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Saturday April 11th

Posted: Thu, Apr 09 2015, 07:18 PM
by swannie
Weather looks decent. I have had a chance to fly much this year, but I might have a few hours in the afternoon ... maybe. Anybody? Anybody?

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Thu, Apr 09 2015, 10:27 PM
by TMadz
Im in. Havent flown much either. Been pretty busy still.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Fri, Apr 10 2015, 06:17 AM
by basicbill
I can probably make it.

Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Fri, Apr 10 2015, 01:52 PM
by makatakam
I'm available all weekend.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Fri, Apr 10 2015, 06:37 PM
by FlyingJim
I'm game to join for flying. Where and when are you thinking?

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Fri, Apr 10 2015, 06:49 PM
by basicbill
Howsabout 1 pm at either St Charles East Sport Complex or that field at the Sugar Grove school.

Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Fri, Apr 10 2015, 06:54 PM
by FlyingJim
Either one for me, exact local would help. Just let me know, thanks.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 08:34 AM
by basicbill
Swannie, Todd... Any thoughts?

Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 08:48 AM
by zero1199
I'll do East Sport Complex at 1pm.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 10:13 AM
by basicbill
zero1199 wrote:I'll do East Sport Complex at 1pm.


OK. East Side in St Charles at 1 pm.

East Side Sports Complex
3565 Legacy Blvd
St Charles, IL 60174
https://goo.gl/maps/cWUSV


Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 10:17 AM
by TMadz
I can do it, but only for a short while. Helping the MIL and then have plans tonight.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 12:34 PM
by swannie
Not sure I'll make it now. Might see you guys there. :)

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 05:18 PM
by basicbill
Todd, myself and our newest Rev flyer Jim, were out at the East Side Sports Complex in St. Charles. My wife came out to take a few photos. Xay showed up later after she had departed the scene.

Standards were the kite of the day. Although Todd flew his Widow dual line kite, too.

I got Jim set up. And showed him the basics. Later, Xay gave him the correct stuff. ;)
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Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 07:42 PM
by makatakam
Flew at Meinecke Park, a block from the house, today. Wind was on the low side, so I flew the Red/Wht/Blk Spiro w/SUL bridle and Diamond rods. I weighted the bottoms of the uprights to see if I could improve the glide ratio. That was, of course, after my usual "chop off the excess weight" routine that I do with each new kite. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet is all I can say. Lose 10 feet, gain 50+. Lazy man's dream come true.

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Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Sat, Apr 11 2015, 08:06 PM
by basicbill
That's a good looking kite, Mark.

Bill

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2015, 02:58 PM
by Mike
that is a beautiful kite, Mark. I seem to recall that the original B-series kites briefly came with weights that you could add just as you did.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2015, 06:13 PM
by makatakam
Mike wrote:that is a beautiful kite, Mark. I seem to recall that the original B-series kites briefly came with weights that you could add just as you did.


Thanks, Mike. I believe at this time it is a 1-of-3 made. Pricey, but nice. Of course the first thing I did was chop the 20 grams of unnecessary weight off of it.

I remember seeing that somewhere; then I lost track of any mention of it. 3/16 of an ounce per upright works nicely on a one-piece sail. Might need 1/4 ounce on a panelled sail. Just started playing with it a couple of weeks ago, but the difference is immediately evident. Now I just have to experiment a bit to see what the ideal weighting per type of sail is.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2015, 10:35 PM
by Mike
Let Steve try doing axels with the added weights...

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2015, 11:30 PM
by goestoeleven
You mean let Steve pull a kite out of the air faster with extra weight . . . . because he just can't get the timing or touch right . . . maybe in another 15 years or so I'll be able to axel consistently and properly. I did get a tip from JB last fall that helped me a bit, but I still can't get it right or flat enough. And I still pull the kite out of the air pretty frequently by yanking too hard or getting my timing wrong. :censored: frustrated . . . .

Actually, I think you are being semi-serious - the weights in the tails would probably help get it flatter. I should give it a try.

Re: Saturday April 11th

Posted: Tue, Apr 14 2015, 11:36 PM
by makatakam
goestoeleven wrote:You mean let Steve pull a kite out of the air faster with extra weight . . . . because he just can't get the timing or touch right . . . maybe in another 15 years or so I'll be able to axel consistently and properly. I did get a tip from JB last fall that helped me a bit, but I still can't get it right or flat enough. And I still pull the kite out of the air pretty frequently by yanking too hard or getting my timing wrong. :censored: frustrated . . . .

Actually, I think you are being semi-serious - the weights in the tails would probably help get it flatter. I should give it a try.


I forgot to mention it, but, yes, the weights actually do help to flatten out the axel.