mdine1us's blog View Details
Posted by mdine1us | Jan 03, 2013 @ 09:23 PM | 5,561 Views
After a long hiatus, Sergio rolled out during the last big wind event at Torrey, so I shot some video of him flying his totally perverted 11lb carbon Icon in a solid 33mph breeze. We recorded lots of gusts to 49 mph. It was an epic Torrey day!

Enjoy, Marty

Ultra Carbon Icon of Death over Torrey Pines (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by mdine1us | Nov 13, 2012 @ 06:07 PM | 6,132 Views
We've had a particularly long "light wind" stretch around these parts this summer, so when the breeze picked up on the tail end of a little rain storm last week needless to say, there were a lot of happy people sneaking off work to get in some sled driving time at Torrey!

I made a little movie to document some of the antics. Hope you enjoy it!

BigAirTorrey (7 min 52 sec)

Posted by mdine1us | Aug 31, 2012 @ 04:43 PM | 6,290 Views
Here's my latest silliness with the movie trailer bit. Jim and Greg goofing off at Torrey Pines with their NCFM Wabbits. This is a really fun and versatile little plane. Nice Job Matin!

Wabbit Waces (0 min 45 sec)

Posted by mdine1us | Jul 09, 2012 @ 07:26 PM | 6,394 Views
Got the chance to maiden my new-to-me Espada RL. It came to me a bit beat up, so Alvaro and I did some refurbishment and repair (I did the repairs (with Alvaro's help and guidance) and Alvaro painted the fuse and stabs/rudder) so she's looking pretty special now. Thanks Alvaro! You're the doctor!!

It flies like it's on rails but maybe not quite as twitchy as it's little brother the R-- still very aerobatic and graceful. Perfect for the light summer lift at Torrey!

Yeah. It's Pink. Whaddya gonna do about it?

New Videos

Posted by mdine1us | Mar 13, 2012 @ 02:35 PM | 6,857 Views
Here's a couple of videos I made last week for fun, using the new iOS version of iMovie. Silly, but fun...

High Energy Excursions at Torrey Pines (6 min 59 sec)

The Quest For Wind (0 min 59 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by mdine1us | Jan 10, 2012 @ 10:52 AM | 8,978 Views
Here's a video my buddy Mark shot (with his cell phone!) of me stooging around with the Espada R awhile back at Torrey Pines on a really nice evening for flying. Enjoy:

Torrey Pines 10/06/11 (5 min 15 sec)

Posted by mdine1us | Nov 11, 2011 @ 03:05 PM | 7,282 Views
Mother Grundy F3F racing last week... Can you say Pony Ride?

Thanks to Greg for these two shots!
Posted by mdine1us | Mar 02, 2010 @ 03:47 PM | 8,125 Views
Well, here it is: My first blog post. Just a short blurb about me.

I have been flying RC off and on (mostly off) since about 1987. I built a Gentle Lady with which I taught myself to fly (pretty incompetently for the most part). I still have her, but suffice it to say, she is probably more CA than balsa by now! It was fun, but I seemed to lose interest for many years after the initial "flush" had worn off. That is, until we had a new neighbor move in down the street a few years back. He had some gliders in his garage, and one day he noticed the dusty old Gentle Lady lofted in my garage rafters. Well, we got to talking, and decided that we should both get our relics airworthy, and chuck 'em off a hill. We had a great time, laughing at each other's antics and generally poor flying, so we started to go flying pretty regularly. That led to some new purchases, including electric-powered planes too, for days when the wind wasn't favorable. My friend and I joined the Silent Electric Silent Fliers San Diego (SEFSD) and I rejoined the Torrey Pines Gulls after several years of hiatus.

Flying the electrics is fun indeed, but I keep finding myself drawn to the sailplanes more. So much so, that lately I have been letting the electrics gather dust, and basically flying sailplanes exclusively. Although, I guess the powered Easy Glider Pro could count on either front.

The last few months I have been looking into and acquiring far more complex planes than I ever flew...Continue Reading