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#94974 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by REVflyer on 29 May 2014 - 02:38 AM

These Diamond rods have endured severe abuse from me, all banged around on the ground and spanked hard in the air,.... and yes I've broken a few,  but only thru pilot judgement errors! 

~ snapped one in my hand when the wind flipped kite over,

~ another on a shovel sticking up, doing a throw 

~ on a steel hand-rail bouncing too aggressively


In my opinion only two sticks are necessary for my 1.5 kites, green Race and the new Diamonds, usage depending on the desire to frame flexible or stiff


your mileage may very!


If we all ask nicely,....

betcha' travel frame formatted Diamond tubes would be available (then you only break 1/6th of the leading edge at a time, HA!)

#94968 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by REVflyer on 28 May 2014 - 03:20 AM

I also enjoyed myself pretty much the entire time, decent wind, crowds and great friends, (both old & new).  We shared the wind and a few laughs along the way. Dennis and Lisa wailed on me, in the only event I cared about (MMB).  Forgot I even registered for the indoor event and took 2nd place there behind Jeff King.  Test flew a new indoor/outdoor prototype Ben was referring to as the "Helium".  It's was everything we hoped for, no need to reprogram your brain, (just like switching golf clubs).  It was a new material for the fabric (translucent white, nearly transparent) but can still be sewn and new frame, but used the 1.5 sized platform and a bridle, so it felt right immediately.


Mostly, I was just impressed with how well some folks can fly two revs at once.  Watching 6 kites and three pilots is an amazing demonstration of quad-lined mastery!


We made some more flailers, visiting from up north in Canada.  One gentlemen even approached me for a specific lesson on the flick-flak.  He only knew how to fly all smooth and graceful (his exact words, honest!), but wanted to add a couple of tricks to his quiver.  F-Fing is like walking the kite, once you are shown the technique and understand what action is necessary, you don't even need a verbal explanation if language barriers exist.  A "falling leaf" is just an overdone Flick-flak, adding a quick step forward PLUS the flick-flak action, timed in unison.


Slapped a set of lights together that knocked my socks off too!  One of the room-mates (Terry Rankin) had little LEDs that flashed on in 4 colors. Replaceable batteries, a very small package, but best of all, two parallel ridges spaced close together on the bottom.  We used painters tape to affix onto the magic sticks, so the kite would have an elevated pulsing, backlighting source.  Two units were mounted on each wing, assuming if it was too heavy we could half the weight on-site.  Our primary concern was that the weight is mounted out at the end of the tube (by the end-cap), almost 16 inches from the kite/frame structure itself.  How is that going to impact flight dynamics?  

Well, it was present and feel-able, but not very influential.  MAN-oh-man was it powerful in the night-sky visually.  The lights stick up like bug's eyes, even when the kite is rolled into the string and laying flat on the ground!  The whole sail is lit, back and front, there are powerful colored pulses shining thru.  The darn thing looked amazing even sitting stationary, I couldn't get enough of it and I'm ordering a gross of 'em (4 per kite drives that number down quickly.)  This rig is so light weight that I installed them the last night well before dark and just proceeded along with the group unencumbered!  WE slammed the kite around and nothing quit blinking or fell off in 3 separate sessions.  


Scott Weider once again inspires me to try new things.  Next I'm to stake the kite down at the handles and roll the kite into the string, (twice) and then rotate the kite 180 degrees so the leading edge is now facing away from the handles.  You want to make sure the flying lines fall inside of the training wheel stand-offs when rolling it too,...... that's why you walked down and set it up yourself!  A big aggressive launch sequence and add some step(s) backward, it unrolls as a 720.  I think I understand the action, but I'll probably try just one wrap first.  Like everything else, it will look U-G-L-Y for quite awhile until perfected, but I can see adding this to my routine, since you set-it in advance.


See ya'll next year, for another stomp in the Woods.


#94952 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by REVflyer on 21 May 2014 - 03:15 AM

for you Dr. Hot Tricks, 


you can borrow my old one, it's still got life leftover to be squeezed out, 

I should probably keep the frame & sissy sticks though, otherwise it might look like I was sponsoring you (LOL!)


it's long-time, one way loan, enjoy and see ya in the woods


you may have to teach me how to fade a sacrificial dualie as compensation

#94949 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by REVflyer on 20 May 2014 - 02:25 AM

are they defective, after all that no-thumbs (Dennis styled training) being instilled upon 'em?  


I never owned a BLUE kite, maybe that's the missing component to beat you just one time sir?


I'd only be interested in the full sail real cheap, (no frame or bridle necessary) somehow, I burn thru those models faster than the other sail configurations


See ya' soon and good luck, I'll get the luggage (AGAIN!)


#94917 Pro Extra Vented in high wind vs B2 Vented

Posted by REVflyer on 08 May 2014 - 03:08 AM

For me, I can't justify anything that's a higher wind range than a full vent pro or shook 100%,.... neither of which have many hours on them, despite years of ownership.  Rigged, framed up properly, right line-set selected these kites are good to gusts of 35 mph.


B2 full sail ~ rigged out can take pretty big wind and still be fun, but most of the time it's SULs, no-wind and indoor style kites in my community.  Dave Ashworth for example, carries 17 indoor worthy home-builts, most are quads, totally unfair to other kites, effortless.  New pilots are always sent to him, so they too can experience the difference between stock vs. crafted for one very specific environment by a master.


Most people would never need this level of addiction to no-wind equipment.  The same can be said for the other extreme.  How many folks are willing to buy a kite for 400 bucks that they might use once every 3 years when the wind is blowing over porta-potties?  Is it worth the time to develop that kite and layout the manufacturing patterns when only 50 or 100 units can be expected as a market?  Do you honestly think that those few buyers would be willing to incur all the set-up, tooling, and development/testing labor costs, split equally into their kite's sale price?


There's a larger market share in low wind, everyone experiences it unless you fly coastal exclusively and get up after breakfast is no longer served!  I still crave it there, so early mornings are "my time" at the beach.  Want to hang light-sets? Again, that is much easier to fly with on a lower wind kite (than you would expect).  Better overpowered than under I say, you can always land or move off to the side, at least flight is possible!


How many of us want a kite that barely lifts off at 28 and works comfortably well in 50 mph also?

#94852 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by REVflyer on 29 April 2014 - 03:18 AM

busted one part of the 6 piece travel Diamond frame leading edge showing off this past weekend in ocean city.  Was doing a few throw and catches, found a shovel stuck into the sand, nice & straight up!  Well the throw was magnificent, my body placement relative to the shovel handle positioning was NOT!  Flew laser straight and folded like an elbow on impact, right around that darn handle.  Everyone laughed, but I was kind of pissed about my gross error in judgement.


That was a necessary reminder

that every occupied stroller is

not a target for my entertainment


I had some extra pieces, so just slapped in a new 1/6 length replacement and was back in the air again.


Diamonds are a great stick, if you can get passed their price of admission.  I love 'em in a 40% Shook & my SUL pro.

#94845 Quad sticks

Posted by REVflyer on 26 April 2014 - 02:45 AM

At least my favorite revs, all have those sissy sticks. I find them pleasurable on verything except a stack

#94826 Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2014

Posted by REVflyer on 21 April 2014 - 03:43 AM

thursday thru tuesday for the two pauls

#94754 Nat'l Cherry Blossom (kite) Fest

Posted by REVflyer on 02 April 2014 - 02:06 AM

Well the event was another great time for me,.... here are some pixs from Andrew Albosta



and from the Hayworth family (Dawn, Nancy and Jared)


#94743 Global Rev Count.

Posted by REVflyer on 29 March 2014 - 08:50 PM

Stiffer, for example, there's a ferrule in the center, light weight, snappy response to deflection compared to P-90s

#94738 Rod Question for B series Mid-vent in stronger winds.

Posted by REVflyer on 28 March 2014 - 08:29 PM

I wear stuff out and this is my 3rd full sail b-pro. A crispy tight new sail is so sweet

#94737 Global Rev Count.

Posted by REVflyer on 28 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

Revflyer, plus one more? (Fiftysomething)
Replacement b-pro full sail with diamond travel frame.

I'll get some photos soon

#94733 Maintaining inverted hover help

Posted by REVflyer on 27 March 2014 - 06:08 PM

Excellent progress Bob, keep it up!

#94729 Rod Question for B series Mid-vent in stronger winds.

Posted by REVflyer on 27 March 2014 - 02:27 AM

the difference is that the green race rods can be flown into water by Rich Comras w/o damage,... their whole reason for existing can be traced back to one unique individual!

#94721 Rod Question for B series Mid-vent in stronger winds.

Posted by REVflyer on 26 March 2014 - 03:58 AM

maybe stiffening is the wrong word, but adding structure and support is certainly accurate


like a bi-plane's wire support of the wings