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Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 09, 2011 @ 07:00 AM | 13,727 Views
Started work on my new 1/4 scale Pitts yesterday. Turns out, there is more damage to my wings than just the tips. So, looks as though I'll have to strip the wings and do some rib and tip repairs. Big bummer for me.

Since the Pitts will take some time to complete, I pulled out the 73" SBACH 342 instead. Wings are hinged and servos are mounted, I'll start on the fuse tonight.

Apparently I have the best wife ever.
While walking through our local hobby shop yesterday to pick up some basic hardware, the wife saw a 61" span Gee Bee R2 in a box and a really decent price. She said "buy this", and of course I said we didnt need to spend the money on another plane right now. Well, she stood there with her bottom lip out (seriously!!) so, we brought home a beautiful Gee Bee (she likes to call them Bee Gees). Just one more plane I want to get done before SEFF.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 06, 2011 @ 04:56 PM | 13,531 Views
Figured I'd add a few pictures of the Mega Dart with the lights on. Gonna be a nice night flyer with over 250 LED's in it.

Still need to add some pinstripes to it and get the graphics made for it. Other than that, its pretty much done.

Time to clean up the shop and start on my big Pitts biplane.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 06, 2011 @ 01:36 PM | 13,055 Views
The Mega Dart 60 kit I have been workin on is ALMOST done. Yes, its pink for a reason... you'll see later when I get the vinyl decals made why its pink. Besides, the wife is the one who decided what to do on this one.

Oh yeah, did I mention over 250 LED's inside of this one? lighted pics will come soon.

Next up is my 60" Pitts S2B. Gotta get ready for SEFF!!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 22, 2011 @ 08:22 PM | 13,579 Views
So, as you all know I got back from Afghanistan on Friday night, the 18th of FEB. Well, today is Tuesday and here I am, starting a build on an airplane. I dont know how my wife deals with me sometimes, but, she does.

I have quite a few planes I'd like to get ready for SEFF, wont have the money to get them all up, but I'll get the important ones done.

This weeks project is called a Mega Dart 60. Its a 60" wingspan "stick like" plane. I picked up this odd looking kit here on RCG for about $30 while I was deployed. It seems to be a pretty straight forward, easy build so far. I'll put a crazy electric power system on it and have some fun. Gotta come up with a neat covering scheme for it and probably some LED's. I think it would make a great night flyer.

More to follow as the projects continue!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 16, 2011 @ 09:26 AM | 13,904 Views
Finally outta there! Hows it goin everyone? Im writing this enroute back to the good old USA. Sitting in Manas, Kyrgyzstan (where ever that is!) right now. Wont be here long though. Soon, I'll be on a flight outta this joint and back to Ft Campbell. I'll spend some good quality time with the family, then, its time to start getting ready for SEFF!

See ya'll soon.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 12, 2011 @ 08:45 AM | 13,421 Views
Its time to get outta this joint! These pictures are what I woke up to this morning. I took them standing in the doorway to our building. Getting the 5 miles to work today wasnt exactly easy. And of course, its raining again tonight, so we can expect worse tomorrow.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 10, 2011 @ 03:04 PM | 12,926 Views
Hey folks, just got back in from my LAST flight here in Kandahar! Logged 1.0hrs on a training flight. For a grand finale, I asked tower for a low pass over the active runway. He cleared me for the option behind two departing F-18s doing afterburner takeoffs. I buzzed the runway at 50' and 150 knots, full length with a 55 degree left turn out back to "Mustang Ramp". I officially now have 1000.0 total hours of flight time and 387 hours in Kandahar.

It also means that in just a couple days my butt will be on a big plane on my way back to the USA. It will take about 4 days or so after leaving Kandahar, but, every minute is a minute closer.

See ya!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 07, 2011 @ 01:16 PM | 12,213 Views
Hey folks, just like the title says. In less than a week I'll be jumping on a plane and I will be on the way back to the good old USA. Its been a long year, but its coming to an end finally.

This will also be my last combat tour. After 18.5 years of this, I have asked to move to Ft Rucker, Alabama to be a flight instructor. I'll be there until I retire. So, no more deployments, just flight students trying to kill me. Not long after my return to Fort Campbell, we will be packing up and moving to Alabama.

Cant wait to get back to the wife and kids, real food, a nice bed, my planes, a real car and normal people!

See ya'll soon,

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 20, 2011 @ 12:16 PM | 12,470 Views
Not sure what I hit the other day but it did a number on the blade tip cap on my bird! Lucky for me my boys fixed it up for me and I continued the mission without and delay. Great maintainers around here!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2011 @ 05:01 AM | 12,704 Views
Hey folks. Im down to less than 40 days left on this tour in Kandahar! SWEEET!

Got a few Christmas pictures while I was doing medevac out of a place named Patrol Base Wilson. Spent Christmas and New Years there.

Santa stopped in and wanted to check out the helicopter, so my fellow reindeer CW2 John Brown and I took him out and showed him around. Luckily Santa was packin an M-4 and some body armor this year! He now has some time behind an M-240 machine gun too. Im guessin his sleigh will be capable of putting some lead down range next year for his combat tour in Afghanistan!

Ya'll take care and see ya at SEFF this year!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 29, 2010 @ 02:19 PM | 13,206 Views
Hey folks, its been awhile since I posted anything new. Sorry, no current pictures this time, my camera battery is dead and I forgot my battery charger in Kandahar.

Im currently out at a small base somewhere between Kandahar City and Lashkar Gah. Not a bad little joint, but, living in a tent with 10 other people can get old quick. Im on a 2 week rotation out here doing Med Evacs again. Unfortunatly it has been pretty busy. In less than a week we have flown about 20 hours. If you figure each mission to be about 1.5 hours long, thats a considerable amount of missions flown. We have picked up pretty much every type of person you can think of. Afghan soldiers, US soldiers/marines, and civilians. A couple have been young kids. Those really suck, because it kinda hits you in the heart to see these 6-8 year old kids all messed up from improvised explosive devices, gunshots and even one from falling into a 60 foot deep hole and bashing his head open VERY badly.

We have picked them up at bases, fields and out in the middle of open desert. Makes for some tough landings at times. One the other day took about 4 attempts just to get in there due to the insane amount of dust and the fact that we were flying in the dark with night vision goggles. Its quite a challenge over here sometimes.

But, no matter who it is, or where they are, we go get them and give them the best possible care we can and get them to the hospital as fast as possible. Thats our job, and out of...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 08, 2010 @ 03:36 PM | 14,198 Views
Hey guys and gals, here are the pictures I promised of my SBACH 342 from www.redwingrc.com Lucky for me I talked my wonderful wife Kristy (kmopar69) into holding the plane for me.

I really like the look of this plane! Cant wait till my tour in Afghanistan is over so I can get it in the air.

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 05, 2010 @ 10:39 AM | 12,842 Views
Hey guys, I stopped in Ballwin, MO yesterday on my R & R leave and met with Tim Pastor from www.redwingrc.com. I picked up my one off, custom covered 73" span SBACH 342 that I will be building with E power!!!

This plane is BEAUTIFUL!! I pulled it partially out of the box and looked it over, and man oh man does it look good! I soooooooo cant wait to get started on this thing! Pics will come in a few days when I get home and can pull it out of the box completely.

Thanks to Tim from redwing RC for ordering me a "one off" SBACH, and thank you to Bob (rcjetpilot) for being so generous and paying for this plane for me! There is a flight reserved for you if we ever get the chance to meet up buddy! Thank you!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 30, 2010 @ 06:05 PM | 13,003 Views
Not only did we get the wife a bad AXX new truck, but, my 15 year old daughter will turn 16 while Im back in Afghanistan. So, we picked her up this nice little 2000 Dodge Stratus today. She's happy, and she just got done washing it and vaccuming it out. Wish I could get her to was and vaccum my cars/trucks!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 28, 2010 @ 08:44 PM | 12,816 Views
Wow, in no way did I expect to get home from Afghanistan on Tuesday and buy the wife a brand new 2010 Dodge truck on Thursday!

So, on a whim, we traded in her 2008 Chrysler Aspen and drove home in this 390 horsepower, Cornhusker Red (oh yes, we are Husker fans), 2010 Dodge.

She's happy, Im poor, life is good!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 23, 2010 @ 01:18 AM | 13,882 Views
Hey folks, tomorrow morning I should be jumping on a plane on my way home to Tennessee for 2 weeks! After 7 long months, its finally my turn.
Cant wait to see the family, sleep in a real bed, eat real food, fly a couple planes and just relax some!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 11, 2010 @ 09:12 AM | 15,174 Views
Hey guys, I aint been around much lately. Staying too busy and usually too tired to really do much after work.

So, lets see, in the past couple weeks, I spent a week doing Medevac Chase out at another small base, came back, flew nights for a week on QRF (quick reaction force), then went to days on QRF where I am at now.

We have done some pretty cool stuff and had some tough missions. I did a resupply into a tiny little field in the middle of the Argandab River Valley, (VERY bad area) a couple days ago that almost didnt turn out well! Luckily do to an excellent crew with me, we got it done without incident. The ground guys were quite happy to get some beans and bullets out there, and they looked like they needed it.

Yesterday we worked with some Canadian Special Forces fellas and inserted them into some landing zones that were pretty dang cool. We ended up doing 4 two wheel landings and two one wheel landings to drop off and pick up these guys at some mountinous areas that there was just no way to fully land the helicopter. Our sister ship got a few pictures of us doing the the infills and exfills that I'll post here.

Luckily in just a shade under 2 weeks, I'll be heading home for my 2 weeks of mid tour leave. I am so ready for it too. Some time off will be great and seeing my wife and kids again will be awesome! My oldest son just turned 17 a few days ago, and my youngest son will be 9 in a couple days, my wife recently had surgery and my youngest will have surgery in about a week and my 15 year old daughter just got her braces off. So, things have been busy at home too and I missed it all. Luckily I have a wife thats tough as nails and can handle all this stuff. Love you guys!

Enough rambling for now.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 23, 2010 @ 12:52 AM | 13,887 Views
http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slides...093041342.jpg/

a link to some photos from our imbedded photographer, Eric De Castro, took during our time here at Ramrod doing Medevac. Im sure there will be more of us doing what we do as the week goes on. Gotta thank Hobby-Lobby.com for sending over a few of the micro p-51s! I passed them out, and a few have survived their first combat missions. Great little planes for when the wind is down and we have some down time (which does not happen very often).

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 22, 2010 @ 01:24 PM | 13,925 Views
Sorry to say, lost some great friends who were even better soldiers very recently. Its hard on all of us, but we will drive on. Its our job and its what they all would want us to do. The ones they leave behind will be in my prayers.

God speed boys, you will never be forgotten. WARLORDS!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:10 AM | 15,236 Views
So, I will be turning 36 on the 30th of this month. It seems like yesterday I was that young 20 year old E-5 in charge of a squad of soldiers. Now, like all the sudden, Im the old guy getting close to retiring. I am over 18 years of Active Duty Army Service now. On my 5th deployment, and 7th time overseas.

Somehow my family has held together for this long and is doing great. Mainly because I have such a wonderful wife who can handle anything that is thrown her way. I am also very blessed to have such great kids. Love you all very much!

So, I've noticed that all that upper body muscle I used to have seems to have slid right off my chest and shoulders and ended up around my waist. Guess its a sign of getting older, but, I just cant let it happen. I wouldnt say Im overweight by an means, but, I have looked better. So, 4 miles of running tonight, and a ton of abdominal stuff later, and I feel like I have been hit by a truck. Its a "good hit by a truck" feeling though. Now I just need my schedule to cooperate a bit, and I'll be able to do the same every night.

I go on mid tour leave in a bit over a month. So, gotta look good for my wife too! She looks great, so I figure the least I can do is get that 6 pack back for her.

See ya'll later!

Laine.