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