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Posted by Arznek | Oct 01, 2007 @ 07:32 PM | 3,908 Views
The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends 2007 was this last weekend in Columbus, OH. I purchased tickets about 4 months ago in anticipation of one of the greatest air show events in recent history. Without a doubt, this was the most unique and fun air shows I've ever been to.

Rickenbacker Airport was a fantastic venue with parallel runways, one of which stretched over 12,000 feet. This weekend they were probably the busiest two runways in the country. There was hardly a time where a plane wasn't in the air or taking off. Another unique aspect of the show is how close the flight line was to the main runway. It was close enough to see the screws and every panel line.

Another fantastic portion of this show was the line of mustangs stretching at least 2000 feet long, P51's back to back. The general public was given the chance throughout the whole weekend to get as close as you wanted to the Mustangs just short of climbing in! No ropes or barricades like most air shows, and this really helped to bring it to life.

If you missed it, I hope you can live vicariously through the photo flood below! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Arznek | Sep 01, 2007 @ 04:38 PM | 4,801 Views
Just got home from DOGS at Wright Patterson AFB. There was a huge turnout this year, with lots of spectators and plenty of giant scale goodies. It was quite windy out on the field, which was affecting the big birds quite a bit, but it didn't seem to ground anyone.

I was surprised to see the 70% scale Staudacher aerobat, which was recently maidened. It didn't fly due to AMA weight restrictions (it's 400lb+), but they did run it up a little bit. There were 4 guys holding this bird on the deck when they inched the throttle up. It sounds great and looks great. It's definitely something I'm looking forward to see in the air.

QuiQue put on a great show with his huge bipe. He's got to have magic thumbs to do what he does so fearlessly. Andrew Jesky also put on a great show with the new Great Planes 38% Extra. The roll rate was absolutely sick, and Animal whipped it around very well. In the scale category, Greg Hahn's Top Gun winning B25 liberator was fantastic on the ground and in the air. Flying over Wright Patt. with such a classic airframe was truly a blast from the past.

There were plenty of other talented pilots and interesting planes, some of which you can see in the photos below. Take a look! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Arznek | Jul 29, 2007 @ 07:54 PM | 4,485 Views
I went to the Dayton Air Show today, and they were allowing self guided tours of the infamous B17 the Memphis Belle. It looks old, it smells old, it feels old.. well it is old, and still very very cool! Pictures are always better than words, so here they are.
Posted by Arznek | Jun 29, 2007 @ 07:10 PM | 3,932 Views
Sometimes you find your plane in the cornfields of the midwest.. tonight I found this.

Definitely the funniest thing I've seen in awhile.

Posted by Arznek | Sep 03, 2006 @ 04:23 PM | 5,227 Views
I just got back from the Dayton Ohio Giant Scale Fly In at the WPAFBM field. The crowd turnout was pretty good and there were plenty of exciting aircraft this year. We were even graced with a Tornado jet coming in to WPAFB right over the flying field.

The warbirds seemed to be plagued with retract problems after the half time show. Luckily they all got back in with just a few bumps and bruises.

Anyway .. pictures say all of the words so here they are. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Arznek | Aug 10, 2006 @ 06:45 PM | 4,958 Views
I finally got my new Cushcraft 2.4Ghz Yagi setup for AP. It's directional so I have a 4" color tv and the reciever mounted on a handle so the operator can point directly and watch whats happening, commercial free =)

We attempted (Dad and me) to switch the 1.7" 1/4 wavelength wire antenna on the camera w/ a higher dbi 2.4Ghz antenna off of a router, but we were unsuccessful at opening the camera's casing. For now it will still have the stock antenna until we come up with a better solution.
Posted by Arznek | Aug 09, 2006 @ 11:51 PM | 5,218 Views
Got together this last weekend with Mike and Dave back in Ohio for an evening of flying. There was a light wind, just enough to annoy all the planes except for my Formosa. It's good to fly with like minded enthusiasts and shoot the about all things electric.
Posted by Arznek | Jul 30, 2006 @ 08:15 PM | 5,439 Views
Well I had the chance to make it back to the Udvar-Hazy Center (National Air and Space Museum) today as a substitute for the Vectren Air Show in Dayton this weekend. It's only a 30 minute drive from here and well worth it. I watched Operation Red Flag on IMAX for the 6th time, and got to spend a little more time looking at some of the one of a kind aircraft in the museum. I've attached a few pics from the trip.

I also took the shockie out tonight and noticed yet another polyquest 3s1p 400mAh pack was starting to puff. I'm running the right equipment for the pack, but I'm losing faith in PolyQuest. The first one that puffed did so on the first charge at 1/2C!


EDIT: Forgot a few pics =) Two more on the end....Continue Reading
Posted by Arznek | Jun 29, 2006 @ 12:06 AM | 5,375 Views
The day before I was to leave for Maryland I was sitting back flying w/ my old man. I've still got him on buddy box w/ the slow stick which explains the chairs! Anyway while we were in the front yard kicking back my 7 day old Ikarus Edge 540T was in peril. It managed to get moved right under the garage door. Stupid I know... The door got shut and the foamy was destroyed I ordered a new Yak 54 from hobby lobby and got it together tonight. It's ready except for the aileron servo, which was crushed by the garage door. I traced this one out so I dont have to pay 50 bucks to get an airframe again.

And if you're wondering, the A6M and other print in the back of the Yak pic are two entries for an art show/contest back in Ohio.
Posted by Arznek | Jun 22, 2006 @ 12:54 PM | 5,304 Views
I'm officially done with college, maybe not forever, but at least for this bump in the road. I graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Information Systems.

I'm moving to Maryland within the next few weeks to look up a possible job opportunity. I'm also going to check out the Capital Area Soaring Association (CASA) when I get out that way. Maybe I'll finally find some flying buddies!
Posted by Arznek | May 06, 2006 @ 08:05 PM | 5,898 Views
In prep for the summer flying season I wanted my FP to handle forward flight a little better. I noticed the blades really coning up so I decided to make a head stiffener. The Ikarus upgrade is a little over 20 bucks, which is way too salty in my opinion. I rummaged around the apartment for a bit until I found a material easy enough to shape, but strong enough to work. That material? A new CD-R disk!

It cuts well with heavy duty scissors. Xacto takes forever, and breaking them doesn't always follow your score lines. The metallic covering comes right off leaving a shiny semi transparent plastic. I measured the holes and did a bit of sanding. A spray of Krylon H2O gloss red and it match the heli perfectly. It fit just right and boy does it do the job! Even hovering feels easier. When the conditions are right I'm looking forward to taking it to the field and getting some fast forward flight in! It's quite the rig, but it's strong enough to do the job.

I also had my college graduation ceremony today. I don't get my Degree (BBA) until June, but it was an exciting time none-the-less. It's amazing 4 years have gone by so quick, and I'm definitely going to miss the free time!
Posted by Arznek | Apr 19, 2006 @ 04:26 PM | 6,061 Views
I spend a lot of time on the forums and in the irc chat. I contribute when I know the answers, but that isn't often. So why not give a little back? How about some advertising for RCG! Thanks for the shirt Mr. Bourke, and thanks to those lovely ladies at the Toledo Show for the stickers that fit perfectly on my Piccolo!

Too bad I didn't pick up any more stickers because I've still got 3 more planes and a car that needs RCG'd!
Posted by Arznek | Apr 08, 2006 @ 11:29 PM | 5,536 Views
Well its been a real fun weekend with the Toledo Show. ETOC and the EX Games provided some pretty good entertainment. This morning I picked up an RCG Foamy and got it put together just a little bit ago. Decked it out w/ 3 bluebirds 6g's, Castle Creations 10, AXi 2204/54, and some good ole Zap Odorless.

Thanks to RCGroups I also picked up a few free stickers and a free tshirt at the Billy Hell booth, which I must say had helpful people and a nice booth.

Some of the show model entries were absolutely amazing. The 2/3 scale Cub was pretty cool. A fellow modeller called it "the divorce maker", which I found to be pretty funny. As always the warbirds were out in force and looking great. The German "Owl" and F18 Hornet were some of the best there.

Can't wait for next year already!