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homebuilt Rev

Posted: Tue, Oct 31 2006, 07:41 AM
by Babbman
Mike wrote:I know there were some chinese companies making revs with fiberglass spars. Maybe that's where it came from.
I don't know what people are thinking, making their own revs! :oops:
I know; selling them is against the law, making them for yourself isn't.


I still want to make my own set of Rev2's...

Or how about a stack of Mini-Revs?

homebuilt Rev

Posted: Tue, Oct 31 2006, 10:01 AM
by Mike
I've flown a stack of Revs smaller than Rev II's and they were really twitchy,but blindingly fast. They were on short lines, maybe 30', and the wind was strong, so that was part of the deal.

The standard Rev II has a 74" (I'm pretty sure) LE.
I don't remember the length of the the mini Revs, but I think he said he used standard length spars so I would guess they would have been 32.5" x 2= 65".
Anyway, that's what I would do if I made a mini Rev.
That's probably what size the Rev Backtracker is, if you've ever flown that.

Hmmm, I already have the rev II stack that I love. But....
Lets see, 2 yards of nylon seconds= $10 if you're not too fussy about colors.
5 P200 or P300 spars x $6 =$30
6 endcaps x .90 = $5.40
Bungee and reinforcements and whatever else I've forgotten (like a ferrule for the LE, and bridle line, and LE sleeve material...)= $5
total cost= approx $50

Or I wonder how well a pultruded spar would worK? I've got these in my Rev II stack except for the LE of the first kite, and they haven't broken yet.
Lets see, make it even smaller.... would a 58 or 60" even be flyable?
1 yard of 60" wide fabric= $5
1 60" .2540 spar for the LE= $6.25
1 48" (would a .2200" work?)spar, cut in half, for the two down spars= approx $4
6 Endcaps x .90 = $5.40
Misc stuff (don't need a ferrule this time)= $4
Total Cost= approx$25

actually 10% off for AKA members, but shipping eats up that savings real quick, so we'll just ignore that.

OK, I changed my mind, that's what I would make. Without venting in the LE and being that small, it's going to be really, really twitchy to just fly one. A stack would probably be more managable.

This may go on my list of things to make/repair this winter. If it's a total washout, the lost cost would only be the fabric and one cut spar, I could re-use everything else.

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Wed, Nov 01 2006, 08:56 PM
by Chris
I deleted my original post, no bugs,just me :wink:

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Wed, Nov 01 2006, 09:20 PM
by Babbman
Mike wrote:Hmmm, I already have the rev II stack that I love. But....


I'm gonna have to say that I loved flying your stack... should have had you put the whole thing together.

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Thu, Nov 02 2006, 07:01 AM
by Mike
I'll put all 5 together at the next club fly. Three seems to be a sweet spot for me. They slow down and fly more like a stack with 5, with 3 it's closer to flying a single line with speed and dive stops that look good.

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Thu, Jan 25 2007, 12:13 AM
by Jim Foster
Last August I flew a six stack of 54 inch homebuilt Revs. Bob Serack of Astoria Oregon made a 24 stack, but had trouble keeping it all together so he broke it up into smaller stacks. The stack I flew was on 130 foot lines. My wife was also able to fly the stack. It flies very well.

Jim :revspin:

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Thu, Jan 25 2007, 11:23 AM
by Mike
Hey, Jim Foster!
Welcome 'ol buddy!
How did you find us? Oh, I bet it was the signature over at GWTW.

I guess you and Hector can be the California contingent of IKE.
If you're ever out in the Midwest, let us know and we'll get a bunch of Rev heads together just for you.

For those of you who don't know Jim, he and his wife fly revs. They've flown in several mega rev flies with many of the other great west coast fliers.
Jim and his wife Lynn also make their own Revs--and Lolly still invited them over to her house for pizza!

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Sat, Jan 27 2007, 03:02 PM
by Jim Foster
Mike

Yes, I did find you at GWTW. And yes, Lolly did have us over for pizza after the San Diego Kite Club New Years Day Fly. And yes, Lolly does has known for a year and a half that Lynn and I make our own sails. Now Joe, Lolly's brother, knows that we make sails as he was flying with all of us in San Diego. The bottom line is that they all know that we don't sell our sails as it is just too much work to make one. We only make something that can't be bought.
We do buy new Revs. Just bought one last week. It will be modified to match the Patriotic EXP you saw my fly when you were here last. Lynn wants to have matching kites, as we most always fly together, and that was the easiest way, rather than make or buy two kites.

Looking forward to you next fly together, Jim :up:

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Fri, Feb 16 2007, 10:56 PM
by Ian Rev Addict
Hi,

I've just finished my own homebuilt Rev.
Here's some pictures for you:

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:revspin: Blue Skies......Clean Winds :revspin:

Ian
Midland Kite Fliers
Heart of England Kite Fliers
:up:

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Fri, Feb 16 2007, 10:59 PM
by Mike
Nice job Ian, good looking kite.
It would fit right in with Jim and Lynn's revs.

What did you use for spars?

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Fri, Feb 16 2007, 11:00 PM
by Chris
Very nice Ian! :up: Love seeing all the homade kites :mrgreen:

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Fri, Feb 16 2007, 11:07 PM
by Babbman
:ditto

I love red/white/blue kites!

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Sat, Feb 17 2007, 12:16 AM
by Frodos Majik
Looks great Ian. Nice job. :cool1:

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Sun, Feb 18 2007, 12:12 AM
by Ian Rev Addict
Hi,
I have several spare sets of spars for my other Revs so I just use those.
Personally I prefer the wrapped carbon Revolution supply and I like the SLE
it gives the kite that extra stiffness you don’t get with the standard edge.
I have tried Skyshark spars but because I prefer my kites that little bit stiffer
I went back to the original Rev ones. :up:

:revspin: Blue Skies.......Clean Winds :revspin:
Ian

Re: homebuilt Rev

Posted: Sun, Feb 18 2007, 08:35 AM
by Mike
I'm always swapping my spars around too. I've though of just making little square bags for my rev sails and a separate bag for spars. It would make it easier to mix and match.

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Mon, Feb 19 2007, 12:43 AM
by Ian Rev Addict
The Star & Stripes I used on the new Rev sail is a kind of motif for me; I seem to have started it some time ago when I bought a stars & stripes windsock. After which I added to it with several kites culminating with me making a 16ft feather banner and now of cause my new Rev.
Here's a picture of the banner I made on display last summer at Hereford Kite Festival, the hottest day of the year 98º F / 36.6º C a temp record for us.

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On this close-up if you look at the top of the banner you can see there is an appliquéd Tudor rose which is the Coat of Arms for Sutton Coldfield where I live. The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield dates back to King Henry VIII who granted its charter, with at that time Sutton Park being his personal hunting ground for dear. Sutton Park is the biggest Urban Park in Europe, 2,800 acres² and 7¾ miles in diameter just to give you an idea of where I fly.

Where's your favourite spot to fly Mike, do you have any big parks near you in Illinois?

:revspin: Blue Skies......Clean Winds :revspin:
Ian

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Mon, Feb 19 2007, 09:36 AM
by Jim Foster
Ian

Lynn and I have done four patriotic quads. Two vented using a 1.5 as a guide, and have modified two full sail Revs. We are now considering making a stack like the one here. Don't know if we will. Don't know how much I would fly it. The photo is real, the stack is a drawing.

Jim :revspin:

Re: Homebuilt Rev

Posted: Wed, Feb 21 2007, 09:24 AM
by Mike
Ian Rev Addict wrote:Where's your favourite spot to fly Mike, do you have any big parks near you in Illinois?
Ian


My favorite spot to fly is anywhere there are people around :-D
So, any festival is my first choice and we have one most weekends here in the summer. At least if you're willing to drive a few hours each way...

The spot I fly my rev at home is a small park but it doesn't have trees or buildings to block the wind. The park is surrounded by soybean fields all the way to the horizon (they are only a couple feet tall when full grown) so the wind is as smooth as it gets in the interior of the U.S.

I'd really like to hit a U.K. festival one day.