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Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 04, 2010 @ 01:02 AM | 14,581 Views
Hey guys, decided to clear out some space before I get home so I can do up my new 73" SBACH from Redwing RC. Anyone looking for a 12' or 6' RX ready Telemaster?

Here is a link.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...5#post15961333

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 31, 2010 @ 02:34 PM | 13,774 Views
So, as some of you have noticed, I have been kinda absent lately. I come on here at least twice a day, but usually only for a minute or two to check whats goin on, then off to work. The good news is Im getting a lot of flight time in, the bad news is, some days its a 0300 wake up, 7 hours of flying, recover the aircraft, sleep for awhile then do it all over again.

Other days, like today, I spend 5 hours on the flightline fixing commo equipment in all our helicopters, then go fly for 2 hours, recover the aircraft, sleep for a bit then do it all again the next day.

I got to fly one of our new HZ Champs the other day for a bit inside an empty hangar, man those things are awesome! I also had a couple hours of off time (when I should have been sleeping) so I went to the rc track and raced my two trucks for a bit. I destroyed the transmission on my Losi Strike (while beating 3 brushless Emaxx and Revos) because my Castle Mamba 5700 is just tooooo powerful. So, then I beat them in a couple races with my Stampede. It has a Castle Mamba 4600 in it. Last lap of the last race I ripped the rear A arm off! Too fun. Had a great time out there though. Wish I had more play time, but, we have a job to do.

Anyway, more to follow when I have time. Hopefully some pictures too.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 27, 2010 @ 02:19 AM | 13,268 Views
Here is part 2 of our week at another FOB with the Medevac guys. I LOVE flying with them.

Dustoff Part 2 (3 min 41 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 19, 2010 @ 09:49 PM | 13,643 Views
We had a NATO reporter named Josh Fortune with us last week while we were supporting the Medevac. Here is part 1 of his story. Im only in the first minute, but its a great video!

Dustoff part1-Lifesavers (3 min 56 sec)


Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 17, 2010 @ 02:19 AM | 12,922 Views
Hey guys/gals. I kinda been gone for a bit. I got sent out to one of the outlying FOBs (Forward Operating Base) to do Medevac Chase. We provide security, escort and casualty evac for our Med guys. Only flew 16.5 hours in a week, but if the Med dosnt fly much, thats a GOOD thing!

Had a good time out there, helped a lot of people, met some great guys from the Louisiana National Guard and still got to fly some.

We also had a NATO reporter/camera guy with us for the week named Josh. Awesome fella and man he does nice work!

Here is a picture of our crew we had out there for the week.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 03, 2010 @ 07:40 AM | 14,086 Views
I have been on night QRF (quick reaction force) for the last 5 days or so. Well, we all know if you give me time to sit around I'll build something! So, I decided I needed an IFO type plane.

I borrowed some carbon rod, secured it all with parachute cord and CA. I covered it with a chunk of a 100' parachute that I "liberated". For control surfaces, I had to come up with something since I had no more carbon rod left. I saw some choroplast "no smoking" signs that looked like they were tired of just hangin around. A few minutes later, I had rudder and elevons also covered in parachute.

For power, it has a Hacker A20, 10x4.7 prop and a 3S 1320 lipo, 3 BMS metal gear servos will 550 cord pull pull on all surfaces.

Initially I had the frame covered all the way to the nose. I went for a few test flights and the dang thing would NOT turn!!! I tried to move the CG all around, still nothing. I decided maybe I should check the IFO thread here on RCG and I saw one common denominator with all of the IFO's, they had an open space in the front (usually where the motor was). So, I put some braces in and cut out the front. Flies like a champ now! Although still just a tad nose heavy. It sure would make my life easy if I would use proven designs or look at plans before I build something. But, that takes most of the fun out of it for me. I like to try, try, try before I go looking for help.

Its about 34" in span and pretty close to the same in length. The broken prop in the pictures will give you a hint that its a little too big, fast and heavy to fly inside one of our hangars! But, when you build something out of "whats available" you have to make weight concessions. It aint light, but it does fly!

I have some more carbon rod on order now thanks to Lee Ulinger at www.leeulingermodels.com. Should be here in a week or two. Maybe I'll get some time to try some other new (to me) projects.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:14 AM | 14,267 Views
Here is a quick video of the Lee Ulinger Edge 540 over here in Kandahar.

EDGE (4 min 51 sec)


And here is one of the Vapor flying indoors over here in a gym.

Vapor (3 min 38 sec)
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Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 18, 2010 @ 02:55 PM | 14,842 Views
Just curious as to how many people REALLY look at my blog on here? The little counter thing says some huge number all the time, but how many people acctually take the time to look at the stuff I write on here? If you regularly come here an see what Im up to, please post something and let me know! If you just recently stumbled over my insanity, put something up and let me know!

In other news...

My wonderful wife Kristy, Kmopar69 here on RCG, has also quit smoking! She is doing great and hasn't killed anyone (yet). Im very proud of her and Im sure she will keep it up and do great! Love ya honey!

And then there is this...

I recently posted a "Wanted" add here on RCG looking for a used micro cub or similar plane (this one). About a day later, I get a PM from a fella named "andersot" offering to send me a Vapor for free! I told him I would be happy to pay for it, but he insisted. So, we not have a Vapor on the way over here for some indoor flying. Thank you Andersot!

Then "justplainold" sent me a PM offering up a couple of the "brick" batteries. Man, I tell ya, I just cant get over the kindness and generosity of all of you guys here on RCG! Thanks Justplainold!

Just shortly after that, I got a PM from another fella named Garret H. Garret H saw my thread, and offered to send me money to help buy a indoor plane. Of course I told him thank you, but I couldnt let him do that. So, instead, ol' Garret H "one upped...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 12, 2010 @ 02:38 PM | 13,616 Views
So, after about 20 years, I finally decided to be a quitter at something. Smoking. Its one of those nasty habits I picked up a long time ago that has been slowly killing me, making me broke, and making me smell bad.

Time to quit! I have gone 6 days now without smoking. Its tough, but, its easy compared to some of the things in life I have done.



Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 06, 2010 @ 02:30 PM | 14,059 Views
I have been walking by this broke down goofy lookin truck for a few weeks now wondering what the deal is with it. So, I finally had time to ask around. I found the "owner", a company commander, and asked what he was doing with it. He said it didnt work. Of course, my next question... what do I need to do to get it from you? He said "sign here" on this temporary hand receipt! So, sign I did.

To make a long story shorter, after some TLC, some minor repair, and lots of scrounging, I now have an all electric GEM truck. This is the "eL" model. The best part is, GEM is owned by Chrysler... those of you who know me know Im a Mopar nut! I cant lose!

I been driving it around for 2 days now. Even with some dying batteries, I can get about 17 miles on a charge. Im workin a deal now to get 6 new batteries for it... yeah, 72volts is what this thing runs on! $200 a pop for batteries too! So, within a few weeks, I should have some new ones!

As per the deal made with the Captain I got it from, its mine as long as I want it. No argument there! 25mph in a silent "car/truck/thing" sure beats walkin!

So, it just goes to show, that for every bad thing that happens, usually something good is right around the corner.

(It might just need some Castle Creations decals!)

Enjoy!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 02, 2010 @ 10:35 AM | 14,069 Views
Well guys, here's an interresting story for you from Kandahar.

I was scheduled to fly a couple days ago for an 8 hour mission with a Captain as my copilot. The young Captain did fine first off. Anyway, on to the story.

We finished our mission in about 6.8 hours, and about 11 of "duty day". Now we have rules about this stuff... we are only allowed 12 hours of duty day doing aviation related duties, anything more than that, we have to formally request an extension. We can get 2 hours from our commander, and then it just goes up the chain from there if we need more time to finish whatever we are doing.

Same thing applies to flight time. We are allowed 8 hours of day time, 7 hours mixed day/night/night vision goggles and 6 hours of only NVG flight in a day. Anything more, we have to ask for an extension.

So, back to my story. We finished our mission in about 6.8 hours. I decided to do a recon of this area where the "hodgies" keep shooting rockets at us from. So, I called our "Battle Captain" on the radio to check in and let them know what we were doing. When I did, I immediatly got a call back from one of our unit IP's (Instructor Pilot). He was on Medevac chase and they were being called out on a "CAT A". CAT. A is life, limb or eyesight injury... IMPORTANT STUFF!!! Anyway, his aircraft broke on runup, so he could not go. He asked if my crew could support the Med on this mission. We said of course we could, we...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 27, 2010 @ 12:04 PM | 13,333 Views
I been running my Losi Strike over here on occasion. Initially it was fun, but a little slow. So, I put a Castle Creations Mamba 4600 motor and Sidewinder ESC in. Better, but still not quite enough for me. So, after a conversation with good old Joe Ford at Castle, I stuck in a Mamba 5700 and a Mamba Max ESC with a 2 cell 5000 lipo. WOW! Did that ever wake it up!!! Now there aint nothin here in Kandahar that can touch it. In fact, its almost too much! I can barely control it.

I had to set the timing at the lowest level, put in the smallest pinion I have (19t... 17t is on the way) and a 90t spur gear. Still way more power than it needs!

Anyway, the body was lookin pretty rough, so I ordered a new one, and slapped a quick paint job on it today. Good enough for Kandahar!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 25, 2010 @ 01:52 PM | 13,622 Views
Hey all, figured I'd tell ya a quick story about my latest "adventure" here in Kandahar.

I finally got my UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in command check ride done a few days ago. Should have been last September, but thats another story for another time.

We go out to fly this General all over the place two days ago. We get in the helicopter, start up, do all our engine checks and just as we are about to taxi my right side crew chief says "sir, the cabin is filling with smoke!" Well, needless to say, that got my attention really really quick! I looked back and sure enough the cabin was full of white smoke... Electrical? Fire? Oil? Who knows! I asked, and they couldnt tell.

So, I did an emergency engine shutdown on both engines, called my sister ship and told them what was up and sent the guys to check it out. They couldn't find anything!

I called my maint. test pilot with a cell phone, told him what was up. His advice... "Check it out real good and if you are comfortable starting it back up and trying it again, go for it". Since the crew was comfortable, we did just that.

I fired both engines back up, no smoke. I had my co pilot pull in some power, no smoke. The crew jumped in the back, closed the doors and waited... no smoke! So, we called and said we were ready to taxi. We made it about 100 yards down the taxi way and the crew chief again yelled, sir, smoke in the cabin! This time, I stopped, they jumped out and went back...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 23, 2010 @ 02:28 PM | 13,241 Views
http://www.wcsh6.com/life/community/...119294&catid=2

We had a UH60 crash recently that took one of our NCO's and some Australian soldiers lives. The rest of the crew was injured pretty bad also, but it looks like they will pull through.

I remember talking with SGT Silk a lot last year in Bagram. We used to talk smack to eachother quite a bit. Really a great soldier and had a great sense of humor. He'll be missed.

Please keep the family of SGT Silk and the rest of the crew and soldiers in your prayers. They will need it.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 19, 2010 @ 01:57 PM | 12,941 Views
First off, Castle Creations is awesome! Im just sayin...

I had a 9.3 hour flight in and around Kandahar, Afghanistan today with my Brigade Standardization Pilot (CW5 type) while doing my pilot in command evaluation. We moved a butt ton of soldiers out to remote locations with a Dutch crew in a CH-47. Great guys too!!! Had a really good flight. So, here you go... the first UH-60L thats "Powered by Castle". Wouldnt that be nice.

The good news is, the Eval is going well, no one shot at us today, and I logged over 9 hours.

The bad news is, tomorrow is the oral evaluation.... uuuuuggggghhhhhh. I hate that part. Could be 2 hours, could be 10 hours... ya never know.

Then comes the night vision goggle flight. Once all of that is done, if all goes as planned, I will pass and be a PC. If all does not go as planned, well, I'll sit in my room and continue to study... I hate studying.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 05, 2010 @ 12:40 PM | 14,117 Views
Not sure what I was thinking, but I just paid $10 to run a half marathon over here in Kandahar tomorrow morning. So, if I dont make it... you guys take care of all my planes for me!

Anyone care to make a guess at what my time will be for the 13.1 mile race? I'll post the results later on.

Off to bed, 0530 comes around pretty quick.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 03, 2010 @ 02:23 PM | 14,640 Views
Even though Im in Afghanistan, I just cant seem to stop looking at and buying planes!!! Well, I stumbled accross www.redwingrc.com and started looking at their 30cc size MX-2 and S-BACH 342 and just HAD to have one! The prices are not bad at all either! Win win in my opinion!

So, a couple emails and a phone call to the company owner (GREAT guy by the way) and I now have a CUSTOM COVERED 73" span S-BACH 342 on the way to my house in Tennessee. Yeps, mine will be one of a kind. And of course, mine will be ELECTRIC powered. No gassers or nitro in my stable anymore. As for the covering scheme on mine... well, you'll just have to wait and see! But, it will be pretty slick.

Im pretty darn excited about this one. I love big planes, and especially big electric planes. It should fit right in with some of my others.

Here is a link to some pictures and video... http://www.redwingrc.com/aircraft.html

THANK YOU WWW.REDWINGRC.COM!!!!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 28, 2010 @ 04:02 PM | 13,770 Views
Even the people from the NY Times were disgusted by our wonderful Poo Pond smack in the middle of our little "paradise" we call Kandahar Air Field. Nice little write up, and acctually accurate and TRUE!

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/the-poo-pond/

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 22, 2010 @ 08:49 AM | 13,706 Views
Hey guys, things are good here. Nothing much new to report currently. I have been working nights primarily for the last few weeks so not too much in the way of new pictures. They all seem to look the same at night... very black.

Figured I'd drop some random stuff in here for your viewing pleasure! 9.5 months to go.

Laine.