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,
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    hardcore since '93 on quads, kites in general since the mid-70s
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    Germantown, MD (Washington DC metro area)
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    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. Ha, My first quad was a Backtracker too. Oh man how I struggled with that thing, two full years before I knew you could even ADJUST it! I still fly mine occasionally, now I can do a bunch of tricks, including throw and catch on it My final exam of Quads for a PhD was a 6-pck stack of baby revs, bumblebees on speed, 36 inch leading edge (built by Dugard). Needs big wind (25 or 30mph to generate any flight) but are super fun when the coast guard won't go out of the harbor due to Hurricane forces.
  2. it's not snow flying, but it was darn cold,... two tons of fun as well!
  3. ENVY on that indoor location Wayne!
  4. I fly in crap weather and kites are made for me to be abused, yesterday started with snowy rain, but the afternoon was windy and almost 50 degrees. john will enjoy blue ridge, it challenging, flying in bowl, but spectators make it worthwhile. Definitely an SUL location
  5. polyester thread too, (never cotton),... and a thread stand will also help smooth everything out on the finished product, lasting for years! Practice until the stitching falls into the middle of the sewn piece from both sides. don't discount the strength of 3M's 9460 bonding tape either, it doesn't have to be sewn to be super-strong. This adhesive is made to bond two pieces of metal together, the fabric next to the seam will fail before the bonding ever does.
  6. Nat'l Air & Space Museum indoor invitational is the 25th of March. Cherry Blossom KiteFest is April 1st on the mall grounds/Washington Monument, free,.... 3 activity fields and plenty of open spaces surrounding them MIKE/Maske is in April (but you probably do the Virginia Beach gig instead, as it's the same time & closer), Wildwood is the end of May, also Kurtiss Jones is running a new gig up at Liberty State Park over Memorial Day weekend, ODSKC is usually around the 3rd weekend in June if we don't see each other sooner. Good luck with the mission.
  7. Please make an SUL sleeve, ... you don't need any more weight on that sail! There's also currently no solid center/middle section to push against, so a higher level of wind will need to be achieved before it is flight worthy. Ground launching (if the sail were to fall flat entirely) will be more difficult too. (like trying to dead-launch a "Vicki" model) Enjoy the experimenting and maybe we'l see one of these fly in Roanoke/Salem's blue ridge kitefest next month?
  8. okay here's how you can practice, straight lines are easy peazy. buy some ripstop nylon in a inch width (or so bigger is easier but looks less professional) from someone like Phil Broder. It comes in all different colors but most folks use black as it buries and hides any flaws and makes a great contrast in the sky too. Pinch it in half and pull it against a stiff edge of a table glass top or the straight edged molding, so it's scored and folded TIGHTLY. Now you have to fold the two halves into the center at the tightly scored and folded edge from each side so the fabric is 4 thicknesses in the middle. You place that edge scored edge against the edge of the sail and you sew it on the better you fit it the more likely you are to capture all the pieces and make t look professional. Why am I stressing tightly against the leading edge?,... 'cause someday my friend, you're going to want to edge bind a curved surface. Oh now you're in trouble,... you have to stretch that edge binding to add a curvature as you struggle to hold it in place. Maybe you "hot tack" and chase the melted holes welding everything together with your sewing needle to hide those some holes (they'd better be super tiny too or you'll see 'em when back-lit. Or you could use painters tape and peel it up just before entering the jaws of the sewing machine. whatever works for you. Binding a straight edge is EASY but practice until you make it look perfect Trailing edge? Two rows of straight stitches are how you make it slice thru the wind in reverse, (also stronger like a parachute is built.) Most folks use a triple stitch zig-zag as it's easier to do. look at how Bazzer's efforts appear, it's done the best way possible and it flies like it too! You want a ribbon of material so it violates the wind in reverse flight, not just passing thru. Want to try a leach line? Now is the time to install it. It fits inside the center of the edge binding and make sure you don't sew it down either! It has to be allowed to be tightened or loosened to test the effects of flight. If you leave a tiny gap between the stitches and the center of your edge binding you could thread a micro carbon rod into the passageway to see how that effects flight. If you leading edge sleeve is composed of tabs instead of a solid sleeve all the way across you can experiment with the placement of the down spars and the angles, or even the lengths. Speaking of spars,...why would you want ANY stick showing beyond the sail? That is more surface area that could be used for flight. End the stick at the bottom or edges of the sail. a TIGHT sail has better performance, so use the best materials you can afford for it. P-31 Icarex from Tennepols or Cuban .4 ounce if you want a no wind/indoor monster. Nylon is okay if you are painting the sail or adding shadow details with an airbrush. Otherwise it stretches and gains water weight when wet, forget about it and stick with polyester. Think about your reinforcing patches, here's what my friend Dave Ashworth does,.. he builds a kite with tyvek (use fedex envelopes cut up if you want to save funds) and wooden dowels. He flies and it explodes but it shows him all the areas to beef up. Don't make a half saved prototype as all the framing must be multipled by 4 instead of simply doubled. About nothing is as rewarding as making your own kite and folks hearing the "men can sew". The experimenting is priceless knowledge unobtainable w/o you doing the work, maybe you get lucky and do a co-op with some friends and everyone grows faster as more variables can be compared to guide your design direction. After all, if you are building your own kite and putting all this love into it, don't you have expectations of increased performance too? Well experimenting can give you one of those objectives in spades and cheat the rest of your kite flying hand by denying something else. Want a perfect flick-flak, executed on the ground, no less?,... are you willing to give up an axel to gain that performance? What if I offered you a fantastic "falling leaf" but you no longer can throw and catch the kite? Want that still? (that is the difference between Bazzer's Phoenix and the B-series pro ~ it comes down to having the leading edge WRAP over the knots and form a curvature like on the Speed Series of kites vs. a rigid structure securing the end-cap BEHIND the sail. Same frame, same handles same bridle,... everything is identical except for how the end-caps and knots of elastic or lack thereof interact with the leading edge. enjoy and keep going, .... Alden Miller went home and told his wife that he'd met me and I told him he'd become a handy man kite builder. His designs are now offered by Revolution as Masterpieces. He doesn't fly like he can build a kite. Oh how he and the misses howled about my future cast that first day!
  9. Edge binding is just not your thing?
  10. 2 six packs of Ames baby ryvs(42 inch leading edge), 1 six pack of Dugards baby really high wind revs Gibian masterpiece, w/Shook's custom Mylar SUL leading edge sleeve 5 Shook mesh masterpiece kites, a 40%, a 135% & 100% and two 70%'s 2 bazzer pro b-series customs, midvent and SUL bazzer's sizzle and old glory masterpiece kites, both built as SULs Bazzer's Phoenix ash,... a stock one off the shelf! B-2 steve Polansky's rainbow feather 1.5 original reflex rev indoor ashworths orcon indoor kites,( tirips, blast, 1.5) 3 Bazzer custom zen SULs supersonic
  11. continue your pursuit Franck, but know you can borrow what you need just about anytime you see one of us from WoW in the vicinity
  12. Could you afford to consider alternatives, a Shook mesh?, made to order, your colors, your frame, your bridle choice,LED flashing lights and/or magic stick options,.... all are available, interchangeable and worthy of careful consideration. I live nearby (Germantown) and we fly frequently at the Washington Monument with the local kite club "Wings Over Washington". You would be most welcomed at our gathering. How we usually work is the newest flier gets to fly each guy's kite and pick the one that feels the best. you use that kite and the owner gets to set-up another one. Guess what? Someday you won't be the guy who's the weakest flier on the line and you'll have to use your own equipment. I have something like 60 revs, all different configurations of frame and sails. I'm not even hard-core compared to some others I hang around with to fly. Experience the variety of flavors and see which one is to you liking. Nest time we meet it might be someone else's wing you prefer. Just come down (1st Sunday of almost every month) and we'll include you in our activities. The Air & Space Museum indoor fly is the 25th of March, downtown. The Cherry Blossom Kite fest is April 1st and we have a huge involvement with three fields full of activities that day. There's something you can do to help out and also enjoy yourself immensely. We will be happy to assist you with learning the uniqueness of many times of sport kites. WoW has national champion builders and head judges to assist if you want to try making a kite too. Decades of wisdom on indoor approaches to outside low/no wind conditions. We have folks who fly UPWIND or two Revs at once I'm not saying the B-series full vent is a bad choice, but until you've flown a few why limit your consideration? We advise folks to NOT buy any kite for the first couple of years, instead use ours until you know exactly what you want and you don't care how much it costs to get it. See if we don't form a line to fly that dream kite upon receipt! I've sold most of my B-series kites, only keeping the SUL pros by Bazzer or I'd offer you one. Ashworth (our president of WoW) could assist you to place velcro covers over vents cut into the sail and you buy a new SUL to replace the one he's helped you modify.into a full vent, mega-vent and mid-vent,... all from one kite sail! Best part is,... he's got one you one fly first, examine and consider. You are extraordinarily blessed to live near such a resource as our kite club, please join us and PM me for direct contact information. I fly EVERY sunday someplace, usually with friends and you shall JOIN us soon!
  13. micro-carbon "fingers" like a bat's wing, you could try a "leach line" in the trailing edge to force an alteration into the airstream, it won't flatten out fully no matter what you do! even vents with velcro covers over them too, so you could open or close off more air passage thru the sail you might run the leach line thru or next to the leading edge tube, so you can pre-stress or pre-curve it somewhat. That cups air pressure but diminishes tracking (life is full of choices) no way you'll break that frame w/o impacts involved enjoy the experience of testing and tuning
  14. one person's twitchy is another's responsive. A flexible frame requires a longish bridle so pilot commands don't distort the frame,... for example I fly in indoor kite about 3 x 9 feet, the frame is mostly point 125 carbon tubes. They bend just from gravity, imagine a hard command, you could probably break a stick if there's no bridle at all! I stiffened hard frame could be flown without a bridle at all. Jeffery Burka flies a rev2 like this & UPWIND too. if you want some smoothness built-into the bridle, examine how the bridle on a 1.5 can be wiggled at the center attachment point and also how the hinges connect on the separate pieces. All those wiggle points are why folks do the Whump,.. they are pre-loading the bridle for more instant response on command. You can put the smoothness in or you can take it out thru bridle fabrication and experiments. These tests are a lot easier with a partner helping out. Someone to stand directly underneath the kite and see how the bridle legs are tightened or loosened by flight. What happens if you move the positioning or change the overall length of the bridle legs slightly? Test one variable at a time, so you can control an expected outcome, take copious notes and work on the "feel" of your endeavors -plm
  15. Shook 135%, green race travel frame, 170# sky bond, 13 inch no-snag handles (only if the port-potties are blowing over, then go to 4 wraps in the leading edge ~ a 3 piece is fine) keep adding "down"(reverse) into the tuning until it will fly forward ONLY if you make it do so intentionally & aggressively! only fly backwards and show how easy it is in these conditions to go slow precisely