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Posted by lmopar69 | May 28, 2010 @ 03:02 PM | 13,893 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 @ 07:49 AM | 13,833 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.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 07, 2010 @ 12:53 AM | 14,787 Views
Here is what I got done last night on med chase when we were not flying. In fact, 24 hour shift, and didnt get launched once. Thats a good thing.

The build CD for this thing is great! I followed along with Lee as he built one. Only one problem, his plane was red, mine is blue, so when he said to install the fuse sides with the red side up, I did. I didnt catch it before I put glue on, so I guess mine will look just a bit "off".

Other than that one error, it went together smoothly and without a hitch. Gonna be a good lookin plane, and from what I can tell, should be a hoot to fly!

I'll get the electronics installed as soon as I can and get the controls hooked up on it.

My DX-7 is now on its way here, along with one RX thanks to my wonderful wife. So it wont be much longer and I'll get this little sucker in the air.

Again, a HUGE thank you to all of these folks for making this possible for us!!! Keep these folks in mind when you place your next orders guys! I know I will!

www.leeulingermodels.com

www.castlecreations.com

www.venom-group.com

www.apcprop.com

www.bmkdesigns.net

www.hobbytown.com (Kennewick, Washington)

www.empirerc.com

and good old Dan "Deckert" from here at RCG.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | May 05, 2010 @ 01:28 PM | 15,784 Views
Many of you know Im deployed... again.... this time to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Iam certain "RC Guys/Gals" must be the best folks in the world. Here is why...

My good buddy Dan, (I wont say his RCG user name but it resembles Deckert ) went to the trouble of contacting various companies for donations to send some planes over here to Kandahar to us. He talked to them, coordinated everything, got it all shipped to him, then boxed it up and shipped everything to me here in Afghanistan. All without me knowing about it! Impressive! So, a HUGE THANK YOU to Dan for all the hard work.

Here is the deal, in the mail yesterday...

5 CUSTOM MADE 39" Edge 540s from Lee Ulinger. These have our Unit logo "Warlords" on them, plus a picture of our aircraft, the UH-60 Blackhawk, the Fisher House logo, the Bagram RC Club logo and all the sponsor logos. These birds are beautiful! I mean, REALLY cool!!!!

5 Hyperion EOS 1210i battery chargers

10 Venom 3S 1320 lipos

5 Castle Creations Thunderbird 36 ESC's

5 Hacker A 20-22L outrunners (with extra shafts/prop adapters etc..)

5 Hacker X 20 ESC's

10 APC 10x4.7 props

5 Venom lipo sacks

21 Emax ES08MA High torque mini metal gear servos

A bunch of:
CA
Foam Safe CA
Epoxy
cups, stir sticks etc...
connectors
solder
shrink tube
hinge tape

All the charger leads are done already too. All we need to do is assemble it all!!!!

So, if ya all wanna do me a favor, shoot the sponsors an email and tell them thank you for...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 24, 2010 @ 06:21 AM | 16,639 Views
For the last few days (and for the next week +) I am assigned to night Med Chase. What does that mean? That means my buddy Justin and I, along with two crew chiefs are working from 1830 to 0630 every night. Our job? Provide security and cas-evac for the Medevac bird.

In plain english, that means if there is a soldier, or local national that is wounded, the Med gets launched and we follow them. If they are landing "outside the wire" to pick up an individual, our job is to provide airborne security to them while on the ground and in flight. Our secondary mission is to assist in picking up any wounded individuals that will not fit in the Med bird or are not injured so severely as to need immediate medical attention. We then transport the soldier/civilian to the hospital as fast as we possibly can.

Its a tough mission to be on. When we fly it means someone has been injured or killed. Every time we start the helicopter its very bitter sweet, because as Army Aviators, we WANT to fly, day and night, as much as we can! But flying because someone has been wounded sucks. It can be gratifying to know that at times we are responsible for getting the wounded soldiers to medical attention VERY quickly and many times saving their lives. Other times, you wish you had never taken off.

Last night, shortly after dark, we decided that you all would like to see what WE see when we are flying with our Night Vision Goggles. So we snapped a couple pics out by our bird to give you all an idea what its like to fly with goggles strapped to your head. I'd love to get you some in flight pictures, but, we tend to get a little busy when we are in the air. Maybe later we'll have the time to snap a couple in-route NVG pictures.

These pictures are VERY bright due to the amount of light that is present on the air field. It gets quite a bit darker once we are away from all the airfield lights.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 22, 2010 @ 07:52 AM | 15,412 Views
Finally got to go out to the race track here in Kandahar last Sunday. I qualified 2nd, then won the first heat (7 trucks) then they reversed the field, so I started last. I got 3rd in that heat. Then, I started first for the 10 lap final. Ended up winning that too. Not bad considering Im runnin my 2WD Strike and I was racin against 2 and 4wd trucks.

Then we set up the big ramp and started doin silly stuff. Got a few decent pictures of our trucks tumbling through the air. As you can see, we had a guy there to catch them. No sense breakin stuff when it takes a week to 10 days to get parts!

I did end up twisting off a dog bone on my Strike though. So, I ordered a set of CVD's for it, along with a few "just in case" parts. That should solve that problem.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 16, 2010 @ 01:40 PM | 16,841 Views
Another 6.4 hour flight day today. Been one busy week for sure! Had a nice photo op as we were cruising accross the red desert down here in RC South headed for Spin B.

Also, got a clearance you dont hear every day... "Crossbow 12, hold for a flight of two Mirages taxiing on 23." That said CAMERA TIME! to me!

Enjoy!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 11, 2010 @ 12:22 PM | 16,103 Views
Well, when you have 6 dudes in a 18 foot by 16 foot room, each person gets about 39 square feet of space (79" x 72" for each person). So, in mine, I designed a bed that sits 5' 8" off the ground (Im only 5' 7" tall), so I could put some shelves and a computer desk under it. Its now almost decent and gives me some amount of privacy. I made a stair case that doubles as shelves so I can get into bed without killing myself and also have a place to store some stuff. Works out pretty well.

Of course, I couldnt leave my 5 roomies hangin, so I made 6 sets of everything at the same time. I did the basics and helped them all assemble it, but they have to do their own "personalization" of the space under their beds. Everyone wants their stuff just a bit different, so I just help when needed with all that. I have two of those little refrigerators right outside my door as seen in the pics, so there was no way for me to have a door. So I made a sliding door that runs on some 1" wheels and slides in between two sheets of ply with spacers between them. Works pretty slick!

Oh, you can see my Losi Strike, DX3-S and my sons Stampede that he let me bring over here. Too bad the Stampede needs some help or I'd be runnin it! Too many parts broken right now. Im gonna have to place an order soon.

See ya'll later!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 02, 2010 @ 01:23 PM | 15,985 Views
Oh yeah, thanks to UBILDIT (Bo) I now have a truck to race at the local Kandahar Air Base track! My old bud Bo (aka Richard Weed) sent me out a Losi Strike, a DX-3S (with telemetry) an extra RX, 2 2S 5000mah hard case lipos and of course 2 packs of Camel Crush smokes and a bag of Twizzlers. (The guy knows me WAY too well!)

So, I now have a truck ready to go racin on Sunday... which just so happens is my 15th day of work and also a mandatory "reset day" (another word for a day off). Should be a good time. We are also doing a "demo" at the boardwalk (the place where everyone hangs out when they are not working on killin ragheads (sorry if that offends anyone, just havin fun)). We are trying to generate some interrest in RC out there. Since there are usuallly hundreds of people there at any given time, my guess is that it will work out pretty well.

Thanks for hookin me up so quick Bo!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 24, 2010 @ 09:50 PM | 17,675 Views
I spotted these two trucks bringing containers into Kandahar yesterday. This is "the norm" for trucks here. I saw a few similar ones in Iraq, but it seems to be more common here in Afghanistan. I dont know what the heck these folks think, but these are some seriously gawdy trucks!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 23, 2010 @ 12:25 PM | 17,228 Views
Hey guys, I stumbled onto these fellas today. A crew from Boeing that flys the Scan Eagles out here. So, they let me take some pictures and I even got a video of one of the "landings". Great guys out there too. I had a good time.

This thing uses Futaba servos in it, a true turn spinner and an APC prop too. Pretty cool use of "off the shelf" stuff. Im sure there is more in there somewhere, but thats the stuff I saw right off.

I'll post the video here as soon as I get it uploaded. Net is pretty slow here.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 21, 2010 @ 10:04 AM | 16,090 Views
Hey guys, look what we found today! There are 2 race tracks just down the dusty road from where we live. Seems there are about 15 guys who go out there and do some bashing. No acctual races, just fun. Most of them are running stock brushed trucks like the Slash, and the Revo. So, the guys and I will have to find a way to show them whats up. Plus, we gotta get some races setup with some prizes somehow. That makes it alot more fun. Spectators like seeing races more than bashing IMO anyway. Events are where its at!

Im thinkin 1/8th scale 4wd buggy with a Castle Monster brushless on 6S. My wallet thinks Nikko toy truck from Walmart. So, we will all probably end up with some "short course" trucks and put some Castle brushless stuff in them and some 2 or 3 cell lipos. That should keep the cost down a bit for the average joe.

As of right now, flying anything is forbidden. I'll work on that as time goes by. There is no reason we shouldnt be able to fly something like a Slow Stick or a Super Fly over in the same area as the track. I did however find out that there is an indoor place to fly here. Only one guy using it with a heli, but, I think those little Parkzone Micro Cubs would be a hoot. Imagine pylon racing indoors with 4 or 5 of those at a time. THAT sounds like a hoot to me.

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 21, 2010 @ 12:35 AM | 15,546 Views
I took my camera on the "stroll" to the Mess Hall yesterday for breakfast. Its about 1/2 mile away, down the long dusty road in the picture. Everyone loves a nice mouthful of Afghan dust before breakfast! So, me and the guys made the trek for some bad coffee, biscuits, with gravy of course, bacon and a park bench seat in a tent.

Of course, once we got there you would have thought it was Outback Steak House on a Saturday night! "Wooden bench for 4 please". It was another 20 minutes before we made it in the tent, then 5-10 more before you can get some breakfast. However, this particular "Dining Facility" serves omlettes in the morning! Cooked to order, with REAL eggs. Cant argue with that.

We had our chow, and headed off to the flight line for work. As luck would have it, while I was doing some planning, I went outside for a quick break and guess what was landing. A couple Ospreys. Snapped a couple pics, but, since I cant really show the airfield, ya get what ya get! Pretty cool machines though.

Ok, today is my "day off" or "reset day" as they call it. So, Im going down to see about a rumor I heard. A possible RC truck track. More to follow on that.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 20, 2010 @ 10:01 AM | 14,506 Views
Hey guys, all is well here. Busy, but good. We are getting into the swing of things pretty well, missions are kickin and we are figuring out Kandahar and the surrounding area.

I got my very first package in the mail today. Just so happens it was from Dan (known around here as Deckert). Inside the box was nothing but vacuum packed home made COOKIES! Let me tell ya'll, I opened that box, and within one hour, it was empty! These guys got ahold of them and it was on. I estimate that there was 40-50 cookies of various kinds. They sure didnt last long. I reached in and grabbed a bag for myself and almost drew back a bloody stump!

So, Deckert, THANK YOU and all of your buddies that helped! It sure was a nice change of pace to have some home made cookies. Now I need to go run 5 miles or so.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 14, 2010 @ 01:01 AM | 16,934 Views
Hey folks, as some of you know, I made it to Kandahar a couple days ago and got my internet up and running now.

So, initial impressions of this place...

...the first thing anyone here notices is that we have a "Poop pond" about 200 meters up wind from our "house". Yeah, the smell of human crap blowing accross the base all day. How nice!

... next thing I noticed is the food. Not impressed. It will keep you alive, but thats about it. Now, Im not REALLY complaining, it could be MUCH worse. During the invasion of Iraq I had nothing but MRE's for 4 months and I lived out of a truck. The bad thing is you cant tell the difference between the smell from the poop pond and the mess hall!

... my room is, well, good enough. I have 5 other Warrant Officers and me in a 2 man room. We are stacked up pretty tight in here. And it will be like this for the entire year. Again, Im not REALLY complaining, but, Im not over joyed with it either. Considering Im in a decent building with a "normal" bed, internet service and this time we have RUNNING WATER in here, it aint all that bad.

... weather is, well, HOT! Its 90ish outside already and it will hit 120-130 this summer. Big change from Tennessee where just 2 weeks ago or so we had snow all over the place. Its also dusty as heck here. Reminds me very much of Iraq during my last two year long tours there.

... Our mission seems like it should be pretty good. As long as I stay...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 07, 2010 @ 06:40 PM | 15,731 Views
Hey guys, just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the support, help, comments etc... I have less than 24 hours until I will be "wheels up" on my way to Afghanistan for another year long tour.

I'll be flying UH-60s again, this time in the southern part of Afghan. Crappy place, but, we always make the best of it.

So, stay tuned here in my blog for pictures and updates through the year. I'll give ya'll and idea of what we see over there, what we deal with, where we live and what we do.

Thanks again, and see ya all in a year!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 02, 2010 @ 11:12 PM | 15,106 Views
I went flying down at Peeler Park in Nashville this past Sunday. I took most of my big stuff with and had a really great afternoon of flying. Got to "maiden" my newest plane... Hobby Lobbys famous 12' Telemaster.

This was for sure my last day out at the flying field for a little over a year. Another tour in Afghanistan.... uuuhhhggg.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 27, 2010 @ 06:29 PM | 15,636 Views
Guess who bought Hobby-Lobbys famous, candy dropping, air show flying, super huge 12 foot Telemaster at the "sidewalk sale" in today...

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 26, 2010 @ 02:19 PM | 14,489 Views
Since I took 2 weeks of leave before I go to Afghanistan for another year, I decided I should use the last few days before I go back to work to get some work done on my race car (truck).

Its a 1989 Dodge Ram 50. Originally it was a 4cyl automatic truck owned by a Midas Muffler shop in Newport News, VA. I bought it from them a few years ago for $100 and proceeded to remove the little 2.0 4 banger to make room for a Dodge 360 (V-8 of course).

I got the rear axle and frame cleaned up, and painted. I installed the new custom axle shafts from Dutchman, welded on my shock mounts, painted and installed the 4 link bars, mounted the 29"x18.5" Hoosier tires, and today, I finally got the mounts made for the truck bed.

I pushed it outside (no engine in it yet) and took a couple pictures. Soon it will be pushed back into the garage for a year long rest while Im gone (again).

Once I get back home, I'll have to get the roll cage put in, make the motor and trans mounts then get the engine and trans put in. After that its just wrapping up the little things so it can finally be driven.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 23, 2010 @ 09:19 PM | 15,256 Views
We got home this morning from South Carolina. I probably gained 20lbs out there! But, on the other side of it, my wallet is WAY lighter after a week out there, so it all evens out.

Went and flew my 60" night flyer wing again tonight. This time on a 3S 2200 lipo (acctually lighter than the 2100 I was using). With the CG back where it should be, it flew MUCH better. Much more responsive, and rolls are much better too. Lots of fun to fly in the dark. Stops traffic too with 130 LED's in it. I weighed it finally this evening. Suprised, its only 18oz with the lipo and all. Not bad for a 60" plane that can still hit 60mph or so!

Laine.