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Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 02, 2012 @ 09:09 AM | 15,391 Views
Finally sat down at my CNC and designed a new wing. Kinda funky lookin and a motor on the front. Not sure what it will be named yet although I have a couple ideas. Cant officially name it until it flys.

61" span, Castle Creations motor, Castle ICE 100, 5S Thunder Power 5000 mah lipo. Good for over 200mph pitch speed. Entire plane will be heavy. Maybe 6lbs or so. Lots of spars in it (its very strong already). I'll glass it all today.

More to follow.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:11 PM | 16,324 Views
I sold my 2007 Dodge 3500 diesel the other day and needed something to drive. So, I figured what the heck, why buy some new, computerized, recycled pop-can car. I prefer horsepower and the lines of a classic Mopar. Introducing my new daily driver and newest addition to my fleet of Mopars. My (and my wifes) 72 Plymouth Cuda.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 06, 2011 @ 01:43 PM | 15,841 Views
They asked me to build a booth for the post wide chili cookoff. So, needless to say, I ran with it.

They gave me a $150 budget and 4 days to get it done, I built this Mels drive in inspired, 50's style drive in, complete with sliding window, intercom ordering box, menu and 3 golf carts to drive the patrons through. I had 2 enlisted guys helping, plus the wife and kids jumped in and got dirty too.

Ended up getting 2nd place for "best chili" and we lost "best of show" for our booth by 1 stinkin point! 66 votes to 67 votes. Oh well, there is always next year!

We had a blast though!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 22, 2011 @ 09:33 PM | 17,035 Views
I decided to go to a fun fly at Hodges tomorrow (23 SEP). So, after being in Alabama for what, 4 months or so now, I FINALLY cleaned out my trailer from the move from Tennessee. I then repacked it and Im ready to head out to Hodges Hobbies tomorrow. Lucky me, I get off work around 10 or 11 am and Im a whoppin 2 hours away from Americus, GA.

Should be a fun weekend with my oldest son Carson.

Oh, did I mention that pretty much anything in there is for sale? (Always is!)

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 20, 2011 @ 07:53 PM | 14,866 Views
This plane is cool! Not my typical style for sure, but, Im diggin it.

I can not believe how much was done already when I pulled it out! Control horns mounted, control surfaces hinged, blind nuts installed for LG, cowl, canopy.... Wow! This thing is just too easy! Are all H9 planes this complete out of the box? It was a joy to assemble this thing.

Flying it, well, all I can say is its smooth, stable and fun! The flaps slow it down to a crawl, and full throttle with a 13x8 is pretty quick! Inverted is simple, hammerheads a breeze. Landing is a total non event.

Great plane to just cruise and relax.

So, here is my oldest son, Carson, and my new 61" Hangar 9 RV8 with a Cermark Neo outrunner on 6S thunder powers and of course, a Castle Ice ESC.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 11, 2011 @ 08:06 PM | 13,779 Views
This weeks project... mounting a UH-60 Blackhawk transmission, rotor system and input modules on a stand to put in a classroom. I tell ya what, I never know what Im gonna do next.

Glad its done. Most folks dont realize just how much work is involved with something like this. Especially when you are doing it alone in your "off time".
Off time? Whats that?

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 05, 2011 @ 09:34 AM | 13,701 Views
Decided to stop workin on my 1970 Challenger this weekend and have some fun. My brand spanky new Super Fly arrived in the mail on Friday from www.SuperFlyrc.com so I figured I'd build and fly it. Man I love these things! On a 3S 1300 lipo they are a HOOT!

I went with a simple paint job and a few LED's for night flying. Looks good and flys great just as you would expect!

I think I'll add just a few more lights to the top of it. I guess with my old age I cant keep up with a SF at night as well as I used to. Top and bottom look WAY to much alike in the dark. Simple fix for orientation, and then, look out Hodges Hobbies! Laines got a new "Night Bowling" plane!

SUPER FLYS ARE AWESOME! If you dont have one.... GET ONE! You WONT regret it! Trust me on this one.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 24, 2011 @ 09:52 PM | 13,522 Views
As most of you know, the last 10 years or so have been just a bit busy for me. Bear with me, and follow along.

It started with a move from Virginia to Kansas in Dec 02. The, 2 months later, off I went to Iraq for 15 months. After that, 7 months in Kansas, then another year in Iraq. Came back from Iraq, 30 days later moved to Alabama for a year and a half of INSANE schooling to become a Warrant Officer and UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. Then, a move to Tennessee. Arrived at Ft. Campbell, a few short months later, off to Bagram Afghanistan for a year. Back to TN for 14 months, then off to Kandahar, Afghanistan for another year. Came back from Kandahar, put the house up for sale, and moved to Alabama.

So, here we are. 10 years later. DONE with deployments!!! Working a good job, with good hours and good people. I FINALLY have time and just a little money, to work on my cars. So, 2 weeks ago I decided my 1970 Challenger (that has been sitting for 12 years) needed to be put on the road.

First step, buy all new brakes, ball joints, tie rod ends etc...

Next step, build new 400ish HP 360cid engine.

Whats next? put it all together and drive it!

Then, paint and body work.

Then, ENJOY the fruits of my labor.

Next up after the Challenger is my 69 Dodge Charger thats been sitting for 21 years... YES, 21 years!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 31, 2011 @ 11:24 AM | 13,527 Views
My neighbor, Jay, owns a 1948 Champ and keeps it in a hangar next to his house. Well, as we all know, you need a runway to take off. So, it just so happens, that same runway is where Jay, and a bunch of other fellas also fly RC planes. Guess what Im doing this afternoon?

Last week I took the 1/4 scale Pitts out along with my 60" pattern plane and a couple foamies. This week, the 27% SBACH 342 comes out and the "Save the Ta Ta's" plane. These fellas are learning that electric power aint what it used to be.

Here are some pictures of my new flying field/full scale private airport. The pictures, obviously, are taken from where we fly. One is to the east, one to the west. Gotta love it.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 11, 2011 @ 07:47 AM | 15,092 Views
Hey guys, got my net turned on yesterday. All moved into the new house in Bama. Even went accross the road to my neighbors house and did some flying a couple days ago on his full size runway. I think Im gonna like this place. Pictures of my "new field soon!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 10, 2011 @ 07:22 AM | 13,817 Views
Well, today is the wifes birthday (kmopar69). Have a great birthday sweety, I love you!

We got a full price offer on our house. So, under contract, closing should be the 7th! Thats a good thing. Two mortgages were killing us slowly. House in Alabama is ours, Ive moved a bunch of stuff in there already and dang its nice, and MUCH cheaper than what we have in TN.

My dad is recovering from his heart surgury. He's a bit grumpy, but if I was 67 years old and had my chest cut open I would be too. Plus, he hasnt had a cigarette in nearly 2 weeks. I will finally get to go home tomorrow evening (Saturday) and see him. 12 hour drive, but its all good. I finished dads Tower Trainer 40 (electric conversion) yesterday. Just gotta mount the motor/ESC once they arrive in the mail (I hope today).

Im the head coach for Minor League Baseball, and tonight is our team party, then Sat. morning is our last game. Not a great record at all this year, but the boys had a lot of fun and hopefully they all learned something.

Im on my way to Fort Campbell in a few minutes to "final out". I will officially be cleared in an hour or two and I sign out on leave in the morning for 30 days to finish selling the house and moving to Alabama.

Life aint all bad. Certainly could be worse. Ya'll have a great day.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 06, 2011 @ 05:18 PM | 13,612 Views
Well, so far in the last two weeks, I have bought a new house in Alabama, put my house in TN up for sale (not sold yet), moved on trailer load into the new house/shop, flew two flights (both evaluations), cleared all agencies at Ft Campbell, cleaned, power washed and stained my cedar house and 2 car garage, coached 4 baseball games, held one practice, and who knows what else.

Then, just a week ago, I get a call in the morning that my dad is in an abulance on the way to the hospital with chest pains. To make a long story short, after arriving at the Lincoln, NE Heart Institute, he had a massive heart attack. They revived him with CPR and the paddle thingies. Less than 8 hours later, he was on the operating table for tripple bypass that turned out to be PENTUPLE bypass surgury (yeah, 5 bypasses). Hes doing well now, and is back at home.

I am much like my dad. I cant sit still long. He loves to work, build things, shoot guns and screw off. So, since he cant do much for a few weeks, I picked up a Tower Trainer yesterday. Gonna build it this week and take it back to him in Nebraska on the 11th.

Anyone have a good .46 to .50 size outrunner laying around that will kick some butt on 4S 5000s? If so, shoot me a PM and we'll work out a deal.

Back to work....

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 17, 2011 @ 08:50 AM | 14,698 Views
Here is a quick video of my SBACH 342 from Sunday. Im still feelin it out and trying to get comfortable with it. Sure is a nice flying plane though.

Power system:
AXI 5320/34
Castle ICE HV 80
Castle BEC pro
10S 5000 Thunder Power 45C
Xoar 20x10 prop

SBACH video (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 26, 2011 @ 08:37 PM | 15,484 Views
Woke up this morning with an idea. Jumped out of bed, and out to the trailer I went. Well, bummer, power was out because of the storm last night. So, drug out my big old Dewalt generator, plugged the trailer in and off I went working on a new plane for my little 9 year old Kameron. About 3 hours later, we went out in the wind for a maiden flight, and to my surprise, the thing flew awesome! So, I asked the little bugger how we should decorate it, and, here ya have it. The fully decorated FFF Kaminator! Elevons and rudder for controls a 3S 1320 and a 10x4.7 apc prop. Video coming soon.

Laine.

The Kaminator (7 min 23 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 18, 2011 @ 10:42 AM | 15,017 Views
Here ya go folks. I promised you'd see it after I got to SEFF, but i couldnt get photos uploaded until I got home.

FiremanBill helped me get it ready and we put just 2 flights on it to make sure it was there for the folks from Castle to see it.

Thanks go to Castle Creations for the ICE HV 80 and BEC Pro, Hobby Lobby for the AXI, Thunder Power for the 10S 5000 45C lipos, Air 2 Art for the killer paint job and Redwing RC for the custom covered ARF.

The green looks stunning in the air too, simply a beautiful paint job on a great looking airframe that flys awesome!

I cant wait to hear what the local yokals have to say about it when I get it out to the local field to fly it.

Laine.

Added a couple more pictures. I also downloaded the in flight logging from the Castle ICE HV 80, shows 49 amps, 2700 watts, 6000 rpm....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 05, 2011 @ 09:32 AM | 18,348 Views
Look out SEFF LMR contest, here I come with the Acro Maxie. Im sooooo gonna get my butt kicked! Never done an LMR contest or even flown a sail plane. Should make for a good time.

I'll slap a motor/prop on it soon. Shooting for 8lbs of thrust in a 5lbs plane. Good enough for me.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 01, 2011 @ 04:31 PM | 19,031 Views
Well, bad news on the phone for me today. All leaves are cancelled indef. due to the issues in Libya. So, all the work, all the time, all the money spent to get ready for SEFF is for nothing. I have only been home from Afghanistan for a bit over a month, and now this? It really needs to end at one point.

Needless to say Im more than a little irritated about it, but, when it all comes down to it, its my job, its what I signed on the dotted line for over 18 years ago, its what I do.

You guys have fun at SEFF and hopefully I'll see you next year.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 31, 2011 @ 11:08 PM | 15,352 Views
A good buddy of mine gave me this plane at SEFF 09. I built it in 2009, but had no motor/servos in it until tonight. It has sat on my shelf, built for nearly 2 years!!! Finally, it has come to life! Cant wait to fly the little bugger.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 27, 2011 @ 10:24 PM | 14,628 Views
Here is a preview of the paint job on my 73" span Redwing RC SBACH 342.

See ya at SEFF guys!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 23, 2011 @ 09:54 PM | 14,273 Views
Got the airframe done tonight, aside from the cowl bolts. If all goes well, I'll install the servos and control rods tomorrow. Then, its just a matter of finding just the right motor/prop/battery combo for this one.

Laine.