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Bill Watson

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  1. Here's a couple more I put together this afternoon.

    I modified the design, you can see I removed the nut and washer for a smoother finish. I measured how many threads would go into the beer tap and then cut the bolt so it only had that many threads. Then I coated both the internal threads on the beer tap and the threads on the bolt with thread lock.

    I like the results.


    Well, well. I have been wanting to make a couple stakes using beer tap handles, and recently scored a couple.

    Can you please tell me what type of bolts you used and where you found them?

    I'd like to make a couple for Christmas gifts.



  2. I have to note that those seem an odd color choice for someone from Columbus, OH.

    I thought that Maize and Blue were forbidden colors down there. laugh.gif

    Oh my gosh! I hadn't thought about that! :o

    My lovely wife chose the colors. Said she wanted something different from my red, white and black colors.

    Guess I had better burn them!


  3. The problem is that while I absolutely love flying my rev, Ohio winds do not love me. Having the misfortune of being in the Ohio miami valley I am constantly faced with having little to no winds. Likewise, I know that the SUL's are rated approximately 1-10 mph winds, but it isn't uncommon for the winds around here to just STOP entirely.

    Hello fellow Ohio guy!

    I feel your pain regarding Ohio winds! LOL

    Not sure where you are located, but if you can make it to Columbus, there is a group of us that get together pretty much every weekend here. There are at least three, and many times as many of six that fly together. We would be happy to have you join us any time at all.

    Our group consists of "REV-O-Holics" of every skill level too. :) Several are very good fliers, One who is just starting out, and a couple of us who have been at it for around a year (Me included). We have a blast together!

    We all just watch the weekend weather forecasts and decide whether to get together on Saturday or Sunday each week.

    If you are interested in getting together, shoot me an email and we'll work out some details.



  4. I would weigh in with antman on this topic.

    I have a very early rev that I love, but not crazy about the color (faded hot pink and blue).

    On a very limited income, and would dearly love to own a Pro.

    Anyone who happened to notice any sort of minor printing flaws would get a complete explanation and the handles for a bit. :blue-grin:

  5. I'd recommend creating an edge binding area around the parameter of the venting cut-out to proper size first,

    (say a 1/4 inch or 3/8 on each side, use 9460 (3M's product) bonding tape under the folded-over ripstop layer,

    then sewing thru that first layer, say with a couple rows of straight stitching, once from each side.

    place this finished assembly behind the sail, sew it down with an appropriate width of zig-zag stitching all the way around

    then carefully front-cut away the sail's ripstop material where it covers the venting (to open it up)

    you don't need to fold-over the venting into the sail, just insure it's captured and permanent after installation efforts are completed.

    That makes perfect sense, thanks!

    Think I'll try that instead of hot cutting holes.

    Thanks again for the help!

  6. If you have access to a sewing machine and some plastic screen from Home Depot, you can vent your EXP the same way Revolution vents the factory vented revs. Sew the screen to the back of the sail and cut the ripstop from the front.

    We have done it on several kites and it works out just fine.

    Hi Jim,

    I do sew a little, and thought about your suggestion.

    What I wondered about, was how exactly the screen would get sewn on. It seemed like the screen/ripstop seam should get folded some how, as opposed to just a lap type seam.

    I've done some "cut-a-way" applique with ripstop which sounds like what you are suggesting.

    Did you just use a simple lap seam, or did you fold the edges of the screen over before sewing, or...or...



  7. Hello all,

    I'm seriously thinking of takeing a hot knife to ripstop and vent an EXP as several here have done by cutting holes. (Gulp). They would be hot cut using a soldering iron.

    Before I do though, I wonder if anyone who has done so might give an update on how things have performed, both in flight and durability?

    I really could use a vented, have a very limited income and have this EXP available. But don't want to wreck a perfectly fine kite! LOL

    Any feedback sure would be appreciated!



  8. That you William? I recognize the O2BKYTN from the KB forum. Welcome to the dark side, it goes very well the light side of SLKs cool.gif

    Thanks all for the welcomes and advice . :)

    @nckiter, yup, one and the same.

    @ makatakam, Good advice. I'm starting to get that now. The "flying all over the place" is exactly what I had been doing until recently.

    Havin' a ball so far. The over compensation thing is still a challange, but starting to get the feel.

    My "coach" is great. Her patience is amazing. lol.

    She was a member of the "Captain Eddys Flying Circus" team until Al Hargas passed away, and is detrmined to help me get up to speed and start another team.

    I have a loooong way to go, but with her help, I may just get there eventually.

  9. New Rev flier from Columbus, Ohio.

    Lucky enough to meet a very experienced Rev flier, and begin the journey to control.

    My biggest challange right now is learning to not over control/compensate!! Made some pretty good progress with that yesterday, and starting to feel like there is some small amount of control developing. (Thank you Vicki!)

    Really enjoying the forum discussions here, and can't wait to get back out there!!

    Practice, practice and more practice needed! :)

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