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Posted by verticalspark | Jul 16, 2012 @ 03:50 PM | 5,367 Views
I cant seem to stay away from these planes. So I bought another one so I can get back to some flying fun.

Now to figure out how to mount my GoPro...
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 15, 2012 @ 03:51 PM | 4,691 Views
So I decided it was time to make a compilation video of all the videos I have. So here it is.

Flying Compilation (4 min 7 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Jul 09, 2012 @ 01:49 PM | 4,855 Views
So after several fun flights and close calls I brought the Micro Stryker inside and put it on the counter. Well I wasnt paying attention and I set it next to a candle and a few minutes later all was toast.

Does anybody know of any airframes that the servos/motor/esc board will fit into?
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 24, 2012 @ 11:09 PM | 5,437 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 @ 06:48 PM | 4,707 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 @ 10:38 PM | 4,036 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 @ 07:36 PM | 4,018 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 @ 09:28 PM | 4,497 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 @ 05:28 PM | 4,096 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 @ 10:30 AM | 4,603 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 @ 06:02 PM | 4,548 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
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 @ 05:23 PM | 4,453 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 @ 09:11 PM | 4,384 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 @ 06:14 AM | 4,335 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 @ 04:31 PM | 4,273 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 @ 05:48 PM | 4,280 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 @ 02:41 PM | 4,379 Views
I leave for basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood tomorrow morning. I will be back, just at a later date.

Posted by verticalspark | Feb 01, 2011 @ 06:56 PM | 4,191 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 19, 2011 @ 11:24 PM | 4,452 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 @ 11:11 AM | 4,699 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.

Align a T-Rex 250
Servos: 3 DS410 swashplate
DS420 tail
Motor: RCM-BL250 3400KV
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.