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Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 21, 2010 @ 04:59 PM | 3,971 Views
I suppose I could go on and on about how utterly ridiculous Barack has been with the airspace everywhere he goes but I think more than a few of us have been inconvenienced by his reindeer games.

OK, I get the need to protect our fearless leaders but c'mon! I can't even begin to imagine the terror and destruction my Parkzone Cub can do. Everything that flies is banned within 10nm of the Caesars Palace! and then there's a second area that encompasses 30nm. That's the whole freakin' valley!! What's up with that? Is he really doing such a sucky job in his position that model airplanes have become a problem? How is Joe Parkflyer supposed to know about this? and can they really track a 40" wingspan, EPP foam model? Does our country have the time and energy for this? Well, I'm going to show my respect for this notice anyway by NOT flying on Saturday morning (besides that, don't have time for federal prison) but it still "Twists my Nonner" (that's South African for you know what).
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 14, 2010 @ 02:52 PM | 4,003 Views
I have a really cool story that I think everyone should know about...

Several weeks ago I was cruising the classifieds for some deals. While looking through the advertisements I saw a "wanted" ad for a Ritewing Demon 40. I reviewed the request and began a PM conversation with the advertiser, iceman77. We conversed back and forth and it became evident that I had exactly what he was looking for. So the conversation progressed into emails and eventually a deal was worked out.
Now came the tricky part...as we all know, sometimes these deals go sour and there has to be a huge level of trust on the part of both parties. Especially when you're dealing with someone from out of the country (no offense to those good r/cer's Who live somewhere else). I found out that "iceman" was from Mexico. Immediately, flags were going up. Can I trust this guy? He wants to send me a payment sight unseen and trusts that I really have what I say I have. hmmm. What could this mean? So I took my chances. He paid half up front via paypal and said he'd pay the remaining balance when he picked it up...here in Vegas.That's weird b/c I just happened to catch this wanted ad for a plane I had, the guy was willing to send me a payment AND I didn't have to ship it b/c it just so happened that he was going to be in Las Vegas, NV in a couple of weeks! Man, I almost turned down the deal just b/c it seemed too coincidental. Well, I'm glad I didn't because this story has an awesome...Continue Reading
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 13, 2010 @ 11:08 AM | 3,933 Views
Here's a link to the build log I just started. Enjoy

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...4#post16280350
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 12, 2010 @ 11:03 AM | 3,828 Views
America has become a country of people who are interested in knowing, "what is going on behind the curtain." Hence, the reason why UPS and FedEx have become a more and more popular way to ship packages. Every package gets a tracking number and that tracking number is updated at least everyday depending on where it is sent from and the total travel time between sorting stations. Either way, the package can be visualized and practically mapped as to where it's been and the exact date when it will be on my doorstep. Drivers are courteous and prompt and wouldn't dare think to leave a note on your door without ringing the bell and knocking first. I'll admit, they don't always wait at the door for you to answer and often times they are driving off before you even get to the door but hey, it's there on your porch the day it was promised. Why are they so dedicated to their jobs? The answer is accountability. If they don't do their job or somebody complains about how rude they were or the package arrived a day late without reason, somebody's gettin' in trouble. Besides that, I am a firm believer that they are proud to work for a corporation that is reliable, fast, and accountable. Which brings me to the US Postal Service...

Every time I have a package delivered through the mail, something always gets lost, stolen, damaged or is late for no reason. I want to give you a brief example of my last experience with the post office...
A while back, I traded a guy on RC...Continue Reading
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 08, 2010 @ 11:15 AM | 3,916 Views
My wife was gracious enough to let me put my new wing rack up in our room. To me it really doesn't look too bad (especially since my work table is a mess) but I could tell by the reaction on her face that it wasn't her idea of the perfect wall decoration. But hey, that's why I love her. She's willing to accept me for who I am...a nut case.

Well, here it is in all of it's glory. Made of 1/4" PVC and pipe insulation for cushion. I suppose I could add a couple more slots. These are kind of spaced out too much for the Ritewings but I'll work on it later. For now I just needed a place to put them as they were cluttering my space.
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 06, 2010 @ 12:47 PM | 4,896 Views
So I was working on a construction project one time and a Superintendent said to me, "Marco, you can't walk around all the time with your head in the clouds, thinking about your model airplanes and helicopters." What an IDIOT. He sure was wrong about that. Not a day goes by that I don't have at least 5 hours of thought about my airplanes.

Does anybody else have my disease?
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 04, 2010 @ 12:39 PM | 4,304 Views
Here's a picture of me and the family this year. Believe it or not, it's not ALL of us. We have two older sons as well. Zachariah serves his country in the Air Force and Matthew passed away in 2005 after a hiking accident at age 15. Yea, every time I look at a building or a high voltage power line I try to imagine what 100' feet looks like and try less hard to imagine falling from that height. I guess I'll forever be plagued with that.
Posted by Sweetrex | Oct 04, 2010 @ 12:01 PM | 4,213 Views
I built my first night flyer this weekend. I went out to fly on Saturday (beautiful flying day BTW), and guess what?...I broke the prop before I even got airborne. Of course I didn't have any supplies or tools with me since I didn't intend to spend all morning there. I spent probably 30 minutes setting up and about 30 seconds "flying". I don't even know if you can call it that. Anyway...

Since I wasn't able to do much flying this weekend, I decided to build. And fortunately for me, my wifey was more interested in playing Sims 3 than hanging out with me. That was cool though. I spent the ENTIRE day playing with my new toy! It's mostly built now. I've added some additional markings on it to make it more easily identifiable in the day time since I'm going to need to fly it in the light first before I venture into the night. I had lots of fun and got plenty of practice with the soldering iron.