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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 04, 2015 @ 06:43 PM | 1,748 Views
So today I mounted up the motorcycle with all the RC gear and drove to SCORCH. About half way there I hit a fog bank and it was so thick that I couldnt see more than 100' in front of me. So I kept driving hoping for it to turn out nicer. As it turns out, the sun came out and became a beautiful flying day.

I got the 280 in the air and its a blast to fly! Its a handful at the very least but its fun to play with. The camera on the other hand is crappy. Its a 700 line but it cant control the contrast so when you fly anywhere towards the sun everything becomes black and you have to pray you dont crash. Gotta fix that soon.

As for the 550 hex, I just ended up removing the gimbal and hard mounting the GoPro to the front in between the two front arms. While I can no longer get the beautiful sweeping AP shots, I can play with the F550 harder than it was meant to do. So some FFF and a couple of backflips and front flips and I was happy again.

As for the dominators, I have to contact fat shark tomorrow about them. They are less than 6 months, only used a dozen or so times. Never dropped, always taken care of and like I said, only turned on less than a dozen times. The problem is that when you plug them in, all I see is solid colors that shift and end up at a green screen. No static, no changing channels, nothing. The battery is at full charge, the rx is plugged in, the antenna is screwed on solid. Couldn't figure it out by myself so Ill call them tomorrow and hope they can fix it.

Flying the F550 at SCORCH (7 min 41 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 02, 2015 @ 08:14 PM | 1,829 Views
So the other week I spent a good amount of time with my buddy Tom fitting props for the F550 on a 4s. After a good amount of swapping we found the 9x4.5 is the perfect prop for good camera stabilization and great punch out. So I ordered a few 4s but I havent gotten them yet.

So me being me I decided to fly with a full rig on a 3s. Not that difficult but it lack the punch of a 4s. After a few short laps my GoPro decided to die and I was left LOS. Not that big of a deal as I fly within LOS every time I fly. I was bringing it down from about 60ft and the props started to cavitate in its down wash. Well that coupled with the wind of an incoming storm I managed to flip it upside down at 10ft. It rocketed down into the ground and bounced a couple of times.

I walked over to the hex and found it surprisingly unharmed. No so much as a scratch. But my 4s should arrive shortly and I will be able to fly some decent times.

Posted by verticalspark | Aug 25, 2015 @ 05:18 PM | 2,219 Views
So the stars aligned this week and I got 2!!!! new toys. The NightHawk 280 Pro came in from yesterday and last weekend I purchased a DJI F550.

One of the guys decided he was selling his F550. Standard motors/esc combo but has the WooKong-M as well as the LK24 Data Link. So I decided to buy it from him. I was then that I realized what he was giving me. He gave me the F550, x468 gimbal with savox servos, 2 lipos for it, a 1.2 FPV ground station (1.2 rx, Case and LCD screen), 1.2 transmitter to hook to a GoPro (1-4), A box of extra parts along with a SPMAR7610 rx for the radio, 4 extra ESCs for the f550, 2 extra motors for the f550 and 4 motors and 4 60amp escs for an extra quad.

Then I spent the better part of the day with the president of SCORCH (Tom) working with different motor/lipo settings. We settled with 9x4.5 on a 4s for roughly 125 watts/motor at full throttle which is 25 watts under the max rated current. I currently use a 3s with some 10" props but it is under 80watts/motor and just seemed sluggish with inputs.

As for the NightHawk Pro, I received it the other day and havent gotten to play with it yet. At first glance, the quad is very well built. The Instruction manual is very well written and not Engrish from what I have read. The diagrams are very nice and point out the main points. I will give an update on both of them when I get back from a short trip.

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Posted by verticalspark | Aug 05, 2015 @ 07:46 PM | 1,317 Views
So over the last couple weeks I went on a short motorcycle drive. Left from colorado and drove to south carolina and then to florida to surprise my mom, dad and cousin. I drove somewhere just north of 5,ooo miles round trip. And I have to say I love this bike.

I finally got a voltage step up for my camera so I will be able to complete my FPV system for a modified flite test kracken that I am currently building. Hoping it will be finished by this friday so I can take it out and give it a maiden and see how she fly with FPV.

I also saw 2DogRC was selling a set up emax frame with a complete FPV setup for just over $200 so I ordered it. The good news is that I already have that exact same frame so any crashes I will have plenty of spare parts.
Posted by verticalspark | May 17, 2015 @ 10:47 PM | 3,228 Views
So I bought the Emax 250 quite some time ago. After a substantial time procrastinating I finally started working on it. The plan was to cut and solder the motor wires to the ESC with no connectors so lighten the load. After several attempts I failed and managed to fry 2 ESCs and a motor that is stuck in a jitter mode. Not a huge deal but now I was faced with either stick with the stock motors and ESCs or going big.

So I decided to go with some Cobra 2208/20 2000kv motors running some 6x4.5 props on a 2200 4s. Going to have to order them when I get some of the money back from some of the items I have invested in.

And I finished the plane for my wife. Its a great plane and I have it finished except for the fact I didnt read the entire page for the HK tx. Seems one of the channels is reversed and I cant do it without the correct cord that I ordered shortly ago. Hopefully everything I ordered will be here within the next 3 weeks.

Posted by verticalspark | Apr 27, 2015 @ 06:46 PM | 2,537 Views
So my wife decided she wants to learn to fly! Was planning on rebuilding a slow stick for her to learn on but after searching I re-found the MiniBipe from I saw the original and the uber large bipe but after looking I think this is going to be the best setup for her. Im hoping her flying will cruse into quads or helis, but honestly so long as she is flying Im happy.

But in other news I got everything to start FPVing on my 250 quad and I received a set of upgraded motors for my Hubsan X4. Hoping to beat the crap out of those.

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 28, 2015 @ 11:02 PM | 2,627 Views
If you live in/around Colorado Springs and you fly ANYTHING please drive out and meet us! SCHORCH is a AMA club that is about 15 miles east of the city that is devoted to mainly to Helis and multirotors including FPV. Please come out and visit on Saturday. We meed up at 9am to hang out and fly what we have.

This being said, we have a geographic feature that I am fairly sure no other club has. THE PIT!. We have a pit that is roughly 400' across and about 20' deep right off one of out main flight lines. Right now its used to fly in with any and everything that can fit in it but it will be used for FPV races! Thats right, you read that right, FPV RACES!!!!! Most clubs around the country have kicked the heli guys to the curb and straight out banned any FPV which is a HUGE part of the hobby and growing. We dont have a course right now but over the next several week we will build some gates that are perfect for flying FPV in the 250 class.

The general feeling of the club is amazing and like nothing that I have ever been a part of before. I have flown in parks for most of the last 10 years with no AMA what to speak of. After hanging out with these guys I have learned that nothing is like having a bunch of friends to hang out with and fly. The knowledge is this club is amazing and everyone is happy to help if they can.

I have a feeling that this club will set the standard for FPV and Helis very shortly. Please feel free to join us weather to fly or just to stop by and hang out. This is a rough map of our club. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me, I will answer. If your around, feel free to insert these directions into your phone and show up anytime after 9 on any saturday and somebody will be sure to be there flying something.

All aerial photos are thanks to Kenny and his Inspire1

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:12 PM | 2,868 Views
SCORCH - Southern COlorado RC Helicopter is a group for those interested in flying RC helicopters and multi-rotor machines. The purpose of the group is to connect with other heli pilots to share knowledge, skills, and foster friendships. And those of us who still fly some planes

So over the last couple of months I have been meeting with several guys and we go out and fly. Seems most of us have been flying around Colorado Springs and it seems only a couple of us knew. So Tom made a MeetUp account to get us all together. Since then we have grown to a dozen plus some and love anything heli...and planes (I'm one of those guys)

In the last several weeks Tom has done his best to find us a "home" for a AMA sanctioned club. And he has succeeded in most spectacular form. He found and staked a claim at a local airport and got some land we are allowed to use.

We will "break ground" this weekend on what can be considered a club. The aerial pic posted doesent do it justice. That little outline box is roughly 80 acres. That and once done we will have one of the most unique features of any club that I have ever heard of. Oh, and the back drop isnt half bad either.

More to come, more to see and more to do.

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 15, 2015 @ 10:08 AM | 4,268 Views
Well I finally managed to get enough money to order a pair of Fatshark Dominator v2s. I am so excited now that they are on the way. I just have to wait till the first of next month to order all the other stuff.

And my cursed beaver finally flys again! I decided to forgo the windshield but it flys great. Being that I live in Colorado its usually windy so the only time I can fly it is in that dawn-dusk time frame. It floats really well and bounces even better. Had somebody call me while I was flying low and dumbed thumbed it into the ground. Bounces nicely though.

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 04, 2015 @ 09:09 PM | 2,576 Views
So if you haven't seen my blog I'm not only an avid r/c flyer but I love guns. That being said I'm sure I lost of of you on that last sentience. But while I can (and do) shoot fast accurately, I LOVE old guns. I don't know why or how but there is something about a older gun that gets my blood flowing. Ringing steel from 500 yards or putting all my rounds in a ragged hole at 100 yards makes me happy.

So when I went to my gun store looking for a new hiking pistol, something in 10mm, I glanced around as what they had. I noticed a rolling block 45-70 sitting on the shelf. I am not a huge fan of the rolling block as I have seen one break but it is an older design. The guy mentioned that a regular customer was selling a 1874 Sharps 45-70 which I have lusted after for quite some time. After taking a look at it, I was sold. I had to have it.

That being said, the older guns are an acquired taste. It takes patience and the ability to adapt to the particular gun you have. This is my dream gun is now sitting in my safe and I cant wait to shoot her.

Posted by verticalspark | Jan 30, 2015 @ 12:15 AM | 4,198 Views
So I started so many projects at the same time. So I'll try to give a brief update on them all.

Crack Turbo Beaver - Finished again, just waiting for a charging cable so I can charge the lipos. I didnt even get to put it through its paces before it broke so Im looking forward to beating on it this time.

Nighthawk 250 - I just received the shipment from HobbyKing so I can start work on it again. Time to fire up the soldering iron and get to work.

FliteTest Kraken - I have one complete half of the wing(right), one messed up half of a wing(left) and all the pieces of the next wing(left). Just need to start gluing it together and build a motor mount for the power 25 and 4s up front.

On top of all this Im in the middle of an emergency repair/remodel of the upstairs bathroom due to a toilet leak. After that comes installing a few door frames, finishing a reloading bench, remodeling the lower bathroom and refinishing the wood floors in the house. So not too much .

On top of that, it seems my Plus membership has run out...dang. And the horizon released the Rare Bear in all its glory. That will be preordered as soon as humanly possible. Not so much for the 100+ MPH but the simple facts that its a little more than a parkflyer, they finally upgraded the servos to the RTF and its my color .

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:46 PM | 3,871 Views
So today I went to the range with a good friend. We brought several handguns, shotguns and my AR pistol that I just finishing building. I took the iron sights off because another buddy gave me his EoTec 512 to put on it. Well I spent 6 months buying and building parts of this gun much like a RC(cant afford to buy all at once). I put care and craftsmanship into each part and the time had to come to let it fly.

I loaded a mag with 10 rounds and locked it in. Grabbed the charging handle and chambered a round. I raised the gun and looked down the sights. I flicked the selector switch from safe to fire. Then I realized my heart was beating and it was beating HARD. Its like the first time you take off with a brand new plane. You know you did everything right, you double checked all surfaces and you know everything it right but you are still nervous when you throttle up.

I squeeze off the first round and immediately pissed off the people next to me. This thing is LOUD! Two, three and four quickly follow as I now know that what I built works and works well. I know this and I want more. I'm addicted. Eight, nine and ten come and go as the bolt locks back. Then I realize that something is wrong with the sight. Seems the concussion has broken the EoTec my good buddy has let me use. Well I took it off so I could run another 10 rounds through it. I have been shooting the AR platform for a while so I can shoot fairly accurately without sights. So in the picture I look like a douche in a TV show that "knows how to shoot without sights" but its a rough guesstimate. Not too accurate but I can hit a 3" circle at 25 yards. Pretty sure I could throw the rifle and hit that target. If you look at the picture you can see the 512 on the table.

Well the first impression I get of this gun is...I LOVE IT! I bought all the parts and built it exactly how I wanted it and its all that I wanted. Now to find an optic that will handle the concussion of this little guy.

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 12, 2014 @ 07:37 PM | 3,274 Views
So I completed one of my other projects I have been working on for a while. I am now the proud owner of my first AR pistol. Should be a blast to play with at the range.

I just received the Nighthawk 250 but haven't put it together yet. I still need a lipo for it so ill wait till after the new year and order one. While I'm at it, I have been setting money aside for a pair of FatSharks from ReadyMadeRC. I should be ordering them in the next month or so that way I can finish building everything and get the quad in the air.

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 04, 2014 @ 07:30 PM | 2,577 Views
So I did a bad thing and just ordered a Nighthawk 250 Quad from Ready Made RC. I have gotten several things from Ready Made and if those are any indication of what this quad will be like it will be awesome!

Posted by verticalspark | Nov 29, 2014 @ 12:04 AM | 2,765 Views
So as someone who gets a little nervous in crowds, I tend to avoid them whenever possible. This brings a problem when it comes to the dreaded BLACK FRIDAY!!!. I tend to stay at home and surf the computer and that's what I did today. I started with every known hobby site and then moved on to gun sites. After both of those I tend to skim through the e-mails and see what ridiculous advertisement a company has come up with to make me spend my money on their product. Well today wasn't much different other than a trip to the local gun store that I frequent to see any deals they had.

I have no current "Need to buy" on my list that was on sale today but I browsed anyway. Needless to say I was a little upset when it came to what was on sale by the major manufacturers. After all the normal sites I ended up spending a stupid amount of money on my other hobby. Lots of gun parts and a few Christmas presents for the wife later I finally stopped buying stuff. I imagine that I will post pictures of my finished project when it get finished in the next couple months.

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 28, 2014 @ 05:45 PM | 2,926 Views
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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 26, 2014 @ 04:41 PM | 3,029 Views
So the plan was to build a $tree foam wing for some fun in the park in a week. After some design and redesign I think I have finally settled on a size. Im still playing around with the CG calculator to get the right CoG. It will be roughly a 64" wingspan. The sweep shouldnt be too bad.

The problem starts this Thursday when I will leave for California for 3 weeks. So this looks like it will be a project for next month which is a little upsetting.

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 19, 2014 @ 06:16 PM | 3,235 Views
So we have gotten settled into the house but in doing so I have gotten lazy. All the planes are still broken and I quit going to the gym and running after work. So this is the week that I change that. My list of things to get done this week.

1. Start trying to build a wing from $tree foam.
- Going to use the Foamboard Scratchbuild University for the information. He does an amazing job at explaining the complicated process to those of us with thick skulls. Im going to see if I can put a power 10 on the back of the wing as I have the motor but no ESC.
2. Gym, everyday. No excuses.
-Remember people, 30min of cardio every day.
3. Diet.
-This one is kinda useless as I work very weird hours and cant exactly schedule times to eat. So Ill just keep it numbed down to Eating Better when I eat. No sugar, sodas or energy drinks. That last one will be tough.
4. Finish Projects.
- The Slow Stick is dead unless I buy a new whole new one for a wing. And Im taking the power system to build a wing. I will finish the beaver again when I find the parts. And random things just laying around.

We will see how it all turns out in a couple of weeks.

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 12, 2014 @ 06:55 PM | 2,629 Views
Well in moving I have managed to do several things.
- My little wing that I built was crushed. Guess I'm going to have to build a different smaller one for speed this time.
- Slow Stick wing was crushed as well. But to be fair I only had one lipo for it and its the better part of 5 years old. So I really need to buy some 2200 3s to get it back up and flying.
- Turbo Crack Beaver was in the process of being upgraded with CF everything. I got the rear control horns replace but I managed to misplace the rest of them. I will eventually find them.

So now Im just kinda R/Cless.... for now. Looking very closely at a couple UMs and the LaTrax Alias.

And I have been doing a lot of shooting on the side. Its hard to pay for 3 hobbies

Posted by verticalspark | Sep 27, 2014 @ 12:03 PM | 3,080 Views
The hobbies have been put on hold for a while because I bought a house! The good news is that I now have enough rooms so I get a man cave for my stuff. So that means hobby room!