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SparkieRob

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#94783 Is this a trick?

Posted by SparkieRob on 12 April 2014 - 03:30 AM

G'day all.

I've been flying my Indoor a lot lately and have found that I can consistently get it to stall mid apex of an up and over. Instead of the downward pull to complete the second part, I push up with both hands, sometimes put a little brake on pre-push to help. This takes all the drive and motion out of the kite and stalls it completely. While stalled it stays flat like a pancake and will just float pretty much at the end of the lines until given a command. From this stalled point I can rotate it without more than a foot loss of altitude. The changes of direction in the stalls I have been able to get quite fluid.

I was just wondering is this is a trick, and what it is called?

Thanks
Rob


#94751 Quad sticks

Posted by SparkieRob on 01 April 2014 - 05:45 AM

Great pic of my SUL with all it's framework in a synergy of oneness...
Thanks WA for the cool shot.

Edit; I've just realised I haven't taken the bridle identifiers off yet!

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#94714 Rod Question for B series Mid-vent in stronger winds.

Posted by SparkieRob on 25 March 2014 - 07:13 PM

Get the 16" ones, the longer of the two options. They are the purist sticks. More suited for the 1.5's.

Installation is a piece of cake and is done in under 10 minutes. It's all reversible too. The little wear patch for the sail can be removed, carefully. Like Paul said to me, "doubtful that you'll want to take it off". So far he's been right.

There is a certain amount more time to set up but at worst case it's 3 or 4 minutes. That would be if there was a MASSIVE tangle. I've got a French Bridle and Magic Sticks and I've never had a problem with tangles.

Just remember they aren't for everyone but you'll never know unless you give it a go.


#94586 Supersonic Questions

Posted by SparkieRob on 13 March 2014 - 06:00 PM

11" handles. The shorter handles don't magnify the inputs as much. Reduces over controlling.

Up to about 10mph you could get away with #90 but you would want #150 above that.

I only have an 80' set of #150 and I've found that to be a great length. Heard of some pilots using 100' and even 120'.

Wind range is going to be down to personal preference and mood. At 20mph it can get a little, ummm, hairy. Most fun on mine was in #90 x 50' in 10mph. Fly to the top of the window then pull the top lines as for a catch and throw. Then watch as it gracefully flies out to load up again. Magic.


#94516 B-Series PRO Colorizer

Posted by SparkieRob on 27 February 2014 - 06:05 AM

I need to bar my own access to the colorizer. I've made so many designs I've confused myself and can't decide on one ;) I was thinking about a fully matching set this time, but once again it looks like I will have to diversify.

If you're really set on a matching suite but can't decide, all that means is you haven't found your colours yet. You'll know when you'll know. Always fly what you like to look at.


#94512 New XTRA Vent

Posted by SparkieRob on 26 February 2014 - 04:30 PM

No worries. Go with what works for you.

The only times I've put a 4 frame in is when I make up a stack of at least 4 kites. To me, the kite feels a little slow and clunky. I'm lucky that I get to go up a sail rather than have to go up a frame.


#94510 New XTRA Vent

Posted by SparkieRob on 26 February 2014 - 06:26 AM

NEVER TRIED ANYTHING UNDER A 3 WRAP!

Dude!

Throw a 2 in an XTRA and fly instead of a high mid or low Vtd. Sweet. Actually it's a bit like light wind flying but with wind!


#94432 Global Rev Count.

Posted by SparkieRob on 10 February 2014 - 07:06 AM

Confession time,SparkieRob +3(9)Another Std, Matching BSUL GhostIndoor"My names Rob, and I'm a Revoholic..."

SparkieRob +2 (11)

Supersonic and another EXP, both second hand.
Double digits, that sneaks up on you...

The complete list;
EXP, lime and blue
SLE Std, lime and blue with white centre
B2 Std, red and grey with white centre
B Series Std, Mid and Vtd all red and grey with grey centre
PoloVTD, grey fade 3202 G1
1.5 SUL, Ghost
Indoor, red, white and black
Supersonic, pink, blue and orange
EXP, lime and blue (yes a second one, going to be my permanent 2-Stack)


#94362 Lines for Rev SLE 1.5 for beginner

Posted by SparkieRob on 31 January 2014 - 05:29 AM

Get the 120's because sooner or later you will fly with someone. I spend the most time on short lines, 30's and 50's.

A second set of 85's will chop down nicely to a set of 30 and 50...


#94212 Rev Maintenance Log

Posted by SparkieRob on 05 January 2014 - 08:47 PM

That's the kind of OCD behaviour that I LOVE! Keep it up. Now all I have to do is convert to $AUS and reverse engineer to an wage hourly rate and I'm all set....


#94145 Quad sticks

Posted by SparkieRob on 24 December 2013 - 09:37 PM

After a full 3 hour session of zero wind, I gave my SUL a thorough go. We flew my Indoor Rev, my modified SUL, my buddies SUL and my other buddies Zen. Some Plutz gliders and a Vented iFlight.

The mods to my SUL were a significant improvement to me and suited the way I like to fly. Quick response to inputs. And a killer glide! Flat and effortless.

The glide I can attribute directly to the magic sticks as the kite wasn't under load and they have never been that impressive. I'm sure the new rods helped too.

Flight was sharp and somewhat zippy considering there wasn't any wind.

Spent more time on the Indoor and SUL than the Zen. I just couldn't gel with the Zen. That's a kite I'll have to revisit another time.

All in all, I'm really happy with my modded SUL. I realise that Sticks and the French mightn't be for everybody but it's working for me so far.


#94077 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by SparkieRob on 06 December 2013 - 07:25 PM

What's the difference in the diamond rods and the 2-wrap "Professional Use Only"?


About 20 grams on my scales! Yet to fly them though.


#94054 Stacked Pairs

Posted by SparkieRob on 27 November 2013 - 06:27 PM

Nice shots!


#94040 flick/flack

Posted by SparkieRob on 26 November 2013 - 05:29 PM

Rob your description is clear but on anything longer than 30ft my Shockwave catches air and neatly and quickly floats away from me, and I've done the initial pull from many angles/places within the window. I guess I'm still missing something... I'd like to see it done on some 75ft like I can with my 1.5s.

I shouldn't expect it to trick like a 1.5 but it would be nice :)


I've done it a few in a row on 50's with a Sonic bout only a successfully a couple of times on 80's. And boy it can be a run. With the Sonic I had it about 1/3 up the window to allow for the glide. A couple actually fell into my hand as the lull of the wind happened just right.

Land it..... Fist pump moment!


#94038 flick/flack

Posted by SparkieRob on 26 November 2013 - 01:02 PM

Not 100% but regularly achievable.

Fly to the edge of the window, hold it there while you move to square your lines up to about 45*(down wind) then pull that sucker out of the sky. You do have to move forward but you are stalling at the edge to gain a little ground BEFORE you pull. Works but not always...

Clear as mud?