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Posted by Mike_Then | Jan 31, 2010 @ 09:03 AM | 8,549 Views
All week I said, "I'll believe it when I see it", but it actually snowed here in NC! We got about 4-5 inches here in Rocky Mount. That's not a lot of snow, considering I'm from NJ, but that's a lot for down here. The problem is that it gets above freezing during the day but drops to the low teens at night, so the roads are a sheet of ice, literally. This will go on for several days until everything is melted. I have yet to see a snow plow... the city of Rocky Mount knew about this upcoming storm for a week, yet the only thing they have done is put down a salt brine solution on the road. As you will see, it did absolutely nothing to prevent things from sticking. Driving to work tomorrow will be treacherous.

At any rate, enjoy the pics! It's beautiful outside!...Continue Reading
Posted by Mike_Then | Jan 30, 2010 @ 11:02 AM | 8,284 Views
So I bought a Robbe Gemini from another RCGroups.com member. Flew it for the first time last weekend at my field. Flew OK but needed a few adjustments. Took it home and made a few adjustment and then took it to City Lake here in Rocky Mount. It flew fine, but on the last landing I think one of the sponsons dug into the water as the Gemini ended up upside-down! I called Parks and Rec and they were very nice... they sent a crew out in a little John boat to retrieve my poor Gemini.

Looks like the ESC, motor, and battery survived. The receiver and right aileron servo is another story! It's snowing like crazy here and I wish it was flyable as this sure would be fun in the snow!
Posted by Mike_Then | Jan 09, 2010 @ 07:52 AM | 9,174 Views
I recently purchased a Hughes MD500 'Defender" heli fuselage from Darth's web site and finally got a chance to install it. I flew it for the first time on New Year's Day at our club's Chiliy-Chili fly. It's a little tail-heavy but it sure looks good! A fellow club member and heli enthusiast flew with me and while we didn't get any in-flight action shots, here are a couple of us together after the flight.