If you have seen all of JB's videos there is little extra that the DVD add.
I would definitely recommend making up longer top leaders on your handles, it makes life so much easier. You can use any old string within reason or even untie the top leader and reuse it as a single rather than double. The extra length on the top (brakes) slow the kite down which might make launching harder but make the kite easier to fly.
You might try your first flight(s) using the SLE but the 3 wraps are not that fragile.
Good luck with your first flights. You might consider taking JB's tutorials with you if you are able.
There are a couple of members in the north of Hampshire. I am based in Portsmouth. I usually fly at Port Solent unless the wind is from the north when I fly on the top of Portsdown hill. If you want to meet up then drop me a pm. I have a few revs so you can try some out if you have not got yours yet.
I am afraid that I am not that good a flier. I have been over at Stokes Bay at Gosport but each time I go I am the only Rev flier. The Hampshire Hoverers Jonesey, Sailor, Hippy Chippy and Yrma seem to be rather quiet at the moment. I have yet to fly with them. There may well be some Rev fliers at the Jolly Up at Basingstoke this weekend, 27th to 28th, it does not look like I am going to get there.
Also there is the Portsmouth international kite festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend as well as the Basingstoke and Southampton kite festivals in June.
Revolution 1.5 B Series Vented Package can I install or remove vents for standard, mid or full vent?
I think that the answer you are looking for is as follows:-
The Revolution 1.5 B Series Vented Package consists of a single sail with four vented panels, two on each side, with two sets of frames which are approx 6mm diameter. One set of frames is made of 4 wrap carbon and may be marked with 4 feathers - it is the strongest commonly used Rev 1.5 frame in the 6mm range (Revolution also made/make the 12mm diameter frames SLEs (Super Leading Edge) which are even stronger but are not used much as they do not flex and hinder the 1.5's performance). The second set of frames is made of 3 wrap carbon and may be marked with three feathers - it is lighter and more flexible than the 4 wrap.
The wind ranges are the recommended ranges for the vented sail with the 3 wrap frame - 5-20mph, 4 wrap frame - 6-30mph, and using the 4 wrap frame in the leading edge with the end connectors and the 3 wrap frame also inserted into the leading edge pocket (it is a snug fit) 10-45 mph.
It is possible to use 2 wrap in a Full Vent -or even race rods (another type of 6mm carbon frame made by Revolution) to improve the low wind performance.
You could use the fatter SLE frame and possibly increase the high wind range but I will probably be tarred and feathered for making such a suggestion as many regard the SLE being only useful for growing tomatoes.
All of the 1.5 range kites use identical frames and you can mix and match.
The JB packages come with two complete frames the Standard sail and the Mid-vent (two vented panels one on each side) come with 2 wrap and 3 wrap, the Full Vent as above comes with 3 wrap and 4 wrap.
The SLEs used to come with a SLE (12mm) Leading edge of I believe 3 wrap and 3 wrap uprights, more recently SLEs have been supplied with both SLE and 6mm leading edges in 3 wrap.
Some dealers will allow you to change the type of frames supplied with the packages.
If you buy a JB standard and JB Full Vent you will have two sails (Standard and Full Vent) and one set of 2 wraps, two sets of 3 wraps, and one set of 4 wraps.
A well equipped flier will probably have standard, Mid-Vent, and Full Vent sails with race, 2, 3 and 4 wrap frames and will choose the combination of sail and frame to match the conditions.
A mid-vent is really a luxury but venting does help smooth out lumpy winds, the normal purchase route is Standard, then Full Vent, then Mid-Vent, then SUL, then a Rev1, then a Zen then.......
I think this difference may come from the age of your rods. I remember hearing not long ago, that Rev switched to hollow ferrules in all rods claiming that they are as strong as the solid ones. Granted, I have not looked into this much, but you tend to hear things while living in a kite shop.
Ben posted about the new hollow ground ferrules that Revolution were introducing on the 18th November 2011.