Rev Travel Case

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Jeff
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Rev Travel Case

Postby Jeff » Mon, Jan 14 2008, 11:55 PM

I'm hoping to be lugging my kites around quite a bit, and if and when I travel, I'll need a good case to safely transport all the hardware. I could rent a case when I travel, but it dawned on me that I have something already in my house that may do the trick. An electric guitar case...

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I've had this guitar for probably 10 years, but I'm not that good, I hardly ever play it, and the guitar pretty much sits on a stand as much for decoration as anything else. The case sits empty. But looking at it, it seems to be about the right size to fit Rev spars, and whatever else I can get in there.

So, I opened it up, and pried out the styrofoam form that the guitar sits in, leaving an empty bare shell. The case itself is not all that sturdy without the inside form that comes together when the case is closed, so I needed to find a material that was similar. I went to the hardware store, and found this...

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It's a rigid foam insulation. It's 3/4 inch thick, and a 4' x 8' sheet cost less than $10. Measuring the depth of the case, 3 layers of this insulation will fill the bottom half, and 2 layers will fill the upper, almost perfectly. And I could get all 5 pieces from 1 sheet.

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So I cut 5 pieces to fit the case, and placed them inside. Then, I made cutouts in the topmost layer of the bottom half to fit in the spars.

I made separate slots to fit the center spar with ferrules for both the Rev 1 and 1.5, and for the rest of the spars of each. I made them large enough to hold 3 full sets for each kite.

I also figured I would see how much of my other hardware I could make space for in there. As you can see, I've accommodated quite a lot:
6 sets of spars,
2 sets of handles,
a multitool with knife, pliers, etc,
a stake (I've got room to add a second),
a 120', 75' and 25' lineset (last one not cut in yet),
a spool of thin gauge wire for threading sleeving if necessary,
and a whole batch of IKE cards!

And if I want to carry the sails in there, I can remove one of the insulation layers in the lid, and have room to lay them in there too.

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I think it's going to be convenient enough that I may just carry the stuff in there on a regular basis.
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Chris » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 05:21 AM

Sweet set up Jeff :up: . You might want to apply for the patent now :wink:

I really like the cut out for the IKE cards!
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Babbman » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 06:35 AM

wow, that's really pretty nice...

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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Mike » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 07:30 AM

That is sooooo dang cool.

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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby brownssl » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 10:30 AM

very nice travel case you should sell them
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Jeff » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 11:41 AM

brownssl wrote:very nice travel case you should sell them


Thanks, but I'm not sure how I'll recoup the $$ for each guitar. :lol:
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Jim Foster » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 03:11 PM

Very nice Jeff. Will we see it at Kite Party? Are you coming? How's the new job going?
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Hector Herrera » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 08:02 PM

WOW, the best Kite case ever... :up: and since you don't use the guitar, maybe you want to sell it? PM me, if you do, that will bring a little change for your trip to California.
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Frodos Majik » Tue, Jan 15 2008, 09:23 PM

Its a Beauty, think it might be a KEEPER!! 8) That is till that kite collection really starts to grow. :shock: :lol:
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Jeff » Wed, Jan 16 2008, 08:46 PM

Jim Foster wrote:Very nice Jeff. Will we see it at Kite Party? Are you coming?

I'm going to bring it up with management tomorrow...
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Re: Rev Travel Case

Postby Roxy » Fri, Jan 25 2008, 05:28 PM

Very impressive! You really have been pulled into the dark side.


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