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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 28, 2014 @ 06:45 PM | 1,232 Views
SS Deke Slayton was scheduled to launch and resupply the ISS. During launch there was a malfunction and the rocket crashed....Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 26, 2014 @ 05:41 PM | 1,422 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 @ 07:16 PM | 1,607 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 @ 07:55 PM | 1,040 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 @ 01:03 PM | 1,502 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!

Posted by verticalspark | Sep 09, 2014 @ 03:49 PM | 1,816 Views
So today I was peered into eating a Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper. Gotta say that it was a little warm. Thats a lie, its really sucked.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 06, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 1,849 Views
I just wanted to talk about something else that is a huge part in my life and that is guns. I know right now that it seems to be a huge debate in our country about the 2nd amendment but I'm not trying to go to the political side. So if this is as far as you read I can understand, but this is my story and how firearms have influenced my life.

Having been brought up around guns I was taught to respect them and the rules when handling a firearm. I don't remember exactly how old I was when I fired my first gun but I remember a lot about it. I was a kid and we were at one of my dads friends house. They were shooting at coke cans and I was asked if I wanted to try and I said sure. I was only 7 or 8 and they handed me a shotgun that I could barely hold up. I was told to point it at the can and pull the trigger and that's what I did. The recoil knocked me down on my butt and I started to cry. I know, not very manly but I wasnt exactly a man. But I hit the can and that made me happy(once I got over the crying).

Through my childhood and into the teenage years I shot every gun I could get my hands on. From shooting targets to skeet shooting and then to hunting. Guns have been an essential part of my life since before I knew it was important.

Now my particular job requires you to be able to use a firearm with some proficiency. Most people have never fired a gun before joining the service and I am still surprised to find people who still do not like guns even after spending some time with them. For me they are a way to express ones self, have fun and providing food by hunting. So either way you look at it, I like guns. My collection seem to keep growing and my interest grows faster than that.

Posted by verticalspark | Apr 17, 2014 @ 08:17 PM | 2,337 Views
Just a story about some welders glue, a good bit postage and some miles traveled.

So back on December 20th I ordered some welders glue off of Amazon. Not thinking about it I pressed confirm order and let it be. About a week and a half later I still had not received it and thought it was a bit odd but it was the holidays so I let it go.

After a couple more weeks I had to investigate further.Turns out amazon had sent it to my deployed address which had been closed for several months. I figured it was lost forever and ordered another set to the right address. But the welders sat in country for a while only to be returned to the states, to be sent back overseas, bounce around the middle east and europe for a while and back to the US.

Yesterday I get "talked to" for having a package delivered to me at work. I am at a loss as to what was delivered to me seeing as how I havent ordered anything in 5 months. Turns out the glue finally made its way back to me . I couldnt help but smile after thinking what happened and where that glue had been.

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 16, 2014 @ 05:37 PM | 2,548 Views
So building the Got Rocks and I have run into a problem that I didnt think about. The elevator on a cub. Where the 2 "Fins" meet is very thin. Think I am going to try a piece of flat carbon fiber that runs almost the length of the elevator. Im hoping it will be strong enough to hold up to flight. If that does not work I will cut the elevator in half and run a piece of carbon tube in the same spot and re glue the elevator back.

Making some progress on the Crack Turbo Beaver. It is slowly coming together and should be finished next weekend. But its now the time of year where its windy almost all day so its flying in the early morning and late evening. But it does come with some great pictures!

Posted by verticalspark | Feb 22, 2014 @ 11:01 AM | 2,471 Views
Well I have pretty much been lazy in the hobby for the last couple months. I have a Crack Turbo Beaver that I have been building for....2 months now. Should be 1-2 days but its sitting there collecting dust.

Then I entered the RCGroups Scale build off and got a decent way with Got Rocks. Designed it and started to build it but now it sits in a corner with a complete fuselage but thats it.

Kinda feels like I hit a rut in the hobby. I have a busy weekend but I will be trying to continue on these 2 projects. Really want to get back into the air but I need to put in the work to do so.

And is seems I broke 4,000 posts
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 21, 2014 @ 06:56 PM | 3,353 Views
Well, It has been a an exciting day. I got home a little early and about the time I started to relax I heard a lot of screaming. Turns out the apartment across the hall was on fire in a bad way. So I immediately jumped into action and saved the day! Just kidding, I grabbed the dog, the guns and ammo and RAN!

Luckily the Colorado Springs Fire Department is awesome and had the fire out in about a hour without too much damage to the buildings. As of now there is no reported injuries human or animal. So it was a best case senerio as had this happened at night it would have been much worse.

Posted by verticalspark | Jan 01, 2014 @ 02:35 PM | 2,404 Views
Well I must be crazy as I have decided to enter the RCG Scale Build-Off 3. Im planing on scratch building the "Got Rocks" PA-18 out of $tree foam and some wood dowels(balsa if im feeling really good). Looks like its going to be a 48-50" wingspan right now.

Having never built a scale plane and only ever scratch build one plane (wing) this should be an interesting experience.

Ill post a link to a thread one I make one.

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 05, 2013 @ 10:39 AM | 2,795 Views
So every year we do a 2 mile walk downtown called Operation Happy Holidays. Its a way for us to give back to the community and deliver food, clothes and toys for the homeless and less fortunate. This year we walked right down main street, all 800 or so of us. This year we delivered 1600 pounds or so of stuff most of which was clothes. After looking at pictures they got a few pictures of yours truly.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 29, 2013 @ 05:21 PM | 2,719 Views
So the other day I couldn't sleep so I woke up and browsed the book of faces. And in my delirious state I found a picture of of a beanie beard and then decided I needed it. So I present to you, The Beanie Beard!
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 03, 2013 @ 06:11 PM | 2,767 Views
Not my video. Not sure of the circumstances but it was definitely funny.

Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2013 @ 10:30 PM | 3,195 Views
So we are packing up! Good sign that we are going to be leaving here as our time here draws to a close. Still have a short time left and gonna try to make the best of it. But as someone said yesterday, "They can make us work all day long and pile on the stupidity but you have to remember one thing. They cant stop time."

Broke out the QR-1 in the tent before we move. Its been longer than I thought because it was a little touchy as far as controlls. Guess I have lost some of the calibration to the fingers as far as helis go. But as it turns out the QR-1 is a lot tougher than I thought it was. Going flat out it went into a flip and crashed in such a violent way it could only be described as something that hollywood would produce and sell as real. As it turns out, I lost a prop. But with all the bouncing, flips and cartwheels it came to a screeching halt completely unharmed. Im impressed.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 03, 2013 @ 02:28 PM | 3,015 Views
So as it would seem around this time of year Horizon goes nuts and releases a bunch of new EVERYTHING!. And of course I pretty much want all of them that fly. But I havent flown helis in the better part of a year so those big beautiful blades are a no go. That is unless I want to sink a couple car payments into them and I imagine the wife might want to have food on the table over a 700.The 350 QX is a pretty cool quad but I like to build so thats a big no for me too.

What I do like is the UM Icon A5 even though I don't have any water nearby The UM Habu will be on the shelf to replace the UM Stryker that melted a while back. (entirely my fault, should have looked where I placed it). But what really caught my eye is the PA-20 Pacer. I didn't even know it was released until my buddy Travis (HiTekRednk916) told me about it and the more I look at it the more I want it in my hanger. Not too big, not to small and both scale and semi-sporty. I never had a balsa plane as I always do stupid stuff but I think this may be the one. Already have a ESC and a Rimfire 10 laying around.

A couple more months over here and Ill be heading home to spend some quality flyin*cough**cough**cough* uhhh, spending time with my wife Gonna catch Hell for that one...

Posted by verticalspark | Jun 20, 2013 @ 03:48 AM | 3,689 Views
So as is life I got a swift kick to the nuts a little while ago. So my FPV quad idea has been downgraded more than a little. After all is said and done I wont be buying a quad and FPV out of the gate. Regardless I still managed to learn a lot while doing research.

But conveniently enough I saw the Bat Bone Tri 370 Kit from flitetest. Has great FPV potential but now im just thinking of building one cheap and beating on it. Then may go for a cheap 5.8 after I am happy with the amount of destruction I have caused the little tri. Cheap and easy, just the way I like them Im sure the wife is cursing my name right about now...
Posted by verticalspark | May 05, 2013 @ 10:37 AM | 4,618 Views
As many people have done, I have always looked at FPV as something that looks fun and have wanted to get into. First you start all starry eyed the RTF planes and quads imagining what you can do with them and then you hit the bottom of the page that includes the price tag. Thats when shock sets in and you start to look at building your own. You start pricing options and not wanting to start with cheap stuff you step it up a little and start looking at other options (OSD, RTH, pan/tilt, head tracking and such). Inevitability I realize the price and options are too much and I usually just quietly give up my dreams and turn off the computer.

Well here I go again. Just this time I have been saving money and I am going to adhere to the KISS rule...mostly. I have always considered going FPV on a plane as I have thousands of hours flying all sizes of planes under all kind of conditions and most perishing when I do some stupid s**t. But over the last couple of years I have been into helis and most recently quads. Quads are simple enough to set up if you spend the time to check then recheck and recheck your work once more.

So one of the times I am going to break the KISS rule will be building a quad tri instead of a plane. The other will be a basic OSD that will show the voltage of the battery pack so I don't plow it into the ground. No OSD for now. The rest of the build will be as simple as I can get it.

So the list of preferred options (will probably change with some...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 28, 2013 @ 05:56 AM | 3,963 Views
Well Im officially settled in. Ill be here for the the better part of 2013. Spend lots of time at the gym but I have no R/C. Thinking I may have the wife send me my little quad but its really windy outside.