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Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:04 PM | 10,122 Views
When I look back over the years, The Douglas DC-3/C-47 was not a plane I ever thought about. My true love has been the P-38 Lightning since I was a little kid. But about 4-5 years ago I read a story about the DC-3 and saw one up close at an airshow. When I discovered how special they are and how well they've stood up to time, I got the itch.

7 months ago, I saw a C-47 fly over my house and had to follow it. I grabbed my son, threw him (and a camera) in the car, and drove to an airport nearby where I assumed it was heading. Sure enough, there it was...a C-47 staring right at me. After taking several photos of it, I knew it was time to add one to my fleet.

I didn't want to scratch build one so I opted to get the basic GWS C-47 model. With this size foam kit you get a lot of room to play, nice scale looks, and the ability to upgrade the power system very easily. It just seemed like a logical choice. And now that I've purchased a lot of airbrushing equipment, painting this sucker should be fun.

And so begins my attempt to duplicate the paint scheme of the AC-47 "Spooky" that flew over my house. More to come...

-Lee
Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 14, 2008 @ 04:55 PM | 9,148 Views
Won this little fella at BEST 2008 a few weekends ago. Wasn't planning on building it right now but after I opened the box, it kinda fell together on its own. Decided to only do a few steps every night so I wouldn't rush into it. Everything was going smoothly until today. I got the "build bug" and decided to skip ahead and finish the frame.

Going with my favorite (and recommended) HL 400XT motor. Needs three (3) HS-55 servos, receiver, 18A ESC, and 3S 800mAh battery. If all goes well, should have this sucker flying by Friday.

Anyone else have one that would like to share their experiences??

-Lee
Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 12, 2008 @ 06:44 PM | 8,451 Views
For my birthday this year, my wife (and friends) got me a skydive jump. My sister even joined in on the fun.

The staff out at SkyDive Houston in Waller Texas were great. Very laid back group of "young" folks. I was surprised how quick and easy things went. LOTS of jumpers out today and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Thought I'd share a few photos from today's event. At first, I didn't want a video but glad the still photos turned out so well.

Cheers!

-Lee