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Posted by Jim T. Graham | Apr 15, 2010 @ 03:57 PM | 19,890 Views
I just attended my last indoor for the year. The Weak Signals show was great, grueling and fun but now it's time to go outside!! Even though I'm still recovering from hitting the show floor in the morning and covering the ETOC from 6 until 11PM I must be ready to get outside because I spent yesterday working on the golf cart to make sure she is ready for the season ahead. I'm proud to say the tires are holding air, the battery is holding a charge and the ice cream truck musical horn can now play music from my Iphone!

SEFF is first up and I know the boys from Rite Wing are already on the ground over in GA. I'll head out Wednesday for the largest outdoor electric event in the world. On Sunday I won't say goodbye but "SEE YOU AT NALL!". That will be next on the RCG tour. Jim Bourke will be meeting us in SC with a free spirit and a 40 foot motor home. We will setup up camp RCGroups/FlyingGiants/CrackRoll and prepare to enjoy the 1,000 plus acres of giant scale, 3D, heli, electric and water flying. Uploading photos from the field in SC is tough too but that's what we do to make sure everyone can enjoy these events!

From there it's off to the XFC, IRCHA and after that I'll probably be ready for the winter so I can sit down for a minute!!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone, be sure to say "HEY"!...Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:22 PM | 23,017 Views
It never ceases to amaze me when the site cracks another million posts. We just turned the corner on 14 million posts! The thanks goes out to all of you with your questions, your answers, your thoughts and everything else you post. Congrats!!
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 21, 2010 @ 11:10 AM | 22,621 Views
If you have ever shot video of RC planes for an extended period of time you know what a literal pain in the neck it can be. Last year at XFC we were thinking there has got to be a better way. My old RC friend Bud Morrison sent me a couple of gun stocks to see if I could mount a camera on one of them. In preparation for the E-fest I got my camera all mounted up. It took some liberal Dremel tool grinding, some creative thinking and the dissassembly of a tripod but I finished her up and man is it cool looking! I have it setup so I can use the eyepiece or the LCD screen. The big question is will it make shooting video any easier? I guess we will find out soon. All that is left to do is apply some RCG graphics.
Here are some shots of the RCG Camstock...
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Dec 09, 2009 @ 10:03 AM | 21,145 Views
You know here on RCG I have a job much like Santa's, I get to see who is naughty and who is nice on a daily basis. I also get to work with all of our great vendors and travel to the country covering the greatest RC events in the world. I just wanted to wish everyone out there a great holiday and thank you for making this site great!

Here is a song a buddy and I put together in the Hell Wagon studio and a video I shot with our kids.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Jingle Bells - The Remix (2 min 1 sec)
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Oct 21, 2009 @ 11:03 AM | 22,780 Views
I have to admit I love my golf cart. The freedom, the fun, the shade! In an effort to always push my skill set as far as possible I have taken golf cart driving to a higher level...

NashBro 09 Golf Cart Stunt Team (0 min 37 sec)

Posted by Jim T. Graham | Sep 29, 2009 @ 12:09 PM | 23,821 Views
WOOO HOO! I knew we were close and checked the stats today. We officially have more than 13 MILLION POSTS! That is a lot of RC information in one place! Thanks to our founding RC community father Jim Bourke and thanks to all of you for making millions of great posts!
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Sep 29, 2009 @ 11:21 AM | 21,975 Views
What do you do when your six year old son has a loose tooth? You get out your Losi High Roller and pull that thing!
Congrats to Mr. T!

RC Truck Tooth Pull (1 min 5 sec) (1 min 5 sec)
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Sep 03, 2009 @ 01:55 PM | 23,422 Views
RCGroups.com is the world's most active RC community!

Our goal has always been to create a forum that is informative, fun, easy to navigate, and our Google Analytics are telling us that we are doing something right! Thanks to all of our members who make this site what it is, and thanks to Jim Bourke for having the crazy idea of creating the first RC web forum 14 years ago.

RCGroups.com Google Analytics for July, 2009:
Registered Users - 278,114
Absolute unique visitors for July - 867,389
Total visits for July - 2.6 million
Unique user per day for July - 84,990
Total Page views for July - 24 million
Average time on site - 8:56
New Visitors - 26.15%

Over 13 million posts

Posted by Jim T. Graham | Aug 10, 2009 @ 11:30 PM | 26,186 Views
RCGroups.com Owner on TV!

So may wife and I were just watching a show on the Discovery Channel called "Is It True?" and half the show featured the feasibility of one wing aircraft landings. They showed a video that was passing itself off as a full scale one wing landing, then they showed Jim Bourke's RC one wing landing from earlier in the year. To test the theory they went to Oregon to visit Jim B. and he created an RC plane with a switch activated detachable wing. The first wing wedged into place and didn't actually detach. But the second attempt worked and JB landed the plane perfectly!

It was sort of mind blowing to see Jim Bourke and the Knife Edge offices on the Discovery channel. I was also excited to see one of the RCGroups foamies in the show that I created for RCG from my old RC company. VERY COOL!!! Congrats to Jim not only for being on national TV but for actually pulling the one wing landing off when the pressure was on!!!

Jim Bourke's blog about the show.


I have found this promo for the show with Jim B. on it:
Is It True? Skunk Ape and One-Wing Landings (0 min 43 sec)


The show:

Is It True

Aug 11, 1:00 am
(60 minutes)



Is it True?
The Skunk Ape & One Wing Landings
TV-PG (L)

Chuck searches the Everglades for the elusive truth behind a series of Internet images of Florida's mysterious Skunk Ape. Then, he takes to the skies to confirm that the online footage of an airplane landing with only one wing is humanly possible....Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jul 20, 2009 @ 05:22 PM | 24,237 Views
While on my multi-state RC show run I got wind of a giant scale event that was being hosted by the Cards of Lansing, MI. The clouds were threatening but I figured weather like this was probably normal for a state surrounded by water and pushed the Hell Wagon on through increasingly narrow roads. At last I saw an RC plane in the sky and seconds later got a great view of what looked to be be a pretty large outdoor event...SCORE!

The crowd was thick and there were some amazing looking planes on the ground. I don't usually travel this far North but I was happy to see some pilots that I know and received a warm welcome. I took a vast cornucopia of photos to help share the exerience. Thanks to the Cards for the warm welcome. We had a great time!

Cards Web Site...Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jul 16, 2009 @ 10:01 AM | 24,102 Views
Usually I travel the country in my big black truck and trailer in tow alone. This week I had the wife and kids along for a trip to the AMA facility in Muncie, Indiana. They all knew I ventured there at least once a year and wrote my colum "Born to Fly" and sent it in to the AMA office but they had never seen this mythical place of over 1,000 acres of flying fields. I'll let the photos tell the the tale but we got there in time to take in the Nats. The kids loved the museum and my 6 year old son brought his camera along and was determined to get every photo his Dad took. It was a great time. A big thanks to Jay Smith for taking us around and being our tour guid. Jay (Dovtor Who) is also a reviewer here at RCG and a friend that I see at shows all over the country. He also now works at the AMA as an assistant editor. I highly suggest if you have not taken your kids to the facility that you do it. Mine now have a renewed interst in learning to fly and finally they know where their Dad goes to when he takes to the road - GOOD TIMES!...Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jun 24, 2009 @ 05:41 PM | 23,955 Views
My local club is just down the road and a part of our park system. Every so often they have a day out for kids. Planes are demoed, Hobby Lobby does a candy drop, and there are activities for the kids. On Father's day my wife said, "why don't you go do something you want to do". Not to shortly after she made that statement my Mojo .60 was repaired and ready for the flight line. Luckily they needed someone to keep flying as long as people were there and I happily oblidged! Thanks Brother Sloan from SEMNET for sending me a handy dandy patch kit for my birds. The Mojo .40 is next up on the block! The kids all had a great time (mine incuded) and I think we are all looking forward to the next one....Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jun 21, 2009 @ 04:28 PM | 23,048 Views
My Dad was quite a man. He ran hot rods in the 50's, was a Marine during the Korean war and was one of the first in his family to go to college. He stood 6 foot 5 and could run a bank, a truck dealership and the chamber of commerce during during the day and make friends in a biker bar at night... back when bikers were for real. My Dad was a rough, tough, straight talking type of fellow but he always had our backs and best interests at heart. I know a lot of what I am is because of him. I held his hand the day he died and I have missed him every day since. So raise a glass to my "Pop", Mr. Jim C. Graham. He was a hell of a guy and we all miss him.

Below is a link to a video for my Dad.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...mentid=2595595
Posted by Jim T. Graham | May 11, 2009 @ 10:29 AM | 23,151 Views
Mile Stones Reached!
RCGroups.com now has over 12 million posts, more than 1 million threads! That is a vast calvacade of RC information!
Thanks to all our users that have contributed to this great site that we call home!
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Mar 23, 2009 @ 05:08 PM | 24,155 Views
I'm going to keep everyone up to date as we get ready for the ETOC. Today the DuraTrax Vendettas showed up! SUPER BAD! We will have the whole line of Vendettas running on the RCCars.com foam track in one of the rooms at the ETOC. Next will come Lipos for the Vendettas from our friends at MaxAmps.com.

Also the official RCGroups.com/FlyingGiants.com water balloon launcher arrived! Why would we need that? Imagine the RCG models holding the launcher as I shoot RCG and FG t-shirts into the crowd. SOUNDS LIKE FUN!

Check back...more fun to come!
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Mar 16, 2009 @ 01:06 PM | 24,984 Views
When Mark Cleveland took over ownership of Hobby Lobby he thought having Jim Bourke (owner of RCGroups.com, FlyingGiants.com, CrackRoll.com and RCCars.com) visit was a good idea. Since I live in Nashville I knew this would also give me a chance to give Jim B. a tour of the city I live in and love. We spent the day with Hobby Lobby, and Jim was also able to tour the facility. We had a great time and took photos of our adventure.
I also took Jim B. to my favorite places in Nashville so he could get a taste of the town. Here are the photos of his visit......Continue Reading
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:02 AM | 29,488 Views
It just found out that Chris Chianelli has passed away. Chris and I crossed paths many times, and while it was usually business related, we always wound up having a great time. I had seen Chris's TV show many times before I met him and was excited to help him back in my early Hobby Lobby days. We did a few shows together, and we always enjoyed talking about the hobby and what we saw in its future. When we shot an episode of DIY's Radio Control Hobbies show on the outskirts of Chattanooga, TN, in the middle of taping an amazingly spectacular lightning storm blew in from nowhere. We all took cover under the only protection available... a building made completely of metal with no sides while lightning was literally striking all around us! The planes were all covered up, but I was sure one of those bolts was going to strike that structure and fry us all! Through the whole thing, Chris was cracking jokes and cool as a cucumber. It's hard for me to believe that he isn't out there somewhere right now doing another show. We will all miss the energy Chris brought to the RC world, and his passing makes me appreciate the moments we all have right now. Life is fatal, live hard.
Jim T. Graham

You can sign his guest book here:
http://www.thegreenfuneralhome.com/i...=917&Itemid=46
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Jan 21, 2009 @ 04:51 PM | 26,052 Views
Before you buy any plane, if you have a chance, inspect it. You don't want any surprises when you get home. I look for good straight lines, clean seams... and as this video shows much, much, much, much more...

Billy Hell Sail Plane Test (1 min 42 sec) (1 min 42 sec)
Thanks to the guys at Nitro Planes for being good sports!
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Oct 10, 2008 @ 11:16 AM | 29,340 Views
I have a secret but since there is a video I guess it's not that big of a secret. I found this on the web yesterday. Can you find the real long haired country boy? Tip - look for the flames coming out of my 55 Ford's tailpipe!
http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/Ch...y-Boy--2140897
Posted by Jim T. Graham | Oct 03, 2008 @ 02:51 PM | 26,737 Views
NashBro 08
For me this time of year is always special. The last weekend of every September I host a flyin in Leipers Fork, TN. Leipers Fork is a sleepy town outside of Nashville that was founded around 1820. This time of year hundreds of 3D profile addicts called "Pro Bros" descend on the town like a swarm of locusts. Lucky for us the towns people mow an airpstrip for us, put out porta-johns and provide lights for night flying. This generally keeps the boys busy out in the 200 acre pasture for the full 4 days of the event. With gas prices getting high I was talking myself into think this years attendance would be light. I'm happy to say I was totally incorrect! This was the best NashBro of all time and everyone seemed to have a great time. When you have over 40 profiles in the air at once it helps when everyone is of the same mind and the mind at NashBro is "no whinging!".

Mass Hover
At 1:04 each day we have a little thing I invented at the first NashBro 6 years ago. We have the "Mass Hover". This year we had at least 42 planes in the air at one time hovering. The new addition was that I got to blow an airhorn that meant it was time for the "vertial drag race". Everyone really enjoyed it this year so I blew the horn a lot! When the spec out the plane they then plummet to the earth in a fireworks sort of way. It's actually very pretty.

The AMA Shows Up!
My good friend and future AMA executive VP Mark T. Smith drove in to the support...Continue Reading