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Dayhiker

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  1. A Power Blast 2-4 or maybe an indoor? No the big kite for sure! (just a small voice out here all alone)
  2. The above three masters have taught me much in the past two years of reading their posts. While I don't have the time on the lines or the many variations of frames & sails, I do have their expert help. The journey I'm on will be long and full of kite joy. Many thanks for the thoughtful answers & also thanks to those who post the questions. I am just out here in the sticks flailing away. Solo Hill Billie Kite Flailer, SHBKF
  3. A little bit of "Kite Magic" I would say.
  4. This all makes me glad I got a Zen. I have the tool & now the rest is up to me. Thanks!
  5. I really like the look of my cool Sedgwick in the gray winter sky. Though I have acquired many others it is still my favorite Rev. The local hawks seem to be more curious about this strange bird in the air than any of my other quads. I have had as many as three hawks come by to check it out in one session. But I'm just a solo hill billie kite flailer....SHBKF
  6. I too love stacks & live in the western end of Virginia. They seem to just keep growing. Now have dedicated dualie stacks of three diamonds, five deltas, six deltas & nine diamond kites. Unfortunately no stacked Revs at this time but I have two awaiting the purchase or fabrication of link lines. I also have to come up with a bit more nerve as they are two Power Blast 2-4's.
  7. So great to read your post & feel your enthusiasm. Welcome to the Dark Side. I too have had a similar journey beginning about twenty months ago. My first attempt had some assembly issues, bridle was not attached. Tried for about an hour on my last day at beach with good wind but made little progress. Later, at home in December mountain conditions, I finally "got it" with two more hour long sessions of crashing a bit. My third Rev was a Rev 1 Sedgwick cool & it is still one of my favorites. It is a big beautiful kite flying elegantly in the sky. And that's a 1.5B mid-vent in my avatar picture, another wonderful kite. Ten Revs now & I still need just a couple more.... edit: Have changed my avatar several times. Here is the image mentioned above. & the ten Revs
  8. Hmm, only 2,733 miles & 41 hours away.....& lots of Revolution kite fliers to meet!
  9. I have done exactly that to make a quad set in order to fly in smaller areas. I wound up with five Nexus line sets when I bought five blue Nexus RTF kites that I needed to make my "Blue Meanies" stack of kites. So with some of the extra sets I made a 65' quad set & a 30' quad set & still had two dual line sets left. I really like the 65' line length as I can see what the kite is doing better & still have a good size window to fly within. The 30' quad set is fun as the kite is very close & seems huge compared to the view with a more typical 85' line length. Things happen fast with the smaller wind window of the 30' set. But the set up is quick with the shorter amount of line to unwind. I also made a quad set out of two extra 50' x 50# Prism line sets. There is much discussion about team flying so I did buy a 120' x 90# LPG set in case I ever run into a team flying opportunity. Flown that set only twice just to see what a bigger flying window was like with a Rev. But mostly I am just a solo hill billie kite flailer. SHBKF
  10. Previously listed, in order of acquisition Rev 1.5 SLE, black blue white, a gift Rev Power Blast 2-4, blue white mylar, a gift Rev 1 Sedgwick, Cool, turquoise blue lavender black Rev 1.5 B mid-vent, blue gray Rev Blast, red white blue mylar Rev 1.5 B, blue gray Rev Zen, left side blues on white, right side black & grays on white (the Dark Side) OPK from Kris Rev Power Blast 2-4, red white black, OPK from Nick Rev Power Blast 4-8, blue white mylar, a gift acquired 6/21/14 on the Summer Solstice Rev 20th Anniversary 1.5, blue white gray with autographs, OPK from Nick Dayhiker - +1(10) note: look back to post #1875 for recent edit
  11. Wow! That's more Revs than total kites I have & I thought I was getting a bit carried away....Rock on, Rock on
  12. Sound advice for sure, especially the equalization of lines. I too came from the dualie world & my heart is still there. But the pull of the Dark Side is strong. Get it in the air my friend, flail on, flail on.... SHBKF - solo hill billie kite flailer P.S. I just put mine together & figured I could fly it first time...made it about ten feet up, spun & crashed, for about an hour.
  13. Previously listed, in order of acquisition Rev 1.5 SLE, black blue white, a gift Rev Power Blast 2-4, blue white mylar, a gift Rev 1 Sedgwick, Cool, turquoise blue lavender black Rev 1.5 B mid-vent, blue gray Rev Blast, red white blue mylar Rev 1.5 B, blue gray Rev Zen, left side blues on white, right side black & grays on white (the Dark Side) OPK from Kris acquired April 2, 2014 Rev Power Blast 2-4, red white black, OPK from Nick Rev Power Blast 4-8, blue white mylar, a gift Dayhiker - +2(9)
  14. Previously listed, in order of acquisition Rev 1.5 SLE, black blue white, a gift Rev Power Blast 2-4, blue white mylar, a gift Rev 1 Sedgwick, Cool, turquoise blue lavender black Rev 1.5 B mid-vent, blue gray Rev Blast, red white blue mylar Rev 1.5 B, blue gray Kris's kite added March 28th, 2014 Rev Zen, left side blues on white, right side black & grays on white (the Dark Side) OPK Dayhiker - +1(7) (Rev Power Blast 4-8, blue white mylar, a gift, in transit, ETA early April) (Rev Power Blast 2-4, red white black, OPK from Nick, see post 1,986, due in early April)
  15. Dang, now another kite I have to try!
  16. I've been watching your progress, listening, thinking & focusing more on my own flying efforts because of your journey. Thanks CaptainBob! You are encouraging me to go even further down the path.
  17. What a dream, flying so much I'm wearing out heavy leaders, rock on, rock on.
  18. I was actually caught up with you for a week or so. But one's on the way probably next week. And send me a PM if you decide this one's too fast. Gold & Black must be striking zooming around.
  19. Previously listed, in order of acquisition Rev 1.5 SLE, black blue white Rev Power Blast 2-4, blue white mylar Rev 1 Sedgwick, Cool, turquoise blue lavender black Rev 1.5 B mid-vent, blue gray Rev Blast, red white blue mylar new kite added February 18th, 2014 Rev 1.5 B, blue gray Dayhiker - +1(6) (Rev Power Blast 4-8, blue white mylar, on order, ETA early March)
  20. Great images, very concise information. My first Rev did not have the bridle completely attached & I figured it out while on the beach a few Decembers ago. Makes me realize I should go check the kite now to see if I got it right back in the day. But didn't I have the Dark Side guiding me? early flight,second ever Rev session - expecting to crash but the SLE is tough. Just noticed I had already made knotted leaders. "There you stood on the edge of your feather, Expecting to fly." Buffalo Springfield
  21. After reading & posting on this topic I got inspired to fly my 120's today. I first flew with a 1.5B mid-vent & three wrap spars. I certainly did enjoy the larger window of the longer lines. In my typical inland changing wind I did see some sagging of lines when the wind let up. But during the mid level & higher winds I felt well connected to the kite. The stronger gusts had me at the top of the window with the lines singing their sweet whine I love so much. Next I switched to my original full sail SLE taking out the black race frame & putting in the unloved SLE. I had not used the heavy leading edge in a long time especially since getting a race frame. I noticed the window got even larger than possible with the mid-vent. I could fly locked into the power easily. I was practicing flying lazy eights in preparation for using Revs for buggy power. I suppose my skills are better than when I first flew with the SLE & I did not really have any struggle with control. I also realized that the 1.5 will be enough kite to pull a buggy on higher wind days.
  22. If you look at your bridles you will see many unsleeved knots. When you tie spectra into knots the unsleeved the knot is weaker if you use certain knots. You could use a figure eight knot with minimal concerns. The ability to untie the knot will be a problem but you can make adjustments on the other end that is still sleeved. As an old rock climbing caver I bet my life on knots many times. So I don't generally want to compromise my line. I have broken a kite line at a knot. It was part way up a 50# line & even though I saw it, I could not get it loose without damaging the line. It broke in a strong gust. You can tease knots apart with a common pin but the 50# spectra is very fine. Some people use 90# as a minimum.
  23. When I unroll my old Skybond 150's it takes so long I almost forget what I'm out there doing. I did get a set of LPG quad 90# x 120's based on the large window idea & hope of team flying someday. But have actually only tried them once as I am a solo hill billie flyer.
  24. So as my experience grows I can change from "Fly em till they break." to "Fly em till they're rags." Rock on.
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