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  1. my 3rd time of flying and got my mate to record some stops. Slowly getting there but need more practice on other flight controls. cant seem to embed video so here is the link
  2. I finally came to a decision my JB 1.5 arrived and i had my first flight today, surprisingly it went very well. After a few errors of pulling on it like it was a 2liner, i got the hang and feel of the controls and was improving all the time. I even managed to pull off the inverted dive stop (if that's what its called) done this quite a few times and then reverse it spin and fly off. I just love the way this kite handles and what is possible Some moments i had a few difficulties but this was down to over-input which i soon figured out and then concentrated on being smooth and gentle to give me time to feel the kite during flight and see what effect pulling on any of the 4 lines had in effect to its movement. Shame it goes dark so early here as all i want to do is get back out there and fly some more, i am looking forward to many hours of flight and refining my skills to get to a high level of revving.
  3. Thanks for the replies, John you hit the nail on the head when you say it forced you to learn to respond quickly. That's just it, its going to be less forgiving but you will soon learn faster and because of this have a much better feel for absolute control from the start. I dont expect flying any rev to be easy but i have a mental lesson plan in my head, it may turn out that i am pretty good flying a rev or not but either way i will still follow my plan to get me to learn and take in the control and response feelings before i progress any further. Also agree what you say about the power window, coming from having a few powerkites of similar size to a rev, i first learned in strong winds that if you stuck it in the power zone straight away everything goes out the window and either me or the kite ended up on the floor, but by learing out the main window and getting a feel for the reaction and gradually building up helped immensly when i progressed to stronger winds. Whichever Rev i buy it wont be sat on the shelf gathering dust, im a sucker for punishment and i will simply put in as many hours as possible until i can fly it to a good standard with the idea of getting to a high level in control and tricks. In my head i'm comparing my old slowish family car to my new sports car, they both have the exact same control inputs, they both drive the same if im slow and steady, but if i'm overly rash then the sports car becomes a handful and becomes difficult to drive I don't intend to fly team only solo for me really, im sure i will end up buying more revs, so can pick up a 1.5 or other in the future. baloo yes they are expensive at £250 well yes compared to say a £20 2line stunt kite. Compare it to other things like cinema or pub, spending £10-£15 for about 2 hours of enjoyment, which means i only have to Fly the rev for 25 hours and its paid for itself in entertainment. I have come to the conclusion there is no wrong choice, it just depends from what i want to get out of it and how determined i am. Will keep you updated on the progress Regards CaLi
  4. I have been looking at getting a Rev for quite some time and finally and spent quite some time trawling the internet. In the end i decided to order a b2 online. Unfortunately the colour i ordered was out of stock and the retailer also wanted to discuss the suitability for me as i will be new to flying a rev. He did not recommend the b2 for me and suggested a 1.5 or 1.5SLE as they are more versatile? and its also whats the majority fly. From the things i reading i cant work out why a b2 would not be as suitable for a beginner. From what i gather, because of the shorter wingspan and different LE's the b2 is going to be faster and therefore more difficult to learn. Seeing at the b2 is fairly new i was expecting to hear the majority of people to be flying a 1.5 or another model that's been around longer. On an older thread on here John had said this about the b series "It's not harder, it's exactly the same controls, just smoother and more precise." i presume this statement would include the b2? The angle I'm looking at this is, how many people recently have tried to start flying revs with the much newer b2 if most people automatically recommend the 1.5 because its somewhat the norm. Is there anyone who has made this jump from 1.5 to a b2 and can honestly think back to when they first began flying and say that a b2 would have been a bad decision as a starting point? I know flying a rev is going to be difficult and alot if it comes down to the user and not the kite, some people learn faster than other and some people also have a natural feel for things and are able to improve more rapidly. Would appreciate opinions on if i should take the kite dealers advice or that i go with the b2, but with me having no starting point both are going to seem difficult and it would then come down to my persistence to master the model i chose anyway. Regards CaLi
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