WA leave the sleeving off on the short line sets... It can interfere with slack line tricks (axle, flic flac) and catch-n-throws. Add a pigtail onto the loop you tie so you can undo the larks head noose knot.
Posted by SkyPuppet
on 28 February 2013 - 09:18 PM
I have a story that pertains to this.
In my community, I have recently taken over a 70ft by 70ft area of grass that happens to be at a busy 4-way stop sign I'm out there one day, tearing it up (in my mind, anyways), on the '50s, when a lady pulls over in the bus parking area and motions for me. I walk over to her and smile and say hi, expecting her to ask me about the kite as many have since I began flying here. She tells me she used to make kites, and that I need to put tails on the verticals tips. I remark at how that would look great, and she tells me, "no, you need the tails because you are completely struggling to keep that kite upright and airborne." :lol: I explained to her that its a stunt kite, and I was purposefully doing everything she saw. We both laughed about it, and she asked for a quick demo. I let her call out commands and flew where she said/pointed to. She enjoyed it very much but was too shy to give it a go when I offered her the chance to fly it.
Before she left, she told me I need to slow down the "fancy" tricks a bit and draw more shapes and it would look better to the folks driving by :/
I'd say its due to your lack of flight time. Your second time out you say? Keep working at it and enjoying yourself. Light wind flying is all technique.
Hmmm... Are you flying with the SLE frame? It is definitely heavy, and while it can be flown in light winds, it requires an extra delicate touch. Because the SLE frame is so stiff, it won't bend easily, the wind will quickly "sheet" off the sail, making presicion difficult. Using a 3 wrap leading edge, or better yet a full Race frame, might serve you better here.
I like the idea of the "like" button; I click it when I read something informative or funny, however, I see it used in a number of topics more for popularity and friends than for good posts. Using the "like" button in this manner makes the "reputation" ranking not useful in my book.
I guess friendship is a good reason to click the like button on a post, but I think adding them as a friend to your profile pays homage enough.
John Chilese puts it like this: There are different kites for different personalities.
The single line kite is laid back and cool to look at, easy to fly or challenging as the situation calls for. If she is very easy-going, and calm and relaxed, and not very athletic or willing to try for it, maybe a single line kite would suit her. The dual line kite is for the person who goes with the flow, but who also wants to play around. They are very easy to pick up and learn to fly, but quite challenging to master the tricks (there are so many!), especially in the higher end. The dual line kites do the greatest range of tricks. If she would a bit more control over what's going on, and would like to experiment with flippy-floppy style tricks, maybe a dual line would be best for her. A dual line is great for folks who like to get up and move around, but might or might not want to put a lot of effort into flying
Ah! Now, the quad line stunt Revolution stunt kite. For the person who wants the ultimate control over their kite. For the social person. Natural born leaders. Usually smarter, better looking, faster, and nicer-smelling than the rest of the pack (um er ok so I'm biased ). I fly the Revolution because I'm determined to fly a kite, always. No matter where the location. No matter what the situation! I don't have the time to wait for Mother Nature to be kind with the winds.... IMHO, the Rev has a pretty steep learning curve, but then mastering the tricks is a little easier (the opposite of a dual line, IMO). Flying the Rev is a fairly involved ordeal, and requires a degree of concentration. If she has a never say die attitude, if she will stick with it, and is willing to be athletic and run around and really try (at first), the Rev is an experience that just keeps getting better with time. It really does require effort though, so if she gives up easily on challenging things, maybe the Rev isn't for her.
Let's hope she likes the Rev so you can have a team-flying partner handy
As I was flying today, I was noticing how I get my whole body involved when I'm in the zone. Sometimes it isn't enough to have my arms, hands, and fingers to keep tension on the sail. Sometimes I'm keeping such perfect tension that I can't bother my upper appendages with the task, so I must throw in a quick head fake. Or I move my whole torso. Sometimes it's a leg kick backwards, sometimes forwards. Often, a good shoulder shrug will provide just enough of a pull.
Some folks today asked me if I was dancing with the kite on purpose. I must admit that I'm not aware of my movements in a way that I believe dancing requires. But I thanked them as its nice to be thought of as graceful and I don't consider myself much of a dancer. For a split second, it makes me consider flying a routine, and matching my movements to the kite.... On purpose....
As I watch the video at the beginning of this topic, sometimes I can't help but wonder: Is JB dancing during this part or just keeping sail pressure?
(The answer, I'm sure, is "yes")
...1.5 Zen Frame : 2 wrap frame from a special carbon that looks totally awesome. Has the "Zen" label on it...super sexy frame and will not only instantly improve your skills, but will make you more desirable to Rev pilots of the opposite sex and will cause extensive envy for pilots of the same sex .... well, the test results are not yet in on some of these facts, but you get the idea.
Posted by SkyPuppet
on 03 February 2012 - 01:07 PM
Concerning most consumables, I'm definitely a "function-over-form" guy. I'd rather have it work perfectly than look exceptional. That being said, I'd own just one good looking kite IF it flew in every condition, and if it was easy and physically comfortable to handle during EVERY condition. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and I am forced to buy several different, sharp looking Revs! Mind you, it's only so I can fly at-will.
The different Revs are like tools in my hands for dealing with varying wind conditions. I own several Revs now because I believe in having the right tool for the job. You wouldn't use a screwdriver to cut a tree down would you? Or use a hammer to mix cake batter? Er um neither would I. While the standard-sail does fly in an incredible amount of conditions, I need the comfort of my vented Rev over 10 mph. And while the standard-sail will fly below 3 mph, the Zen does it better on the 120s with less movement on my behalf. Etc etc
When angling for a new Rev as a present, it helps to know your audience. Many of the posts in this topic have good tips for explaining to your audience why one Rev is not enough, even if your audience happens to be yourself
You'll have to find something to clip the carabiner to, like a small piece of luggage, or maybe even a park bench or small branch low on a bush. Once you do, you can open up the carabiner, run your lines handle-side through it, and clip it closed so your handles stay put while you setup your Rev.
I was posting under the Glowing Revs topic, but I noticed this one seemed more comprehensive, so I'll add to this topic instead.
I finally went out and flew with some night lights I was out in 6-10 mph variable conditions, Race frame, 1.5 B full-sail.
I used the setup Bazzer recommended (from the Glowing Revs topic), here are the specifics:
LEDs = 5mm, 7000 mcd (intensity), 30 degree viewing angle. 5 of them. Batteries = CR1632 coin cell. Scotch brand Indoor Mounting Squares. Each square cut into 4 squares. Electrical tape, cut into small squares.
Each LED/battery/tape combo weighed 2.1 grams!! X5 for a total of 10.5 grams! That's nothing! Could add many more!!
Following are instructions for getting these babies prepped for the field! Better to get this done at your work bench/coffee table than out in the dark.....
Step 1: Bend positive lead (the longer wire) at a 90 degree angle, and lay it across a piece of the Scotch double-sided tape with the backing removed. Step2: Attach the LED lead with Scotch tape to the positive (+ or side with writing) side of the battery. Step 3: On the negative side of the battery, attach a piece of electrical tape.
You are now ready to travel to your flying spot. Since everything is taped, you shouldn't have any LEDs turning on by accident.
Once you're ready to fly:
Step 4: Rotate the LED so that the free wire is ready to be bent over the negative side of the battery. Step 5: Peel back the electrical tape, and bend the free LED wire over the exposed negative side of the battery. Touch the wire to the battery, and use the electrical tape you peeled back previously to attach the wire to the battery. The LED will turn on.
Now, with the LED on, peel the backing off the Scotch tape square, and attach to the Rev! I attached 3 to the LE (specifically, to the LE material), one in the center and one at each tip, and I attached 1 to the heavy sail material at the bottom of each vertical spar tip. I was nervous that the tape wouldn't hold, but no problems at all, and I flew for a couple hours, doing non-stop tricks!! I really thought the axel would dislodge 'em, but nope! Even better, when I went to remove them, they peeled off exceptionally cleanly and easily!!
Oh my, it looked fantastic! ESPECIALLY axels!! Stationary bicycle spins looked awesome! As did the dive....stop!
I am now on the hunt for the ultimate setup!! I'm about to buy a sackful of LEDs in different styles to see which work best..... In the meantime, the CR1632 battery is working ok...... It lasted at least 2 hours so far...... It is quite a bit smaller compared to a CR2025 battery, and not as heavy...... I hope its the best choice from a performance/economy standpoint.
I'll report back when I hit on the right combination of LED and battery!!