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#95930 Another newbie

Posted by makatakam on 07 January 2015 - 10:43 AM

I recommend you do your lines outdoors over grass, unless the shop floor is spotlessly clean and there are no protrusions to snag up upon.

#95870 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 26 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

makatakam +2 (14)    


Two line art (spirograph), one Rainbow Radical and one Red/White/Black. Both are sweeeeet! Will post pics in Rev Pics topic as soon as I can get some good photos of them.




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#95869 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 26 December 2014 - 06:46 PM

Patience will get you an extra frame -- it's worth the wait. The extra frame will give you a broader range of wind in which you can fly comfortably. In the meantime, you can try to locate the other Rev flyers nearest to you. We're all a friendly bunch, and I'm sure they'll let you fly theirs until yours arrives.

#95857 What's the difference?

Posted by makatakam on 25 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

Here's a photo of my Super Blast taken by basicbill. I'll post a better shot when I can.


Super Blast.jpg

#95771 Bungee to Sail & Endcap Mods

Posted by makatakam on 10 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

Not even going to go there!!!  ani_giveup.gif


Wayne, I can cut up your new indoor so you can fly it by just twitching your fingers! You want me to give it a try? cup_1st.gif

#95765 Bungee to Sail & Endcap Mods

Posted by makatakam on 09 December 2014 - 07:00 PM

Bumping this one just to say that these mods have been working now for three years, with only two failures. One with the washer/flame style and one with the metal crimp style. The failures both times were where the button allowed the bungee to slip through, no damage to sail material (which is what I definitely wanted to avoid). Both failures occurred while teaching new flyers, with typical new flyers' hard impact on grass. Intermediate-and-up flyers should have no problems, barring any SEVERE impact.

#95725 A good day to Quad....

Posted by makatakam on 30 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

Fly often. Make sure you go fly with the intent to improve one thing each time, repeat, repeat, repeat. Goof around for while, then go back to that one thing and repeat, ..............go home and watch some of John's tutorial videos. Pick the thing you want to learn next time. Write it down. Put the paper in your wallet.


Repeat, repeat, repeat. Fly with others if you can. Drive as far as necessary. You will not be disappointed, and that silly grin will stay on your face for weeks. It will drive all those you know crazy, trying to figure out why you're so happy.


Repeat, repeat, repeat.

#95643 Another Newbie here....

Posted by makatakam on 29 October 2014 - 05:49 PM

Glad you're having fun and getting the hang of it. It gets even better. Since you are familiar with duals, you will have a bit easier time than those with no understanding of "wind window", "stalls", etc.


Keep smiling, don't forget to breathe.

#95636 Photos of your B-series Pros

Posted by makatakam on 28 October 2014 - 06:28 PM

Got the kites, B Pro full suite and Zen. Just now got the pictures from a couple of outings. Here's my new babies -- red, black and white. The blue nym is not mine, mine is red white and black.


me and bpros.jpg my zen and blue nym.jpg


The Zen pattern is one end of the B Pro pattern.

#95555 Indoor Rev

Posted by makatakam on 17 October 2014 - 05:33 AM

Very cool! 

#95339 Addicted to Shook Weaves

Posted by makatakam on 02 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

It's an addiction I could live with!

#95253 One happy newbie

Posted by makatakam on 08 August 2014 - 05:13 PM

Hi, and welcome to the dark side.


I live in Schaumburg (NW Chicago suburb) and will gladly fly with you. Put my number in your phone and call me whenever you plan to be in the Chicago area. You can reach me anytime at 224-227-0638.


P.S. -- Get on the IKE (Illinois Kite Enthusiasts) forum, ikeclub.org, if you haven't already. Lots of people there who will be happy to meet up and fly when you're in the area.

#95116 ? on old rev

Posted by makatakam on 19 June 2014 - 05:49 AM

Go to the hardware store and get wooden dowel that fits inside the tube (1/4") and crazy glue it inside the upright which is too short, at least 1-1/2" inside the tube and enough sticking out to make them the same length. This should be fine as a temporary fix, until it falls apart. The kite will constantly want to turn to one side if the lengths are unequal. Everything on most multi-line kites should be bilaterally symmetrical.

#95070 Difference between EXP and B-Series

Posted by makatakam on 11 June 2014 - 07:27 PM

The B-series and the pro are a bit quicker than the EXP and SLE and more responsive to inputs because of the panel design. The panel layout changes the direction of stretch in the fabric, so it doesn't all go in the same direction, reduces billowing.

#95029 First timer

Posted by makatakam on 08 June 2014 - 06:23 AM

Hi, welcome to the Rev forum and the "darkside". I see that you are in the U.S. If you can narrow that down a little for us, maybe an experienced flyer can join you at a local field. It will shave years off the learning curve if another can help you over the initial obstacles.


I pretty much learned on my own for the first two years, and even though I had oodles of fun, I had to unlearn bad habits afterwards. Get together with someone as soon as possible.


Definitely watch any instructional videos available here, on the KiteLife and AKA sites. John Barresi has made an entire series of videos which will walk you through everything from setting up, line management, and basic skills to advanced tricks. Spencer (Watty) Watson also has videos which cover the intermediate skills and tricks and indoor flying techniques.


Good luck, good winds, and welcome to the family. Like Paul said above, don't forget to breathe.