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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2010, 11:39 PM »

Not an expert Tom, but from what I've heard there is a pro rod now, too. Someone with real Rev knowledge will have to inform us both on that score.................The answer to your question is .....yes,  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2010, 06:31 AM »

yes and no on question the sul is made with a lighter material and the bridle is different the jb with 2 wrap is low wind your skill level has alot to do with it ive seen experianced vflyers fly with 4 wrap in 3 mile an hour wind
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2010, 10:14 AM »

Careful...you might find it hard leaving the darkside... Cheesy

Exactly what he said, Tom!
"Be VERY Careful"

I went to give my 5th rev (a Blast) its maiden flight yesterday, and i for the first time, left all my dual lines kites at home.  Huh Huh       Shocked

and yes, race rods rock. They are much ighter than the SLE and will help with precision in flying.

Just stay with the SLE for a bit more though as you are still getting the hang of it.
That SLE is a very durable rod for learning to fly. Enjoy!   
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2010, 11:39 AM »

Most people these days use the SLE rod to stake out their tomatoes or thrash loose dogs on the flying field.
The smaller diameter rods are the way to go. The Race Rod has pretty much replaced the 2 wrap and can be used in a little higher wind... going to the 3 then 4 as the wind picks up. There are a bunch of people experimenting with mixing the rods now,,,,, but I have not tried it.
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2010, 08:18 PM »


Sounds good to me "when and if" we meet of course. Was mainly offering to fly revs with ya since I know how and all.

Choice is yours.

Love to fly together and I can surely use some pointers!  Smiley  Didn't mean to sound like I was copping any sort of attitude - life's too short for that bs.

I am often at kite hill most late afternoons on sat/sun if the weather permits.  In the summer, often for the last hour of daylight - the wind is so sweet at that time.

Where do you usually fly?


No worries!! You're right, life is too short. Which is why I fly Cheesy

I usually go to kite hill, Marymoor Park(Redmond) and 60 acre park(Kirkland/Redmond) and have even hit a spot off I-90 towards North Bend.
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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2010, 08:22 PM »

Most people these days use the SLE rod to stake out their tomatoes or thrash loose dogs on the flying field.
The smaller diameter rods are the way to go. The Race Rod has pretty much replaced the 2 wrap and can be used in a little higher wind... going to the 3 then 4 as the wind picks up. There are a bunch of people experimenting with mixing the rods now,,,,, but I have not tried it.


Well, if someone happens to have an end piece to the trio of SLE rods I need one Wink
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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2010, 08:26 PM »

Race rods are stronger and pretty light as well as flexible BUT if you're still in the learning stage ya might want to stick with the SLE for now. As soon as you're done playing lawn dart with it......you're gonna love having a set. Really makes the kite flex more and the sail seems to absorb more wind making for a sweet fly.

Just got back from Whidbey took 5 kites with me and the wind was waaaay to high for flying the ones I had with me today. There was a guy flying a Quantum that had that thing screeeeeaaaaamin' through the air. No way I was gonna try it Shocked
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« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2010, 09:55 PM »

Thanks for the advice on the SLE - I did notice that it does not bend much even when the wind picked up, but probably the right rod for starting out.  The first 10 mins or so I was hitting the ground pretty good with it until I figured out how to control the kite.

I won't bother upgrading until I get quite a few more hours on the lines.

I'm still loving dual line way too much to get too serious with my quads, but its fun for a change of pace.
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« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2010, 10:19 PM »

I'll assume you got set up with longer brake lines already? If not, I can show you. It was a tremendous help to me.
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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2010, 03:19 AM »

adjust your tuning on the handles by placing the kite inverted on the ground.  Keep adding "Down" (shorting the break lines) until the kite will back-up inverted.  That is how much down you need, the amount varies by the conditions that day.

Practice holding the kite inverted until you get confident.  Fly it up to waist high, hold it there and then GENTLY lower it back to ground.  Both handles should be close together and your thumbs pushed forward towards the kite.

When you can do this half a dozen times in control, then double the height and do it again.  Eventually it should back up to the top of the window like it was on railroad tracks, perfectly smooth and at one uniform speed.  This will take many hours to perfect the technique.  Backing-up & hovering is why REVs are so much fun, in a single word "control"!  Imagine landing your kite into the hole on top a Coke can, balanced on top a fence post or into the outstretched hand of a small child inside a stoller!
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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2010, 11:50 PM »

Welcome to the Dark Side.  We have cookies... Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2010, 04:32 PM »

Muuuhahahahahahaaaaaaa Tongue
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2010, 05:38 PM »

nder John ruggerios tutelage I just learned how to Axel a rev. the first time I had a rev in my hands in over a year.....have to try on a deca now....I have seen Curtiss Mitchell do that in the past....
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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2010, 07:04 PM »

The SLE is my still my favorite when there is enough wind and I want snappy response. I learned quads on a Rev II, so I'm used to the extra twitchiness in it and the 1.5 SLE.

Precision or team flying isn't my thing most of the time, so the flex and dampening of control inputs isn't as critical. It must be admitted that the 2/3 wrap flex does make inverted rotation moves easier.

Rev II, vented Rev 1.5, and vented Rev II are my favorites, so the need for speed is more important than contol. Those winds also tend to clear the flying field of people and dogs, so a lot more wide-open space for unencumbered flying.  Cool  Tongue
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« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2010, 08:14 PM »

I'll assume you got set up with longer brake lines already? If not, I can show you. It was a tremendous help to me.

I just hook things up and move the knots until it feels ok, but I'm doing this all on my own.  Send me a PM next time you are headed for kite hill and I'll see if I can make it.

It would be great to fly with someone - I rarely see revs out there.
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