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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. Quad handle types and line brands

    I used a Plain Bugle head drywall screw from my local hardware store. The rounded head works a treat.
  2. Quad handle types and line brands

    Totally agree!!!!! Great advice. Reckon they are punched not drilled when manufactured they are so internally jagged. Cut the hog clips and discard. Warm the caps in hot water and you can stretch them easily to get the leaders through one hole when reassembling them.
  3. Quad handle types and line brands

    Hi Melissa. I did a similar thing to all my handles as the video shows and they work really well. I used a blue "8mm star plug" that's available in Australia and they are a perfect fit tap fit inside the stainless tube. Fit them backwards and leave them a little proud above the stainless tube and the rounded edge protects the leaders. I also bough a 13" pair of alloy anodised "snagless handles" (thinking they would be much lighter for when I travel by plane) and they were only 10grams less in weight than my modified standard rev ones, due to them being made from solid aluminium round bar. I also found these to wear at the point they exit the handle with a lot of use. Where as the modded standard rev handles don't as the cap supports/protects the leaders.. Carbon ones are really light, but I just don't click with them. Too light for my taste. A few drops of "Sewers aid" sewing lubricant run over your lines with a small bit of rag does the job and doesn't collect sand when dry. I still use my original set of lines when flying from dirty, gritty surfaces. They are trashed and very fuzzy but the oil stops them squeaking with lots of wraps. It's just pure silicon oil. (Kevin Sanders "Kaos" put me onto silicon oil and I bought a 1 litre bottle for Aus $34.00.) I use a lot of silicon oil for sewing windsurfing sails. It keeps the needle cool and the adhesive off the double sided tape doesn't collect on the needle.
  4. 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.
  5. Spare rev parts uk

    Yes your right................................2 tap washers and it's perfect!!!! Clever solution too matey!!!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Rev handles angle and placement of bend

    So what foam do you use for the grips?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. My Revi!

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

    A Rev "Bikini" I would call it cut back like that!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.