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#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?

#93975 noob with a difference

Posted by SparkieRob on 08 November 2013 - 01:09 PM

Hey MGower, I see your in Perth (Western Australia) soon. If you want to catch up and throw some Ripstop around let me know.

#93876 Hello all another newbie :)

Posted by SparkieRob on 25 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

Hi Ollie just read your post I newbie to quad kite flying and go up the Dunstable downs. It would be great to meet up some time although I'm not right Person to ask for Help maybe will can help each other
a little. Like yourself I have a quad but not a rev yet.
I've already met some of the other's who have really helped me get started.Can't wait to get out again

You can help a lot more than you realise. Just being there for each other is such a huge help. Someone to learn with is as good as someone to learn from.

Welcome both of you.

Watch out, cause Revs will change your life...

#93859 New Here

Posted by SparkieRob on 24 October 2013 - 09:21 PM

Welcome over here Nick!

#93699 Global Rev Count.

Posted by SparkieRob on 08 October 2013 - 04:37 AM

Keep posting. I've updated the list through this point. I show 2602 Revs between 299 flyers. I never cease to be amazed at the average of nearly 8 3/4 Revs per flyer. Keep the posts coming. I will keep the bulk list updated (number of kites/number of flyers) while I am working on the categorized list that will show the total numbers of each model and a breakdown by flyer if the flyer desires.

Phew! I'm above average! I don't know if I should be concerned or excited,.. Another kite might help.

#93453 Inverted hover?

Posted by SparkieRob on 31 August 2013 - 09:04 PM

My 2 cents, (bearing in mind our weak Aussie dollar!)

It might be psychological but I always found it easier to practice my inverted hover with a couple of twists in my lines. That is, launch and do a couple of rotations then try.

The other thing that helped me was using a Mid or Vtd kite as they are a little less twitchy.

The practice exercises in the Kitelife tutorial are worth a look too.

#93429 Rev II frame question

Posted by SparkieRob on 25 August 2013 - 05:19 PM

Yes, 3 piece frames are now the go. As for options, there are a few. 2, 3 and 4 wrap; Race Rods. I use the 2 wrap frame in my B2 (Rev 2 size, B series sail) Standard all the way to 20mph before switching to the 3 wrap. Happy travels.

#93319 Help please.

Posted by SparkieRob on 30 July 2013 - 03:37 AM

One fully commissioned masterpiece with custom crafted assembly besides? Insisting upon it being finished over a weekend retreat at the shook palace? . . . Who in the world could justify that decadence?!!? (I bet many of us could guess correctly!)

.... or just drool from the sidelines!

Well said though.

#93302 Rev 1.5 SLE Versus Shockwave

Posted by SparkieRob on 28 July 2013 - 12:22 AM

Shockwave goes faster in reverse than SLE goes forward!

#93218 Have 1.5 SLE. Vs. B-Series Vented. More Stable?

Posted by SparkieRob on 12 July 2013 - 12:14 AM

A full sail is inherently more responsive (twitchy) as it has more sail surface to be powered up. A vented sail is more stable as the venting allows the sail to be slightly depressurized which means slower.

Practicing hovers with a vented sail is a lot easier and less frustrating than a standard. A vented sail is less prone to "bowties", that is where one wing turns down (or up depending on kite orientation) from too much brake input.

#93189 Supersonic Stack Advice

Posted by SparkieRob on 03 July 2013 - 07:29 AM

If they are this much fun in the low teens (km/h) then I can't wait for low 30's!!!!!

Initially the rear kite wouldn't load up, but with a couple of km/h more wind it pulled up nicely. With 11 train lines to make sure they are all even and stay that way in light winds was pretty hard job, no rear loading.

I dare say first decent breeze and we will clear most wildlife from our park. Probably some of the dog walkers too!