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Posted by lancew | May 20, 2013 @ 02:52 PM | 1,264 Views
The other day, my wife happened to catch me pumping up a decrepid old rubber raft and asked me what I thought I was doing (you know, one of those $30 dollar vinyl ones that doesn't quite stay inflated...). I think she worries about me! I responded excitedly with "well I'm preparing to fly my airplane of course, what does it look like I'm doing!..." .

I hope to get it onto the water in the next few days. I'm also hoping that it stays on top of the water and right-side up at that!

Wish me luck!
Posted by lancew | Apr 15, 2013 @ 12:07 PM | 1,601 Views
I got a parkzone VisionAire because I wanted to try my hand at 3D. This is how it went:

1.) Got a used VisionAire. 2.) Painstakingly readied it for flight. 3.) Immediately crashed it into my roof

Take two:

1.) Bought new parts and began gluing. 2.) Repaired it to B+ condition. 3.) Painstakingly readied it for flight (again). 3.) Currently enjoying the heck out of it and getting better with each flight

I will post some post-repair pics soon (done). Mostly so I have record of it in case it meets an(other) early demise. In hindsight, I probably should have started with a 3D profile foamy... nah...
Posted by lancew | Feb 09, 2013 @ 02:10 AM | 1,500 Views
I figured I would see what the hub-bub is all about. I picked up a Blade 120 SR and quickly figured out that I would need something smaller and tougher as my first helicopter. I needed something to teach me about hovering and orientation. Something that would do less damage to my walls; something that would bounce off and not leave a mark, thereby keeping my lovely wife happy. So I picked up a Blade MCX and flew it around for a week or so, then went back to the 120 and was able to make some progress with it. Now I can fly it around inside, and if I'm careful, no plants or small animals get choppped up. We'll see if I go any further with this helicopter thing...
Posted by lancew | Feb 09, 2013 @ 01:40 AM | 1,586 Views
Yipee! My fourth plane and my first EDF! After a bunch of research, I decided that the Phase 3 EF-16 would be a good first EDF jet for me. I bought a kit from Hobby People and spent a week building it. I then ordered some cool Thunderbirds decals to finish off the jet. Very happy with my work, I successfully maidened it about a month ago. Then on my next flight a week later, while watching a full-scale P-51 playing around over me, I took my eyes off the jet for a split second and promptly crashed it to bits - "a harsh landing in a cloud of foam". I learned a valuable lesson about faster planes - never take your eyes off of them, even for a split second. I've subsequently fixed the nose up and successfully re-maidened the plane. I love this plane. Even with the stock Phase 3 power package, it's plenty fast enough for me right now. I love doing big loops and extended series of aileron rolls. Did I mention that I love this plane?
Posted by lancew | Feb 09, 2013 @ 12:37 AM | 1,654 Views
My third plane. I didn't have a lot of time to fly, but I did have a plan! I needed a plane that I could fly at my house as I didn't have the time to drive to a suitable (read "unobstructed") flying site. I bought the Fun Cub because I wasn't that good of a pilot and I was afraid to try to land my PZ Trojan in my yard. I wanted a plane that I could land carrier-style in my small back yard and I figured that the flap-equipped Fun Cub, after a little practice elsewhere, would be the plane for the job. I was right; the Fun Cub has worked out great, and even though I can now also land my PZ Trojan in my yard, the Fun Cub is great for those full-flap elevator-style landings. I even have the floats for this plane but I haven't been brave enough to try them yet!
Posted by lancew | Feb 08, 2013 @ 11:53 PM | 1,565 Views
This was my second plane. I bought it so that I could learn to fly a little better before attempting to fly my PZ Trojan again. Kind of like a temporary pardon for the Trojan. This plane didn't disintegrate when I flew it directly into the ground. It is also still flying.
Posted by lancew | Feb 08, 2013 @ 11:36 PM | 1,554 Views
This was my first plane. My wonderful, beautiful, awesome wife bought it for me for my birthday. She also bought me a spektrum DX5e that came bundled with Phoenix Flight Sim. After a week or so of obsessive flight sim practicing, I flew it straight it up for 3 seconds, then straight down into a cloud of foam. It was AWESOME, and I was hooked. After buying a new fuselage and wing, I spent the next week repairing the original plane - I figured "it may not end up pretty, but I'll probably destroy it soon enough, so why use the new parts now...". The original plane is still flying today, packing tape, popsicle sticks, and a large epoxy payload.