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  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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    Esperance Western Australia
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    Kites are my strong interest. I also fly radio controlled planes, gliders and helicopters on a regular basis. I'm also a member of our local pistol club. I work part time as an Agricultural Training Officer at the local Ag College.

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  1. Yesterday (first sunny day with steady wind for ages) I had my 85 foot Octopus lifting a giant squid and jellyfish. A lady who had driven down the dead end street to my Dads 20 acre block, said they had seen my display from 10 miles out of town and her little girls wouldn't let her drive by into town without a closer look. Got a lot of great compliments from cars that drove down and parked so the kids could watch. Even got a little lad flying his own kite he bought with him after I put it together properly for him. In the end had 8 Octopuses flying, as well as my laundry and only had to rescue my 8m2 ladybird out of a tree so a great day all round.
  2. Spare rev parts uk

    Yes your right................................2 tap washers and it's perfect!!!! Clever solution too matey!!!!
  3. Spare rev parts uk

    Same deal here with a friend flying mine. They are non critical so cut a new one out of a plastic bottle cap. Mount it so the dome of the cap faces the right way to be kinder on the sail. It got me out of trouble till the new parts turned up. I think the genuine Revolution shock cord and washers come as a kit and cost me a fortune (for what they were) when I bought them last.
  4. Tail management tips please

    This is a picture of my prototype that I built back in 2003 out of 1/4"- 6.3mm galvanized rod. I now use stainless steel. It's not clear in the photo but the whole frame is slightly tapered (the support crossing the axle with the inward bends is a total of 5/16" -8mm narrower than the other side support also welded onto the axle) When I start to roll a tail, it is sometimes easier to hook the swivel onto a solid object so the whole tail can rotate and undo the twists in the tail as I wind it up from the other end. (Mine are always rolled up on these winders so they roll back into their "edge crease marks" very nicely) I loop the first roll of the tail back over its self a few inches and make the first few rolls fairly loose to make it easier to remove from the winder when the roll is completed. By favoring the side with the high guides when rolling, I can spin it with my thumbs while holding the axle in both hands and roll it at a nice walking pace even when it's windy. It then slips off the winder, I fold it in halves and into it's bag.
  5. Rev handles angle and placement of bend

    So what foam do you use for the grips?
  6. Nice idea for spreading the load. Most chains are black steel, so just a heads up about rusting. Even anodized chain has an uncoated internal hole.
  7. Yeh. I fly into Rockhampton Queensland early on Thursday morning and will be at Yeppoon kite buggying for a month. I just checked and the current wind speed in front of cyclone Debbie and is 151 knots- 280kmh.
  8. My Revi!

    Ahh OK. Sorry bout that. Now I see the reason and it now makes sense. Thanks for that. I live by the beach and this is pretty standard dress even in our shopping areas here. I queued behind a young lady dressed in only a bikini in the bank last Monday.
  9. My Revi!

    Am I missing something here. Dunno what you mean??
  10. My Revi!

    A Rev "Bikini" I would call it cut back like that!
  11. waist harness

    Get the kite control right first. Got to be able to hold a fixed bridle kite exactly where you want it on its brakes before you harness in or hot wire to a buggy. If the kite outflies your ability harnessed in, you will get spanked. A depower kite using a bar will require a harness and can do as much damage to your body if inexperienced. Start small and gain confidence and work up slowly in kite sizes/winds. It's the gusts that do the most damage. I taught my self and still do many hundreds of hours a year kite buggying, but still have the odd OBE.(out of buggy experience) If a kite hot launches (strait to the top of the wind window) you will certainly follow it, so if you can get someone to guide you it will be a lot more fun and safer. Me with helmet cam and full armour, purple kite and poking my tongue at the end with an OBE.
  12. Welcome pramsb026

    I'm in guys. I met you in Perth John (and you helped me out big time!!!!). I'm sure you would like it once again.
  13. Good day flying today!

    I totally agree. I was taught when learning to fly an aircraft, an easy way to understand the power of the wind in laymen's terms, is to just multiply the wind speed. If the wind is 6 knots...... 6 x 6 =36, then if its rising to 8 knots x 8 = 64, which is "almost" double the strength.
  14. 3 meters quad foil

    You can see here the extra row "D" of bridals to support the rear of the foil on a quality kite. Joel is restraining the kite after a learner got into a death spiral at launch after a handle slipped out of his hand. The brake lines work by adjusting the wings very trailing edge, just like ailerons on an aircraft. The 4 rows support the wings shape. At speed we reflex (let the brakes off to actually move the trailing edge slightly higher than the natural position of the airfoil) the trailing edge for even more speed. In the shot you can see how far back the kite is supported. The brakes are pulled on here to slow the kite for the photo. This is me with my 13.4 square meter Peter Lynn Vapor. And my 6.5 m2 on a beach in Queensland Australia. Hope this gives you some idea of the location of the support bridals.
  15. 3 meters quad foil

    These style of kites have no internal diagonal (fabric) bracing. So bunch up when not moving forward with enough speed to inflate them firmly. They usually don't have air transfer holes between the ribs. Also the B and C bridle lines (2nd and 3rd line from front) are situated too far forward and offer no support beyond the half way cord mark of the wing. It's a shame as with the same amount of effort during manufacture this bridal placement could be corrected very easily. Not sure what the easy answer is?? I too bought a cheapie when I first started power kiting and I'm sorry to say I cut it up and made it into windsocks.