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#141 Captainbob

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:04 PM

There was light wind at my local field today, so I got out the Rev 1.5 Std, and flew it a couple of hours.  I tried the things I did Sunday  on the B mid vent with the magic sticks installed, and it was like night and day.  Kept flipping the wing while trying to fly in reverse, while I had no problems  doing the same thing this past   Sunday  with the magic sticks, at a much faster speed by the way. Same thing with inverted hover, easy with the magic sticks, more difficult without. Walking back and forth to the kite, staking, etc... thanks but no thanks. When I got back to the house, I called Flying Smiles Kites, and ordered another 16" kit for my standard Rev.  

 

While I was on the phone, Eliot gave me a good tip that he said Cath had  told him about.  When finished flying, and taking  the magic sticks off, to keep from losing one of them, just place them on the leading edge, under one of the bungee cords, before rolling up the Rev.  Keeps them securely in place, and they won't fall out or get lost.    


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 09:40 PM

Learn sumthing new ever day, I've always used Velcro to keep the kite from unrolling

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 03:54 AM

Put the second set of Magic Sticks on my ReV SLE with the race rods in it this morning . As I suspected, after flying it for about 3 hours today,  it lost the rubbery feeling that I experienced with the Race Rods, and seemed more solid. Flipping the wing was reduced greatly, compared to before the Magic Sticks. Same improvement in reverse flight and inverted hovering. I'm sold on the Magic Sticks and will put them on any new Rev i get. 


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:35 AM

I feel the same way after putting quad sticks on two of my revs.  No death spins, inverted from ground to top. What a joy.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 03:02 PM

I feel the same way after putting quad sticks on two of my revs.  No death spins, inverted from ground to top. What a joy.

 

Like going from a car without power steering and brakes, to one with.  


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:45 AM

At least my favorite revs, all have those sissy sticks. I find them pleasurable on verything except a stack

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:06 PM

I feel the same way after putting quad sticks on two of my revs.  No death spins, inverted from ground to top. What a joy.

 

Personally I had no issue with either once my hands learned the required control ... but better a kite that you can fly than one you're frustrated with :)



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:48 AM

Quad sticks maybe just a learning tool. I know it will be easier to set up without the sticks.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:21 AM

Quad sticks maybe just a learning tool. I know it will be easier to set up without the sticks.

 

Added time to set up Rev with quad sticks, 30 seconds, insert two sticks and your done.  Time saved by not having to stake kite and walking back and forth between kite and stakes, is enormous. 


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:29 AM

Once the sticks are installed...it is really no more time and effort involved.
I do see a learning curve change with sticks.the classic "training wheel".a light wind glide a different characteristics. On a good or mild wind day, my only benefits are recovery and slack line "storage" of the kite on the ground when not on use. I will continue flying them and will have a kite with a set for learners and roll up tricks... but still prefer my kites without them.
Just my flavor for now..
 

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 09:11 AM

It's been nearly a year since I modded my SUL so I thought I'd put a few findings down.

1.5 SUL with Icarex sail but lighter leading edge pocket.
Diamond frame
16 inch Magic Sticks
French Bridle
15 inch No-Snag handles

Not going to change a single thing. All these mods summed up in a word. Confidence. Lighter frame supported front and back gives a bigger wind range, 0 to past 10mph! Out of this world glides. Enough flex when I need it. Having a redistributed mass opens up some slicker moves, Axel to 2 point landing just looks awesome and crisp. Reverse flight characteristics, I can fly all over in reverse and push it right to the limit with absolute confidence. The extra 30 seconds of set up is repaid in that first slow majestic glide.

All in all, I have built this "little zen". Soft, graceful and floaty while still being nimble and frisky.

My B2 Std now with sticks just makes me stupid happy.

Big thanks to Paul for the counsel and guidance.

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Decided to try some on the Zen - still in testing mode! Weather has drove me indoors, so not much airtime outdoors to give you any real idea of like/dislike! Does seem like the frame stays stiffer with them, but I also use a hybrid frame with mine! 

 

Anyway - jury still out!!!


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 09:28 AM

That Zen will fly wet Wayne, you're new indoor kite hasn't arrived yet, get back outside before the frost



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Posted 29 November 2014 - 09:49 AM

New kite did arrive and got it's maiden flight at my 3rd annual "Black Friday" fly! Loved it! Links to pix are on another thread, but you need to be on Facebook to see them.  ani_giveup.gif

 

Kite may fly wet - Me - not so much!!  ani_wallbash.gif


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