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Paul LaMasters

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Paul LaMasters last won the day on December 20 2019

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About Paul LaMasters

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    Kite Romantic
  • 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. then you are left with the acquisition of tougher, stiffer spars to prevent breakage in big wind or against hard commands of flight, an inch of bridle line (looped extension) seemed easier, quicker & cheaper to test
  2. lay the kite flat on the ground, (no flying lines) is it flat? now suspend it in the air by the top two attachment points (ONLY) of the bridle. A "OFF" ceiling fan or a personal helper in the den holding one side? If the bridle "cups" air pressure ( a curved surface as in photo 3) that is good for low wind, slack line tricking, maybe even giving a lesson. If the frame is more flat/stiffer it will track better (stay on the line you've placed it upon) **** Make certain the frame has no distortion when suspended by the top two points ONLY. Move or adjust legs to fit this objective. In photo 2, it appears to me, you can add some little loop bridle extensions (on the corners/ends of the leading edge) between frame end-cap & the actual bridle, try an inch diameter loop first, .... objective is to restrict or NOT move those end caps on the corners of the LE towards the pilot during hard forward flight commands (or in a big wind). Conversely, you could let out the center of the bridle instead, longer, try a few various lengths in an effort to dial it in. Watch out for excessive wiggle at the center bridle attachment point on the LE, that is making "slop", or smoothing out\diluting pilot commands, necessitating a pre-load (Whump) It will be harder to break a spar with everything on the bridle legs pulling up tightly but still flat! It will also impact the low end of the wind range (gone or lessened) and alter the flight dynamics of your flailing actions,..... (more pilot effort necessary to refill the sail or dump the air) Everything is a balance between your ultimate objectives and some awful bad crap you didn't want happening at all!!!! Alter the bridle to save the frame?
  3. I have a B2 full sail and the Shook mesh CR2 version, both are a hoot. Different wind ranges for sure. Lightning fast slack and repowered back up fully as quick as you can think it. Here's Fletch spanking it for the first time. All the actions of tricks and precision are the same, just things happen quicker. I challenge folks to fly it slow and with great precision BEFORE spanking it hard. Just show me , so here's
  4. four hundred bucks, you can have any of your selections inquired about above for a used set of lines, 13 inch handles and a full sailed kite
  5. Brianne Howard makes customized kite bags to your exact requirements
  6. Eliot shook quadlined mesh kites are exactly as you have described, four line problem solvers for indoors and outside. Lam Hoac makes superb two line kites, competition worthy or just max pleasure spanking the wind alone in the park custom crafted, powerful tools built to enjoy the flight on string, by dedicated masters best workmanship, raw materials and design standards, ability to deviate from the approved final plans too,.... know what you want and need it done "your way"? You can have it! there are others which will be recommended too
  7. I'll stand on the sand dunes by the hotel if the misses is up for it,..... we'll bring theLED stuff and see what happens each day
  8. Choices and preferences formed by experience
  9. I'm with the misses, (but we will certainly have lighted kites), just not sure of our commitment to all day AND the nighttime too.
  10. Misses and I are Tuesday to Tuesday, staying at the Pearl. I am not a positive role model, but can teach you some slack lined tricks if given five minutes
  11. feel your pain bro, the wrong frame is like the wrong tires,.... (in a hill-climbing competition, but that wildly powerful vehicle only has drag racing slicks!)
  12. Shook mesh masterpieces offer the wind range of 1-1/2 to 2 normally vented wings, two kites for less than that price is why over 300 have been individually ordered. It should NOT work as well as it does! The most popular model is situated exactly btwn a full and mid-vent,.... what does that mean? A Shook 75% is almost always the right kite. During a large gathering you'd see all the models being flown together, not in compromising arrangement, NO, each pilot honestly feels their kite is right, the frames stiffened or allowed more flex, based upon preferences by the owner. Smooth and all graceful ballerina dance or leaping like a hungry cheetah ? Do you want a unique flight experience on four lines?
  13. I've given handles away, mostly to my own offspring, but I seldom sell one w/o acquiring the replacement beforehand,... up-grading the length (or unloading unused sizes as it were), currently I have a back-pack with a few in there. 3 fifteen inch no-snag sets (one: 120-/100# skyBond, TWO: 60-/100#, three: 100-/50#), solid aluminum rods 1 thirteen inch no snag set (120-/100 pound or 170# if it's howling wind), solid aluminum rods 1 Rev2 handle set, extended to 19 inches thru the use of a carbon tube insert, affixed with a Rev end-cap, vinyl taped in place (1999!) steel tubes. (45 feet of 90# LPG) 1 fourteen inch set of laminated wood, pistol-grip indexed for each hand, handles, (60 feet/50# SkyBond) 1 Titanium set, 19 inch tubes, 3/8 diameter, grade five, with wooden pistol grip indexed for each hand, handles 1 indoor set of Rev handles 14 inches (Carbon tube) (usually 100'/50# but sometimes as short as 45) 1 mini set of indoor aluminum 1/4" diameter tube handles from Ben Dantonio 7-8"?,... He said: "you'll figure 'em out" (the kite can carry them underneath in a gliding pattern, if pilot releasess handles entirely). 17 to 28 feet, as long as possible to fit the room. 1 set of Reflex handles (13 inch) carbon tube, indoor cross-pollination hybrid thingy, lime-ish green. (line length unknown!) Additionally: 3 sets of "TC ULTRA handles, drilled-out plexi-plastic, shaped grip 13 inch handles for the baby Revs (80 feet, 100# SKYbond). These handles ride in the case with the kites, not my back-pack. They're only used for one specify kite 42 inch leading edge 6-pack stacks (3) or Dugard's 36 inch LE 6-pack stack. These 24 kites all fit in Brianne's Howard's custom fabricated hard-sider (case), case two.pdf
  14. slow is the secret to mastering any technique, the quick speed and sharp power applications comes later. Practice !!!
  15. i learned on long throw handles so my viewpoint is biased, these pictured are grade 5 titanium tubes 19 inches long, 3/8 inches in diameter. The foam has since died but I just had new grips fashioned out of wood to replace it, the handles are anatomically correct as pistol grips for each hand, heavier but so nice to balance on a single point and rock it back and forth. The easiest solution to making long throw handles is jamming hollow carbon up into the steel tube, then you wrap it with electrical tape,... mine has held it's position for going on twenty years. You can make the insert different lengths too, for an end-cap I just epoxy glued a REV cap onto the tube(s). Long throws increase the action placed onto the kite, say you wanted to dump all of the pressure, do something slack-lined and then re-power back up. You could flail your body and move your feet rapidly or simply flick your thumbs dramatically forward and then backwards again. Every good has an opposite side too,.... the bad part,... all of that increased leverage is torquing your wrist uncomfortably if used all day in bigger winds. I have 7 inch handles all the way to almost 20, depending on the objectives to accomplish indoors or outside, team flying or personal flailing demo.
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