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SparkieRob

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#95957 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by SparkieRob on 29 January 2015 - 06:09 AM

It's been nearly six weeks.....


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#95865 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by SparkieRob on 25 December 2014 - 09:50 PM

You won't regret getting a B. Outstanding kites. Like JB has said "a B is 9/10, a B Pro is 10/10."


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#95863 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by SparkieRob on 25 December 2014 - 09:35 PM

Geez, I hit send before I was finished!

Hold out for the B with the 2 frames, lines and handles. It will give you a greater wind range which means for flying.

Starting out, there is no difference between any of the 1.5 kites. You have nothing to compare against. It's the shape that defines the kite. As you get better, you can appreciate the differences. When I first got my SLE I thought my EXP flew better, but that was because I was so familiar with it. Now when I pull the out I can appreciate the subtle differences my B has.

1. A beginner can benefit from a B, it's just you may not appreciate the differences straight away. They are there. If I was to go back I would get a set of Pros but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

2. The B sail is more efficient over the life of it. The extra frame increases versatility. A 2 frame isn't a magic light wind cure but every little bit helps.

3. Usually all Rev packages come with LPG (laser pro gold) lines which are top shelf lines. I know the Briskites offer is LPG.

If you look to overseas suppliers, some have an upgrade option to change one of the frames for a set of Race Rods. If it's possible this is good. I would give up both frame sets just to have Race Rods. The weight of a 2 frame but still handle 3 frame winds, essentially.

Glad to hear the passion is flowing.


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#95841 Global Rev Count.

Posted by SparkieRob on 23 December 2014 - 05:09 PM

I'm embarrassed. It's like kite dirty talk. smiley-blushing.gif


I'm not the only one who thinks that!


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#95836 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by SparkieRob on 22 December 2014 - 11:59 PM

First off, a big fat "WELCOME" to you.ani_victory.gif  Always good to see another Aussie picking up a set of handles. ani_yahoo.gif

OK, last chance to turn away, once the Dark Side has you it's a bit like Hotel California. "You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave"...

 

Grab a coffee, I may go on a bit.

 

Most pilots get a Standard (full sail) first, then a Vented (fairly windy). Then a Midvent (a bit windy) to fill the gap inbetween.

Just had a quick look at the kite shops here in Oz as postage will be faster, not by much but we've all been there!

There's roughly about $60-$70 between an EXP ready to fly (handles and lines) and a SLE Standard rtf. The SLE will come with an extra leading ldge, the SLE part is the Super Leading Edge, but most pilots dont use it. Most rtf packages come with 80 foot lines which is a great intermediate set. Can also be chopped down to a 30 and 50-ish set. 80 is ok for a footy oval if the trees aren't too thick. 30 I can fly on my front lawn and not step on the street...

 

A B Series and NYM (New York Minute) is another step up again and to be honest it really is a good thing. Most come rtf AND a second frame!

 

Crashes look (and sound) far worse than they actually are. I have never snapped a rod by smacking flat into mother earth but on an angle it will. Putting a sail up in too high wind will too.

The more you spend on a sail the better it is but that wont make anything easier, skill will do that.

Skill and practice.

 

Light wind flying is a learned art, sure an SUL will make it a bit easier BUT good light wind technique will get you lower than a sail will. There are tutorials to help with all sorts of techniques on the "Kitelife" site. JB is a name you will quickly become familiar with.

 

Beach wind is different to inland wind in that it has constant pressure not up and down so much. A 10 km/h at the beach could be equivalent to about 16km/h inland...

 

My advice is have a look at the sail YOU LIKE, set your budget to that. You'll have it till its see through and dotted with tape... I would've thought someone was crazy to spend $300+ on a kite but I have 11 Revs now and wouldn' blink at $650+ for a Shook weave or a Masterpiece.

 

If cost is still a major factor, second hand is a great option. Revs fly even when they are ripped, torn, sewn back up, taped, glued, frayed.... You get the picture. I might have a second hand set up for you cheaper than new if you want to go that way.

 

Hope this helps. They (we) are a friendly bunch here on the forum. Explore the threads, ask questions. Its all good. PM me if you dont want to ask publically.

 

Rob.




#95701 New String-Art (Spirograph) Revolutions - November 2014

Posted by SparkieRob on 19 November 2014 - 10:21 AM

I have in fact played around with other backgrounds, in particular dark blue, white and gray. Only the white looks somewhat good but limited.
The black just brings out the colors best.
Do you have suggestions?

Was just very curious as I do a lot of my flying at night.


#95681 Indoor Rev

Posted by SparkieRob on 15 November 2014 - 09:04 PM

Artists impression of what your new kite may look like...31dca128ad6e6fc2504acc2aea61fac8.jpg


#95664 Tube or Strip???

Posted by SparkieRob on 03 November 2014 - 06:01 PM

The tails I have are 1 inch x 40 feet long. They don't have a folded edge. They have been hot cut. The very end tip is a folded and sown edge though. They have a little pigtail that I put around the down spa or to the other pigtails I have off my endcaps for stacking. Red to match my red and grey B's. Blue and yellow for my EXP 2-Stack.


#95630 Quad sticks

Posted by SparkieRob on 28 October 2014 - 09:11 AM

It's been nearly a year since I modded my SUL so I thought I'd put a few findings down.

1.5 SUL with Icarex sail but lighter leading edge pocket.
Diamond frame
16 inch Magic Sticks
French Bridle
15 inch No-Snag handles

Not going to change a single thing. All these mods summed up in a word. Confidence. Lighter frame supported front and back gives a bigger wind range, 0 to past 10mph! Out of this world glides. Enough flex when I need it. Having a redistributed mass opens up some slicker moves, Axel to 2 point landing just looks awesome and crisp. Reverse flight characteristics, I can fly all over in reverse and push it right to the limit with absolute confidence. The extra 30 seconds of set up is repaid in that first slow majestic glide.

All in all, I have built this "little zen". Soft, graceful and floaty while still being nimble and frisky.

My B2 Std now with sticks just makes me stupid happy.

Big thanks to Paul for the counsel and guidance.


#95608 Another Newbie here....

Posted by SparkieRob on 27 October 2014 - 03:21 AM

Give your kite some "brake". That is, put your attachment point further away from the handle on your top lines only. B2's love to be a little brake heavy. This will slow the kite down a bit for you. It's quite the speeder!

I, personally would fly the Race frame as it it flexible and durable enough to handle a few whacks.

Wind depends on type of sail you have.

What is your kit made up of?
Line length and strength.

Learning on a full sail B2 on short lines in a strong breeze.....

.... well you may need to mainline a few RedBulls...

Welcome to Revs. They are VERY addictive.


#95551 Indoor Rev

Posted by SparkieRob on 16 October 2014 - 04:03 PM

I like this, and good for you Wayne.

And done anonymously, really special gesture.


#95541 Australia

Posted by SparkieRob on 10 October 2014 - 04:34 PM

Hi Rob,
where do you normally fly? I lives in Northern Suburb (city beach area). Happy to join you one of these day.


Some very nice parks and ovals just across the road from the beach up your way! It's been mostly the Carpark at work over winter. Used to meet up with a mate, West Australian, at Tom Bateman Reserve which is at south side of Roe Hwy and Nicholson.

But I see some NOR flying soon!

Where abouts do you fly?
What do you fly?
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#95495 Global Rev Count.

Posted by SparkieRob on 27 September 2014 - 10:42 PM

I'm currently listed with two. Please add six more for a total of eight.
 
- 3 B2's
- II
- 1
- B std
- B std full vent
- Shockwave


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#95326 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by SparkieRob on 01 September 2014 - 05:06 AM

I have diamonds in my 1.5SUL and in ZERO wind (was outside but dead calm all the same) the response from the frame is great. Near instantaneous load and unload snap. I would describe it as punchy. I fly mostly off 30' but also 20' and it is very responsive. Diamonds are just pure fun in ultra low to zero conditions.

Just as a note, I have Magic Sticks and a French Bridle too.


#95072 Difference between EXP and B-Series

Posted by SparkieRob on 12 June 2014 - 12:53 AM

+1 on the feel.

Aside from the materials and construction differences, price is a massive difference. Not in dollars but in how you treat it. You are more likely to be less worried about the cheaper kite and you will fly better when you are relaxed. You will also, after a while, feel more comfortable trying new tricks with a cheaper sail. As by then, you will already be eyeing off an upgrade and will be even more relaxed and not worried if you push the kites limits....