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Posted by verticalspark | Nov 23, 2010 @ 03:25 AM | 3,936 Views
Well I may have gotten a job at the LHS...again. Well the other LHS anyway. I will find out tomorrow and I cant wait for the phone call
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 28, 2010 @ 03:19 AM | 5,154 Views
Yesterday at the downtown airport they had a mini-airshow. There was a P-51C "Betty Jane", a B-17 "Nine-o-Nine and a B-24 "Witchcraft". You could stand behind the gate and take pictures for free or you could pay $12 to get up close and personal with the planes...so I eagerly had Travis pay $12 for me to get in Thanks Travis! After looking around and taking some pictures I decided to take the grand tour of the B-24. Walk in to the tail of the plane, past the side turrets and into the bomb bay. I was unable to walk into the B-17 as the line was ridiculously long. But I have been inside of one before and I have to ask. If the airplane is that figgin big why are they so small inside?

Anyway after that quick tour of the B-24 we got to watch somebody take a ride in the mustang. The prices for that ride were $2300 for a 1/2 hour ride or $3300 for a full hour We stood by as it fired up, taxied out and took off. One quick flight around the pattern and he did a low flyby. I forgot how intoxicating the sound from a V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine is, gets deep down and stirs the soul. One can only imagine what it would be like to see a dozen of these birds in formation going for a low pass. After she did a low pass it was off into the blue sky only to be seen again a half an hour later.

All in all it was nice to see the big beautiful birds that are still flying around. Makes me wish I was back in Florida where they still have air shows.

P-51C "Betty Jane" Start up and taxi (2 min 21 sec)

P-51C "Betty Jane" Flyby (0 min 28 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 20, 2010 @ 05:28 PM | 4,421 Views
I love my DX6i but I have always wanted a couple of more channels and more functions. After the Radian Pro surfaced that sealed the deal and I started the hunt for a new radio. I mentioned I was considering a DX8 and John mentioned that he was trying to sell a JR XP9303. I immediately sold the DX6i and bought the Johns 9303.

I also recently traded my 1/18 scale Losi Mini Rock Crawler for a 1/8 Scale RedCat Rockslide Super Crawler. I have been having a lot of fun with this thing.

The Great Escape was recently asked to bring some R/C trucks from the store up to Roper Mountain Science Center. They had a small classic car show, Lego Robotics and our R/C cars along with the entire science center. It was a chance to bring the kids out and have some fun. We brought out several recently released 1/10 ElectrixRC Stadium Trucks, a highly modified T-Maxx, my Rockslide Crawler and a Slash 4x4 VXL. All in all we had a blast showing off to all the kids and a bunch of kids had fun driving the Rockslide. Ill post some pictures when I can find where I put them on my computer.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 03, 2010 @ 08:42 PM | 3,784 Views
So almost 2 months ago I had a really really really bad day of flying and destroyed my 2 planes. I crushed 2 of my blue lipos as the impacts were that hard. I put them on the roof of my jeep as we were packing everything up and completely forgot they were there. About 4 miles later on the 8th or 9th turn they fell off and bounced off the road at about 60mph. Got them home and left them outside because of the smell. And then I forgot about them again until about 20 min ago. Thought I would post some pictures of what happens to a lipo when its crunched, bounced off the road at 60mph and forgotten outside for 2 months.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 09, 2010 @ 09:08 PM | 3,304 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 @ 10:40 PM | 3,541 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 @ 03:15 PM | 3,475 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 @ 08:57 PM | 3,838 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 @ 02:01 PM | 3,312 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 @ 09:36 PM | 3,141 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 @ 05:53 PM | 3,001 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 @ 06:55 PM | 2,660 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 @ 09:38 PM | 2,992 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 @ 01:26 AM | 3,154 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 @ 10:07 PM | 2,592 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 27, 2010 @ 12:11 AM | 2,767 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 @ 11:52 PM | 4,371 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 @ 09:02 PM | 3,293 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 @ 07:37 PM | 2,836 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 @ 10:03 AM | 3,049 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.