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Posted by verticalspark | Mar 15, 2015 @ 10:08 AM | 6,117 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 | 3,971 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 | 5,606 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 | 5,064 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 | 4,396 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 | 3,586 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 | 3,711 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 | 3,473 Views
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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 26, 2014 @ 04:41 PM | 3,519 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 | 3,689 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 | 3,045 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 | 3,419 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 @ 02:49 PM | 3,713 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 @ 09:34 PM | 3,751 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 @ 07:17 PM | 4,068 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 @ 04:37 PM | 4,184 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 @ 10:01 AM | 3,845 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 @ 05:56 PM | 4,670 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 @ 01:35 PM | 3,543 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 @ 09:39 AM | 3,873 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.