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Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 16, 2010 @ 02:40 PM | 16,693 Views
Another 6.4 hour flight day today. Been one busy week for sure! Had a nice photo op as we were cruising accross the red desert down here in RC South headed for Spin B.

Also, got a clearance you dont hear every day... "Crossbow 12, hold for a flight of two Mirages taxiing on 23." That said CAMERA TIME! to me!


Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 11, 2010 @ 01:22 PM | 15,931 Views
Well, when you have 6 dudes in a 18 foot by 16 foot room, each person gets about 39 square feet of space (79" x 72" for each person). So, in mine, I designed a bed that sits 5' 8" off the ground (Im only 5' 7" tall), so I could put some shelves and a computer desk under it. Its now almost decent and gives me some amount of privacy. I made a stair case that doubles as shelves so I can get into bed without killing myself and also have a place to store some stuff. Works out pretty well.

Of course, I couldnt leave my 5 roomies hangin, so I made 6 sets of everything at the same time. I did the basics and helped them all assemble it, but they have to do their own "personalization" of the space under their beds. Everyone wants their stuff just a bit different, so I just help when needed with all that. I have two of those little refrigerators right outside my door as seen in the pics, so there was no way for me to have a door. So I made a sliding door that runs on some 1" wheels and slides in between two sheets of ply with spacers between them. Works pretty slick!

Oh, you can see my Losi Strike, DX3-S and my sons Stampede that he let me bring over here. Too bad the Stampede needs some help or I'd be runnin it! Too many parts broken right now. Im gonna have to place an order soon.

See ya'll later!

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 02, 2010 @ 02:23 PM | 15,828 Views
Oh yeah, thanks to UBILDIT (Bo) I now have a truck to race at the local Kandahar Air Base track! My old bud Bo (aka Richard Weed) sent me out a Losi Strike, a DX-3S (with telemetry) an extra RX, 2 2S 5000mah hard case lipos and of course 2 packs of Camel Crush smokes and a bag of Twizzlers. (The guy knows me WAY too well!)

So, I now have a truck ready to go racin on Sunday... which just so happens is my 15th day of work and also a mandatory "reset day" (another word for a day off). Should be a good time. We are also doing a "demo" at the boardwalk (the place where everyone hangs out when they are not working on killin ragheads (sorry if that offends anyone, just havin fun)). We are trying to generate some interrest in RC out there. Since there are usuallly hundreds of people there at any given time, my guess is that it will work out pretty well.

Thanks for hookin me up so quick Bo!

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 24, 2010 @ 10:50 PM | 17,533 Views
I spotted these two trucks bringing containers into Kandahar yesterday. This is "the norm" for trucks here. I saw a few similar ones in Iraq, but it seems to be more common here in Afghanistan. I dont know what the heck these folks think, but these are some seriously gawdy trucks!

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 23, 2010 @ 01:25 PM | 17,089 Views
Hey guys, I stumbled onto these fellas today. A crew from Boeing that flys the Scan Eagles out here. So, they let me take some pictures and I even got a video of one of the "landings". Great guys out there too. I had a good time.

This thing uses Futaba servos in it, a true turn spinner and an APC prop too. Pretty cool use of "off the shelf" stuff. Im sure there is more in there somewhere, but thats the stuff I saw right off.

I'll post the video here as soon as I get it uploaded. Net is pretty slow here.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 21, 2010 @ 11:04 AM | 15,941 Views
Hey guys, look what we found today! There are 2 race tracks just down the dusty road from where we live. Seems there are about 15 guys who go out there and do some bashing. No acctual races, just fun. Most of them are running stock brushed trucks like the Slash, and the Revo. So, the guys and I will have to find a way to show them whats up. Plus, we gotta get some races setup with some prizes somehow. That makes it alot more fun. Spectators like seeing races more than bashing IMO anyway. Events are where its at!

Im thinkin 1/8th scale 4wd buggy with a Castle Monster brushless on 6S. My wallet thinks Nikko toy truck from Walmart. So, we will all probably end up with some "short course" trucks and put some Castle brushless stuff in them and some 2 or 3 cell lipos. That should keep the cost down a bit for the average joe.

As of right now, flying anything is forbidden. I'll work on that as time goes by. There is no reason we shouldnt be able to fly something like a Slow Stick or a Super Fly over in the same area as the track. I did however find out that there is an indoor place to fly here. Only one guy using it with a heli, but, I think those little Parkzone Micro Cubs would be a hoot. Imagine pylon racing indoors with 4 or 5 of those at a time. THAT sounds like a hoot to me.

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 21, 2010 @ 01:35 AM | 15,413 Views
I took my camera on the "stroll" to the Mess Hall yesterday for breakfast. Its about 1/2 mile away, down the long dusty road in the picture. Everyone loves a nice mouthful of Afghan dust before breakfast! So, me and the guys made the trek for some bad coffee, biscuits, with gravy of course, bacon and a park bench seat in a tent.

Of course, once we got there you would have thought it was Outback Steak House on a Saturday night! "Wooden bench for 4 please". It was another 20 minutes before we made it in the tent, then 5-10 more before you can get some breakfast. However, this particular "Dining Facility" serves omlettes in the morning! Cooked to order, with REAL eggs. Cant argue with that.

We had our chow, and headed off to the flight line for work. As luck would have it, while I was doing some planning, I went outside for a quick break and guess what was landing. A couple Ospreys. Snapped a couple pics, but, since I cant really show the airfield, ya get what ya get! Pretty cool machines though.

Ok, today is my "day off" or "reset day" as they call it. So, Im going down to see about a rumor I heard. A possible RC truck track. More to follow on that.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 20, 2010 @ 11:01 AM | 14,361 Views
Hey guys, all is well here. Busy, but good. We are getting into the swing of things pretty well, missions are kickin and we are figuring out Kandahar and the surrounding area.

I got my very first package in the mail today. Just so happens it was from Dan (known around here as Deckert). Inside the box was nothing but vacuum packed home made COOKIES! Let me tell ya'll, I opened that box, and within one hour, it was empty! These guys got ahold of them and it was on. I estimate that there was 40-50 cookies of various kinds. They sure didnt last long. I reached in and grabbed a bag for myself and almost drew back a bloody stump!

So, Deckert, THANK YOU and all of your buddies that helped! It sure was a nice change of pace to have some home made cookies. Now I need to go run 5 miles or so.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 14, 2010 @ 03:01 AM | 16,746 Views
Hey folks, as some of you know, I made it to Kandahar a couple days ago and got my internet up and running now.

So, initial impressions of this place...

...the first thing anyone here notices is that we have a "Poop pond" about 200 meters up wind from our "house". Yeah, the smell of human crap blowing accross the base all day. How nice!

... next thing I noticed is the food. Not impressed. It will keep you alive, but thats about it. Now, Im not REALLY complaining, it could be MUCH worse. During the invasion of Iraq I had nothing but MRE's for 4 months and I lived out of a truck. The bad thing is you cant tell the difference between the smell from the poop pond and the mess hall!

... my room is, well, good enough. I have 5 other Warrant Officers and me in a 2 man room. We are stacked up pretty tight in here. And it will be like this for the entire year. Again, Im not REALLY complaining, but, Im not over joyed with it either. Considering Im in a decent building with a "normal" bed, internet service and this time we have RUNNING WATER in here, it aint all that bad.

... weather is, well, HOT! Its 90ish outside already and it will hit 120-130 this summer. Big change from Tennessee where just 2 weeks ago or so we had snow all over the place. Its also dusty as heck here. Reminds me very much of Iraq during my last two year long tours there.

... Our mission seems like it should be pretty good. As long as I stay...Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 07, 2010 @ 07:40 PM | 15,591 Views
Hey guys, just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the support, help, comments etc... I have less than 24 hours until I will be "wheels up" on my way to Afghanistan for another year long tour.

I'll be flying UH-60s again, this time in the southern part of Afghan. Crappy place, but, we always make the best of it.

So, stay tuned here in my blog for pictures and updates through the year. I'll give ya'll and idea of what we see over there, what we deal with, where we live and what we do.

Thanks again, and see ya all in a year!

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 03, 2010 @ 12:12 AM | 14,957 Views
I went flying down at Peeler Park in Nashville this past Sunday. I took most of my big stuff with and had a really great afternoon of flying. Got to "maiden" my newest plane... Hobby Lobbys famous 12' Telemaster.

This was for sure my last day out at the flying field for a little over a year. Another tour in Afghanistan.... uuuhhhggg.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 27, 2010 @ 07:29 PM | 15,444 Views
Guess who bought Hobby-Lobbys famous, candy dropping, air show flying, super huge 12 foot Telemaster at the "sidewalk sale" in today...

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 26, 2010 @ 03:19 PM | 14,311 Views
Since I took 2 weeks of leave before I go to Afghanistan for another year, I decided I should use the last few days before I go back to work to get some work done on my race car (truck).

Its a 1989 Dodge Ram 50. Originally it was a 4cyl automatic truck owned by a Midas Muffler shop in Newport News, VA. I bought it from them a few years ago for $100 and proceeded to remove the little 2.0 4 banger to make room for a Dodge 360 (V-8 of course).

I got the rear axle and frame cleaned up, and painted. I installed the new custom axle shafts from Dutchman, welded on my shock mounts, painted and installed the 4 link bars, mounted the 29"x18.5" Hoosier tires, and today, I finally got the mounts made for the truck bed.

I pushed it outside (no engine in it yet) and took a couple pictures. Soon it will be pushed back into the garage for a year long rest while Im gone (again).

Once I get back home, I'll have to get the roll cage put in, make the motor and trans mounts then get the engine and trans put in. After that its just wrapping up the little things so it can finally be driven.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 23, 2010 @ 10:19 PM | 15,080 Views
We got home this morning from South Carolina. I probably gained 20lbs out there! But, on the other side of it, my wallet is WAY lighter after a week out there, so it all evens out.

Went and flew my 60" night flyer wing again tonight. This time on a 3S 2200 lipo (acctually lighter than the 2100 I was using). With the CG back where it should be, it flew MUCH better. Much more responsive, and rolls are much better too. Lots of fun to fly in the dark. Stops traffic too with 130 LED's in it. I weighed it finally this evening. Suprised, its only 18oz with the lipo and all. Not bad for a 60" plane that can still hit 60mph or so!

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 18, 2010 @ 10:52 PM | 14,304 Views
Hey guys, we made it out here, got all settled in our beautiful room on the 16th floor (top floor) of the resort. We spent yesterday doing not much. Today, we went to Ripleys Aquarium. REALLY cool place! We didnt do much else during the day, other than some shopping this morning and dinner at a super nice restraunt, Bonefish Grill here in town.

This evening, at around 8pm, I decided it was time to do a night flight on the beach. The wind was blocked by the two 16 story towers, so it wasnt bad at all! I flew for 15 to 20 minutes, then brought it in and did a nice approach to a hand catch. Once I caught it, there was a bunch of cheers and applause! Apparently about 30 to 40 people had come out to watch my 60" flying wing zing around the ocean front with 130 LED's glowing brightly. Made for a nice show for everyone, and I had a good time. So, if nothing else, at least I got one good flight in on the beach!

Next showing, 7:30pm (ish) tomorrow night! lol

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 15, 2010 @ 07:43 PM | 13,787 Views
Hey folks, just wanted to say, SEE YA! I am heading to Myrtle Beach for about a week. We will probably stay the night in Atlanta on Tuesday night,16 FEB, then Wed. we will be in Myrtle Beach.

Of course, those who know me will know, I dont go anywhere without at least ONE airplane! So, if anyone wants to come fly on the beach with me outside my resort room, shoot me an PM.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 09, 2010 @ 12:28 AM | 13,569 Views
I just hate to let a plane sit around unbuilt when I have all the electronics just sitting here, even if I wont get to maiden it for a year or more. So, here she is, all ready to fly, with HS 225mg servos all around, Castle Creations Vertigo 1750kv outrunner, APC 9x6 prop, Castle Creations ICE 75 ESC, AR 500 RX, and a 4S 5000mah lipo.

I really like the look of this plane except for one thing. The fuse and the cowling. That square front just dosnt look like it belongs on this plane! The spinner on there helps quite a bit, but it still has kinda a funky look to it.

Oh well, now I just need to figure out where the heck it balances at. No rush though, it will still be sitting there when I get back from Afghanistan in a year or so.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 02, 2010 @ 10:15 PM | 12,888 Views
So, I sold off a BUNCH of stuff in preperation to deploy to Afghanistan again. But, sometimes you see something you just CANT say no to! This is one of those cases. One of the RCG members had this 44" span Swallow Delta for sale for $60 shipped, and I just couldnt say no. Its supposed to use a .46 size glow motor, but who wants to slime up a plane!

Power for this one will be a brand new Castle Creations Vertigo 3424, 1800 kv outrunner and a Castle Creations ICE 75 ESC that I have had just sitting here for awhile now. How can you just let a bad aXX motor/ESC like that just sit there! Luckily for me, I still have one 4S 5000mah lipo left, so thats what I'll try first. Should be a mean plane on this power system!

So, I hinged this delta tonight, trimmed the canopy and put in the aileron servos. It still needs the rudder servo, landing gear and motor/esc mounted.

It wont take long to complete, but who knows when I'll get a chance to fly it. Heck, I still havent flown my 51" Bobcat that I built over a month ago. Im surprised I have had any time to build anything let alone get out and fly.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 31, 2010 @ 12:20 AM | 12,417 Views
Ive had this 60" wing sitting around for quite awhile now. Originally it was a "lightweight" build with a slow outrunner just to toss around in the front yard. But, now, I decided to slap on a bunch of LED's and a different motor. Thanks to my buddy Bo for hookin me up with the LED's from one of his crashed planes. It looks like visability wont be a problem for this one.

Now to find the perfect power system to keep it in the low to mid speed range.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 16, 2010 @ 09:55 PM | 12,798 Views
Well, I listed my 6' Telemaster for sale, but, no takers. So, this afternoon, I slapped an AXI on the nose with a 13x6 prop, a Castle ICE 60, Castle CC BEC and a 3S 6000 lipo. It balances out right in the middle of the recomended range. I charged up the brand new lipo and its ready to go tomorrow for its maiden flight (assuming the weather man is wrong).

A Telemaster is not really my kind of plane, but, heck, its 6 feet of brushless balsa flying through the air, what the heck! Strangely, this will be another "front yard" plane for me. Yeah, my front yard is bigger than most, but this one should get folks attention. It will be the biggest span plane I have flown here since all my other "big planes" are/were way to fast to get on the ground in my yard.

Im sure it will go smoothly.... Now, anyone want to buy a RTF 6' Telemaster???