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Posted by Rockin G | Apr 29, 2012 @ 09:47 PM | 2,070 Views
I am not bored with flying..YET. But I decided to start racing again recently. Racing 1/5th scale 4WD Buggy. And 1/10th scale Touring car. Had my first race in buggy last weekend and first race in Touring car today. Not too bad considering it has been 8 or 9 years since I raced.

The buggy is a Redcat Rampage XB. The class at our local track is a Spec Class. Must run stock Motor, Pipe and Tires. And one of a handful of Carbs. Other than that, Anything goes.

The Touring car is a TC6. It is the 17.5 brushless class with Spec tires.
Posted by Rockin G | Dec 14, 2011 @ 10:45 AM | 2,991 Views
A link to my build log VQ-GLB C-188 AG-Wagon 60-90 ARF USA Version that I bought from HobbyPeople. Should be finished up in the next day or two, depending on how much life gets in the way
Posted by Rockin G | Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:40 AM | 3,095 Views
Posted by Rockin G | Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:14 PM | 5,792 Views
I went and found a couple official, AMA clubs the other day and then I found the unofficial club about 6 miles outside of my home town on some guys property. Those guys out there were real nice. Walked up and introduced themselves right away. The official clubs were not so outwardly friendly. Anyways. The club out here in the country is a grass runway. Here are some pics of the field. No one there for the pics, but there were about 5 or 6 guys out there this past Sunday.
Posted by Rockin G | Oct 17, 2010 @ 03:02 PM | 4,379 Views
Falcon RC Club is the RC field at Hill AFB UT.

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Saber

Jugs
Posted by Rockin G | Oct 12, 2010 @ 07:17 AM | 4,473 Views
The plane is 60 sized and he is only flying it with a .61FS at 4500' ASL. Flyin on the wing, no the prop. Nice job Rick.

World Models Zero (4 min 20 sec)

Posted by Rockin G | Oct 10, 2010 @ 08:27 PM | 5,249 Views
Rick and I did some loose formation flying today. Lots of fun, but a little scary. Since I fly full contact combat with EPP wings as well, it feels weird to me to fly close to someone without hitting. Therefore it is very un-nerving to me since usually if I am that close to someone, contact is made. But not today. Thanks Rick.

After the formation flying we flew a game of "Catch me if you can" Rick was flying the Zero and I was flying the Jug. That Zero turns tight in the scale world, just like in real life. Again, super cool.

Also thanks to Marc for doing the camera work for us....Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Oct 03, 2010 @ 09:05 PM | 4,919 Views
Exactly 10 days ago, I gave the carcass of this H9 P47 to a friend of mine, Rick. Today he re-maidened it. WOW. You would never know, except for the ABDR (After Battle Damage Repair) color scheme. It looks like it came back from battle damaged, and they cannibalized another plane to make a flyable one. I am just not a builder like that, so I guess I am easily amazed.

Great Job Rick. I was like a proud uncle watching it take to the skies. He is flying it with a Saito 80 4 stroker. If it was up to me, it more than likely would have been in the trash, so I am just glad she still flies.

The pics of the crash happened back in June, I ended up just buying another ARF and took a while to do anything with the old one. Finally I gave it to Rick and like I said, 10 days later....RE-BORN!!! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Sep 26, 2010 @ 02:29 AM | 5,069 Views
Okay guys, I got video and pics of the Jug today. Thanks to Will and Marc for documenting it for me. A couple minutes into the flight the motor started running funny so I played it safe and brought her back in. We never could get it to run right again, so now it is trouble shooting time. This is the same engine that was on it when it crashe back in June, so, reluctantly I have to take it back off and go through it. We saw some air bubbles in the fuel line that goes to the carb, so..... Anyways, here is the video and pics. I added a couple sound effects in this video, and I also made this one 720HD, so click on HD for a clearer video.

video...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Sep 25, 2010 @ 04:19 PM | 4,873 Views
To move my CG forward while minimizing dead weight, I built this tray for the RX pack. The battery fell out of the strap after 2 flights, so I epoxied the front and rear restraints, with another over the top and the strap still holding the sides.
Posted by Rockin G | Sep 25, 2010 @ 03:09 PM | 4,975 Views
Guys P-82 Twin Mustang from Nitro Planes dot com. He has two OS .52 Surpass 4 stokers. Rick took it off, trimmed it and did some functional testing and then handed the controller to Guy. Man this thing sounds good while cruising around the skies and even better at a full throttle, low pass. The LG didn't survive the landing, but I am confident it will be back in the air in no time. Nice job fellas.
Posted by Rockin G | Sep 18, 2010 @ 02:07 AM | 5,043 Views
I am as guilty as the next guy for buying most stuff either used, or online. That is how most of us feed this addiction. However, there are times when I need to get something from the Local Hobby Shop. I like buying the odds and ends there. However, on more than one occasion, I notice another customer telling someone else to not buy what is in their hand, buy it from misc dot com.

To me, that is a no good. If you keep sending people to somewhere else, you are eventually going to drive the LHS out of business. Maybe not you alone, but you will have a hand in it.

If you are at the flying field, that is a different story...feel free to send whoever asks to wherever you think they should go. But once they are in the hobby shop. Let the hobby shop do their job. Especially when whatever they want to buy is a perfectly good item, but for whatever reason, you feel you need to interject with your biased, personal opinion. You are going to need a small part just to fly someday, and if had a hand in the closure of a store, you have no right to whine about it.

I am not a LHS owner, but I do shop at one. I would like to continue to do so, if I need to. This economy is tough enough on hobby shops. They don't need your help in dashing their dreams of being successful small business owners. The best way to make a small fortune in the hobby business is to start with a large fortune.
Posted by Rockin G | Sep 12, 2010 @ 10:55 PM | 5,451 Views
Just catching up on videos not yet in my blog.

Sloping Dream-Flight planes at Point of the Mountain, Utah
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Wills Scratchbuilt Depron Sloper, Francis Peak Utah
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Weasel Maiden, Francis Peak, Utah
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Venom F86 Maiden
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H9 P47 Maiden Crash
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Toledo Special, just minutes after I crashed the P47
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Open House flying at Falcon RC Club, Hill AFB, Utah
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Open House flying at Falcon RC Club, Hill AFB, Utah
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New pilot orientation at Falcon RC Club, Hill AFB, Utah
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Posted by Rockin G | Apr 17, 2010 @ 11:09 PM | 6,051 Views
So busy flying today that I didnt even pull the camera out, but I did strap on the Keychain cam during the Limbo Competition.

There were tons of hits today. Even a foam rain, head on collision of epic proportions. There must have been 40 pilots that took advantage of PERFECT Spring weather. Estimates of at least 100 or so people were in attendance. Great time, Thanks to all that organized, donated prizes, and attended.

Video
Posted by Rockin G | Feb 21, 2010 @ 05:35 PM | 6,934 Views
These are pics from Friday. There were tons of planes there. The weather was nearly perfect all day long. I flew the Taylorcraft and the Tigermoth. We even flew a brutal round of combat around noon that day. About every 20 seconds you could hear the familiar sounds of a brutal hit and the crowd would applaud and ooh and ahh. You Yanks better put this event on your calendar for next year. I was like the step child that no one likes.

Friday we showed up at Remote Possibilities between 8 and 9...later we went to a park for some more brutal combat...then there was the BBQ...finally, the night flying...probably the most entertaining event of the day.

Saturday....not so good...Mother Nature won, and then after I was back at the Condo, the sun came out. I wasnt going to play her game. I didnt bother going back out to the field....although I should have. It didnt start raining again till after dark.

Mobile POM

POM Regular...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:36 PM | 8,452 Views
The maiden took place today for my Taylorcraft. This is the old version (85.5 inches) and a Zenoah G26 (magneto version) I am not sure if my erratic take offs were a result of me, or the tailwheel not staying centered with that weak spring back there. She is a really smooth flyer. I took it wasy because I only have JR 537's in her. With only 40 in oz of torque on a 15 pound plane, I was not going to put her through the ringer...plus I am not 100% tuned on the motor just yet, as you can tell by the dead stick landing. Thanks to all who came out to support, and thanks to all my fly buddies for the inspiration. Also thanks to a few guys at flying giants that helped me along the way...Especially classclown.

Maiden...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Jan 17, 2010 @ 04:36 PM | 7,525 Views
Finally finshed the Polaris Seaplane. This was my first depron build, and really only my 3rd build from kit form. It took me about 2-3 weeks of about an hour a day. The long part as you builders know, it letting the glue dry between steps. So with that said, I hate building, but it was so worth it with this bird. It flies very stable and confidently for a plane with no airfoil.

Polaris maiden day, not maiden flight

on board...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockin G | Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:13 AM | 7,724 Views
The airframe and motors were given to me, so I thought, what do I have to lose? I bought a couple 10A ESC's, installed a couple servos I already had on hand and she was alive. I cut the canopy off to insert a 1500 3S lipo. That was the cause if it's undoing. It made the airframe weak and the next day after this video was shot she caught a breeze upon landing and dropped to the ground from about 2 feet and split it into 4 pieces. GWS foam is horrible. I dont think I am even going to bother to rebuild it. As I look at it now ther are 2 small pieces of foam missing. (Landed in snow and thought I had all the pieces) Of well, it was fun while it lasted...maybe I will get something else sometime that needs small motors and ESC's

GWS A10 Brushless (1 min 52 sec)

Posted by Rockin G | Dec 26, 2009 @ 11:51 PM | 8,102 Views
Day after Christmas, the day started with maidening Seths new T28 Trojan. The first 2 flights were flawless. Then we hooked up the buddy cord to give Seth some sticktime. However, the plane had other ideas. Either a brown out or some other electrical problem occured and it took a nose dive. Even with throttle chopped, she dove straight in at full throttle. Sorry to see that Seth, even sorrier that I was at the sticks at the time. After that we still had a subdued good time. Lots of flyers and lots of planes. Lots of hits lots of broken planes. The casualties for the day include Seth's T-28, my A-10 and Cliffs wing. Cliffs wing had a nice hit from Nate and as cliff recovered from the ensuing stall, he leveled out just before he hit one of the light poles in spectacular fasion. Atta Boy! Thanks for the laughs. Still had a great time even though I dont think the temps ever left the 20's because the action was HOT.
Dec 26 compilation.wmv (8 min 24 sec)

Posted by Rockin G | Dec 19, 2009 @ 05:48 PM | 7,987 Views
I finally got a chance to get out and fly the Trojan on the snow with the floats. The snow was extra super crunchy and hard. It was not ideal, but it took off, landed and flew fine with the extra 7 ounces of weight. I could definately feel the extra weight with sluggish manuevers and nowhere near the glide path that it usually has. I rarely need throttle to land, however it needed throttle today.

I still think the tail sits a little high...what do you think?

Trojan on Floats...in the snow...Continue Reading