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Posted by V-Man | Jul 19, 2015 @ 04:47 PM | 725 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 | 1,639 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 | 894 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 | 1,525 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 | 2,194 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 | 2,142 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 | 2,142 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 | 2,345 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 | 2,502 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!
Posted by V-Man | Jan 28, 2015 @ 05:45 PM | 3,169 Views
Due to a downturn in the precious metals business, my employer has been forced to do layoffs this week. Unfortunately, I'm one of the people affected by this.

I'm looking forward to my next challenge. Please let me know if you're aware of any medium-sized company in the Montreal downtown area looking for a producer/project manager with extensive experience in mobile and Web.
Posted by V-Man | Nov 28, 2014 @ 08:55 PM | 2,431 Views
Birthday gift came in today (had to order it). No more spending the afternoon charging plane batteries, this does four at a time...
Posted by V-Man | Nov 08, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | 3,352 Views
Went this morning and while it was good to fly and see the people, it was just too cold for both my fingers and the equipment. The former hurt, the latter have all sort of interesting malfunctions (tape doesn't stick, battery voltage sags, plastic becomes brittle, etc.).

Time to go build! Got plenty of projects to keep me occupied...
Posted by V-Man | Oct 08, 2014 @ 03:09 PM | 2,489 Views
My birthday presents to myself have arrived early.

Lots of work ahead on both birds, including major fuselage surgery on the jet and glassing for the seaplane. Follow the work in these threads:

A-7 Corsair II
S&R Catalina (to be added once I start the thread)
Posted by V-Man | Aug 08, 2014 @ 01:37 PM | 2,678 Views
Just realized that today is the fourth anniversary of my first solo flight on a R/C plane.

Granted, I'd been planning it since 1984 or so, but better late than never!
Posted by V-Man | Jul 12, 2014 @ 08:55 PM | 3,303 Views
Just a reminder for people to check out my YouTube channel:

Granted, I don't always have the most exciting videos, but it's neat R/C stuff nonetheless. And now that my group is trying to get some formation flying going, you can bet you're going to have fun footage. Mid-airs if anything else.
Posted by V-Man | Jun 29, 2014 @ 12:34 PM | 3,034 Views
This close!

Maybe I can offer a service where I inspect people's planes in the air. You know, in case you're wondering if the gear is down, or if you lost a hatch or something.

(Camera was in the nose of my plane, pointing downward.)
Posted by V-Man | Jun 03, 2014 @ 07:53 PM | 3,661 Views
I'm usually a flyer, but my group's been hit with a combination of crappy weather and the loss of our largest field recently. I thought that acquiring an off-road buggy would let me take in some quality RC time no matter the wind speed!

I just picked it up at the post office. It's a 1/10 Quanum Vandal 4WD electric buggy. Inexpensive, got decent reviews, and spares are available. I'm not intending to do any serious racing, just general bashing around, so I didn't feel the need to go whole hog on expensive brand names.

But of course the battery for it is still in transit, and I don't have any HXT 4mm plugs to make an adapter for my existing 2S batteries. Doh!
Posted by V-Man | May 25, 2014 @ 12:16 PM | 3,636 Views
Formation flying is hard! One of the two F-27 Stryker flanking my camera plane got too close during a turn and bounced off the top of my wing. No damage to either plane, thanks to quick thinking by the Stryker pilot.
Posted by V-Man | Apr 12, 2014 @ 06:49 PM | 3,730 Views
Some wind and gusts, but I took a chance anyway. I've waited long enough, gotta scratch the flight itch.

A bit rusty but it's coming back fast. Four batteries and came home with the plane in one piece. Sweet!