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Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 21, 2016 @ 08:38 AM | 6,528 Views
a child asked his grampa: what is better: to be a dreamer, or to be a realistic?
and the grampa answered: well, could be that you can be both:
giants walk with their heads in the clouds, and their feet on the ground.
so, you can be a giant. it is up to you.
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 18, 2016 @ 12:59 PM | 6,643 Views
Oscar Wilde said that "the only thing worse that not getting what you want, is getting it".
i never thought much about it because i thought it was 1 of his jokes.
that is, until today.
weather good, flew some of my new 2 meters sailplanes for calm for evaluation, and when the wind began to blow, i pulled 1 for windy weather, that has the vario that sends tones or tells the height.
tried to find a thermal but nothing. climbed 3 times to 200 meters (some 640 ft). the sky had just a few thin strips like veils. not the best conditions for thermals i know. the plane didnt sink, but no beeps.
i sure wanted thermals.
and then the vario began to sing. and up she went. up and up. 200 meters, 240, 300... then i began to worry. the plane looked smaller and smaller even if i did nothing. so i moved away, but no matter where, the vario kept telling higher. tried to trim it down. then dive. then the wings began to flutter. so dont put so much down. eventually began to drop. 300, 270, and so on. took over 10 minutes to land. by then i didnt want to fly anymore. i kept telling to myself: so you wanted thermals, didnt you? the flight was over 30 minutes.
so think carefully what you want: the gods of the air may be watching and decide to please you.
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 13, 2016 @ 10:54 PM | 6,856 Views
recently purchased 2 pods and booms from here:
http://www.clm-pro.com/fuselage-pods...to-2m-wingspan

this is the story:
i contacted them about certain pods, and asked if they could use 28 mm motors and they said yes.
so i ordered them.
but when trying to install a 28 mm motor it didnt turn due to the inside too small. the motors i use are outrunners with the wires coming from the front.
see examples: https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...dProduct=25075
http://thebuildrc.com/eurgle-rc-plan...ess-motor.html
i tried to remove plastic but to no avail.
then cut openings at the sides to let the wires: still not enough on 1 of them. so i contacted them but they said that as i did not specify for which motor i needed the pods, they could not replace them.

so if any1 wants to buy anything from them, you need to be specific on what motor are you going to use, and include link to the product so you will not find yourself in my situation.

but still i think that when i asked if these pods were good for 28 mm motors and they said yes, they should add: "but not for motors with the wires coming from the front". then i would not buy them.
the pods are very good quality still.
end of the story
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 12, 2016 @ 09:03 AM | 6,087 Views
since i remember, i have been fascinated with art and technology. went into tech by need but still liked art. now i can practice both, with my model airplanes, and with painting. when i got into painting i realized that as there was so much to learn in order to achieve what i wanted, i had to concentrate on it, so i quit planes for several years. but now i understand that painting is pasive; more like meditation, and feel like as if i were in the painting am doing, and i spend way more time just watching the paint than painting. this is great for me for relaxing, but does not help to keep my brains active. on the other hand, planes do. designing, building, requires an effort to understand all kind of problems and find the best solution. and flying means action. instant reactions constantly. facing the problem of keeping track of how the plane is flying; searching for a thermal; making sure that the plane does not drift away too far... and landing, with the turbulence increasing near the ground, needs all my concentration and fast reactions. it is fun, but dinamic fun! so i have reached the point where that, even if both are extreme opposites, practicing both gives me a balance that helps me feel young and alive.