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Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 06, 2011 @ 02:36 PM | 12,905 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!!

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 22, 2011 @ 09:22 PM | 13,441 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 16, 2011 @ 10:26 AM | 13,759 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.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 12, 2011 @ 09:45 AM | 13,275 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.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 10, 2011 @ 04:04 PM | 12,778 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 07, 2011 @ 02:16 PM | 12,070 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,

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 20, 2011 @ 01:16 PM | 12,318 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 07, 2011 @ 06:01 AM | 12,557 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 29, 2010 @ 03:19 PM | 13,061 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 @ 04:36 PM | 14,040 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 @ 11:39 AM | 12,690 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 30, 2010 @ 07:05 PM | 12,854 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 28, 2010 @ 09:44 PM | 12,664 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 23, 2010 @ 02:18 AM | 13,722 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 11, 2010 @ 10:12 AM | 15,029 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.

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 23, 2010 @ 01:52 AM | 13,746 Views

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).

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 22, 2010 @ 02:24 PM | 13,795 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 14, 2010 @ 11:10 AM | 15,100 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!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 07, 2010 @ 02:45 PM | 13,485 Views
Well, we got ahold of some more paint yesterday, so, more painting!!! The beast is coming along nicely! We will also get the roof painted black soon and maybe the hood.

The "580" on the back is the tail number of the helicopter I was flying the day I took the truck mechanics that work on the van for a ride. So, as a tribute, they put "580" on as our vans tail number/emergency phone number. Nice!

Today one of the guys ordered 36 feet of 20% limo tint for it (yeah, its got a LOT of windows!). We should have a awesome musical horn/pa system on order shortly http://www.cogapa.com/ordering.htm
We may have a siren controller, some subwoofers, and an amp coming over soon, and we are looking for some tubing to make sidepipes for it! Oh yeah, no muffler and side pipes! Thats the plan!

Sorry about the bad pictures. The sun had just set, and the flash shows all the dust in the air over here. Pictures at night dont work out well.

Soon, the bars will be on the windows, the roof will be black, and hopefully we will have more red lights on the inside. We also may end up with a old police light bar from the states. One of our guys used to work for his home town police. We'll see if that pans out.

Our Battalion Commander does not have a very good sense of humor though. So we are fully expecting him to make us paint over the "Policia" on the van. I came up with a new name for it though if that happens. SWAT. Standard Warlord Aircrew Transport.

We can still use any parts, gizmos, gadgets or whatever for it if ya'll have some cool junk laying around!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 05, 2010 @ 11:19 AM | 13,595 Views
So, those of you who know me, know that Im a bit "resourceful". I found this van abandoned here in Kandahar, asked for it from the MP's, got it, spent A LOT of time getting it running and legal, then handed it off to my buddies at the motor pool.

Here is the basic story.... the "asking for your help part" is at the end...

13 hours later, I got my van back! When it went in, it was a "normal" 15 passenger Dodge 350 van that would not go over 10mph due to fuel starvation. It came back with LED lights on the front bumper hooked to a guarded switch, LED light bar under the back bumper for added visibility, twin whips on the back (just for looks). "Graphics" on the front, back, and sides. 4 brand new tires, fresh oil, new fuel pump, fresh coolant. Red interior lights, all signals, and other lights replaced.

They want to do a TON more work to it, like bars over the windows (police theme), more black paint (doors/fenders), add our unit logo (doors), more red lights inside, a sunroof, hood scoop, big old spoiler in the back, and anything else they can find.

So, does anyone have or have access to some BIG sub woofers and maybe an amp? How about a musical horn? A PA system? A LOT of window tint? Maybe a CB? Some fuzzy dice? Seat covers? Steering wheel ball? ANYTHING!!! If you guys can find it, we will find a way to install it!!! We have a good start on this crazy lookin "police van" but it needs to be insane!

Help us and be part of the madness! Of course, I will keep everyone updated with pictures.

I'll tell you, the guys are loving this project. Not only because it provides us with decent transportation (something we have been VERY lacking of) but because its OURS to do what we want with. May as well have some fun in our down time!

Thanks in advance guys,