn to fly on August 9th. The Bay Area fliers are a great group. Attending such an event will save you more time and frustration than you could ever imagine. It's nice that you were so motivated by the team flying at Berkeley. My wife Lynn and I (Kite Kids) were fortunate to be able to make Berkeley this year and fly several demos, as well as fly with our friends Carol and Cass Pittman as Kids at Heart and then the four of us teamed up with Jeannette and Mark Lummas, and Ron Despojado (Too Much Fun) flying as "The Magnificent Seven". What fun we had, and, giving someone else the inspiration to take up this fun hobby makes it all worth while. Enjoy! Cheers, Jim and Lynn Foster
  17. Actually, July 31. Several Rev fliers are due to arrive in Long Beach the first week of August or thereabout. At least six. Hey, it's a long way to go for only a week. Besides that, it's a nice place to be. A month affords plenty of time to fly even if there are a few days of poor weather.
  18. Who is coming to WSIKF to fly Revs? Lynn and I will be in Long Beach starting August 1st. Please post the days you will be at WSIKF. Trying to get a handle on how many will be there. Cheers, Jim
  19. WOW! Jim and Lynn
  20. That's kind of like asking a golfer to select only one club. It depends on the wind where you fly the most. We flew for several years with non-vented kites, then we added a full vent (2 on each side), then an Extra Vent (4 on each side) then the mid-vent (one on each side). Only you can make the decision, but I would start off with a non-vented kite with 3 wrap spars. That will get you in the air most of the time. I say that because that's what we did and it worked well for us. Some prefer to fly alone, but flying together is great fun for us. Flying with a group is more fun than one should have without buying a ticket.
  21. Percy Lynn and I each have a full sail, single vent and two vent New York Minutes. We got them to use as team kites. They fly very well. For heavy wind we fly Extra Vent by Bazzer. We love to fly vented Revs as they are so smooth. As for women flying Revs, some of the best fliers are women. I am blessed that Lynn has the same interests that I have.
  22. Percy Follow Mike's great advice. We have flown with Mike for many years. He knows what he is talking about. Stick with the 1.5, you will never regret it. The New York Minute full sail or single vent (depending on your wind conditions) should work for you. A non vented and a two vent along with a race frame to use with the non vented sail in light winds should allow you to fly in just about any wind condition except very high winds. With regard to your back, my wife has scolioses, perhaps not to the degree you do, but she flies Revs right along with the best, and for hours at a time. Go for it..............and welcome to the Rev Forum
  23. We use 3 or 4, depending on the wind. Don't want the kite too stiff, but don't want so much bend in the leading edge either.
  24. I would strongly suggest 100 or 120 for two reasons. 1. Line sets last a long time, especially if you are flying alone. It should be a long time before you will need to replace your 80s. 2. When you do start flying with others, you will need 120s or 100s. We use both as most people we fly with carry both. If only of the two, 120s would be the best choice. We use 100s when there are only up to four or maybe six, or when wind or space are low. Flying in larger groups or in large spaces 120s provide more sky in which to play. Nothing cut in stone here, just the way we fly.
  25. Wayne I sure would if I could. Cheers, Jim
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