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
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    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. Paul LaMasters

    Bridle line questions

    some folks don't like swivels, nor is it required but YES, tie a line thru the kite's attachment point with some 250# or 500# Dacron braided flying line, say a foot of length after tying it off (with a double stranded overhand knot or a figure of eight knot) Affix the swivel into that loop BEFORE tying off and attach your flying lines to the swivel afterwards. Sport kites including Revs, used to come with swivels affixed into the bridle!
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    New Member. Cocoa Beach, Florida

    Add still more "DOWN" to your tuning Corey, the kite is still trying to surge forward whenever you aren't truly focused completely. You want it so you have to make it go forward, the normal setting/action should more neutral, neither forward or reverse flight, but a stationary hover that is easy to maintain, so easy just resting the handle on one finger tip offers a perfect balancing point. Where that balancing point takes effect is why you tune the handles for your personal preference. Some like it high on the handles, above the foam, just like a trumpet player who manipulate the notes of music with just a finger flick. Some like to squeeze the foam into the hand, using more wrist than thumb. There's no correct solution, whatever works for you must be correct. Slow its down more and hover stationary!
  3. Paul LaMasters

    All quad tricks with a photo?

    A "falling leaf" is just an over extended and delayed Flik-Flak. Step forward as you powerfully snap your thumbs down/reverse (at the kite). Have the kite hovered (upright) and about 2/3rd of the window high to start. The kite will fall over the back (the Flik part) with the down spar bottom tips passing over 180 degrees, stalled. If you stepped forward and gave enough slack (like you can walk into it kind-of-slack) The kite will fall towards the ground. If you did it straight down wind and perfectly even in your hands,....then it will fall straight down wind. At the last possible second, you execute the "Flak" part and unwind it back to upright. Step backwards to take out some slack (remember youv'e made acres of it!) and powerfully snap your thumbs up back towards your nose (Forward) Either knock the hat off of an ant (just missing the ground) or stick that landing dramatically and call "out" Slapping the water with a falling leaf is showing off
  4. Paul LaMasters

    THE burr

    Emory board for fingernails, if no proper tool
  5. Paul LaMasters

    Djinn Day

    Yes, you add some type of restriction to all that movement along the top leading edge stock bridle (side to side), such that you can pin the knots, washers and attachment elastic crap UNDERNEATH, so you hand can physically fit in between the sail and the frame and not touch either up at the top here's the test, ....take you kite off of the strings entirely and toss it out, if correct if should fly almost infinitely parallel with the ground a few feet high, literally for several dozens of meters in distance (just like a frisbee would). It should be effortless too, that is the glide I'm seeking and will make any corrections necessary to accomplish this mission. I don't have feel-able wind more often than not, so ANY benefit it light wind is to be taken and utilized. You don't need a new bridle, just enough restriction forced upon it so it can't move,.. to me that is one string from the down-spar end-cap to the center of the leading edge, holding it rigidly in place, arc-welded! Now with this rigid restriction in place you can rotate and adjust those caps & such so that the sail is pulled OVER the top, ... not pulled up squarely, rounded YES just like a speed series Rev. You don't need a reflex mechanism at all, just pinch everything down tight and see for yourself. This glide gives you up-wind capabilities,... or a catch on 120s! experiment and see what happens, but just change one variable at a time, comparisons are the easiest testing method I've found, go get a partner and enjoy a cooperative caper together. Wayne, we can spank a few comparisons out in August together, low wind is best so early mornings,... ok?
  6. Paul LaMasters

    WANTED... QUAD LINES WITH HANDLES

    Ha!, and how long you've been doing it too Wayne, accumulating stuff over the years and pretty soon you have a whole bunch too, be they handles or lines or kites or bags or even vehicles to carry it all in! I think I carry 9 sets with line on 'em (2-15's, 2-19's, indoor rev handles & indoor custom handles, a couple of sets of 13's, a set of TC Ultra handles) and ready to use in a back--pack. Pretty sure my "A-Bag" (Orvis carry-on) has 14 rev styled kites in it, all totaled something like 60 of these kites exist but most rest at home in the basement
  7. Paul LaMasters

    Djinn Day

    maybe not "better", but certainly different, more in tune with my own preferences anyway
  8. Paul LaMasters

    Djinn Day

    Yes but, I still enjoy the wrapping of the leading edge OVER the top (B-series) and Djinn's attachment method (on the top of the down spars ~ at the leading edge) doesn't allow for that adjustment. That difference makes an easy "Falling Leaf" trick but a much tougher glide (penetrating up-wind for example) I like a frisbee-like leading edge curvature and not a dinner plate's more abrupt style of edging but I'm sure with time and a few mods I can get it to fly "my way" eventually.
  9. Paul LaMasters

    WANTED... QUAD LINES WITH HANDLES

    I did that exact same thing once too, the day they both arrived it rained and I thought I'd be so covered (regardless of the weather conditions that day)
  10. Paul LaMasters

    New Member. Cocoa Beach, Florida

    Go ahead and add an overhand (temporary) knot into the bridle, while you wait make it behind the existing position on the brake line (bottom) portion. Place them both the same distance apart on each side and remember that the knot itself will also use up some line length inside. A knot a 1/2 inch back, on the bottom bridle attachment point will add some more "down" to you tuning and increase your control. Keep practicing inverted flight and get comfortable an inch above the ground hovering this way, until you own it!
  11. Paul LaMasters

    Next project.

    if you're making your own handles you might consider titanium tubes 3/8" in diameter instead,..... super strong stuff and light weight too (that means you can change directions (Flail) more quickly, as there's less mass to redirect into a new direction). You can bend 'em in a pipe bender easily, but should probably pack that tube TIGHTLY with wet sand before bending, so they don't get pinched. My bend is all the way at the top, gradually straightening out too and it means slight flick of my thumb translates into an 18" movement of the brake line,.. or in other words you can flick the kite inside out w/ just a snappy thumb stab! Imagine the slack line tricks you could create with dramatic moves on your arms or feet, perhaps both together + the thumb(s)?!! Grips can be acquired from a fishing supply store, what diameter of foam?, how soft should it be?, what length is appropriate? I flew on "extended by carbon tube insertion into the shorty steel" handles until I determined my needs, as the tubes of TI are expensive. Mine are grade 5 tubes 19 inches in length, they have been driven over be a car w/o bending or a mark of damage and the kite can carry them underneath if the handles are released entirely,... like to recover your field, (assume about a 300% glide length w/magic sticks or a floaty-glide capable wing = make double darn sure downwind is clear!) The photo has a Altoids Mint Box (about the size of a pack of cigs) and kite stake for scale. If you are insistent on 5/16" diameter, you could certainly use an aluminum tube, again consider a longer length too, as using 'em for low wind conditions is the hot set-up. In "big wind" you only need a slight difference, or at the end of the day your wrists will hurt from all of the torque applied by super long throw handles. What is a good length for everything? 14 or 15 inches, many use 13's to great satisfaction as well. I'm on a full vent or more venting kit with short handles, but that is personal preference. Don't be in a hurry to slap some dough down and not know exactly what you want, unless you want a whole basement full of stuff you don't use any more (like me!)
  12. Paul LaMasters

    Christmas Roundup

    a couple of kites have been ordered, but not yet placed into my hands.... happy holidays to us all!
  13. Paul LaMasters

    New Member. Cocoa Beach, Florida

    take the bottom leader off entirely and additional to the top one(s), until you find something more appropriate,... you'll have to "thread" the line thru using the sleeving as the captured point on the handle doubling the difference is a start, mine are at all times at least 3X ratios of tops to bottoms send me a PM w/your street address and I'll mail you some hi-test bridle line worthy of leaders. This line can be tied & untied easily so you can put the knots whereever you need them most and remove any excess ones so nothing is dangling down to get snagged. Eventually you'll have both handles in one hand and and be throwing massive slack lined tricks at the kite whilst blindfolded, ..... you might as well set the kite up for it now and grow into those settings with additional time on the lines!
  14. Paul LaMasters

    Quadline Beginner Questions

    Tuning should be done inverted, if it will not back-up SLOW (you may not be standing stationary in low wind) then it is a two line with brakes. a quad should fly backwards! Hello, that and all the cool tricks require significant leaders installed onto the bridle, or extended on top of the handles themselves keep shortening the bottom leaders,.... and/or keeping lengthening the top leaders until you're kite will climb vertically from an inverted position on the ground. You may not fly forward flight, you may not go fast. When this level of control is executed, your leaders will be significantly different in lengths also (or you've added a leader piece in between bridle and flying line at the kite's end) if we flew locally together you could try a bunch of different "feelings" on OPKs, or worse, I would change it out, even w/o your permission!
  15. Paul LaMasters

    Diamond and Mesh Mashup

    ah, so now you can see the consideration of a "Randy Tom" method of appliqué, yeah it wastes fabric (huge qty!) but nothing can slip! Physically draw on a white backer sheet, all the sewing lines required. hot tack or "edge weld" all the way around the fabric sandwich Sew thru all the layers and then carefully back-cut (and front cut out) pieces until a single layer of sail is finally revealed it might be easier and what it your time/labor worth?