I would encourage you to hook up with some local fliers. Might be a bit of travel involved, but well worth it considering you can pick some brains for info. I believe there are still a few festivals left in the season.
On another note, the Rev forum is up and running. There is a pretty decent group of Rev fliers from your area that use it a lot. More or less the same type setup there, but a few more local fliers. Might give it a try too.
I'm not sure about the Z, but the QPro has a two-piece spine. The Z flies best in low winds with the bridle knots adjusted towards the nose, no weight, no upper spreader and 50' lines. You should really only drop the upper spreader in winds under 3mph, as the kite isn't as strong with it out.
I never fly my Z with the weight, the kite doesn't need it to roll up, and I always thought it threw the balance of the kite off. The only thing I changed was the length of lines that I flew on. Any flying with the Z in winds under 3mph is just flying, there aren't many tricks. Keeping the kite in the air is the biggest trick...
Thanks guys! It's been a whirlwind the past few day. Mom is a trooper. She is doing great considering what she has been through. I, on the other hand, am beat from taking care of the 3 of them. It's getting better though. I look forward to getting this kite in the air, eventually. Good news is that with our own little family I'm pretty sure momma is going to make beach trips more of a priority!
As much as I hate it, I don't think I'll be able to keep up with a drawing over the next couple weeks. I'm going to entrust it to our mods and admin here and I'll foot the bill for whatever they think is appropriate.
Thanks again for the well wishes!