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Felix Mottram

Member Since 03 Sep 2007
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#94584 Berck 2K14

Posted by Felix Mottram on 13 March 2014 - 09:37 AM

Decs will be there 17th - 20th April



#94160 What's your favourite Zen set up?

Posted by Felix Mottram on 29 December 2013 - 09:50 AM

The ZEN is big and slower. For one who learned to fly on a REV 1.5, you will have a lot to get use to. I learned on a REV I, long before a REV 1.5 was available.

50# lines are too light for ZEN unless your into zero wind flying.

Line length for starters, use lines in the range of 80-100 ft. Later you can use the shorter lines with ease.

Experiment with different rods. The most beautiful rods are unquestionably the ZEN rods. However I prefer using in general the green race rods. Also the normal 3 wrap rod I find is quite nice.


For those of us who started on the Rev1 the Zen offers additional sail area and so further 'stability' and light wind viability but compared to the 1.5 sails the 'turning' speed is slow. The 1.5 flier is likely to pull the larger sail out of the air rather than 'wait' for the kite to complete the turn.  The Decs preferred the larger sails in order to 'fill the sky' and so would often fly to the upper wind limits rather than taking the easier option of the smaller sail... 



#94128 Weather

Posted by Felix Mottram on 17 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

This looks like an interesting link.  Obviously local onshore breezes would not register...





#94084 Flying at Miami Beach

Posted by Felix Mottram on 10 December 2013 - 09:09 AM

Final fly this morning. Silky smooth breeze again off the sea


#94079 Flying at Miami Beach

Posted by Felix Mottram on 07 December 2013 - 08:34 AM

A great fly this morning. Thanks Rich...

#94025 It's Here!

Posted by Felix Mottram on 24 November 2013 - 11:11 AM



I am not sure that I understand your anxiety.  I have been happy to help here and on the field.  Ashley and Rowan (my sons) both decided to fly Revolution Kites without any influence/pressure from me!  Ashley is calling the team of late...



#94017 It's Here!

Posted by Felix Mottram on 23 November 2013 - 03:49 AM

Hmmm!!  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance comes to mind here...



#93786 My first Kite...1 line, 2 line 4 line?

Posted by Felix Mottram on 13 October 2013 - 09:21 AM

Ok Felix, I have done my first bit of research and I now know about Zen and The Robertshaw versions, but what are diamond spars, I have read about the Race ones, but not the diamond



Diamond rods are just out! All the info is here in the forum so far! I see you've looked at both of the "bigger" models (Rev 1 sized), have you looked at anything smaller? The 1.5 size has had almost all the modifications thrown it's way and is probably the most used platform by Revheads! The bigger and smaller sizes are compliments to that size! Worth a look!!ani_idea.gif


Ben at Revolution keeps on developing new spars <grins> and it is quite hard to keep up and fully appreciate the characteristics of each new rod.  The Diamond rods do seem to have considerable advantages over the race rods in light wind flying with the 1.5 sail.  I have not tried them in the smaller or larger sail sizes at this stage.



#93674 My thoughts on the new Diamond rods

Posted by Felix Mottram on 05 October 2013 - 05:10 AM

Hahahahahaha.....that didn't take long!


I just did a very simple 'test' of the Race and Diamond spars.  Holding both spars firmly/partially on a table top I deflected both by the same amount and listened to the frequency of the vibrations.  I could not verify the actual force of the deflection but the pitch of vibration suggests that the Diamond rod returns to neutral much more quickly than the standard race by virtue of pitch of vibration.  <grins>



#93610 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by Felix Mottram on 26 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

These items are great tubes for tough conditions, worked well in low wind and can take a beating when others were using Green Race frames I stayed on Diamonds


I can't wait to get my travel set for another round of comparisons


Thanks for the observation.  I hate testing to destruction so it is good to know there is some leeway.  I handed my kite with the diamond rods to an inexperieced flier last Sunday and was impressed to see him cope with team flying in low wind conditions.



#93570 Flying at Miami Beach

Posted by Felix Mottram on 20 September 2013 - 02:09 PM

Those will work!


Hi Rich,


We will be flying in on 1st December.  The first few days we'll be working from 8:00am but when the event opens there will be flying time in the morning...


It's Art Basel Miami!



#93566 Flying at Miami Beach

Posted by Felix Mottram on 20 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

Does anyone know local regulations for Beach flying close to the National Hotel in Miami Beach?


I will be there for 10 days at the beginning of December on a work based trip so it would be good to know what is possible.  Jacob will be there as well so if there are local fliers maybe we could arrange an early morning gig!




PS We will be staying close to the convention centre!

#93494 iQuad 4th September 2013

Posted by Felix Mottram on 04 September 2013 - 11:05 PM

I'm hoping it's only temporary. Each member should form a new team. Imagine the possibilities.

If only it was that simple.  Forming a team is far from trivial.  A mix of circumstance, vision and luck comes into play.  The Decorators were lucky to find a 'graphical' identity in Jørgen Møeller Hansen's designs for the Revolution and othe kites that the team flies.

#93399 Headed To WSKIF To Be 100 Strong

Posted by Felix Mottram on 16 August 2013 - 05:01 AM

We'll be watching closely how things develop through the week and especially the main attempts at the end of the week.


We may be doing some 'super 16' stuff at Portsmouth...



#93279 Revolution 25th Anniversary - 100 strong at WSIKF! (Aug 19-24, 2013)

Posted by Felix Mottram on 20 July 2013 - 08:22 AM

Map from PDX to Long Beach. Follow the blue line:




Please note and don't think it strange that you cross the Mighty Columbia River 3 times.... smile.png

I have travelled from SeaTac/Seattle to Long Beach enough times to memorise the route.


Just wish I was doing it this year...