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#1 JohnC

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:02 AM

I have a couple of Rev 1.5 kites and have been looking for a travel frame so that I can take them on holiday with me. Unfortunately, nobody in the UK seems to have travel frames in stock.

 

Can I buy additional ferrules, and "carefully" chop up one set of my ultra-lights? I have a Dremel cutting wheel.

 

Maybe there is another solution?

 

All the best

 

John

 



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:56 AM

I sent you a pm You can order them in the UK
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

I did phone some obvious places today. They are going to order some, sometime. I was hoping for a solution within 10 days. Thanks for responding. John

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:29 AM

A posting awhile back mentioned about fitting the 1.5 rods in a suitcase diagonally, once you are where you are going put the rods in the sail and put the kites in the sleeves, when you go home just reverse that process.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:19 PM

John, Took me about 3 to 4 weeks to get from a reputable dealer in the UK. Guess its not a stock line here in UK. Best of luck. Terry

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:56 AM

Thanks for all your replies and suggestions. 
I tend to use a soft bag when traveling, so there is not much hope of getting the spars in there.
I have taken the spars as hand luggage in a clear polythene sleeve, and security were OK about them. However, I was more worried that the budget airline staff were going to pull me over and demand payment for oversize luggage. 
Anyway, I ended up getting some Xxxxx P300 tubes, and ferrules, and cutting them to size with my Dremel. I am no expert (significant understatement), so I can't really say how they compare with the real thing, but they did take my vented 1.5 aloft in a 15 mph breeze.
 
BTW. How do you get them out of the leading edge ?  Next time I am thinking that I will send a piece of string through with the first section so that I can use it to drag the whole lot out when I have finished flying, or maybe I will tape the pairs of sections together, so that while I am away i just treat them like normal spars.
 
All the best
John


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:37 AM

How to get them out of the leading edge? Hahaha! there's even a training vid on that subject! By slightly bending the rod at the same time you are pulling them out they tend to stay together, put 2 rods together outside of the kite then take them apart by pulling them straight apart, it's easy, now put them together and try pulling them apart by grabbing the far ends of each rod and bending the rods slightly, not so easy to come apart, right?






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