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  1. This is a Cavaliers du Ciel STX 2.1 standard, made in France, in very good condition. It has 6mm leading edge and upper spreader spars, P200 spine, and Avia G-Force lower spreaders. The STX series of kites were very popular on the competition circuit in the earlier 2000s. There is a small cut near the upper spreader rub patch; the cut has been patched neatly with clear tape, see photo. There is also some staining on the Icarex in places, most noticeable on the white panels. The outer standoff fittings have punched through the mylar reinforcement, which seems to be typical of these kites. Asking $150AUD + $12 for postage within Australia. Local pickup from Elwood (3184) is OK. Money will be going to local charity.
  2. Yes, the front of the kite has the logo printing on the left-hand side, and the internet tells me that the verticals go on the rear. To make that work, you'll need to twist the fittings up and over the leading edge, which seems a bit awkward, but apparently that's by design. You'll also notice that when the verticals are on the rear, the bridle extends out from the attachment points more clearly. Re: the flying side of things, my experience with Revs in general is limited to a few 20 minute sessions over the years. Two thoughts though -- the Supersonic series is made for high winds, so try and get out in a stiff breeze, smoother the better because it's a sensitive kite. And second, as per all Revs and derivatives, push/pull hand motions that you'd typically use to fly a stunt kite -- and which work on a lot of power kites too -- don't really work on a Rev. Instead, keep the handles relatively stationary in the forward/backward directions, and instead steer turn by tilting and twisting the handles. Tilt together, and twist in opposing directions. Other than that -- there's the Revolution forums (https://www.revkites.net/forum/), Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/revkites/), etc.
  3. I am certainly no Rev expert, but I followed the advice here - (https://www.revkites.net/forum/topic/5416-supersonic-strut-placement/ -- and this is what I came up with. It seems a bit unnatural to twist the LE-side fittings around the back, but apparently it's intentional to give the sail some billow. I also discovered in the bag there is a spare centre LE rod (with both ferrules), and a spare vertical rod. I held the assembled kite up to a bright window to show some areas of wear where the sail has been folded. There are some tiny bright spots which suggests light coming through, but most don't look like clean-through holes to me, more like areas where the coating is worn or the weave is disrupted. There is also a small nick in the trailing edge fold of the kite, near the point where the two halves meet at a point. Please check out the photos closely to see what I'm talking about. I found that the handles and lines won't fit in the postal tube, so they'll be sent separately but I wont increase the price. Actually, let's make it $220 posted if anyone is interested. These kites are $299USD on the Rev website, which is about $420AUD at the moment, and that wouldn't include USPS postage which is expensive as hell these days.
  4. I'll try to get a few more photos today -- the bag, lines and handles, and of the kite with the vertical spars fitted to the rear of the sail. Stay tuned...
  5. Hi all, I realise my post count is non-existent, but I recently signed up again after many years of being away from the forum. @.Joel and @nigel will certainly remember me from years of being part of the Moran Reserve crew in Elwood/St Kilda. This is a Revolution Supersonic that comes with lines and handles. The kite is in excellent condition, looks rarely flown, and the mylar is still very flat and crispy. The handles are the original Shockwave handles which have a longer throw than the standard ones. This kite was part of a batch of gear that was passed onto me from an interstate flier who no longer has time to fly. I have personally never flown the kite. Yes I'm aware that, in the photos, the vertical spars have been fitted on the wrong side of the kite. The original red sleeve, with mesh pockets, is included. The kite will be sent in a 105cm postal tube which costs $10, but I'll split that cost with the buyer. AusPost charges within Australia will be $15. The total asking price, posted within Australia, is $225 + $5 + $15 = $245. Money will be going to a local charity.
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