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Redrocket

Member Since 06 Mar 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 23 2010 12:42 PM
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Slidey Foam Grips

20 July 2010 - 11:43 AM

Hello,

I have a little problem that I need to correct as soon as possible really – The foam on my handles have both become unstuck and are now sliding on the stainless bar so controlling the kite is now not as accurate as I would like. How do I correct this? Is there a suitable adhesive that doesn't cost the earth?

Thank you

Chris

Bet I'm Not the First.......

18 May 2010 - 12:44 PM

"You learn by your mistakes"……..Yep, I'll go with that. I made a biggy the other day…….oh how I laughed!

Just for the record, instead of paying a paltry £3-5 on Ebay for a line winder I decided to spend hours and hours crafting one myself out of some 6mm polycarbonate sheet that we have at work, dunno why, perhaps cause it was there? Anyway, it's big, heavy, smooth and comfy.

Right, I'm in the playing fields and don't have much time as usual, so I'm rushing a bit. I stake the handles then begin to unwind the line, and in my haste drop the winder. Because of its weight it falls quite quickly, and as it falls the rotating momentum unwinds the line……."bloody hell…..that was quick" I thought. So for the next 25m I'm not even holding the winder, I'm just walking along holding the line at waist height while the winder spins and spins releasing its line to the ground. Wow! That was a lot quicker……brilliant.

Next, I got hold of the LH and RH lines and pulled them wide apart like I usually do, fully expecting the lines to separate all the way back to the handles. The line separation reached about 5 metres from me then stopped…..bugger. Oh dear me, not good.

I guess many of you knew that would be the outcome. The spinning winder twisted the line together as well as unwinding it.

Needless to say I spent the next 30-40 minutes sorting the lines out. Then packed up and went home cause I'd run out of time………bummer. Won't be doing that again.

Thought I would share that with you lot and any brand new newbies that might fall into the same impatient trap as me.

Feel free to mock…………..

Chris

To See Or Not To See.........

19 April 2010 - 01:08 PM

Hello,

What sunglasses would you recommend?

I'm struggling at the moment – I have been out flying a few of times now and each time I have had to fly looking in the direction of that bright lad in the sky. It ain't too bad low down but being a newbie I prefer flying higher (less chance of hitting the ground). Unfortunately, flying higher forces me to look directly at the sun which is obviously bad. So I end up doing huge squints or shutting my eyes altogether which is also a bid dodgy. Hence the above question.

I'm not necessarily after a particular manufacturers name, just wondering if there was a type of lens I should be looking for?

Thanks again helpful people.

Chris

New Boy Alert!!

10 March 2010 - 02:55 PM

Hello All,

I have recently become a member of this forum. I live in Devon in England and used to fly a 'Green's kite' Delta wing stunt kite 16 or so years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. My only recent kiting is with my children's cheap single line flyers.

I have been fascinated with Revolution kites for a long time now but could never afford one. Anyway, I recently purchased an EXP from EBay for £55.00 GBP. So I was well chuffed – Came with handles and DVD but no lines. I have now supplied my own lines from a reel I had many years ago. Getting them the same length has been a challenge but I think I'm nearly there.

I have only been out few times with it, the first two were a bit of a disaster cause the lines were all wrong. The last time however, I managed to get it off the ground and it flew right above me, then I managed to land it………just before it flipped onto its leading edge…..this tends to happen too often..

Anyway, I was wondering if there are any members that live in Devon that wouldn't mind me tagging along one day just to see how it should be done………?

One more thing – is it easier to learn on longer or shorter lines?

Thank you