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  • Birthday 04/10/1951

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    Schaumburg, IL, USA (Chicago nw suburb)
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    kites, fishing, fossils, target shooting
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    revs, my home-mades, and anything else with more than 0 lines

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  1. Call Lolly at Revolution Kites and ask.
  2. You won't get much more out of the stock set-up. It designed to prevent total failure on the part of a first-timer without experienced advice and physical help during set-up and first flights. Once you're comfortable with assembly, line layout, launch and basic flight like turns, circles, figures of eight, etc., it's time for longer top leaders (search leaders on this forum) so you can add brake. This will increase control of reverse flight and inverted hover. You'll still need many more hours of time on the lines before you master these two VERY basic moves, but once you're comfy with them, everything else will be much easier to learn. Smile, have fun, and don't forget to breathe.
  3. Try to fly in 5-10 mph wind until you have very good control. If you're fighting to stay airborne you're not developing the muscle memory to gain control of the kite's movement. Flying in less than ideal wind as a beginner makes it take longer to learn the basics, and you may pick up bad habits you'll have to unlearn later. Watch the video tutorials and know they are GOSPEL. Especially tuning basics -- use as much brake as you can and still lift off.
  4. In the days before the springs and reflex everyone flew without them. You can fly with or without. They change the flight characteristics in some ways. Try it. The difference is not HUGE, but is more noticeable as you gain experience. The main difference is how the kite "floats" as you gain ground inverted, and being able to hover closer to the edge of the wind window. It does slow down some tricks and its desirability depends on your flying style. It does help beginners a bit with control as it makes the kite a bit less "squirrely" by slowing down its response to changes in wind speed. This can also be accomplished by additional brake in the tuning. The reflex does it without diminishing forward drive from inputs. It slows down the onset of "squirrely" but not its intensity if the gust persists. If this is a bit hard to wrap your brain around just give it time. It will become plain as you spend more time flying.
  5. If they are the same inside diameter they should be fine. I would use two or three wraps of 3/4" painters' tape to reinforce the end so you don't splinter the tube. Do the newer tubes have reinforced tips? I think the new tubes are a larger diameter and the caps may not fit inside. The old tubes are 1/4" ID. New tubes are 5/16", I think.
  6. 5-10 mph is ideal for a beginner. As mentioned you can't learn good control if you are struggling to just stay airborne. Also, low wind flying requires proper tuning which again requires more hands-on experience and additional brake (lines further out on the top knots) which is difficult to wrap your head around until you understand that the closer to perpendicular the sail gets to the direction of the wind, the more force it applies to the sail -- which is what keeps the kite in the air. Flying with maximum brake is difficult for beginners because the kite must be told what to do as opposed to moving forward on its own. You must have replaced the original leaders on the handles with extended ones in order to use maximum possible brake settings, so some equipment modification is necessary. The standard factory leaders are made shorter so the beginner (who seldom reads directions because "who doesn't know how to fly a kite", right?) can get the kite off the ground without struggling. Low wind flying is an "acquired" taste -- something you get used to by putting in the time. There is no magic equipment to buy which will make it happen immediately. The right equipment helps buy does not take the place of time on the lines. Get or make extended leaders for the handles and fly in wind that you don't struggle in. The low-wind thing will happen in time. Fly with experienced flyers as often as possible. They'll shave dozens of hours from the learning curve. Dunstable Downs sees a lot of quad-line kites I hear. Good luck -- have fun, smile, and don't forget to breathe.
  7. Watch this video. https://youtu.be/cUWqOD1YBf8
  8. Your video link doesn't work for me.
  9. Cool, because the rest of us have no idea which John you meant. Many other people make similar stakes, including the Chinese. I know this one guy, John, who uses a rusty screwdriver, but I'm guessing you already knew where to find those.
  10. Ask John. I'm sure he knows.
  11. If I absolutely had to, I could get by on a standard sail, a full vent and a roll of masking tape, as I did for a couple of years when starting out.
  12. makatakam

    Lines

    He likes driving a Ferrari at bicycle speed. The really short 75 foot lines make the kite too fast for him to handle, I guess. Like the rest of us his likes will probably change with time.
  13. makatakam

    Lines

    No, I meant let the top lines out on the leaders or bring the bottom lines in. In other words, make the tops longer or the bottom shorter, or a combination of both, so that the wing's angle of attack is reduced. The wind will never put 520kg of pull on the kite. If you tilt the top of the kite away from you by adjusting the leaders it will stop the kite from shooting away. With 130kg lines you are using a medium cannon to kill a fly. Even with 45kg lines it's still overkill.
  14. makatakam

    Lines

    41kg/90lb lines are more than enough for the B2. 45kg/100lb are also used by some pilots. The B2 is fast but can be controlled easily by using more brake. More brake slows it down about 10% but more importantly it reduces the kite's ability to "run away" from you everytime a gust of wind hits it. The additional brake is what makes the "JB control level" possible. Heavier lines will slow it down, but 150kg lines on a B2 is like using a cannon to kill a fly.
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