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  1. craig

    Attack of the Clones

    I've come across more than a handful claims like these. Deposit accepted and no mask delivered or taking years to deliver and requiring constant hounding. I also believe Pros Choice was started because Dom had a really negative experience trying to get a mask made by Greg when he was young and decided just to make his own mask. You also have to keep in mind that Gregs first NHL masks here almost exact Higgins clones. Doesn't make others copying his stuff right, but it kind makes it hard to feel bad for him. There is other stuff he did that was already brought up in this thread that I'm not going to drag back up.
  2. craig

    Attack of the Clones

    That's the thing though, a lot of these guys are making better versions (Coveted, OTNY, ProtechSport). At least as far as the base materials go. And I really don't want to start a mask war so I'll leave it at that. And I actually agree with you that reputable companies should stick to their own designs. I just don't think its fair to give Pro's Choice a pass for attempting to do the same as the others. I think Dom's most recent non-960 style shell is actually his nicest and I feel he wouldn't lose much business if he stuck to that. "To each their own" seems to be the conclusion to everything on this thread though.
  3. craig

    Attack of the Clones

    How is this ethically any different than what OTNY does (or Coveted, or Protechsport .etc). A Pros Choice may lack the sharp contours since making it uses a completely different process (layed up over a plug instead a negative mold) which doesn't lend well to that style, but the builder is attempting to make his mask look like a Bauer 961 (ridges, profile, hole layout). I think there are several degrees of wrongness happening in this cloning practice. I feel like the mask world can be broken down as follows (but could apply to paint or equipment as well): -companies that make direct copies of masks using similar or worse materials and processes with the sole purpose of undercutting the competition. -companies/builders that see opportunity in masks being priced way to high for what they are and/or using sub-par materials and take it upon themselves to improve on either of those points OR that are approached by customers wanting a certain shape mask made by someone other than the original designed/builder -hobbyists who copy masks because they love doing it Are all of these wrong? I know at least one person thinks so. If anything this article/thread has really got me thinking.
  4. Ya... unfortunately for me I'm an All Black/Solid Colour guy. Prime candidate for Padskinz though. Changing the graphic colour would take no time at all.
  5. Not sure if this is the best place to post this... but I coulnd't find a PIAS/Kijiji/Craigslist sighting thread. Does one exist on this site? Anyways, theres a well used but serviceable pair of Factory Mad gloves in Sens colours at the PIAS on Innes Rd in Ottawa. $80 a glove. The catch glove could use new bindings but felt good. Didn't get a picture of the blocker.
  6. craig

    Protechsport Mask Thread

    This is an Eddy cage. Pretty similar but the perimeter wire is one piece and has one weld mid way up the side The cage Michel uses has a perimeter wire thats made up of four pieces and is welded at the top and bottom of each side. This is how Harrison did it back in the day. Probably a carry over from when his masks just had cut down HM30s @FIFTY-SIX, that blue mask is a beauty. Thats how all paint should be.
  7. craig

    Protechsport Mask Thread

    Looks like those are OTNY Harrison cages (the long version). I believe Michel stocks them.
  8. craig

    Mask Age Concerns (Armadilla)

    I feel like this is one of things that made the Armadilla great. And different. I think your lack of hockey experience allowed you to look at the need as an outsider and fabricate the best possible solution.
  9. craig

    Mask Age Concerns (Armadilla)

    Don Straus! Thank you so much for having the balls and the determination to revolutionize the goalie mask industry almost 30 years ago. The product you created and the manufacturing process used are still technically superior to everything else made today. Thats nuts! Maybe it was a coincidence that Brian Hayward was my favorite goalie as a kid (yep), but the shape of that shell (and obviously the paint) seemed to ingrain a passion in me for masks that I still can't shake to this day. The same passion that had me taping pieces of cardboard and coat hanger together in the shapes of masks is still in me, but now I use fibers and epoxy resin. In my adult life, I have grown to admire the techniques used and the ability to think outside of the box that really made these masks special. And while the Armadilla project came to an end, its nice to see that you carried that ambition to you art and motorsport endeavors. Thats enough ass kissing I guess. But its not everyday that I'm sitting outside having my coffee and a notification from one of my true idols pops up. One day I'll have to make the drive to Kitchener and pick your brain over a beer. Keep up the great work!
  10. craig

    The Mask Thread

    Whatever gets the job done!
  11. craig

    The Mask Thread

    I was defiantly heading in a good direction with it. I wanted to use it for mask testing as well as for training. I hit a wall with the lack of power from the junkyard parts I used. I also had trouble with the hopper and loading. Worked well sometimes, but would also get stuck a lot. I eventually wanted it mounted on a moving based that would be powered by an Arduino. Then we had a few kids... I might dig it out of the attic again one day and mess around. A catapult would be great for testing because it would be simple and consistent. But wouldn't really work as a training tool as it would be slow to reload and would require another person.
  12. craig

    The Mask Thread

    I made this a few years ago. Only really worked with ball hockey balls. Didn’t have enough power to move pucks quickly. I had kids and forgot all about it until now. Good times. I guess video embedding doesn't work with uploaded videos. Uploaded to Youtube
  13. craig

    The Mask Thread

    Look around locally first for sure. I know there used to be quite a few guys in the states that would do refurbs. I know Warwick does them. But I'm not sure if that's only their masks... or others as well. Last I looked I know Ray was done doing refurbs but was still making foam kits. That's always an option too. If you can't find anyone and would be willing to ship your mask north of the border, PM me and let me know what you're looking to have done.
  14. craig

    The Mask Thread

    I believe it was proprietary. Don would know for sure. I've seen closed cell foams that look similar. But I've never seen an Armadilla in person so its hard to say. Depends what you're painting it with and how much you're taking off of it. If you're using automotive paints you should follow the guidelines of the paint being used. Standard rule of thumb is get everything up to 220 grit before priming (grits used before depend on the condition of the surface), then work up to 400 grit for a single stage urethane or 600 grit for basecoat/clearcoat. All sanding after priming is generally wet sanded. Theres a bit of a learning curve with this kind of stuff if you want to do it right. It also requires special tools/equipment and consumables that most people don't have kicking around their garage. You could always do the dirty work yourself and delegate the final steps to a painter or someone in the autobody industry if you're going with a simple design. This is about as involved as it gets for a refurb. Final product will be nice if its done right though.
  15. craig

    The Mask Thread

    Ah. OK. I'm in Ontario, might be too much of a pain. Does anyone in the States still refurb?
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