Shop our Airplanes Products Shop our Surface Products
lmopar69's blog View Details
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 22, 2010 @ 01:24 PM | 14,034 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 @ 10:10 AM | 15,326 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 @ 01:45 PM | 13,708 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
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 @ 10:19 AM | 13,818 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,

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 04, 2010 @ 12:02 AM | 14,796 Views
Hey guys, decided to clear out some space before I get home so I can do up my new 73" SBACH from Redwing RC. Anyone looking for a 12' or 6' RX ready Telemaster?

Here is a link.

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 31, 2010 @ 01:34 PM | 13,976 Views
So, as some of you have noticed, I have been kinda absent lately. I come on here at least twice a day, but usually only for a minute or two to check whats goin on, then off to work. The good news is Im getting a lot of flight time in, the bad news is, some days its a 0300 wake up, 7 hours of flying, recover the aircraft, sleep for awhile then do it all over again.

Other days, like today, I spend 5 hours on the flightline fixing commo equipment in all our helicopters, then go fly for 2 hours, recover the aircraft, sleep for a bit then do it all again the next day.

I got to fly one of our new HZ Champs the other day for a bit inside an empty hangar, man those things are awesome! I also had a couple hours of off time (when I should have been sleeping) so I went to the rc track and raced my two trucks for a bit. I destroyed the transmission on my Losi Strike (while beating 3 brushless Emaxx and Revos) because my Castle Mamba 5700 is just tooooo powerful. So, then I beat them in a couple races with my Stampede. It has a Castle Mamba 4600 in it. Last lap of the last race I ripped the rear A arm off! Too fun. Had a great time out there though. Wish I had more play time, but, we have a job to do.

Anyway, more to follow when I have time. Hopefully some pictures too.

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 27, 2010 @ 01:19 AM | 13,481 Views
Here is part 2 of our week at another FOB with the Medevac guys. I LOVE flying with them.

Dustoff Part 2 (3 min 41 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 19, 2010 @ 08:49 PM | 13,844 Views
We had a NATO reporter named Josh Fortune with us last week while we were supporting the Medevac. Here is part 1 of his story. Im only in the first minute, but its a great video!

Dustoff part1-Lifesavers (3 min 56 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 17, 2010 @ 01:19 AM | 13,128 Views
Hey guys/gals. I kinda been gone for a bit. I got sent out to one of the outlying FOBs (Forward Operating Base) to do Medevac Chase. We provide security, escort and casualty evac for our Med guys. Only flew 16.5 hours in a week, but if the Med dosnt fly much, thats a GOOD thing!

Had a good time out there, helped a lot of people, met some great guys from the Louisiana National Guard and still got to fly some.

We also had a NATO reporter/camera guy with us for the week named Josh. Awesome fella and man he does nice work!

Here is a picture of our crew we had out there for the week.

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 03, 2010 @ 06:40 AM | 14,287 Views
I have been on night QRF (quick reaction force) for the last 5 days or so. Well, we all know if you give me time to sit around I'll build something! So, I decided I needed an IFO type plane.

I borrowed some carbon rod, secured it all with parachute cord and CA. I covered it with a chunk of a 100' parachute that I "liberated". For control surfaces, I had to come up with something since I had no more carbon rod left. I saw some choroplast "no smoking" signs that looked like they were tired of just hangin around. A few minutes later, I had rudder and elevons also covered in parachute.

For power, it has a Hacker A20, 10x4.7 prop and a 3S 1320 lipo, 3 BMS metal gear servos will 550 cord pull pull on all surfaces.

Initially I had the frame covered all the way to the nose. I went for a few test flights and the dang thing would NOT turn!!! I tried to move the CG all around, still nothing. I decided maybe I should check the IFO thread here on RCG and I saw one common denominator with all of the IFO's, they had an open space in the front (usually where the motor was). So, I put some braces in and cut out the front. Flies like a champ now! Although still just a tad nose heavy. It sure would make my life easy if I would use proven designs or look at plans before I build something. But, that takes most of the fun out of it for me. I like to try, try, try before I go looking for help.

Its about 34" in span and pretty close to the same in length. The broken prop in the pictures will give you a hint that its a little too big, fast and heavy to fly inside one of our hangars! But, when you build something out of "whats available" you have to make weight concessions. It aint light, but it does fly!

I have some more carbon rod on order now thanks to Lee Ulinger at Should be here in a week or two. Maybe I'll get some time to try some other new (to me) projects.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 25, 2010 @ 09:14 AM | 14,496 Views
Here is a quick video of the Lee Ulinger Edge 540 over here in Kandahar.

EDGE (4 min 51 sec)

And here is one of the Vapor flying indoors over here in a gym.

Vapor (3 min 38 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 18, 2010 @ 01:55 PM | 15,123 Views
Just curious as to how many people REALLY look at my blog on here? The little counter thing says some huge number all the time, but how many people acctually take the time to look at the stuff I write on here? If you regularly come here an see what Im up to, please post something and let me know! If you just recently stumbled over my insanity, put something up and let me know!

In other news...

My wonderful wife Kristy, Kmopar69 here on RCG, has also quit smoking! She is doing great and hasn't killed anyone (yet). Im very proud of her and Im sure she will keep it up and do great! Love ya honey!

And then there is this...

I recently posted a "Wanted" add here on RCG looking for a used micro cub or similar plane (this one). About a day later, I get a PM from a fella named "andersot" offering to send me a Vapor for free! I told him I would be happy to pay for it, but he insisted. So, we not have a Vapor on the way over here for some indoor flying. Thank you Andersot!

Then "justplainold" sent me a PM offering up a couple of the "brick" batteries. Man, I tell ya, I just cant get over the kindness and generosity of all of you guys here on RCG! Thanks Justplainold!

Just shortly after that, I got a PM from another fella named Garret H. Garret H saw my thread, and offered to send me money to help buy a indoor plane. Of course I told him thank you, but I couldnt let him do that. So, instead, ol' Garret H "one upped...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 12, 2010 @ 01:38 PM | 13,859 Views
So, after about 20 years, I finally decided to be a quitter at something. Smoking. Its one of those nasty habits I picked up a long time ago that has been slowly killing me, making me broke, and making me smell bad.

Time to quit! I have gone 6 days now without smoking. Its tough, but, its easy compared to some of the things in life I have done.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 06, 2010 @ 01:30 PM | 14,286 Views
I have been walking by this broke down goofy lookin truck for a few weeks now wondering what the deal is with it. So, I finally had time to ask around. I found the "owner", a company commander, and asked what he was doing with it. He said it didnt work. Of course, my next question... what do I need to do to get it from you? He said "sign here" on this temporary hand receipt! So, sign I did.

To make a long story shorter, after some TLC, some minor repair, and lots of scrounging, I now have an all electric GEM truck. This is the "eL" model. The best part is, GEM is owned by Chrysler... those of you who know me know Im a Mopar nut! I cant lose!

I been driving it around for 2 days now. Even with some dying batteries, I can get about 17 miles on a charge. Im workin a deal now to get 6 new batteries for it... yeah, 72volts is what this thing runs on! $200 a pop for batteries too! So, within a few weeks, I should have some new ones!

As per the deal made with the Captain I got it from, its mine as long as I want it. No argument there! 25mph in a silent "car/truck/thing" sure beats walkin!

So, it just goes to show, that for every bad thing that happens, usually something good is right around the corner.

(It might just need some Castle Creations decals!)


Posted by lmopar69 | Jul 02, 2010 @ 09:35 AM | 14,308 Views
Well guys, here's an interresting story for you from Kandahar.

I was scheduled to fly a couple days ago for an 8 hour mission with a Captain as my copilot. The young Captain did fine first off. Anyway, on to the story.

We finished our mission in about 6.8 hours, and about 11 of "duty day". Now we have rules about this stuff... we are only allowed 12 hours of duty day doing aviation related duties, anything more than that, we have to formally request an extension. We can get 2 hours from our commander, and then it just goes up the chain from there if we need more time to finish whatever we are doing.

Same thing applies to flight time. We are allowed 8 hours of day time, 7 hours mixed day/night/night vision goggles and 6 hours of only NVG flight in a day. Anything more, we have to ask for an extension.

So, back to my story. We finished our mission in about 6.8 hours. I decided to do a recon of this area where the "hodgies" keep shooting rockets at us from. So, I called our "Battle Captain" on the radio to check in and let them know what we were doing. When I did, I immediatly got a call back from one of our unit IP's (Instructor Pilot). He was on Medevac chase and they were being called out on a "CAT A". CAT. A is life, limb or eyesight injury... IMPORTANT STUFF!!! Anyway, his aircraft broke on runup, so he could not go. He asked if my crew could support the Med on this mission. We said of course we could, we...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 27, 2010 @ 11:04 AM | 13,532 Views
I been running my Losi Strike over here on occasion. Initially it was fun, but a little slow. So, I put a Castle Creations Mamba 4600 motor and Sidewinder ESC in. Better, but still not quite enough for me. So, after a conversation with good old Joe Ford at Castle, I stuck in a Mamba 5700 and a Mamba Max ESC with a 2 cell 5000 lipo. WOW! Did that ever wake it up!!! Now there aint nothin here in Kandahar that can touch it. In fact, its almost too much! I can barely control it.

I had to set the timing at the lowest level, put in the smallest pinion I have (19t... 17t is on the way) and a 90t spur gear. Still way more power than it needs!

Anyway, the body was lookin pretty rough, so I ordered a new one, and slapped a quick paint job on it today. Good enough for Kandahar!

Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 25, 2010 @ 12:52 PM | 13,858 Views
Hey all, figured I'd tell ya a quick story about my latest "adventure" here in Kandahar.

I finally got my UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in command check ride done a few days ago. Should have been last September, but thats another story for another time.

We go out to fly this General all over the place two days ago. We get in the helicopter, start up, do all our engine checks and just as we are about to taxi my right side crew chief says "sir, the cabin is filling with smoke!" Well, needless to say, that got my attention really really quick! I looked back and sure enough the cabin was full of white smoke... Electrical? Fire? Oil? Who knows! I asked, and they couldnt tell.

So, I did an emergency engine shutdown on both engines, called my sister ship and told them what was up and sent the guys to check it out. They couldn't find anything!

I called my maint. test pilot with a cell phone, told him what was up. His advice... "Check it out real good and if you are comfortable starting it back up and trying it again, go for it". Since the crew was comfortable, we did just that.

I fired both engines back up, no smoke. I had my co pilot pull in some power, no smoke. The crew jumped in the back, closed the doors and waited... no smoke! So, we called and said we were ready to taxi. We made it about 100 yards down the taxi way and the crew chief again yelled, sir, smoke in the cabin! This time, I stopped, they jumped out and went back...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 23, 2010 @ 01:28 PM | 13,439 Views

We had a UH60 crash recently that took one of our NCO's and some Australian soldiers lives. The rest of the crew was injured pretty bad also, but it looks like they will pull through.

I remember talking with SGT Silk a lot last year in Bagram. We used to talk smack to eachother quite a bit. Really a great soldier and had a great sense of humor. He'll be missed.

Please keep the family of SGT Silk and the rest of the crew and soldiers in your prayers. They will need it.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jun 19, 2010 @ 12:57 PM | 13,167 Views
First off, Castle Creations is awesome! Im just sayin...

I had a 9.3 hour flight in and around Kandahar, Afghanistan today with my Brigade Standardization Pilot (CW5 type) while doing my pilot in command evaluation. We moved a butt ton of soldiers out to remote locations with a Dutch crew in a CH-47. Great guys too!!! Had a really good flight. So, here you go... the first UH-60L thats "Powered by Castle". Wouldnt that be nice.

The good news is, the Eval is going well, no one shot at us today, and I logged over 9 hours.

The bad news is, tomorrow is the oral evaluation.... uuuuuggggghhhhhh. I hate that part. Could be 2 hours, could be 10 hours... ya never know.

Then comes the night vision goggle flight. Once all of that is done, if all goes as planned, I will pass and be a PC. If all does not go as planned, well, I'll sit in my room and continue to study... I hate studying.