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Title: Vent my Rev!
Post by: photogbill on February 01, 2014, 09:37 AM
I picked up this Rev in a 'new' (at the time) B-Series Rev trial color scheme a couple years ago while down at TISKC from Ben. I had a full vented Rev in Black & Gold at the time so I was covered for just about any wind condition to fly a Rev in.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8074/8367179263_2d159a6a76_k.jpg)

Last year while at TISKC again, I fell in love with the Eliot Shook Masterpiece Revs after flying a couple that were owned by other Rev fliers and thought I would like to have one. My plan was to sell BOTH of my Revs to offset the cost of a Shook Masterpiece that I could fly in most wind conditions. On the spare of the moment I offered my Vented Rev first to another flyer at the event ...and did the deal quickly! Too quickly ...as it turned out!  :(

As time went by and I began building several more duel line stunters, I reinvigorated my interest in predominantly flying duel liners! Although I'll always have a place in my heart for "the dark side" ...especially when winds get up there in the 18+ mph wind range. I started questioning my decision to purchase a expensive Masterpiece Series Rev since I don't often fly a Rev and I regretted selling the full vent I had owned (it really flew well). I decided that I would just go ahead and buy another full vented Rev to replace the one I sold ...and eventually sell the above standard Rev to help offset the cost of the new Vented Rev.

On discussion my plans with a flying buddy, he made the brilliant suggestion that I should convert my full sail standard Rev into a Vented Rev. Knowing that I had numerous kite builds under my belt, he suggested I shouldn't have any trouble doing a conversion. I don't know why I hadn't thought of that option myself ....duh ....but I guess that is what friends are for!  :D

Anyway, soon after I returned home from TISKC this year, I went right to work on the new project! I liked the color scheme of my full sail Rev so I knew I'd like the finished conversion results. I took the frame out of my Rev; clipped the sail taught onto a work table; made a 'panel template' for each of the two different sized vents; & carefully cut the ripstop panels out of the sail ...leaving 1 1/2 " trailing edge in tact like the original Vented Rev is made.
I already had some screen that I had bought awhile back for a potential venting of another kite. All I needed to do now was to cut the screen panels out with a 1/4" overlap to the back of the sail. I left an extra 1/4" at the top edge so I could fold the screen over (doubling it up) before sewing. I used seam tape as always to attach the new screen panels before sewing. The finished results were even better looking than I expected. Since I chose to leave the original overlapped seam on the sail when I did my cut-outs, adding the screen to the back of the kite made the connecting seams appear a little darker than nomad ...which I actually liked. It gives the kite an almost pin-stripped look along the edges of the screen panels.

It was a relatively easy project which took a little longer than I had expected (approx. 3 hours) due to my taking extra care ...meticulously completing the project! I didn't want to screw up a perfectly good ...practically new kite! Project completed! I now have my 'new' vented Rev and glad I took the advise of a friend! The screen I used had a slightly tighter weave than on an original Vented Rev but I figure that will only help my vented Rev fly in a lighter wind if I want to ...and not hinder the upper end of the wind range that much!

Here's a couple indoor pics until spring rolls around and I'm able to take a nice photo outdoors of the finished work!


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3783/12253401005_e387ab7bda_o.jpg)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3816/12253402205_43fa76d465_o.jpg)


Title: Re: Vent my Rev!
Post by: stapp59 on February 01, 2014, 01:38 PM
Looks good.  I wonder how many people make covers for their Rev vents?  That way you could have a heavy std, half vent, or full vent. 


Title: Re: Vent my Rev!
Post by: skb on February 01, 2014, 02:55 PM
Looks good.  I wonder how many people make covers for their Rev vents?  That way you could have a heavy std, half vent, or full vent. 
raises hand
(http://i.imgur.com/aMsI89M.jpg)
I made Velcro covers for my Full Vent Rev before there was a Mid Vent available from Rev.
It adds some weight, but that's not really much of an issue if you're flying vented kites.


Title: Re: Vent my Rev!
Post by: stapp59 on February 01, 2014, 05:14 PM
Excellent!  I did something similar a few years ago.  Just used a solid color though and did not match the sail pattern as you did.  Good show!

Looks good.  I wonder how many people make covers for their Rev vents?  That way you could have a heavy std, half vent, or full vent. 
raises hand
I made Velcro covers for my Full Vent Rev before there was a Mid Vent available from Rev.
It adds some weight, but that's not really much of an issue if you're flying vented kites.


Title: Re: Vent my Rev!
Post by: SparkieRob on February 01, 2014, 10:02 PM
Nice,

And nice.