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Posted by verticalspark | Jun 25, 2012 @ 12:09 AM | 4,983 Views
So for the last 13 weeks I have spent 11 of those in the field being "all I can be."
Unfortunately I haven't been able to spend any money on the new plane I want because I have had to put it into a jeep. Got my axle and realized that the guy who had the jeep before me swapped the rear back to Leaf Springs instead of the coil springs. Now I have to spend money I don't want to/have to be able to use the axle.

But that hasn't stopped me. Today I went up with another 12 jeeps up Eagle Rock. All in all was about 4 hours on the mountain that I needed. Got a decent video and some pics to go along with it.

My wife finally talked me into getting a dog. Well, I went to the field and saw a picture on facebook of a dog on my side of the couch. Her name is Betrix and she is a very happy dog.

And if you don't know there has been a massive fire up in Fort Collins, CO. Well I love in Colorado Springs and never really payed attention to it. Well the other day when we were on a hike I noticed some smoke. Turned out another fire has been started just west of Colorado Springs. Currently has burned 3500 acres in about 2 days. So its been a rough couple of months.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 28, 2012 @ 07:48 PM | 4,264 Views
So I had a free day before I went to the field and some guys were heading up to the mountain to clean up a trail that is used a lot. Well I would call it successful day having fun. 12 trucks showed up with about 16 people cleaning up targets, fired brass and trash. We filled 4 truck beds above the rim along with a couch.

But I got to flex out the jeep and quickly realized that I need to get rid of my fender flares. Turns out that my 35's rub really hard before I flex the rear end all the way out. So I broke a bolt mount on the drivers side rear flare. But I got the jeep dirty and had some fun.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:38 PM | 3,542 Views
So a couple weeks ago I ordered a dynatrack g2 Dana 44 rear axle. My rear end was destroyed and I figured an upgrade was in order. I was told it would be 2-3 weeks before it would be delivered. Called today and found out it would be another 3-4 weeks before it was done.

So having no other option and pi$$ed off I had to take apart my rear axle. Not such a big deal but I didn't have any jack stands or a jack. After taking off the rear cover I found my gears intact but my diff housing a little worse for the wear. The bearings are destroyed as well as the axle seal. Now to put it back together tomorrow...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 26, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 3,559 Views
So I havent really picked up a radio with a heli on the other end for a good while. Seems I lost some of my "skills" when it comes to flying these little things. Still got the mSR that I love and but the mCPx was a handful. Last time I flew the mCPx I could fly around upside down with no problem, now I cant get this thing to hover. Guess I will have to pick up the radio more and get back into it. On the other end, I may end up getting a quad copter with the tax money...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:28 PM | 4,036 Views
So drove across the county last weekend. Moved all my stuff and my wife from south Carolina to Colorado. As a side note, be sure to get gas before you drive through Kansas or it will be a interesting trip.

Decided to get a first flight in on the um stryker but it was a bit windy. Flight went well with 0 expo and 0 dual rates for the first 5 min or so. Then I started flying really low....and really fast....then the ground got really hard really fast. Those random gusts make flying close to the edges difficult.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:28 PM | 3,647 Views
So its been a little while since I have updated the blog but I have had lots happen since then.

On December 23 I got married to the love of my life, Kristin Shorey. After completing AIT I finally managed to get enough guts to ask her to marry me after a short walk to the top of table rock mountain. Ironically enough we also got married at table rock lodge. I am currently in the process of getting her moved out to colorado which is proving to be more difficult that I thought but I am luck enough to have a couple NCO's who understand.

And before I forget, she didnt get me a plane for christmas...She got me a GoPro I knew I loved her
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 25, 2011 @ 11:30 AM | 4,170 Views
Im beginning to have the sneaking suspicion that my better half has gotten me a new plane for Christmas Now Im just wondering what it is...
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 10, 2011 @ 07:02 PM | 4,087 Views
So after months of searching and getting screwed out of 2 different jeeps I finally got one!

Its a 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ:
6" Taraflex lift
35" BFG A/T's
Soft top
Full doors
4.0L 6I
5-speed
K&N Intake
"Thunder" Cat back
ARB bumpers front and rear
Full interior roll cage with rear seat removed
Raised fuel tank
Mounted Tuff Box
and a couple altimeters (electric and mechanical)

Needs a few things like a new header (damn cracks) and eventually a dana 44 for the rear JEEP = Just Empty Every Pocket
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 26, 2011 @ 06:23 PM | 4,020 Views
So it finally snowed and its nice outside. Its not sticking to some surfaces yet but its supposed to snow all day.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 21, 2011 @ 10:11 PM | 3,938 Views
Well its been a while since I posted anything so I figured I would just update my blog. I have been assigned 1st brigade 4th ID. I am currently on assignment in Evans Army Hospital in the Emergency Room.

Other than that when I have off I'm spending most of my time hiking around the mountains. I think my favorite spot to hike around is the garden of the gods. For the most part its uncrowded and we spend most of the time off trial finding the nearest hill to climb.

I don't have any of my rc stuff up here so I can't fly and thats a little upsetting but im looking forward to flying again. I'm hoping to get a Fpv setup so i can really get some good video of the area around where I'm at. That Im kinda excited for the new UMX Beast 3D.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2011 @ 07:14 AM | 3,895 Views
Well after training was done in Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX I got 21 days off to spend at home. And while I was looking forward to staying up late and sleeping in I often found myself dead tired by 2200 and awake by 8 at the latest. Guess the schedule you work in the army tends to change your daily habits. But in the end I flew twice with my best friend and asked my girlfriend to marry me. So it was a fantastic couple weeks!

But now Im in reception at Ft. Carson and I love the view! I see myself going with a very long range FPV setup when I get the chance if I get to stay out here. And if you look carefully you can see a snow covered pikes peak!
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 28, 2011 @ 05:31 PM | 3,812 Views
So I finally finished AIT! I am now a 68W10 Combat Medic. Well, I say a medic as I havent been in combat. Anyway I spent the last 4 months in San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam Houston. All in all it was friggin hot all the time and I spent some time in class and lots of time in the field learning. Anyway I am glad to be home for the next 17 days before I have to be in Colorado. I have been stationed at Ft. Carson so Im lucky to have gotten a good station. But I plan on flying a lot between now and then.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 28, 2011 @ 06:48 PM | 3,833 Views
Finally finished basic at Ft. Leonard Wood and I couldn't be happier. I spent the last 10 weeks at Bravo Company, 31st engineer battalion getting transformed into a soldier. I cant see the change in myself but I guess I have changed as my family seems to think I have.

Yesterday was family and I got to spend about 7 hours with them off base. So got to leave base and hang around wearing my ASU's all day long. Not my uniform of choice as I would much prefer my ACU's but rules are rules. I also picked up the HTC Thunderbolt to replace my old Sony Ericsson 810i that I have had for going on 6 or 7 years now.

Today was graduation and after all the crap and having to put up with some very large idiots (or rather large groups of idiots) its over. No more countless hours spent cleaning the 3rd floor, no more 50/50 fireguard, no more sleepless nights, no more drill sergeants and best yet, I will have more than 5 minutes to eat And I cant tell you how much that last one makes me happy. Tomorrow I get to hop on a bus and take a 13 hour ride on a grayhound bus to Texas. Cant wait...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:41 PM | 3,936 Views
I leave for basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood tomorrow morning. I will be back, just at a later date.

Adam
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:56 PM | 3,777 Views
Just checked and I realized that I leave for basic training in 15 days

Anyway I finally got around to finishing the SOB! Well I got the breaks working and got a few low speed (less then 5mph) break tests. Good to report that the breaks work great! Im hoping to get a few high speed tests in tomorrow but its supposed to be nasty for the next 2 days so I may not be able to.

Finally got around to building the pluma. Its just been sitting there in the box for a good while looking all lonely and pathetic. Its just now being built in the floor.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 20, 2011 @ 12:24 AM | 4,033 Views
So in the last 20ish days a lot of things have happened but most of them happened in the last week. As some of you know I keep a healthy stock of random parts/motors/ESCs and other things that I have upgraded or bought really cheap to have around just in case. Well at work my boss traded me a Traxxas Nitro Sport, 2 tool boxes full of parts, 2 extra motors and a couple of bodies for a 18amp E-flite ESC. It just need a little TLC and about $30 worth of parts that I am currently awaiting. When it gets back together I plan on selling it for around $90 RTR just need fuel.

And today somebody brought in a S-Maxx, nitro rustler and a box full of parts that he wanted to sell for $100. Apparently he got them last year, ran them once and put them up and now wanted to get rid of them. I looked them over to check his story and sure enough not a scratch on them apart from a little rust on the S-Maxx. As the engines were "frozen" I offered him $80 and he took it and left me with 2 more vehicles that I shouldn't have. Two hours of work later and both of them are running and ready to sell

A while back I destroyed a E-flite extra 260 foamie and have been looking for a replacement airplane. At work we had a Electrifly Pluma and I decided to pull the trigger and buy it. I stripped the Extra 260 and am waiting to build the pluma. I want to fly inside mostly and outside some so I'm gonna stick with the park 370 (slightly larger then the recommended 300). To compensate a little for the added weight I'm going to go with a Thunder Power Pro-Lite V2 480mAh 3s so the final weight will be just a tad heavier than the recommended weight for indoors so it will handle outdoors as well.

And for anyone keeping count other than myself, 27 days and counting before Im boxed up and shipped to basic training. But until then I will be doing my best to lose weight, build muscle and have some fun.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 21, 2010 @ 12:11 PM | 4,266 Views
So If I didnt have enough to do already I got myself a Align T-Rex 250SE the other day. A guy came into the LHS (work) that was looking to sell a T-Rex 250. I have known this particular guy for a while and has seen some of the helis he has built and flown and none of them are crap. He crash landed into a tree with the 250 and wanted to sell it because it is "too small" for him. Anyway I picked it up and ordered a new feathering shaft, flybar and landing skids.

Specs:
Align a T-Rex 250
Servos: 3 DS410 swashplate
DS420 tail
Motor: RCM-BL250 3400KV
ESC: RCE-BL15X
Gyro: GP750
Radio: JR 9303x with a AR6100

I have been working on the S.O.B. and figured out the steering issue and am currently putting it back together. I am interested to see if I successfully put suspension on a wal-mart toy.

Stripped the front end off the CJ5 and figured out the wiring. Fixed the steering rod that had a bad bend in it so the steering wheel is re-centered. Ron freed the motor right after he broke the balancer bolt off. I got that bolt out only to find it was a 5 rating and not a 8. As soon as I replace the bold the new distributor goes on then the exhaust.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:44 AM | 4,110 Views
I have recently gotten in the habbit of picking up stuff at an extremely cheap price. I guess that is a benefit of working at the LHS. But now I have too much to do. Here is the short version.
1. The S.O.B. 25e V2.02 needs a new steering system that has socks so it will quit breaking every time it hits a bump.
2. I picked up a Enya 60-4c that needs to be rebuilt and cleaned.
3. I got lights for the Slow Stick so I can fly after I get off work.
4. I need to fix my Blade mSR with the parts that have been sitting on my desk for a month now.
5. And to top it off I have to get my '73 CJ5 back to running condition which will be no easy feat.
And somewhere in there I have to work, go to the gym(havent been in 3 weeks), wash all the clothes and clean up as family is showing up on sunday to stay for a week or two. Busy Busy Busy

Adam
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:39 PM | 4,165 Views
So I picked up an old piper cub that was sitting in the back of the LHS yesterday. I didn't have servos, didn't have the wing and the engine was "frozen" so I got a deal on it. After taking off the cowl I found a Enya 60-4c 4-stroke that needs some lovin. So after unbolting the engine that had been sitting for a while I found it wasn't frozen, just gummed up really bad. So the goal is to rebuild it and use it or sell it. Not quite sure what is going to happen with it.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 07, 2010 @ 08:15 PM | 4,162 Views
So I have recently decided to do an electric conversion of an old model I have had laying around. It had an old OS Max .25 on it but never ran quite right so I have put on a E-flite Power 25, 60amp ESC (overkill but I had it laying around) and running on 2 thunder power 2100mAh 2s run in series on a 11x6 pusher. I wont post any pictures with it until its done as I dont want to give away what it is im working on (its not a boat).

I recently got a G.T. Power RC Nav light system for the Slow Stick. After its recent crash I think it needs an upgrade. So along with a stronger elevator servo its getting lights so I can fly after work. They work awesome and will do the trick so I can enjoy flying again.