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Flippa

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    Johannesburg, South Africa
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    Revolution 1.5 vented

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  1. And I thought I was the only one having trouble accessing this forum through Tapatalk. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled Tapatalk on my iPhone 4, but no luck.
  2. I think its only fair that I chime in at this point and thank Steven for all his assistance on Tuesday last week. Having just got back from holiday, I haven't been frequenting the forum like I should, in order to do so. Tuesday was very much an eye opener and I had a whole lot of fun. I was introduced to one of Steven's full sail Rev's on 15 metre lines and run through the basics of setup, launch, flight, control and landing. After some exercises, I was allowed to fly on my own for a while and then introduced to my own Rev (vented) as the wind built up. There were definitely some moments where I could feel Steven wince behind me as I lost control of the Rev. I must say that I found it reasonably easy to control the Rev after only a little while. Mastery will take a whole lot longer though, I'm sure! The one thing I found was the effect that lines have on the kite is quite significant. On Tuesday, I flew with LPG 90# at 15 metres (one of Steven's many sets). On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I flew on my own set of 90kg Spectra at 30 metres in varying wind conditions. The Rev felt a lot more sluggish on my lines and didn't respond as quickly or cleanly as on the LPG, even in wind conditions that were fairly similar to Tuesday's. I'm now back in Johannesburg and, of course, there is not a breath of wind to be seen. No matter, I plan to order some LPG and go flying as soon as it arrives. I'm also considering a full sail Rev.......... Thanks again, Steven.
  3. Yip, the leaders are similar to that except there is only a single knot on the bottom. I've made up a set of bottom leaders with two knots, about 2inches total length and I'll try it this weekend and report back with pictures.
  4. Wow! Been off the forum for a day or two, then got in touch with kwmf on PM, but haven't checked this thread. I've only ever set the kite up with the three wrap frame, haven't used the SLE at all. The time I flew, there was enough wind that I could have flown my 10' Flexifoil without it falling out the sky. As I said, I could launch it off the ground, inverted to the edge of the window and either right or left before my technique failed me. I could only launch it LE up with my wife holding it in the air. I haven't had an opportunity to fly again, but I have made up some bottom leaders to give me less brake and I will be trying again this weekend. I will definitely be giving feedback on my experience. As kwmf has said, I'm meeting up with him at the end of June to get some guidance and build up my skills.
  5. Hi Khal, Kite was used, but I purchased new lines and made sure that they were equalised. Handles have long leaders on top and no leaders on the bottom. I put the top lines on the knot closest to the handle, but still really struggled to launch LE up. Got the handles right way up, thanks.
  6. Thanks guys for all the kind words and good advice. As mentioned in my first post, I wasn't able to launch the Rev from the ground with the leading edge up, even with thumbs all the way back and a sharp tug on the lines. After reading through the forums it seems I might have too much brake. If I'm correct, this means that my bottom lines are too short. I don't have any pigtails on the bottom of the handles, so I want to try some pigtails I made from 300# Dacron and see if that makes it easier. Am I correct in doing this?
  7. No, not staking the handles. Should I be?
  8. Hi B Thanks very much. We are currently getting some nice (for Johannesburg) wind. Quite gusty, but quite acceptable. I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with the Rev and building my skills.
  9. Morning all I wanted to introduce myself on this forum as I have recently acquired a Rev 1.5 SLE, vented. I have been kiting for about 20 years, mainly single and dual line. I first saw a Revolution at one of our local events in South Africa, but it's only recently that I have made the decision to get one. The winds inland are variable at best, so I'm looking to maximize my flying time in between mountain biking and my 7 week old son. I took the Rev out for its first flight yesterday and struggled to launch it upright unless my wife lofted it into the air, but was really easy to launch inverted. I have an idea why and was able to make adjustments to make it easier, but wanted to ask the expert collective first.
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