History of the Revolution I

researched and written entirely by

John Norton Mitchell



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       (This page covers every REV I sized Revolution kite including the Lee Sedgwick Signature series and Zen.)


1988

Developed by The Hadzicki Brothers, Dave, Jim and Joe, the Neos Omega Revolution I, was introduced at the KTA(now KTAI) in January, 1989. At that time the company name was Neos Omega Kites. Due to a conflict with Omega Kites, the company name was changed to Revolution Kites. Some of the early Neos Omega also had the name Neos Omega kites on the wing tip tab on the back. The tab was changed during 1989 to Revolution Kites. The Neos Omega panel layout consisted of three panels being the center and to lower wing tips. This is also known as the Classic. The sail and back tab stated patent pending.

The lines were spectra (possibly made by Spider or Shanti) at about 120# and 100 ft in length. The winder was made of wood and had a wide elastic strap with snaps to hold the lines in place. The lines were 7 inches difference in length from top to bottom and had clips which connected to the bridle. This was the standard at that time for most stunt kites. The sail material was rip stop nylon. The rods were four wrap, carbon fiber with a stainless steel outer ferrule. The rod end caps were each made of four parts being; aluminum tube, rubber stopper, hog clip and a rubber cap. The handles were stainless steel rods with Hypalon rubber grips, rubber end caps and hog clips on the end for attaching the lines.

    There were approximately 450 Neos Omegas produced. The pre-production run consisted of 22 kites,
    Numbered 1 to 22, which are:
  • 5x pink tips - center aqua with black logo- No. 5 - 13 - 17 - 18 - 22
  • 3x aqua tips - center pink with black logo- No. 2 - 6 - 19
  • 3x grey tips - center pink with black logo- No. 7 - 8 - 14 - 20
  • 2x aqua tips - center gray with black logo- No. 15 - 21
  • 2x black tips - center pink with black logo- No. 9 - 16
  • 3x grey tips - center aqua with black logo- No. 3 - 10 - 12
  • 2x black tips - center aqua with black logo- No. 4 - 11
  • 1x pink tips - center grey with black logo- No. 1 (in the Revolution permanent collection)

    Within the production run, in addition to the above colors, were:
  • blue or violet tips - center aqua with logo
  • pink tips - center royal-blue with black logo
  • violet or blue tips - Center pink with black logo
  • pink or black tips - center violet with black logo
  • and possibly more colors.
  • Two or three kites were sold to Victor at Kite Country in San Diego during October 1988 along with 3 more, months before the KTA show.





1989

Later in this year, the logo on the Revolution I(Neos Omega), was changed to REVOLUTION to conform to the new company name. Otherwise, the Revolution I remained basically unchanged. The REV I in this panel layout was produced through 1996. There are known instances where the lower wing tab on the back says "Neos Omega Kites" versus "Revolution Kites". During this period several changes took place. The sail and back tab stated patent pending until sometime in 1991 when the actual patent number replaced patent pending. A Kevlar strip was added under the Dacron strip were the upper vertical rod crosses the leading edge. The end caps were changed to a single piece plastic around 1992. Long rubber covers were added over the upper vertical end caps. The bridle was changed to use equal length lines around 1992. There were also "Ultra Light" 3 wrap rods produced which were identified with the same label which was moved close to one tip. The 4 wrap rods had the label in the middle of the rod. There were also some 2 wrap rods produced that had the same label which was placed at the 75% point on the rod. The early 2 and 3 wrap rods had outer aluminum ferrules, the 4 wrap had stainless steel outer ferrules. There were even some very early 4 wrap rods that had a bend in the outer metal ferrule, which I saw only once. Around 1992 the rods were changed from outer to inner ferrules. The labels were also changed to the center with new text for the 2 wrap "For Professional Use Only" an 3 wrap "Ultra Light".

    There were many color schemes. Below are most of them:
  • hot pink, black or white tips - center aqua with black logo
  • red tips - center black with red logo
  • yellow, hot yellow, hot pink or red, white tips - center blue with black logo
  • pink or dark blue tips - center hot blue with black log
  • black tips - center hot green with black logo
  • blue tips - center orange with black logo
  • blue, aqua, violet or yellow tips - center pink with black logo
  • aqua, black or yellow tips - center hot pink with black logo
  • black tips - center raspberry with black logo
  • black or white, blue tips - center red with black logo
  • pink tips - center violet with black logo
  • white tips - center white with red logo
  • orange, aqua, red, blue, or violet tips - center white with black logo
  • violet or red tips - center yellow with black logo
  • blue or hot pink tips - center hot yellow with black logo





1990

This year the Rainbow panel layout appeared on the REV I. Apparently the first known copy went to Lee Sedgwick for extensive testing. It was returned to Revolution that same year very well tested. The panels were Red, Orange, and Gold with a yellow center. This panel layout continued through 1996. The panel layout was brought back in to production in 2002 then known as the Lee Sedgwick Signature series with various changes including a ripstop polyester sail instead of ripstop nylon.

    The colors discovered are:
  • dark blue, pink and black stripes - center white with black logo
  • red, orange and blue stripes - center yellow with black logo
  • black, violet and blue stripes - center aqua with black logo





1992

This year saw the introduction of the Super Ultra Light (SUL) REV I. This version was all around lighter. The sail material was a bit lighter. The leading edge was a lighter Dacron and came with 2 wrap "Professional Only" rods. The bridle was spectra line along with lighter 90#, 100 foot Shanti spectra control lines and a winder made of clear plastic which had a wide elastic strap to hold it in place.

    The discovered colors so far are: (more obviously exist)
  • pink tips - center blue with black logo
  • pink tips - center aqua with black logo





1995

The first production REV I vented was introduced this year, apparently taking after a 1993 creation by John Mitchell. However there was only one large vertical vent versus three and two vertical vents of John's design. This version was produced only in 1996.

    It is unknown what colors exist other then:
  • black and raspberry stripes - center white with black logo.





1997

The Neo-Classic panel layout was introduced for the REV I along with the NEW straight REVOLUTION logo. This was produced only in 1997, as the REV I quietly went out of production for the next five years. The side panels were all triangle shaped. The Neo-Classic was also available in a SUL version.

    There were three standard color schemes all having white centers:
  • blue, yellow and raspberry panels - center white with black logo
  • aqua, blue and black panels - center white with black logo
  • raspberry, sky blue and black panels - center white with black logo
  • black, red and black panels - center white with black logo

The second REV I vented was introduced. This vented version has the same panel layout as the standard with the middle outer panels being replaced by screen. Colors delivered are apparently the same, excluding the middle side panel, as was delivered with the standard. This was produced only in 1997.


This year saw a very interesting production design for the REV I being the A-Symmetric. The left panels were somewhat vertical where the right panels were somewhat horizontal. The center panel being white was triangular shaped. Apparently very few were produced and then only in 1997.

    The A-Symmetric was only available in two color schemes:
  • blue, yellow, raspberry, light blue panels - center white with black logo
  • black, violet, sky blue and black panels - center white with black logo





2002

After many requests the REV I rainbow returned being renamed the Lee Sedgwick Signature Series. A number of changes were made which includes a change from rip stop nylon to ripstop polyester, the logo changed to the new straight logo and is labeled as the Lee Sedgwick Signature Series. An SLE rod version is also available. This version is still in production. The two main color schemes are called the "Hot" which is Lee Segwicks colors and the "Cold" which is Sue Taft's colors. Lee can be seen these days at kite festivals flying a train with a mix of both Hot and Cold REVs.

    The standard version color schemes are:
  • "Hot" red, orange and gold panels - center yellow with black logo
  • "Cold" black, violet and blue panels - center aqua with black logo
  • The image shows my personal custom color scheme of which apparently only one exist. At least one different red, white and blue color scheme is known to exist.

A vented version of the Lee Sedgwick Signature Series was also available in the same color schemes with exception that the second panel from the side was replaced with screening. This version is still in production. The color schemes are the same as the standard. An SLE rod version is also available.

    The known vented version color schemes are:
  • "Hot" red, vent(was orange) and gold panels - center yellow with black logo
  • "Cold" black, vent(was violet) and blue panels - center aqua with black logo





2006

he REV I standard returned to production being similar to the panel layout of the 1997 version. It also incorporated a Mylar panel in the side center panels. Optionally a rip stop polyester panel was offered in place of the Mylar. The all polyester version is still in production.

    The 2006 standard color schemes were:
  • red, Mylar, gold panels - center white with black logo
  • violet, Mylar and aqua panels - center white with black logo
  • black, Mylar and red panels - center white with black logo
  • blue, Mylar and red panels - center white with black logo
  • blue, Mylar and raspberry panels - center white with black logo

    In 2007 the color standard schemes were changed to:
  • red, Mylar, gold panels - center white with black logo
  • red, Mylar and yellow panels - center white with black logo
  • black, Mylar and red panels - center white with black logo

    In 2009 Mylar was dropped. The color standard schemes were changed to:
  • red, gold and red panels - center white with black logo
  • red, white and black panels - center white with black logo
  • lime, blue and lime panels - center white with black logo

    In 2010 the standard color schemes listed were:
  • red, white and black panels - center white with black logo
  • lime, blue and lime panels - center white with black logo

    In 2011 the color scheme below was listed:
  • purple, white and black panels - center white with black logo

A vented version of the 2006 REV I standard was in production with the vent replacing the Mylar panel. This version was produced through 2008 with same color schemes as the standard. It was replaced in 2009 with a version that has different vent panels.





2008

A special version of the REV I was introduced for the progressive train. It had a similar panel layout to the REV 1.5 eleven panel, introduced in 2002. The train is available only by special order. I apologize for the poor photo quality.







2009

The venting panels for the REV I vented changed from one on each side to two vertical vents on each side.


    The colors were:
  • red, white and black panels - center white with black logo
  • lime, blue and lime panels - center white with black logo
  • red, gold and red panels - center white with black logo

    In 2011 the color scheme below was listed:
  • purple, white and black panels - center white with black logo






2010

Zen was developed by Barry "Bazzer" Poulter together with John Baressi and Team iQuad. Zen was designed specifically for low to very low wind conditions. Roughly speaking it is an upscaled version of the REV 1.5 John Baressi Pro. Zen is framed with the same rods lenghts as the REV I. For the Zen a special set of rods were developed by Revolution, however any Revolution I rod may be used in Zen. Zen is manufacture exclusively by Barry "Bazzer" Poulter in Washington state. There are four standard color schemes available and almost any custom color scheme.

    The standard four color schemes are:
  • white with three shades of blue - center white with black logo
  • white with three shades of green - center white with black logo
  • white with three shades of purple - center white with black logo
  • white with yellow, orange, red - center white with black logo

    My personal custom color scheme is:
  • black with, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, blue - center black with white logo (as seen in the picture)





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