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#94206 Rev Maintenance Log

Posted by SkyPuppet on 05 January 2014 - 02:14 PM

Welcome everyone to 2014!

January 2nd, I noticed that I had finally worn holes through the wear strips, and through to the sail of my STD sail Forest Fade B-Pro. While this kite is still fully flyable, I am going to replace it soon (I have decided to use it as my "festival" kite henceforth).

I have kept logs on flight time and maintenance on all my 'Pros. Here's some relevant data regarding maintenance on the STD:
Flight time: 553 hours
Bungee adjustment/tightening: 50, 174, 307, 404 hours
Bridle center loop replaced: 307 hours
Leading Edge mesh holes discovered: 368 hours
Bridle replaced: 404 hours

On a quick, separate note, I've been replacing my handle's adjustable leaders around 400 hours.

Keep in mind that I generally fly horrendously underpowered, and I'm constantly abusing my Rev on all the juicy tricks- axels, flic-flacs, 3D, etc.
Also and again, this sail is still air-worthy, for awhile anyways... At 553 hours, there are 4 inch+ long tears in the LE mesh (and 2 smaller tears), the wear strip has holes in a few places on each side, and the holes in the sail are bound to keep spreading, unless I fix it soon. In all actuality it will be the LE tears that finally 'ground it, and while the mesh is replaceable/fixable, the wear strips seem like too much effort to fix... need to check into it...

I really thought the LE material would be just hammered by now, but it is holding up beautifully. Haven't had to burn not one loose thread ever! I also figured all the bungee holes would be looking stretched out and ragged, but I'm happy to say that they aren't stretched out much at all. The bungee material itself is also holding up well. All my endcaps look used, but with no cracks, they haven't needed replacing.

The overall point for keeping the log is to check my return on investment. I'm happy to say that, so far, it's costing me about $.60 per hour to utterly enjoy myself with this kite!! That's 60 cents per hour! And it's still flying :D

To Bazzer, my friends at Revolution, and all the employees there- Thanks for building such an outstanding, quality-minded product!

#94039 flick/flack

Posted by SkyPuppet on 26 November 2013 - 03:55 PM

Rob your description is clear but on anything longer than 30ft my Shockwave catches air and neatly and quickly floats away from me, and I've done the initial pull from many angles/places within the window. I guess I'm still missing something... I'd like to see it done on some 75ft like I can with my 1.5s.

I shouldn't expect it to trick like a 1.5 but it would be nice :)

#93381 Revolution 25th Anniversary - 100 strong at WSIKF! (Aug 19-24, 2013)

Posted by SkyPuppet on 14 August 2013 - 11:09 AM

I'm so excited for everyone attending WSIKF this year... I wish I could be there :(

I'm so excited to see the record attempt on video... Can't wait to see the old record get broken!

#93284 Antelope Island 2013

Posted by SkyPuppet on 24 July 2013 - 11:36 PM

Any word on which hotel I should book at yet? Getting antsy :)

#93010 Happy Birthday TK

Posted by SkyPuppet on 10 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

Happy Birthday TK !!

#92883 Finally jumped in with both Feet !

Posted by SkyPuppet on 02 June 2013 - 07:54 AM

Yup, I've been resisting for a long time. I'm tired of fighting cr@p wind for a good time. Wind like that is WORK with 2 lines, but fun with four ! 

What you have described is the exact reason I began flying the Rev!

Not many know this about me, but I flew dualie trick kites for a year before finding the Rev. I was tired of fighting the nasty Las Vegas winds. The concept behind the way the Rev flies made total sense to me, and in practice worked better than I could have imagined. I haven't truly flown dualies since..... The Rev makes crap wind into flyable fun :)

#92805 What's your favorite time to fly?

Posted by SkyPuppet on 23 May 2013 - 06:51 AM

Anytime, my friend. Anytime :)

Well ok 9am to 11am for many reasons: parks are empty as kids are in school, sprinklers are finished watering the grass by this time, its not too hot yet even during middle of summer, and its one of the best times of the day to take kite pics and kite video.

#92718 Quad-line virgin

Posted by SkyPuppet on 14 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

Hey, congrats Mog! Hopefully the weather cooperates soon :)

The leaders you have now will get you flying, but as your familiarity with the Rev grows, you will want a set of adjustable top and/or bottom leaders - basically longer in length, and with knots tied about every .25 inch to .75 inches down the length of the leader, starting from maybe 3 inches from the handle. This will give e you the ability to fine tune the handling of your Rev - this is a must! Make adjustable leaders ASAP! Check under the modifications section of this forum - plenty of leader topics there. I would link you to them but I'm typing this thru Tapatalk.But, for now, your Rev looks ready to fly :)


#92489 Line sleeving

Posted by SkyPuppet on 22 April 2013 - 05:43 PM

My longer lines are all sleeved in white, except the Shanti 120's, which are sleeved white and black, because they came that way. Using the method explained in the B-Series tutorial vid, I never have to designate top or bottom, left or right.... <br /><br />Anything shorter than 80ft. is sleeve-less. Once the old longer line sets outlive their usefulness, I'll be converting everything to sleeve-less. Sleeves just aren't necessary to me anymore.

#92366 Never used music. Am l missing out?

Posted by SkyPuppet on 10 April 2013 - 07:42 AM

<br />Good Luck on setting a setting a Guinness Book world records for kiting duration.<br />I think Ray Bethell holds that record of around 8 hours or more non-stop with a "more than one line" kite. The exact time I do not know but I am sure it can easily be found on the internet.
<br /><br />At Antelope Island last year, I believe it was David Hathaway that began reffering to me as the "Energizer Bunny of kiting". I hope this isn't a reference to being annoying, like that damn bunny came to be, but rather a reference to my stamina. <br /><br />Maybe next year at KP I'll make a run at Mr. Bethel's record, for real, and do it officially. You can be sure that when I do, I will have 2 fully charged iPod Nanos and my smartphone at my disposal so the music can keep me going!<br /><br />

#92361 Never used music. Am l missing out?

Posted by SkyPuppet on 09 April 2013 - 09:49 PM

I enjoy flying with or without music, however, I can only fly for a couple hours straight before I lose my focus. I just can't break out of my training routine after awhile. Music helps me switch my styles up randomly, and helps to keep the flying infinitely fresh :)<br /><br />With the music on, I'm ready to set Guinness Book world records for kiting duration!

#92046 East Tennessee Spots?

Posted by SkyPuppet on 14 March 2013 - 03:56 PM

Fair enough. I do hope you find more agreeable spots to fly. I do hope my criticisms haven't deterred you from trying to fly. Good luck, hopefully someone will chime in with a good spot for you in TN.

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#92036 East Tennessee Spots?

Posted by SkyPuppet on 14 March 2013 - 11:38 AM

I completely get that the world is not ideal for flying kites unless you are fortunate enough to live on the coast or in the flatlands.  I was already comfortable in the fact that I need to work on my not perfect condition skills.  If I wanted to hear a preaching I would have gone to church.  Even, JB, would call it a bad day if the 2-3 mph breeze from the south was suddenly 12 mph from the north and in your face.  If there's a frame and bridle tweak that could help with that, let me know.  I'm all ears.

If you really know you need to work on your "bad condition" skills, then go and do it. Sounds like you have some pretty crappy locations to practice at, so quit complaining and go fly them and be a better pilot as a result of the experience.

I flew with JB this weekend. Sunday, we started with 0-2mph, and within a couple hours we were on full vents, wind blowing a different direction. The shifting conditions made the demos performed challenging for anyone to fly. Guess what - not one complaint from JB, just smiles and good times all day long. I wouldn't presume to put words into JB's mouth, neither should you.

With the conditions you described, I would have made it work with a 2 wrap/race frame to start, when the wind shifted I would have put in a 3 wrap, and possibly changed location on the field to adjust to the wind direction. On a standard sail it would be over powered, but it would work just fine.

I understand none of this applies to this topic; you were interested in finding spots in TN to fly, and I have no suggestions for you. However, check your attitude. No one is trying to preach to you. REVflyer might be long-winded but he's only trying to help. The Rev will fly anywhere, anytime, any condition. Believe that.

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#91879 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by SkyPuppet on 04 March 2013 - 11:34 PM

As usual!
Another case of "it all seems to work" :)

Still, I wouldn't put off flying on the short lines just to wait on some sleeving ;)

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#91876 First rev flight.

Posted by SkyPuppet on 04 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

Hmmmm..... No changes WA, except now I'm in as deep as can be to the Dark Side and I don't ever want to turn back ;)

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