Steve Jenkins

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Steve Jenkins last won the day on September 3 2016

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About Steve Jenkins

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    Newbie
  • Birthday 06/24/1952

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Rev 1.5, Hawaiian Spin Off
  • Flying Since
    On and Off since 1984, more Off than On
  • Location
    Central Ohio
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    Woodworking, Kites, Guns, Archery, Bicycle Riding and Tinkering in the Shop.
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. Got some more flying in - progress update

    Gee I sure hope so. It seems like every time it's windy (and warm) enough to take a kite in the yard and fly a while, all I do is get frustrated. I went out the day after Christmas (64 degree high in central Ohio!) for about two hours and brother, was it gusty! Made it very difficult to perform smooth, controlled movements. At times low wind and then whoosh, just pulling me forward a step. Nothing at all like the consistent coastal breeze I experienced at Atlantic Beach where I first learned to fly a Rev in September. The last time out I was TRYING to do horizontal slides across the window, but if anyone would have been watching me it certainly wouldn't have been apparent what the heck I was trying to do. Don't get me wrong, I was still having fun, and I do have more "overall control" as I gain more experience, but I sure see a lot of video where I'm left thinking, "I sure wish I could do that". I have been following the discussion with one of the other newbies about leaders, knots, adjustments, various frames and whatnot, but so far I don't even mess with all that stuff. Not because I don't think it won't change anything, but rather I don't think I have the experience to detect the difference! When it's not very breezy I fly my SLE with the lighter frame, and when the wind is stronger I flt my vented B series. I figure until I get more experience there probably is more to be gained by just flying, than to spend all my time messing with frames and knots. BTW, if all this sounds incorrect, please set me straight..... after all..... I am new to this.
  2. 4 lines... your choices

    Wow, it sure is! Really nice looking, too. What's the leading edge length on that one, I'm guessing maybe 125".
  3. Swiss Made 2016

    It doesn't seem fair to hang a title of "Newbie" on someone who can fly like that!!!
  4. Small breakthroughs

    Way to go! Progress for sure! I also went out late Friday for about 90 minutes, but unlike you, I didn't learn a thing! And believe me, I still have a lot to learn! It was a fantastic day, windy and a high of 73 degrees. I figured it would probably be the last really nice day until spring. I did get a chance to fly a new kite however (briefly). I picked up my grandson right after school and helped him with the kite I gave him for his birthday, a Prism Quantum. I really liked it.... I may have to put that on my Christmas list. I really should have spent the whole day trying to improve my kite flying skills but spent most of the day in my workshop working on another project (building a new welding table). I love flying kites but i'm not a hard core flier like many on this forum, I just have too darned many interests! The week before I built a small LP gas fired forge because i'd like to try my hand at blacksmithing / knife-making. Some days there just aren't enough hours in the day.
  5. Replacing rods

    I broke an outer rod while in Atlantic Beach on my SLE just after changing to the lighter frame. I didn't realize that the sections weren't fully engaged and it put too much stress on the end section and it cracked, only about 3/8 of an inch however. John said just flip it around and put the cracked end on the outboard side. I did and it worked. He also suggested repairing it with a wooden dowel rod when I returned home. I have since repaired it and it's holding up fine. I cut off the damaged end and sanded it flat. Then I turned down an appropriately sized dowel rod to fit the inside diameter of the carbon rod, trimmed it in length, then epoxied it in place. Worked great! Just don't try to put the repaired end in the middle .
  6. Indoor Demo (JB/Quad/AKAGN)

    Very, very impressive. I've watched it at least a half a dozen times and I still keep wondering, "how on earth does he do that"? How long of lines are you using? I'm guessing only 15 or 20 feet.
  7. Washington Monument on the fly.

    AMEN, April. That was exactly my sentiment on Atlantic beach last month when two people set up camp directly under where I was flying. I was quite a distance from the rest of the group for a good reason, brand new to the Rev! I'm going out to fly in a bit, we have 15-17 mph winds today in central OH. I gave it a shot yesterday with the kite I bought my grandson for his birthday (Prism Quantum), but it was too light to really have fun. This afternoon will be a big improvement.
  8. Washington Monument on the fly.

    AMEN, April. That was exactly my sentiment on Atlantic beach last month when two people set up camp directly under where I was flying. I was quite a distance from the rest of the group for a good reason, brand new to the Rev! I'm going out to fly in a bit, we have 15-17 mph winds today in central OH. I gave it a shot yesterday with the kite I bought my grandson for his birthday (Prism Quantum), but it was too light to really have fun. This afternoon will be a big improvement.
  9. Tip pivot advice?

    Makatakam, sounds like excellent advice! I'm still very much a beginner with only about 15 hours total on a Rev, INCLUDING the weekend I was at the NC kite clinic in Sept. It was an incredibly enlightening, enjoyable experience. I have been dying to get out and practice some more, it's been 3 weeks since I even touched a kite (just returned from vacation last night). I'm hoping it will be like riding a bike in that once you have learned you never forget. JB's a great instructor.... he never laughed at me, not even once
  10. Best 2 line Stunt Kite for Beginner under $100

    I got the Ice (blue) color. Normally I consider red my favorite color but I also am attracted to blue, purple, black combinations as well. All of the available colors were attractive however.
  11. Best 2 line Stunt Kite for Beginner under $100

    Upon the recommendation of several of you, I ended up ordering the Prism Quantum. I'm on vacation this week so we haven't had a chance to fly it yet but I'll keep you posted when we do. Thanks to everyone who replied.
  12. First Quadline Kite

    Very nice indeed. I think I would enjoy making a kite. I know my way around a sewing machine alright. I think I'll start as soon as I complete the slanted baffle down sleeping bag kit that I started in 1973, 43 years and counting!
  13. Freilein Vertigo and Freilein Vertigo Max. a review

    Of course they have. It's due to all the good free publicity you have given them
  14. Throw Launching a Stack (with video)

    Amazing!!! Just when I feel like I'm making a little progress, I see something like this! It's taken me all week to recover from watching JB fly on the NC beach last weekend. You veteran flyers make it look so easy. Well, to put things in prospective, a month ago I couldn't even spell Revolution and now I own three of them.
  15. LE tabs (service available for Revs)

    Obviously the LE reinforcement tabs is a very good idea. Of course, this got me thinking...... seeing how we have probably 6 sewing machines in the house (my wife quilts, need I say more). About two weeks ago I was with my wife in the local Jo-Ann Fabric store and I started looking for something suitable to use for reinforcement tabs. The only thing I could find that looked about right was some black 1" wide nylon strapping, like you might use for straps on a bag. OK, now the big question. Is this the type of material used when you do the LE mods, or are you using some super fantastic, limited production substance that's only available to individuals with at least a dozen World Championships to their credit?