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Posted by Mike_Then | Dec 22, 2012 @ 10:56 PM | 5,668 Views
I can understand why my wife will roll her eyes at me when it comes to the hobby. She doesn't give me grief but she also doesn't understand what makes us tick when it comes to the hobby. Just like I don't understand the 35+ pots of eyeliner in her vanity.

You ever buy something in this hobby and regret buying it? You try and try to make it work and it just doesn't do it for you? Read on...

I bought an Align T-Rex 600e Pro/EFL as I wanted to do another scale project. After I bought the 600e Pro, I found out that it wasn't compatible with the fuselage I was planning to buy. Apparently Align redesigned the head in the Pro versions and they won't fit any of RC Aerodyne's fuselages. I was pretty bummed but glad the guy gave me a heads up. I tried turning the 600e Pro into an FPV ship with the help of a friend, clubmate, and very skilled heli pilot but it was way too risky. It was much more difficult than we anticipated and I felt the risk far outweighed the reward. Ditched the FPV project and just tried flying the 600e Pro around, which didn't do anything for me. I sold it to said friend for a very good price and took most of those funds and bought a used Align T-Rex 500 ESP.

"But Mike, you just sold a 600 heli, why the hell did you turn around and buy a SMALLER heli?!" you may be asking? Well, I have a 500 ESP and it's mounted in a Blackhawk fuse. Before that, I paid a fellow RCGrouper named Jake Horky to custom-paint a canopy for me. I only...Continue Reading
Posted by Mike_Then | Dec 18, 2012 @ 12:48 PM | 6,645 Views
Like many other R/C pilots, I bought a ParkZone T-28 when they first came out and fell in love with the airplane. Decent electronics, tough as nails, long flight times, and easy to repair. What's not to like? I've had a few of them... one was a night flyer decked out with so many LEDs it actually changed the flight characteristics, and another with floats to be flown off water.

Last year during a night fly, my friend Brandon and I were trying to fly "formation" (and I use that term loosely) and we inevitably collided. I definitely took the worst of the collision this time as we both watched a ball of light fall out of the sky... all while laughing hysterically. This was definitely not the first time him and I intentionally bashed each other around, but when examining the wreckage it was obvious that no amount of epoxy or packing tape was bringing this T-28 back form the dead. It had been broken in half and fixed so many times it probably weighed 1/2 lb. more just in epoxy alone. I put the wreckage in a portable rack in my shop to inventory at a later date.

A few weeks later, another friend and fellow club member was cleaning out his trailer and gave me a T-28 airframe. No electronics, not even the landing gear... just the airframe and pushrods. It had seen better days but free is free, right? And it was sure in better shape than mine. He insisted he didn't want any money for it.

Both airframes sat in my shop all spring, summer, and fall,...Continue Reading