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#94419 New REV Indoor for Scott Weider

Posted by makatakam on 06 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Awesome.  I think I know what it's for too, which makes it even more awesome.  


Probably to scare off pigeons and/or seagulls.

#94272 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 17 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

makatakam -1 (5)

#94020 It's Here!

Posted by makatakam on 23 November 2013 - 06:44 PM

Or Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. On the back cover, in large friendly letters are the words "don't panic".


Or maybe her father's words from the movie Contact, "small moves, Ellie, small moves".

#93884 Happy Birthday Laura

Posted by makatakam on 26 October 2013 - 09:10 AM

Better late than never? Happy birthday, and many more.

#93691 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 07 October 2013 - 05:23 PM

-1 (minus one) for me. One Supersonic left to live with Nick Russell, Karma drawing winner in September.

#93681 Showcasing Revs flying solo

Posted by makatakam on 06 October 2013 - 07:38 PM

This would probably have been helpful last year when it happened. Read the dates guys!

#93395 Rods on the front or back side?

Posted by makatakam on 15 August 2013 - 07:41 PM

I like to put my upright spars where the outer horizontals were, and put those on the back side of the kite upside-down. This configuration always gives me the best control possible. Oh, and don't forget to reverse the polarity of the middle horizontal.


Good luck and keep smiling!

#93168 The Force Is Strong..

Posted by makatakam on 30 June 2013 - 12:42 AM

But the best thing is finding others to have fun and exchange skills with in person. wink.png


OK, John. Next time I see you we'll exchange skills, you take mine and I'll take yours!ani_yahoo.gif 

#93130 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 26 June 2013 - 05:22 AM

+4 for me --- 1Rev II, 1EXP, 2Supersonics.

#93100 What's your favorite time to fly?

Posted by makatakam on 21 June 2013 - 09:49 AM

Evenings -- definitely evenings.

#93024 Crossed over to the dark side.

Posted by makatakam on 11 June 2013 - 06:03 AM

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.

#92911 New revr to be.

Posted by makatakam on 03 June 2013 - 07:10 PM

Welcome from the darkside of Illinois. Good luck, good flying and keep smiling.

#92891 Looking for used...

Posted by makatakam on 02 June 2013 - 07:20 PM

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!


P.S. -- My avatar is the home-built I mentioned.

#92872 Happy Birthday JB

Posted by makatakam on 01 June 2013 - 12:42 PM

Happy Birthday -- on the right day? Have a great one either way! (Remember to keep the music in your head and have fun)

#92695 Supersonic sail "bunching up" on LE

Posted by makatakam on 12 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

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.