Welcome -- get out and fly. The more you fly, the better you get. The better you get, the more fun you have. The more fun you have, the more kites you get. The more kites you have, the more you fly. The more you fly........the more obsessed you become. Welcome to the darkside.
Learning to fly any quad-line kite can be very difficult if you don't have someone to help you learn. You may have the same problems learning on a Rev, even though it is more forgiving to the beginner. Don't give up on quads in general just because it's hard to learn. When I first started, you would probably look at me and say "He's pathetic". I learned mostly on my own with a home-made quad which would give even a seasoned pro a hard time for a minute, until he got used to its flying characteristics.
Find someone in your area or travel to the nearest kite fests being held throughout the country this summer, (there will probably be two or three within reasonable driving distance), and let the flyers there lend a you hand. Most kite fliers are very friendly and will help you because they want to.
Stick with it. You will soon have a "breakthrough" moment and gain control; then the real fun part of the learning curve begins.
Good luck, good flying, and welcome to the dark side!
Tighten the bungees at the ends of the leading edge, in 1/4" increments at both ends equally, until the leading edge stays stretched. If the leading edge is not centered, tighten the end where it sticks out more until symmetry is achieved. Do this with the verticals removed, adjust, install verticals, fly, repeat until desired result is achieved. This may be done on the field; I tend to make adjustments of any kind on the field so I may check the change immediately.
The kite itself is colorfast. Be careful what the bridle touches when it is wet, the dye from bridle lines does bleed frequently, especially red. Don't roll up a light-colored kite if it is wet and has a dark bridle until you check with your fingers or paper towel or cloth to test colorfastness. (Is that a word?)
The curved leading also eliminates the need for leading edge venting as found on the standard Revs. The air flows easily past the leading edge in reverse flight instead of "welling up" against it, making reverse flight faster and easier than a standard Rev.
The bungee is looped to keep the vertical spar from moving left to right. Doing what you described will allow it to move, and although it will affect the control you have over the kite only very slightly, it creates an annoying thump each time it slips to the other side.
However, feel free to modify and test. It will either create a new standard or reinforce the existing one. The first rev I owned went to the cutting board first and then to the sky.
Hi, Zero. Welcome to the dark side! I like the colors of your new rev and I personally think it wouldn't look as good with the red logo, of couse that's just my dumb opinion.
Definitely get on the IKE forum; just like the rev forum, it costs nothing but a bit of time to register and talk to the guys and gals who fly in this area. As you can see from my avatar area, I'm in Schaumburg. I do a lot of flying at Busse Woods (Ned Brown preserve) near the rc airplane field (north entrance off of Golf Rd). Huge field available for flying kites and usually better quality wind than elsewhere in the area because of the huge amount of open space.
Make an effort to get to any of the festivals coming up in September. There will be lots of experienced flyers to help flatten your learning curve.