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Posted by verticalspark | Sep 09, 2010 @ 08:08 PM | 3,268 Views
So 8 or 9 months ago I decided I was going to join the military. The problem main problem was that I was 6' tall and 270+ pounds and wayyy out of shape. So I got going and started to drop the weight. After having problems with trying to get the paperwork straight everything fell into place and I went to Fort Jackson yesterday and today.

After only getting 2 hours of sleep the wake up call at 3:15am was too early for me. Got on a bus and took a trip to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) hoping that everything would go well. After lots of waiting around, lots of tests and 12 hours without food it was finished.

I am officially in the army. My MOS is 68W - Health Care Specialist AKA Combat Medic. I will be shipping out to Fort Leonard Wood for 9 weeks of basic training followed by 16 weeks in Fort Sam Houston. So between now and then I will be flying a bunch.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 02, 2010 @ 09:40 PM | 3,508 Views
Today was our usual fly day at the local park. We arrived at 9am and didnt leave until 2pm It just seemed we would never run out of batteries but alas the end came around and we had to pack up and leave. Of course this was a little late seeing as how travis bounced his p-51 across the road trying to land. Well, flying was followed by lunch at Mojo's, a delicious burger place up the road from the park.

After lunch I was introduced to the sport of Disk Golf! I had seen it before but thought "Whats the point in throwing a frisbee at a 'hole'?" Well after going and playing for a hour and a half I can say that IM HOOKED! We borrowed a few disks from a friend who was teaching us and went at it. I threw a really bad shot and ended up searching the woods for the disk. Apparently people either cant find their disks or they don't care but I came out with 2 disks not including the one I lost.

All in all I had a blast playing. Its a workout but fun none the less. And some of the good things is that its cheaper then flying R/C and when it bounces off the ground or a tree its not a problem
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 19, 2010 @ 02:15 PM | 3,431 Views
Today was a fantastic day for flying in Simpsonville, SC. It was in 89-90* with a soft wind and beautiful clouds. We had 2 GWS Slow Sticks, eFlite Extra 260 profile, Hawk, UM SU-26xp Sukhoi and a UM J-3 Cub. We have a new 10x10 canopy to set up for some shade on these hot days as well as a table that is getting too small.

This was the first flight for one slow stick, the other slow stick had a new wing, and both the Extra 260 and Hawk had been rescued and rebuilt. Travis folded his slow stick wing doing a loop, my slow stick broke a prop and motor mount after I tried a quick take off and the prop hit the ground, the hawk stalled the right wing on the final approach and went in nose first 6' off the ground and broke a servo mount, the Extra 260 started a roll and decided not to finish it and landed nose first breaking the prop and the UM J-3 cracked the wing where it had been creased before. The only plane to "survive the day" was the UM SU-26xp.

Here are some pics of the UM Sukhoi and my walk of shame to pick up the Extra 260....Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 16, 2010 @ 07:57 PM | 3,797 Views
So Travis was given a very used Eflite Extra 260 profile. It had seen some much better days before we got our hands on it. I enjoy fixing planes, trucks and helis so I got my grubby little hands on it and went to work.

Stock this plane has 14 braces and when Keith gave it to us it had 6 and all of them were either broken or had come unglued. Apparently he had it set up where he could just wall it and it would break off 4 braces under the wings. His idea of fixing it was "More Glue!" so I had to break most of it off and start from scratch. I had to replace the bracing running down the fuse with some slightly larger carbon rod but it was the smallest rod the LHS had. But Keith was nice enough to give us the park 370 and a ESC that he used on it with the stipulation that "When you crash it and destroy it, give me the motor and ESC back." That will work great for us

So after weighing it I have found that its a little on the heavy side. Recommended weight w/o battery is 182-220g, actual is around 240g w/o battery. Recommended weight w/ battery is 220-270g, actual is around 325g. I wanted it a little heavy due to the fact we dont have anywhere inside to fly so it will be flown only outside.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 15, 2010 @ 01:01 PM | 3,276 Views
So the slow stick ended up not being so free. Nobody had any pinions for an inrunner around here so I grabbed a outrunner mount and went to the LHS. I came back with at Rimfire power 10 so after bolting everything up the slow stick is no producing 350watts at just at 30amps. Hope the wing holds up...

Here are some pics of my slow stick vs. a "stock" slow stick.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 13, 2010 @ 08:36 PM | 3,105 Views
So I completely forgot that I had a Slow Stick in a box under the bed that needs to be put together. This will be my 4th or 5th slow stick and I honestly cant remember which one it will be. Now that my corsair and terry are both destroyed I am harvesting the electronics and making a slow stick. This slow stick is going to have ailerons and (most likely) no landing gear.

Gearbox and inrunner (inrunner that was too small for terry), 30amp ESC (out of corsair), HS-81s (out of terry and corsair), 6100E (out of corsair), control horns (out of corsair), 6100e rx (out of corsair) and various other bits and pieces I have laying around.

The point being, This plane should be FREE!
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 11, 2010 @ 04:53 PM | 2,961 Views
Today is the last day I will be able to fly. This week I was cut back to 0 hours at work and today I destroyed both of my planes.

This was the Terrys first flight after putting a new power system on it and I wasnt sure how it would do. After 2 laps I noticed that the wings flexed a good bit but I decided I would try for a high speed pass. I was throttling up and it started to go into a steep dive, I pulled up and the wing snapped and proceded to bury itself into the ground and destroy the fuse/wing/motor/lipo.

Then I pulled out my corsair, got through 2 batteries and it crashed. I was doing figure eights and when I did the cross over I banked right and it kept on going. Gave it left aileron but and it started to correct slightly but it was too late. After getting it home and checking everything I found a aileron servo was dead and must have died about the time I hit full deflection on right aileron and pulled the plane to the ground. The damage was broken wing/fuse/motor/lipo.

So nothing is left for me to fly but the mSR and it get boring after about 4 batteries. Im kinda dissapointed about the corsair but I could have cared less about the terry.

Graupner Terry Wing Break (0 min 4 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Aug 10, 2010 @ 05:55 PM | 2,620 Views
Done! At least for now. There were two things that bugged me about the terrys wing right from the get go. The fact the wing bolted to the fuse about 1/3 of the way back with nothing to keep the leading edge of the wing down and the wing rotates really easy. So I added a hook in the leading edge to loop through the first support so the leading edge will stay down. Then I added some balsa on the underside of the wing in the fuse so it will keep the wings from wagging. I will maiden it tomorrow some time.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 04, 2010 @ 08:38 PM | 2,956 Views
So today I decided to do something with the terry. I sat down, grabbed the tools and went to work. I
  • epoxied on the firewall/motor mount
  • installed the rx (AR500)
  • a Proton-25 amp ESC (exceed rc)
  • glued in the OLD Hitec HS-81s that came with it
  • glued on the elevator
  • glued a extra support piece
  • installed the Elite 400 (3700kv)
and did some bench testing. The battery I am running is a 3s 1000mAh 20c Blue lipo. If you cant tell I'm broke and can only afford the cheap stuff. I don't have the exact numbers but its hovering at 23-24 amps and a 230-240 watts at WOT.

I'm having some concerns with the wing staying on. As stock nylon bolts 1/3 of the way back from the leading edge hold the wing on but not straight or tight against the fuselage. Im addressing that issue tomorrow, and going to put some paint on it so its a little less gray. I have a little work to do on it before I get it completely airworthy but its a lot closer now that I had some time to start on it.

Feel free to ignore the poll, messing around with the different options
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 04, 2010 @ 12:26 AM | 3,123 Views
So travis got a 400 size inrunner from hobbypartz that works fantastic with direct drive. Even with a 4.1x4.1 prop on a 3s its pushing out over 25 amps and something like 300+ watts. Guess I should have gone with a 2s instead of a 3s. Anyway, tomorrow myself and travis are getting together and building planes. He is doing a blue tail UM p-51 (he dumb thumbed his P-51BL into about 5 pieces) and im putting together the Terry. Will post some pics tomorrow of the progress.
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 27, 2010 @ 09:07 PM | 2,551 Views
So while outside working on a mail jeep the UPS guy delivers a package. I find its addressed to me from Horizon Hobby. I didnt order anything so I opened it only to find a gift wrapped box inside with a note. Now im sure I looked confused until I read the note on the box - "Congratulations on winning our e-flite sweepstakes" Sweet! I rip it open and find a new BNF mSR! So I opened it and started to fly immediately!

Adam
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 26, 2010 @ 11:11 PM | 2,727 Views
I know it not a plane but it is a new toy. After trying to sell my Traxxas Jato for the last couple of months with no bites I received an offer for a trade. I wanted to sell the jato so I could buy a mSR but this will do. I am now the owner of a Losi 1/18 scale Rock Crawler. I never really had dealt with rock crawlers despite building a rock crawling course when working at ddsHobbyTownUSA. So far I am enjoying this little thing (well, not so little) everywhere from outside on the rocks and trees to the couch iasn the living room. I didnt think it would be this entertaining but it is very fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msX3RJrVMa8
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:52 PM | 4,337 Views
So I love the UM J-3 but unless it dead calm outside you cant fly it. Now most pilots would just say "Fly indoors" but I have nowhere to do that so I wanted some more power so I can fly outside when I want. So I ripped out the stock motor and gearbox, and I mean ripped out. I think parkzone went a little too much on the glue. I dropped in a UM P-51 motor and gearbox along with the P-51 prop. I have to wait for the foam safe glue to dry (forever) so I can check the COG. As of right now I am going to leave the faux motor off to help with the weight.
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 13, 2010 @ 08:02 PM | 3,253 Views
So I finally made my first motor mount! I got all my parts for my Terry in and I had to make a mount for the motor so I grabbed the dremel and started cutting. After half an hour on the first try I got it Im hoping it will hold up. Here are some pics of the mount and the new motor vs. the old brushed 400.

Update: So I think the 6x3 I have is too big for this motor. I dont have a watt meter and this motor cuts out after about 6 seconds at WOT. It seems bogged down and the motor gets really really hot, real quick like so time to go for a smaller prop.
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 07, 2010 @ 06:37 PM | 2,797 Views
So the second day in Charleston, SC my transmission broke. So after calling lots of people and taking out a few favors I will be pulled home on friday.

So today we spent the day at patriots point where the USS Yorktown is docked. I have wayyy too many pictures to upload here so Im going to upload a couple of the better ones. One of the things I am glad I was able to see was the Medal of Honor Museum. If you are ever in Charleston, SC and want a way to spend a great day go and spend it at patriots point....Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 06, 2010 @ 09:03 AM | 3,014 Views
My week vacation started yesterday! After a short 3 hour drive from Fountain Inn I arrived in Charleston, SC where the water is nice and so is the beer Gonna visit Patriots Point and take lots of pics of some nice planes but that will be tomorrow. In the mean time I shall give you a picture from my balcony on my room.
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 30, 2010 @ 03:55 PM | 3,972 Views
So Today I flew the Terry for the first time. Got to the field and took about 10 minutes to set up where I though everything would be good. A couple seconds praying and a full throttle toss later and its in the air! Climbed for about 12 seconds and the prop and spinner launched off the nose leaving me with a glider. Well the good news is that it glides really nice so landing next to me was no big deal. Monday I cut the bottom of my foot open so I am walking the least amount possible. Wanna take a guess where the spinner landed? The other side of the field.... After retrieving it and putting it back on the plane it was time for a actual flight. Checked everything, tossed it into the vast blue sky and started to enjoy myself. Several things I noticed right off hand was that it doesent want to turn left...must be a northern plane. It doesent have the locked in feeling, it always wants to be going up or down and its lacks power. All of this I believe I can fix with some time and effort but this is a cool little plane. 7 minutes and 42 seconds in to the flight I did a tip stall and I heard a strange noise coming from the motor so I decide its time to land. My first thought was "Guess the motor and ESC couldnt handle a 2s lipo." But after further inspection the glue holding the motor in place melted and the motor was spinning in the fuselage. I picked the plane up and the motor/esc/prop/spinner fell out only being held in by a servo lead. Seeing as how the motor/esc combo is already out of the plane Im going to order a new motor/esc to put in there and do a few modifications to the fuse to make it stronger.

Edit: After the eight minutes of flying (mostly WOT), the brushed motor only took 950mA. I thought this thing was going to be a power hog.
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 28, 2010 @ 11:02 PM | 2,989 Views
So while in the LHS John told me he had a plane for sale that was only $35. I couldnt help myself so I got it. Its an original Graupner Terry that has the brushed 400 motor w/ built in ESC with a box full of spare parts. I plan on fly this with a 2100mAh 2s 15C, because I dont have any NiMh batteries that I could use, on the first couple of flights until I upgrade. I am planning on going with a brushless inrunner, a 25amp ESC and several 1000mAh 3s 20C Lipos. Dont get me wrong, with the brushed motor it will fly with no problem but I like power and the ability to get real small real quick
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 24, 2010 @ 03:35 PM | 2,577 Views
So we usually meet at Heritage park in Simpsonville on thursday at 10:30, get some flight time in and go grab lunch. Well the last couple of days its been in the upper 90's by lunch so we decided to get there a hour earlier. Didnt help, it was already low 90's anc climbing but we all gathered and flew anyhow.

Now today we managed to have 6 planes and a heli and that was the most planes we have ever had out there at one time. We had a Parkzone Corsair, Parkzone p-51d BL, Parkone Habu, eFlite SR, eFlite BaE Hawk 15, a Wattage Hawk and a GWS Slow stick. Now we usually dont leave with every plane working that was brought with us. Weather its a broken prop or a destroyed plane something always seems to happen.But for us the Hawk 15 was a new plane and to be honest I wasnt too impressed with it. Having seen the way the Habu flew compared to the hawk I would much rather have the Habu. One of the major downfalls of the Hawk is how it stalls rather quickly and without warning. And that is how the day ended for that particular plane. It seemed that there was enough power for it to fly out of your hand so John tried it. He spooled up to WOT, gave it a nice toss, it climbed for 7-8 feet then stalled and went in nose first. All in all it fractured the nose, large crack near the right intake and broken battery tray. That was the end of the day for that plane. Then the other Hawk with its brushed motor and NiMh battery took flight. I thought it would be fast, and I was wrong. At about...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 19, 2010 @ 01:41 PM | 2,802 Views
After over a year of flying without being a member of AMA I finally decided to get it. I didnt go for the full membership because I dont fly any nitro or gassers at the park. I do like the Park Pilot mag and usually I steal...I mean borrow a copy from travis before he gets a chance to read it I am now officially Adam J. Sherrick AMA #947732.

In other news I flew a Revell Proto Max at the LHS today. Gotta say I dont like it After looking it over it look decent but the radio isnt exactly great. Its kinda bulky and can be switched between mode 1 and 2. Flight isnt exactly great either. On take off it wants to go left until it stabilizes and it hovers nice like the Blade mSR, but it doesent know its center. Any heli I have ever flown can easily rotate on its own center but this one cant. If you do a rudder turn it wont stay in one spot. It will do the equivalent of a tight turn with the a$$ end trying to out run the nose and then you have to struggle with it to get it to hover again. It barely flys forward but will dive backwards if you give it full back. My advice is if you want a single bladed micro heli go for the Blade mSR!