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Posted by verticalspark | Nov 29, 2013 @ 04:21 PM | 3,815 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 @ 05:11 PM | 3,839 Views
Not my video. Not sure of the circumstances but it was definitely funny.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 4,104 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 @ 01:28 PM | 3,714 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 @ 02:48 AM | 4,391 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 @ 09:37 AM | 5,322 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 @ 04:56 AM | 4,508 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.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 06, 2013 @ 06:17 PM | 5,148 Views
After some procrastination like a pro I finally finished the wing. All weighted and balanced I got to fly it this morning.

Gotta say its not really fast and seems to be the exact opposite of the original stryker but this thing is nice to fly. Its no longer a sport wing but its easy to keep control of.

Now to decide how to paint it. Gonna use the Sharpie but I gotta find a design Im happy with.

Build Log Here

Update: So it was a little cold for the second flight. The prop shattered on landing Good thing I have another one...

scratch built wing (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 19, 2012 @ 06:57 PM | 5,046 Views
For a good while now I have wanted a GoPole so I can get some footage from different angles. But being me I am usually broke and cant justify the $40. So wandering around a store the other day I saw a mop and handle that was a little over $1.50. I soon thought to myself that I could make my own pole as I have a grab bag of mounts. So I grabbed the dremel and went to work. After about 10 min I have this! My own little GoStick

GoPro B (1 min 6 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 15, 2012 @ 01:54 PM | 4,663 Views
So today I spent a lot of money getting new tires for my wife's truck. They were really needed as the previous set had gone pretty much bald. But they are very nice.

But today I stumbled upon a project that I had completely forgotten about. My wing! After all the moving and training in the last two months I had put it up and "lost" it. But today while cleaning up and packing I found it! Now I have to dig up the rest of the parts and put it back together. If you look closely you can see it "buried"
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:43 AM | 5,184 Views
So after a while in the new car I am impressed. Not only is it a comfortable, it has one of the most important things in a car that is in colorado in the winter...a heater.

Anyway according to the manufacturers MPG rating its supposed to get 24mpg. I do a lot of driving to and from work and its mostly around base (stop and go) so I expected to get around that. I have averaged over 30MPG! That is over double what the jeep was getting so I am a very happy man right now.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 01, 2012 @ 07:39 PM | 4,790 Views
So a while ago(2ish months) ago I totaled my jeep after somebody hit me. Well Finally got the check yesterday and found a car today!

I bought a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. It had a slight wobble at 70mph+ so I had them give it and alignment and its going on monday to the Mitsubishi dealership for a check up. Should pick it up on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Ill throw up some pictures later after I pick it up.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 14, 2012 @ 09:42 PM | 4,897 Views
So I have just gotten back from our NTC rotation. 28 days of force on force fun! As a medic I dont get to play with the guns but I can say for sure that we are one of, if not the best, platoon of medics in that Army. And Im not the type of guy that likes to brag but we rocked it. Oh, and I grew a nice field molestache

Now that Im back I hope to finish up my little wing that I have been working on. But as is life, it fell apart in the month I was gone. Fuel pump in the wifes truck went out, Im having more problems with the old apartments and Im still arguing with the insurance company about how much my jeep is worth (now totaled). I was hoping to build a quad copter for some FPV or build a nice AR15 with the extra money from the jeep but seems I might get screwed...again.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 07, 2012 @ 08:32 PM | 5,377 Views
So we had a 4 day weekend before we head out for training. Well me and a good buddy decided to go to the top of pikes peak as its one of the last weekends available/good weather before we deploy.

So after loading a medium ruck with all the essentials(food, clothes, extra .45 rounds) we started the accent at 5:30. About half way up my knee started to hurt again so we took a short break, ate some snacks and some pain meds. Well it turns out the birds were hungry too so we started to see exactly how close the would get to us. Turns out they had no problems at all walking up and eating out of your hand. So when the food ran out we decided it was best to leave before the birds figured it out and turned out lives into a 60's horror film.

We arrived at the top around 1:30 where the wife was kind enough to wait (I had told her 12) in a warm car. So we did what we set out to do, climb pikes peak, strip down to our battalion t-shirt, tan boots and ranger panties and take a picture next to the pikes peak sign Im fairly certain my wife wasnt the only person taking pictures of us walking around in those skimpy little shorts. It was after all hovering around 15* and windy.

I also used the GoPro with the head mount but most of the pics came out blurry. So I may add more pics if I can find some good ones.

And I rented an apartment after ours jacked up the price. So after this next week its in the plans to order a FancyFoam 42" EPP extra in the green assuming my little stash stays hidden from the other half.

Posted by verticalspark | Sep 29, 2012 @ 11:03 AM | 4,924 Views
Well my R/C hobby has been put on hold waiting for some parts. But this last monday as I was driving home someone hit my rear passenger tire as I was doing about 30mph. This sent me sideways and seeing as how I drive a jeep with a 5" lift and 35" it didnt take long for me to flip and bounce the jeep off the pavement. Not such a big deal but I bounced my head off the pavement as well so I spent most of Tuesday in the hospital only for them to tell me it was probably just a concussion...maybe. So 5 days later I still have a headache and Im pretty sure my poor jeep is totaled. Guess only time will tell.

Yesterday me and a good buddy went to a local gun store to look for a particular 22 mag rifle I wanted. Well it turns out that Ruger was having a sale this weekend. After some looking around and debating I settled on a 10/22 take down. And seeing as how they were offering them in a limited edition (1/1000) Multicam with a tan case I got it with a Bushnell Trophy red/green dot scope with 4 interchangeable reticles.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 16, 2012 @ 06:58 PM | 5,043 Views
So I started to look around to see if anybody makes a GoPro mount for a dog. Turns out nobody does so I am going to try to build one of stuff I already have. Trying to not spend any money in the process.

I thinking of using the head mount and making a few cuts. The top head band will come off but the sides will not. So im going to make one cut in each side so I can get the side band off and use just the plate. Im going to trim the center hole out just wide enough to put the center strap in and attach the base plate to where the leash loop is.

I know the pics arnt the best but it should get the point across.

Now to ask the wife if I can butcher the dog harness

kelloggair has been nice enough to send me some control arms for my wing Im building. You can find the build thread Here. Gonna be an interesting experience if this little wing flys.


UPDATE: Doesent work. Sound idea but everything was way too blury. When she stopped or ran in a straight line the video was decent but when she turned everything went bad. And this dog almost never runs in straight lines.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 02, 2012 @ 05:39 PM | 4,775 Views
So one of my good buddies was looking for a .45 to buy so he could have out here with him. So we have been looking and he decided on a m&p 45 until he got to the store and found a used glock 21c for a little over $400. Well I sold my 1911 and had 300 rounds laying around so we went shooting today. 300 rounds, 2 hours and lots of money to noise later I have fallen in love with this gun. Im not a huge fan of Glocks as the ones I have shot are not all that great in my opinion, but this gun is great! Is stupid accurate but being us there is some jacka$$ery which should explain the shots in the white. There is little recoil and almost no muzzle climb with it being compensated. And the best part is that he lives on base so it lives at my house
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 10, 2012 @ 07:02 PM | 4,728 Views
So I have been kinda putting off working on the wing for the last week. But today I had some spare time so I cut everything out. Its not exactly strong as its only one layer of $tree foam. So I will be going to the nearest LHS to grab some CF rod so maybe I can get it flying tomorrow. Its not exactly pretty but it should fly.

But sunday I will be leaving to attend the EFMB course. Hoping to come back with a badge but chances are I wont as the pass rate is only 15%. But one can hope
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 29, 2012 @ 07:19 PM | 5,185 Views
So I already posted in the wing section of RCGroups and it can be found here.

But my goal is build a wing from dollar tree foam for my micro stryker guts. Its not going to be a blistering fast wing that is built for speed like the stryker is. But more of a slower wing with a much higher glide ratio with the possibility of attaching a stripped 808 cam to the front for some fun.

I have a little more research to do with the wing CoG and such. Then to figure out shape, thickness and electronics placement. Then I have to play around with the dollar tree foam as I have never tried to use it before and Im broke so no EPP for more But it cant get much cheaper than a couple sheets of $tree foam, some elmers glue and some sand paper. Already have some carbon rod hanging around, all the electronics and plenty of time. Now to do a little research.

Posted by verticalspark | Jul 20, 2012 @ 06:31 PM | 5,025 Views
Well the slow stick doesn't exactly balance out with a 1300 3s so its grounded till next week when my 2200s show up.

In the mean time I have received a few boxes. I have a hand full of Mad Dog 150mAh 1s for my mSR, several servos and a rx for a yet to be "determined" foamie.

And for the next 5 days I am playing house guest for my buddys dog. But he likes water so hes fine by me