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In Topic: Megafly Scheveningen 2012

03 October 2011 - 05:47 AM

I'm in.Posted Image

In Topic: Portsmouth 2011

05 September 2011 - 09:57 AM

A little video of some of the teams practicing at Portsmouth together. With multi-lingual calling from Mr. Hoath.

In Topic: Which should I have for first timer

01 September 2011 - 01:10 AM

Thanks for the info guys lots for me think over......

I think I will go for the 1.5 B series, am I right in saying the B means John barresi range?
Is the main difference between a B and an exp just precision control and is the B really worth the extra coin.

Yes, it is a better flying kite, more snappy and precise. Also, when you take into account you get two types of frame (a frame is about 75 retail) and a better layout of panels with more stitching involved, then it looks like a bargain compared to an SLE or EXP.

You will enjoy whatever you get, but the 1.5B will provide you with more 'space to grow'. They are very tough and will take a beating, so don't worry about that.

In Topic: Portsmouth 2011

01 September 2011 - 01:04 AM

Was a great weekend.

Thankyou to all the teams who turned up and suffered the poor flying of us mere mortals. Also thankyou to those who took the time to fly with us and call for us, probably some of the best fun of the whole weekend.

Probably lucky the licensing ended early at the pub, would have had less flying and not felt good. Although Gary did find a way round it, start earlyPosted Image

In Topic: Which should I have for first timer

30 August 2011 - 07:06 AM

Wide wind range is the tricky bit. A full vented will fly in 8mph, with practice, but really you want 12mph or more. A Full sail will fly in 15mph or more, but be very twitchy at the upper end.

The EXP is a great starter, but you will run into the limits of the kite as you improve.

The SLE is a good kite and you can spend years refining your skills with it.

The JB is probably the best value for money as you get two frames with it. Either a 2 and 3 wrap or 3 and 4 wrap for the fully vented. Each 'wrap' adds strength, stiffness and weight. A frameset is normally about 75 so the little extra for the JB is a good investment and the kite will last a very long time. You would be amazed at the abuse these things can take.

All of the above are 1.5. The rev 1 is lovely to fly, but like a truck compared to the 1.5. A lot slower and 'heavier', they don't fly like the majority you saw at Portsmouth without some serious modification. I learnt on a Rev 1 and flew it in every wind, even when I was getting dragged down the field! Probably not a good thing in retrospect, but they only made the Rev 1 then.

Having looked at the item in question on e-bay, I would be a little concerned about the lines. They are probably way too short and too heavy, could also be a stretchier type material. Ideally they should be spectra and at least 80 foot.