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  1. Oh, my. I'd better sit down and think about that awhile. Have derived good pleasure from some of their offerings. The Nirvana in particular was a landmark for me but there are others, too. Along with some perhaps not so much. The end of an era in that corner of the kite world. I offer up heartfelt thanks, for everything. . .
  2. Heh-heh. Took the words right out of my mouth, Edmond. Although I was a little reluctant to say it (till now I guess!). John pushes the limits in seeking performance. We are beneficiaries of that. But some/many of us are quite content to get the peace and serenity offered by some of our older kites. (And that is not to say that the two approaches are mutually exclusive, either.) Out of this discussion I have learned that perhaps I should pay more attention to the idea of the two separate wings, or 'engines', that the Rev 1 has, or has more of. Never thought of it that way. But,
  3. What is the sail colour pattern? Here is a link to another neat history site, this one by John Mitchell. In particular, the Rev 1 section (there is also a separate section on rods, which may help pinpoint the age): http://johnnmitchell.com/IntSportKites/rev_history/r1.html You can scroll through by year to check the colour schemes for various models. Good history on the other Rev designs as well, such as the II and the 1.5 (It was cool to read that early rods were made by a golf club shaft manufacturer.) .
  4. Interested in the idea of flying the indoor rev outdoors as a means of extending opportunities to fly into a wider range of conditions. So am appreciating thoughts and comments which encourage this as a future possibility for me (indoors itself I have not explored and I am unlikely to acquire a kite for that purpose alone. Although I have not ruled it out.) Much of this stuff is over my head (so to speak) but it is fun and instructive to try and follow. Carry on... .
  5. The Rev 1 is 9 feet across, whereas the 1.5 is approx 7 1/2 feet. So size is a major difference. Perhaps sail material as well, as chances are the sail may be ripstop nylon (although there may be icky versions in later years, I don't know). Nylon gets soft with flying time. Not necessarily a bad thing. Slower kite, perhaps a little less agile although tuned and in good hands and the right wind it can still zip. As Bunduki says, it pulls like a tractor comparatively. I think the first one I flew was on 150# lines, unlike the more common 90/100# for the 1.5 versions I am familiar with.
  6. Wow I had no idea that the lights had come so far. The little video shows a ton of settings. Can one reset them remotely while flying? What does the system weigh? Never tried it. (My only encounter with night lights was when Gary Engvall came to my town more than 20 years ago and showed me night lights on a rokkaku he had built. It was a neat flight at the time but somehow flying at night didn't take off for me thereafter.) .
  7. Absolutely try! Don’t know If the Nexus comes with a Manual or Field Card, if so check it out if haven’t already. But the general rule for duallies: pull in the nose in lighter winds. Simple as that. Some kites have adjustment knots at the top of the bridle. Some Prisms have you do it in a range between two knots on the bridle; believe sometimes they are even labeled (such as on my Prism Quantum anyways). But the principles are the same -- shortening the line that goes to the nose (or lengthening its counterpart). If feasible on this kite you could even wrap the upper
  8. On now pulling out my Prism Quantum, I see that the centre T setup is slightly different than I had envisioned, in that there is no ferrule in one spreader, but, rather, both spreaders plug into a fitting. Not uncommon, but not what I was thinking when I made reference to a ferrule, which is more typical of kites using larger diameter skyshark type spars. I experienced the same as you on my Quantum it looks like, and I had adopted the rubber band method referred to above. In the spirit of a picture being worth 1000 words, I attach one of my setup. Sorry for any confusion! https
  9. Looking at that ebay listing, it would have been a nice instant flying field. At least 3 B Series and a fourth rev plus some flying lines and a nice carry bag. Yes, maybe a good offer was made that the seller couldn't resist? Or the seller had second thoughts? Or...? Rare find on ebay although single kites come up all the time. May be worth a note to the seller to see if there's something still left of the set if you are so inclined. (I would but I have enough kites. Ahem.) . .
  10. Might also check that the ferrule hasn't become 'unglued' from one of the lower spreaders. If so, it may tend to slide a bit out of position -- have even had one fall right out eventually or, worse still, slide inside the spar completely. (Edit: see followup post for thoughts specific to the Quantum and related kites) A couple of my kites have had an issue that the natural tensions of the kite frame and standoffs tend to wanna sproing (is that a word?) the two lower spreaders apart where the fit of the ferrule into the centre 'T' isn't very snug. The rubber band solution suggested by @cer
  11. Glad it worked for you. And would like to thank you for causing me to bring the kite up out of the pile. Hadn't flown it in a while and had a couple of good flights with it since it was out anyways... I gather that the kite has been discontinued, which is a bit sad (though see some still being sold at various sites). .
  12. Now that is an uncanny coincidence! 😉 Look forward to hearing about that kite. Happy Birthday in advance! .
  13. Ah. Thanks. Apparently the Kite Shoppe carries 3Winds quads, including parts and bridles, from digging around a bit. An acquaintance passed on to me the idea that, to him, dynamic or turbo bridles such as these result in better drive through turns -- more positive and precise. I am way too low on the learning curve to properly judge but comments like those give me something to watch for. In case the trait isn't immediately apparent to me in flight. Be interested in your thoughts on quad bridles. Or an update on them sometime. .
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