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Paul LaMasters

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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. Randy Tom method, sew all the fabric colored pieces full sized together, back-cut front and back layers away until reaching a single thickness, .... front side darkest color on top! Why? Nothing slips on expensive icarex, no hot tack holes, no spray adhesive removal, sewing is thru all the layers, back cuts are angled,.... this is your excellence, not for sale, for entry in competition against other like minded builders, national champ maybe? almost all of the fabric is waste!
  2. Bazzer did that a decade ago, Shook as well, certainly not a new development, mine are used to prevent the spar form displacement during abusive flailing, so "inside" the pocket
  3. More drive and precision from a bridle with movement built into it? That is not my experience at all,..... smoother, less responsive to turbulence, easier to make and install
  4. lam's bridle, ..... commercially known as "Three Winds"
  5. indoors or outside, depends on the kite model applied and your objective(s). You actively fly 'em, like a sport kite, some have superior negative glide capabilities (Janus by Bill Biggie), some float on a fart (iFlight), some you'll "add weight to" in an effort to alter the glide (Manta, up to a pound!) some are compound shaped like the 61/49 by McNeill and need some slight breeze, .... Skate glider kite can fly unattended if there's even enough to feel on your neck~kind of wind glides are single lined kites, but all single line kites are NOT gliders
  6. Another 1st Sunday wow fly coming up, TOMORROW big wind expected, Mesh calling your name out loud,..... come to west Covington park, where security welcomes us, parking is convenient and the group members are practicing safety together, socially distanced as you're all lepers infected, except me, ha!
  7. "Quad-effect " if you can only go forward and stall, the two bottom strings are no longer necessary. properly tuned, the reverse flight should come almost effortlessly, in low wind or indoors you will be walking backwards to make this flight pattern. dont be locked in position, you move and so does the kite. If you wait for wind you can sit down and enjoy, in reality the kite is overpowered my lessons start with the kite inverted, how to cartwheel back to right side up, then people can operated independently w/o me asisting
  8. I own an XX, but it is a very early prototype. I also own a bunch of others models, various brands and sail configurations and live to compare kites. first problem? Severe oversteer, you release the steering wheel and the vehicle goes wildly off the road instantly,... I hate that! If you want to turn in the center of the sail, this model is fun, if you want wingtip turns keep away. secondly, it is way too heavy for a low wind kite, it flies but graceful like a cattle truck,... heyitprobably survives your learning crashes though third, none of the framing members in my possession
  9. I have objected to the premise of whump, from the beginning. I want everything tight all the time, the need to preload the slack out of a bridle seems counter productive to me, instant response is the joy of quad When sharing,.... i snap at people doing "forward / down turns" back to the center of the wind window,... no instead you "back that bottom wing UP" (or put my crap down and fly some else's OPK). You can't please everyone, Reverse to go Forward,.... it's a common team call for us ( in btwn is a LE up side slide connecting the two). a Whumpless bridle allows a single acti
  10. Interesting post here!,..... stock bridle pieces are assembled as "little loop is passed thru big loop and then big loop pulled back thru the little one, doing this action more than once "tightens and lessens the hinging action built it" ( =more responsive/twitchy) Sung all the slack out and you have to really pull and yank on it to effect this! (it forms a Prussik Knot if you cared and did it three times, not just once as pictured in the original photos. I have also owned several Revolutions with the two colored bridle choice applied to them, Rods AREN'T stock for a q
  11. No sleeving, not for decades.... use 50, 75, 90, 100 and 175 pound lines in all the variable length sizes. cannot untie, only shorten (add more knots), use a longer loop for adjustment room as it becomes necessary sleeving on the kite end can get tangled when slack lining, and it certainly can when flying one handed on that end too! build the end point/stopper knot in the single strand, then form the loop, keeping this insert centered perfectly NEVER broken at the knots because I don't use any except the "figure of eight". Placement takes practice as this knot tightens in
  12. Please, as has been stated previously, those "factory numbers" should NOT interest you further, they are not relevant except as a marketing/sales tool. If you are new-is pilot their "spread" is too wide and not reachable by you (yet!) If you have thousands of hours under your belt, those same numbers are too restrictive to represent that skill level, you could fly it indoors or underwater if you had to, for 4 minutes of a demo anyway!!!! The factory would not have offered the kite framed as you have it currently, except by special request and also at a subsequent/additional cost. Y
  13. "develop your own feel" it takes time, be patient, enjoy the journey of exploration comparisons are great fun if you have a partner, just change one variable and see how it feels "better or worse:" WHY? A kite club starts by you showing up to the same spot repeatedly and sharing your passion with spectators
  14. All the leading edges are the same, so you are only comparing the venting portion of flight dynamics. It will "bend less" in the middle as the wind speed increases if you use the most/more vented sail the wind speed doesn't matter, they're all framed the same, only the feel in you hand matters,.. do you want it surging and twitchy (fun-flailing, alone for example?) or silky smooth and graceful (add vents until satisfied). You can enjoy an over-powered kite more easily, flying on the edges and low and slow across the power zone your next frame is the Skyshark CXL 150, stiffer f
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