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Member Since 29 Nov 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 16 2012 09:51 AM

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In Topic: Replacing SLE leading edge and mesh

26 May 2012 - 11:18 AM

Thanks for the link. At the moment I do roll the kite up quite tightly. It seems the way to do it is to fold the leading edge and mesh (but not crease the mesh) and then start rolling. The splits are laying horizontaly all along the mesh and not on the lines where I fold the kite in 3 (Bringing the ends in) So it is either my rolling the mesh during takedown or possibly hitting the deck doing dive/stops that don't stop.
I have had a go at sealing the frayed dacron with a fine tipped soldering iron and it works really well.

I am sure I will need to replace the mesh at some time in the near future but if I can keep the leading edge (Dacron) in place the leading edge shape and possible curve should retain its integrity. (I hope) A job for the long winter nights with my seam ripper me-thinks.

In Topic: Replacing SLE leading edge and mesh

26 May 2012 - 07:37 AM

The SLE and the EXP have been flown for about the same time. I started with Revs in Nov2011 with the EXP and in Feb 2012 I got the SLE off of Ebay nearly new and in pristine condition. The Dacron is fraying because if you cut dacron and do not seal it it will fray. The problem is the strips that hold the vertical spars are also fraying. For the price these things cost the finishing leaves a lot to be desired. The mesh in the SLE is splitting all the way along in one to two inch splits. About 8 splits at the moment (sewn up to repair) but more appear on a regular basis. By the way the splits are all horizontal.
Question. What is the purpose of the leading edge mesh is it for forward motion or reverse motion?
Thanks for the tip on the fire hazard just my luck to do something like that or melt holes in the sail.

In Topic: SLE bridle

06 March 2012 - 08:48 AM

Thanks, sorry for the confusion.

In Topic: SLE bridle

06 March 2012 - 03:13 AM

Thanks for the prompt reply REVflyer but I am not sure if that answers the question I asked as I couched it wrongly. What I meant to ask is, I have a Revolution 1.5 SLE kite. Is the bridle on a B series kite the same?

In Topic: SLE bridle

06 March 2012 - 03:04 AM

YES, the overall size of the sail determines the bridle dimensions, not necessarily the framing members chosen for a particular day's activities. This past Sunday the wind was blowing pretty hard, we eventually all moved to flying full vents, mine happened to have the SLE tubes in it (it's B-series Pro). It wouldn't be my first choice, but it held-up beautifully in winds gusting to 30 mph. It fits mighty tight in the Leading edge sleeve of material and doesn't allow sufficient bending, but it fits if that is your only question.