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Posted by verticalspark | May 15, 2010 @ 09:06 AM | 2,797 Views
So I got to go to Joe Nall this year with Travis, Laura Jane and Paul on Thursday. But despite only going during the week there was some great planes and great crashes. Personally I prefer the plane or heli to leave in one piece and come back in the same piece but when there is a crash I do like to see the aftermath. I walked all the way from the main line to the 3D line which was much longer than I thought it was but I got some decent pics and got to see the RCGroups golf cart. note to self: Take the bus next time. Watched the the Heli line for a while before I making my way back to the main line to watch the noon demo. Being as it was a little warm we made our way back to the town and ate some BK in the air conditioning. While I enjoyed the main line I really liked the float planes and electric line being a little smaller than the main and 3D lines. But one of the coolest things I saw when I was down there was the night flying! Both myself and travis have LED strips on our planes and do fly at night but not where there are 7-8 planes flying around. One particular "plane" that I saw for night flying was R/C kites that I thought was awesome! I wish he would start to make and sell them because I really want one...or two...or a half a dozen These were the coolest things I have seen in a long time and I cant wait to get my hands on them. All in all I left with 3GB of pictures, awesome memories and a sun burn from hell.
Joe Nall 3D splash (0 min 4 sec)
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Posted by verticalspark | May 12, 2010 @ 06:28 PM | 2,528 Views
So I got the corsair running with the new 3536-10 and a 60 amp ESC from and 3 2200mAh 3s 30C blue lipos from Well first flight went fantastic! The plane is fast flat out but the unlimited vertical performance is awesome. I still need to find out about how to program the ESC because I want to turn the motor timing to High and get a Soft Voltage Cutoff instead of the motor just shutting off I guess its time start working on my pilot. I have the dremel ready and its time to start cutting

Well Im off to Joe Nall tomorrow at 9 in the morning. I have the camera charging and I have my 4GB memory stick ready! Im going to have lots of pics and videos tomorrow!
Posted by verticalspark | May 07, 2010 @ 05:20 PM | 2,480 Views
Well the Parkzone 480 fell apart on me in flight the other day so I ordered some parts from and The new motor and ESC have not arrived yet but the motor mount came in today form Custom RC parts. Its a good looking motor mount and I look forward to having it mounted to my plane.
Posted by verticalspark | May 04, 2010 @ 10:03 PM | 2,934 Views
Well we all broke a plane today and only one was because of pilot error. Travis got a new Parkzone P-51D BL and the maiden flight was today. All was good until he did an inverted loop and the battery came out of the slot, knocked off the canopy and caused him to crash. The end result was a fuse that was broke in half. I dropped a 2200 3s 30C in my corsair with the end result being the motor pulling itself apart. Not very happy about that so im calling horizon tomorrow about both planes. All in all not such a good day.

Posted by verticalspark | Apr 29, 2010 @ 04:52 PM | 2,477 Views
Well we actually didnt break anything!!!! Usually we fly every thursday at 10:30 and dont have any problems but we always have an "incident". It may be a broken prop or it might a midair but we always break something. Today we went to the field with 5 planes working and left with all 5 in one piece

Also John brought by his fuse of his Reactor gas 3D plane. That was also very very cool. Cant wait to see it fly.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 26, 2010 @ 12:39 PM | 2,360 Views
We got a get together this Thursday at 10:30 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. So if you are around and have nothing to do Thursday morning and want to hang out and fly feel free to come and fly with us
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 22, 2010 @ 07:53 PM | 2,399 Views
Well We had some fun today. Going to try to get some chase footage of the corsair from the slow stick. Turns out its not so easy Myself and travis had a mid air between our planes and it got caught on camera That didnt really break my plane but I wasnt high enough to recover before the ground hit my plane. Total was broken wing, motor mount, cowl and the rudder. It was a fun day none the less.
Slow Stick vs Corsair (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Apr 14, 2010 @ 08:58 PM | 2,536 Views
Finally got to get a good flight in today with some pictures thanks to Travis. It was kinda windy but it flew nice anyway. My day came to an end when I hit an "air pocket" and the corsair dropped a couple of feet onto the street and broke the prop.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 14, 2010 @ 01:44 AM | 2,755 Views
As most of you dont know today is my birthday and I decided its time for a new plane.

I have always liked parkzone planes not only for their quality but customer service. One of my favorite planes is the corsair so it only made sense to buy the Parkzone corsair I have always wanted. So I purchased it and started to put it together in the shop and started to have problems almost instantly. Out of the box one of the servos for the ailerons was bad. I didnt even leave the LHS before finding this out so they called horizon and they wanted me to send the plane back to them so they could replace the one servo. Luckily the guys at the shop are really nice and had another corsair pnp on the shelf the swapped for mine so I could fly. Thanks guys I owe you one.

After getting to the nearest park and hooking everything up it was time. Control surface check, power check, clear prop (Clear!), power good, Request permission to taxi.... Street clear, Lt. Col. Wash you are cleared for take off! I must say this plane flys great! Much easier to fly then my typhoon 2. Eight minutes later its time to come in. Street clear, maintain altitude, cut power, your a little long down the runway, touchdown....We need fire and rescue to the runway. I came in a little hot due to the fact this plane floats with no power and landed a little further down the street then I wanted to. There was a small drain at the end of the street that was sticking up a little bit but the the plane should have rolled...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 04, 2010 @ 11:11 AM | 2,415 Views
Yea, Its a free xbox live weekend! So the r/c products are going to be collecting some dust this weekend.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 31, 2010 @ 02:20 AM | 3,047 Views
Long story short my radio got turned off before my typhoon 2 was unplugged and it decided to take off into a fence. Broke the firewall, the cowl and bent the main shaft. Well my parts came in today as well as my new gorilla pod off of ebay . I can now take videos without having to have a camera man, they wont be as good but I can get some none the less.

I have been looking for a new plane to buy so I can have some fun and I think after some searching I have found one. I happened upon the ElectriFly Rifle, a sport pylon racer that hasnt come out yet but loos really good. Here is a link to the ElectriFly Rifle website and here is a link to Tower hobbies. It has a list price of $109.99 for a ARF but will break 90mph with the recommended hardware. Of course I plan on putting a little more then the recommended hardware on this thing if I get it
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 29, 2010 @ 04:12 PM | 2,401 Views
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 22, 2010 @ 05:05 PM | 2,935 Views
Finally! my key chain camera arrived today in the mail straight from Hong Kong. I have to say its a little smaller then I though it was going to be, I was thinking regular key fob size but its a hair smaller than that. My first impression of this little camera is that it looks like its going to be a tough little camera. And I have to say that is a good thing because of the places I plan on putting it to take video. I dont have any picture of it yet because I got it on my way to work but I will post some when I home. I found the picture resolution isnt that great but its the video quality that really matters and its about if not better then my FlyCamOne2. Here is a sample video and pics that I took at work....Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 21, 2010 @ 08:50 PM | 2,469 Views
Like some of us out there I never had a hobby knife, I just used my old folding razor knife and it worked for a while. I didn't want to go out and buy a single hobby knife but I found a set at Ace Hardware down the street and I couldnt resist. It was $19.99 for this set including a nice wooden box that has a latch that will hold is close. It come with 3 knifes and a set of 10 assorted blades. Not a bad buy considering the price of buying all of them separately.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 18, 2010 @ 01:47 AM | 2,723 Views
Finally Got a new user name for youtube so I can start to upload videos

Check back from time to time on my account because chances are there will be new videos. That is there will be lots more if I can get a decent upload speed.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 16, 2010 @ 06:34 PM | 2,412 Views
The weather finally cleared up and I got over being sick so it was time to play! Travis fixed his Cybermaxx and I got the jato running, I got the Hyperion 240 batteries in the UM Sukhoi and I have all the batteries for the Typhoon 2.

Lets start with the trucks, The jato is NUTS! Its wayyy to fast for regular streets and the breaks suck. Travis can beat me with his Tmaxx in a race only because I cant slow down!

The sukhoi is now a heavy flier with the 240 instead of the little 120 and 160s. It doesent seem to be more powerful but it sounds just like a actual plane now at WOT. The Typhoon 2 is just strange to fly for me because I havent flown a 3D plane before and it is just different.

BTW, the Zippy Flightmax 1800mAh 20C 3s just took 2018mA so they are well worth waiting for from hobbyking.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 12, 2010 @ 05:40 PM | 2,683 Views
well I just got my shipment of lipos from hobbyking. 3 1800 3s for my Typhoon 2, now for it to quit raining. I also ordered a key chain camera so I could get some video from the plane and jato. The pics are comparing a thunder power 2100 2s, Zippy FlightMax 1800 3s and a Mega Power 2100 3s
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 11, 2010 @ 12:43 PM | 2,518 Views
Why does the weather always seem to be the worst after you get a new toy to play with?
I think it has happened to everyone, you get all excited that you are going to get a new toy. You drive to the LHS knowing your getting something new, or a big package comes in the mail or you buy it from somebody you know. No matter how it happens you get excited to have a new toy and the day will be perfect. Most of the time you will get it and drive home to put it together and something will come up and you will have to put it off till the next day. Well you get up and finish whatever kinda toy it is only to find the weather has a different idea. If you have a new plane you will walk outside only to find that the wind blowing so hard it seems almost unnatural. Same goes with cars, trucks, and boats, you look out the window only to find that the 15% chance of rain was actually a inbound hurricane.
I have a solution, pack all your stuff (trucks, boats and planes) and go buy a sail boat. I have seen guys playing with their sail boats in water that has white caps and they were having fun. The worst thing that could happen to guys that have sail boats is a beautiful day with no wind. So what do you do when you get to the pond or lake and that happens? Unpack the back of your vehicle and play with all of your other toys
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 10, 2010 @ 02:32 PM | 2,451 Views
So I bought a Jato 3.3 off of craigslist yesterday for $200. I got a bunch of stuff that came with it like a new engine, extra sets of tires, tool box, manual, radio, EZ start wand, and lots of extra parts, not bad in my opinion. Well Got it home and tried to break in the engine and it wouldnt turn over. Did he put the one way in bss aackwards? yup. Changed that and it started with no problem. We noticed lots of slop in the front end steering and the rear right driveshaft was really wore out. Time for a trip to the LHS while it burns through the first tank of gas. $14.65 later I walked out with new bushings and a new rear drive shaft. Got back to my buddys house and it was time to eat so I let it run through tank 2 and 3 while eating. Replaced the rear diff fluid with some 50K, swapped out drive shafts, the front bushings and the sway bars. Today right before it started to rain I wanted to play with it so I did. Turns out that it launches good when the street is nice and dry, not so much when its wet . The dish of the day: Donuts! And this jato likes to do donuts so much that if you so much as touch the steering wheel when accelerating you just lost control of it. Well I tried to talk travis into going down to the park while it was wet and swapping a set of street tires for a set of pins so we could play in the sand at the baseball field. He said "No!", o well, I tried...
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 08, 2010 @ 05:04 PM | 3,739 Views
Several years ago I bought Revo 3.3 from my LHS and liked it so much that I started to work there. For several years I bought and traded used cars until I got tired of nitro. Then about a year ago I sold my Revo 3.3 to a guy that I had become friends with while working at my LHS so I could get started in helicopters. So I traded my revo for a CP pro and I loved my helicopter until I realized that there was a lot of radio interference where I live and that caused it to crash several times. So I fixed it and sold it to someone who was looking for one and bought my first plane. After building my Slow Stick and armed with my FM radio I flew bravely into world of planes, then a tree shortly thereafter. Despite several climbs into trees and crashes I continued to fly planes and was loving every minute of it. Then disaster stuck, the LHS I had worked at closed down and I was out of a job, so I to cheer myself up I went out bought a DX6i, some batteries and a Parkzone Radian and a Parkzone UM sukhoi. The Radian, now there is a plane that everyone could enjoy flying. Climb to a couple hundred feet, cut the motor and glide around for hours. I decided to put some LEDs on it and do some night flying. That was awesome until the wind decided to act like a little kid. It wanted it so it took it from me and never gave it back. After much searching and many phone calls it was not to be found. I am convinced somebody found it, but as long they are enjoying as much as I was I don't mind. The...Continue Reading