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Posted by V-Man | May 21, 2016 @ 07:20 PM | 1,242 Views
For me at least -- the others have been flying for a couple of weeks already.

Let me tell you, felt good to get some air under my wings. It's been close to eight months.

Since we can't go back to our usual field, the abandoned hippodrome (I checked today, there were two goons in a Garda SUV), we're trying other locations. Today was a park on the south shore. Nice but only for smaller planes, and no runway.

Still, any flying is better than no flyin'.
Posted by V-Man | Apr 16, 2016 @ 03:12 PM | 1,019 Views
It's mid-April already and still no flying for me yet in 2016. Combination of the loss of our usual flying field last year* and very busy days at work. Hoping to get started in early May in the local parks.

*Abandoned local race track. Administration decided to get a permanent security service to watch over the place and prevent anyone from going in.
Posted by V-Man | Dec 20, 2015 @ 04:39 PM | 1,999 Views
Work is done for the year, now Xmas shopping is done, which means that tomorrow I can get some modeling time!

I think I will either work on my DLG, or pull the Albatros from storage... Now that I have the hatch magnets, no reason to put it off anymore.
Posted by V-Man | Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:05 PM | 2,594 Views
I was hoping to get one or two more weekends this year, but... The 2015 flying season is over for me. Between chores, work (we're finishing up a big software release) and two upcoming business trips, I simply don't have any free time until the Christmas holidays (and even then). Haven't set foot in the workshop for days, and it's unlikely to change.

To top it off, construction has started at the empty field at the end of my street. I used to fly my Mini-Beaver and One-Sheet-Wing there after work in the summer. My days of park flying close to home are over, alas.
Posted by V-Man | Oct 04, 2015 @ 02:43 PM | 2,878 Views
Signs prohibiting R/C models have sprung up around the old hippodrome, our usual flying field. Looks like the best place to fly on the island is lost...

And I just bought new planes! Time to find a new field. Any thoughts?
Posted by V-Man | Sep 26, 2015 @ 04:23 PM | 2,835 Views
At least I managed to get two 15-min flights in with the Orbiter. The conditions were perfect for gliding, it was awesome.

There's talk among the group of joining a club off-island next year, but the thought of having to cross the bridge (especially with construction slated to begin on the new one) to fly doesn't appeal to anyone.
Posted by V-Man | Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:07 PM | 2,898 Views
Can you tell someone has gotten tired of just tooling around the sky and belly-landing? From top to bottom: Yak-54, Extra 330L, Typhoon 3D.

The 2016 season is going to be high-adrenalin! (And potentially expensive, repair-wise.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 15, 2015 @ 09:49 PM | 2,304 Views
But it's discontinued! If I didn't get it now, I might never be able to!

(That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 14, 2015 @ 12:16 PM | 2,838 Views
Major repairs:
One Sheet Wing (OSW) Sport Flying Wing (Foam)

On the board:
1M DLG -- Glider (balsa)
Albatros -- Sport Scale (Balsa)
F-27V Stryker -- Speed Flying Wing (Foam)
StevensAero Helium MG2 -- Motor Glider (Balsa)
A-7 Corsair II -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
A-6 Intruder -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)
"Lucky Thirteen" -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Balsa)

Still in boxes
Sapac T-45 Goshawk -- 64mm EDF Jet (Foam)
Guanli PBY Catalina -- Sport Scale Flying Boat (Foam)
GWS Formosa I -- Sport Aerobatic Aircraft (Foam)
A-4 Skyhawk -- 50mm EDF Jet(Foam)

In planning/design/prep
Jaguar 280 -- Mini Pylon Racer (Balsa)
"Aluminum Bird" -- Scale Aircraft (Wood/Metal)
"Speed Plane" -- Warmliner/Pylon Racer (Composite)
"Orbiter III" -- High Altitude Photo-recon/video Aircraft (Composite)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 09, 2015 @ 02:09 PM | 2,799 Views
Some people use a selfie stick. Amateur.
Posted by V-Man | Jul 19, 2015 @ 04:47 PM | 2,422 Views
Got up, saw a huge downpour outside, went back to bed. Got up an hour later, and it's clear skies(!), but now we have brunch plans. At least it's with a dear friend that I haven't seen in weeks, makes it a bit easier to miss this week's flying session.

And, since brunch is shorter than a visit to the field, means I have a few hours to put in the shop...
Posted by V-Man | Jul 13, 2015 @ 05:39 PM | 3,259 Views
As the subject line says, a couple of new videos have been added to my YouTube channel:

There are some chases and (attempted) formation flights, a ride aboard a 1/9 WW1 biplane, and some EDF jets. Take a look!
Posted by V-Man | Jun 14, 2015 @ 02:46 PM | 2,466 Views
Gorgeous day, got some really good flying in. Highlights:

- Greg got more Habu flights in. That 11-blade fan really has a turbine-like sound!
- We tried to do a FW-190 vs Spitfire dogfight, but Vince got a brown-out when he hit the retracts and the Spit went down. Need new prop and some glue on the nose.
- Martin brought his new FMS 1450mm Mustang. Took us about an hour just to debug the retract doors. Did some taxi tests but maiden will have to wait.
- We flew two Habu UMX at the same time, one with L/G and the other clean. The difference is enormous. Even at 2/3 throttle, the clean Habu was ahead, always.
Posted by V-Man | May 21, 2015 @ 09:11 PM | 3,118 Views
My wife called to say she'd be late from work, so I grabbed the Vandal and hit the construction site at the end of the street. Man, is that car dusty now!
Posted by V-Man | May 03, 2015 @ 03:55 PM | 3,740 Views
Pictures from today's session. Best weather we've had all year so far, so there was a big turnout.

Yes, the Frankeinstein jet has a J-3 Cub fuselage for a nose. Flew very well....Continue Reading
Posted by V-Man | Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:23 PM | 3,688 Views
Where I learn that I'm one of the idiots that run toward the fire rather than away from it. But sometimes it work -- the gas tank didn't explode, and the firemen only had to put the embers out (they got to throw the burned off BBQ off the balcony, though). Went through four extinguishers (and Dad, thanks for getting me one. Now I get it!)

Apparently I'm loud. When I yell "Fire!", they heard me four stories down and two buildings over.

Excitement over, we'll look at the damage in the morning. So glad the wife is out of town and that she missed this!
Posted by V-Man | Apr 19, 2015 @ 06:17 PM | 3,703 Views
Practice makes perfect, and having the right tools help! Pretty happy with my solder joints now!
Posted by V-Man | Apr 04, 2015 @ 12:41 PM | 3,884 Views
Picked up my latest order... Got a 100W motor to replace the 60W motor in my Mini-Beaver, and a 10-blade fan to go into the A-7 jet (black fan is the stock one that comes with the model).

And I have to start sanding the Stryker, getting it ready for the new power system...

Posted by V-Man | Mar 04, 2015 @ 06:30 PM | 4,033 Views
Just signed on for a new job, starting next Monday. Pays better than the previous one, so this should be a good R/C year!