Paul LaMasters

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About Paul LaMasters

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  • Birthday 01/06/1956

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    diamond framed custom Zen, SUL & indoor quads,
  • Flying Since
    hardcore since '93 on quads, kites in general since the mid-70s
  • Location
    Germantown, MD (Washington DC metro area)
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    design, illustration/photography, graphics, printing and naturally kites (mostly quads). My son is big martial artist & kite flyer, the wife and I enjoy watching Golf, NFL but cheer for different participants. I'm also a huge NBA/Bulls fan since my college room-mate (NIU/'79) is their ticket director
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  1. Gliding without Springs,

    always tighten the tops first, (if possible) otherwise you might just be pushing the down-spars higher above the leading edge tubes, ideally they should be flush!

    Yes, eventually that (design master floral?) paint will flake off at the folds, it is a coating on top of the nylon not leached into the fabric like would happen with acid etch dyes and an autoclave on icarex material. Heat and pressure forcing the dyes thru the polycarbonate coating and polyester threads to permanence is the ticket!
  3. The Phoenix Pro

    Went to humes? He loves it, everyone wins
  4. The Phoenix Pro

    HA!, I've actually spent way more on travel to go fly with friends, than on the kiting items themselves, probably ten to 1! unless you'd count buying our residence 'cause it had a nice shed built under the deck,... or the fact that any vehicle acquired has to fit a kite bag, if not a hard-sided golf club bag carrier!
  5. Gliding without Springs,

    To improve the glide you need a rounded off leading edge (curvature OVER the top) surface, like a frisbee looks "edge on". You effect this change by trapping the elastic knots, washer, etc behind the down spars and behind the caps. You need a restrictor line added, that runs from the center attachment point on the bridle (at the leading edge loop) to the tops of the end-caps. This line holds the newly created bundle in place securely as you flail around. When done, your hand will fit in-between the frame and sail material at the top by the leading edge easily. Notice how different the location of the curvature is placed compared to the reflex models (this way is tight and tucked against the leading edge, not way down in the sail's center) This glide is beneficial in low/no-wind and possibly a deterrent in a big gust due to surging. That is not my experience but I have heard this comment from others. To compare the difference? Throw each kite w/o lines affixed. One will go across the county and the other will die a few feet away! Is it better aerodynamically? That is a personal question, only you can answer. This change will not work on the Phoenix models as they have the top end caps lashed to back of the sail, but on a B-series or Shook mesh it easy to accomplish. You have invested only some bridle line and time, easy to undo if it is not to your liking.
  6. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    just as an experiment,... next time you are out and it is low wind, making sure your "down-wind" area is totally clear and free of obstructions too! fly the kite to high overhead and turn the leading edge down towards the ground, then release the handles entirely. See how far the kite will glide away without pilot intervention. for me, if I released at 80 feet high (saying I'm on 100' lines) the kite will glide away about 200-250 feet (300%) So there's really no good excuse you can't fly in low/no-wind except YOU'RE LAZY, "you gotta' want it!" At the end of this video is an example
  7. Gliding without Springs,

    I'd only comment/recommend that the down tubes end flush with leading edge, a nice and smooth junction would be preferred. Sticking up is a catch point when slack lining and flailing, no wind RULES!
  8. The Phoenix Pro

  9. Axle help

    the problem is you need the mass (leading edge) to lead the half turn (away from your throw) to wind-up inverted. So to do an axel you'd have to throw it with the floppy end leading FIRST! Unless your lines are really short, this isn't likely to be successful frequently, the mass is pushing the trailing edge and it will not slice thru the wind accurately (if at all)
  10. Maxi vented rev

    A "vicky" could be created out of an old sail, you just need piece of glass and a hot cutter, a little patience and a straight edge. or, got more patience yet?, you could back-cut it, folding-over shortish edge hem lines and finish it off with bonding tape (9460/3M) oh, you're on of those kind of folks? Okay, then sew a skinny stained glass key-lined effect around the parts you want to keep with Black ixy and then back-cut away the rest until all the remains a few inches around the parameter and enough guts (either string or super skinny "panels" of remaining fabric) to hold a shape. Lazy? take that old beater sail and hot cut circles with household items as the templates, open a whole bunch of holes all over the place, except where tubes are pulling tightly. Adding in the venting material back is adding in excess weight, just to maintain the shape. Think about where you make your cut-outs with strength in mind as an after-effect of your efforts. Have you ever seen Art St.Pierre's trash bag vented revs? He flies 'em from a lawn chair in a Rev 2 sized format! That is a high wind and almost a disposable kite, (at some point in the huge winds even the lawn chair becomes a danger to the flier) You could make one of those and enjoy yourself doing it. In fact it might be a fun workshop project for the kite club!
  11. The Phoenix Pro

  12. The Phoenix Pro

    Ha!, Believe me, you can get anything you want Wayne, if you are persistent enough and throw sufficient cash at the project. Anything Bazzer would not do directly, Eliot Shook would. I have probably half a dozen cooperative efforts between these two fine gentlemen, all of them crafted as SULs on the leading edge sleeve. So you want an SUL full vented Bazzer B=Pro (mine exploded and literally ripped itself in half vertically during a lessons workshop on flick-flaks and falling leaf tricks, so Revolution replaced it as defective and it had to be built "my way" too) How about a Mid-vent and another SUL to match the previous two worn out? Or a replacement Zen to the 2nd one, also worn out? if fact, you want different material entirely for the leading edge sleeve, you could furnish it too! My choice is mylar-backed nylon, shiny side out. Cath Shook and our missing departed buddy Rich Comras were also allowed to use my SUL materials on their own personal kites LE sleeve. Those are all Shook mesh masterpieces. You can get the leading edge sewn tighter to the tube (so only one 1/4" diameter fits in there). You can get extra reinforcing patches built into the leading edge, so it doesn't wear out so fast. Heck you might even want covers sewn over the elastic knots at the bottom of the sail. The factory asked me several times NOT to advertise the modifications I received based upon over 25K spent directly with Revolution. Everyone will not receive the same services I did. Still folks would call and ask for their kite to be "lamaster-ized". The first time I asked Dantonio about a join venture between Bazzer and Eliot he laughed in my face and told me I'd have to call Lolly instead for a customized Zen meeting my parameters.
  13. KARMA 9/21/2017: Revolution Rainbow Radical

    I'm in and on an allowance,... my bride would be thrilled to open a kite box and NOT find an invoice. I'd love a single skin new Rev
  14. Wind up or down

    I generally set-up Zen/or SUL first thing in the morning, but I might be on a shook mesh by lunchtime. One of our members (dave Ashworth) has covers velcro mounted over his venting, so the kite won't go as a SUL, but pretty much anything else wind-wise he either opens or closes off panels to match the conditions. At the end of the day I have 3-5 kites to put away ALWAYS. 5 months out of the calendar year the Mid-Atlantic states are "indoor conditions with an unlimited ceiling" I wear out an SUL in 18 months, a full vent will last me for a entire decade My most commonly used line-set is 50#/100 feet
  15. New Addition To My Kite Bag

    Most kites are sewn as overlapping pieces and then back cutting away the excess from each side of the sail (front/back). appliqué The sewing aspects represent about 10% of the overall kite-building effort. Kind of like painting a wall, all that taping, edging and cutting in, moving furniture around and throwing tarps down for splatters = most of the time spent.