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Posted by verticalspark | Apr 17, 2014 @ 07:17 PM | 4,145 Views
Just a story about some welders glue, a good bit postage and some miles traveled.

So back on December 20th I ordered some welders glue off of Amazon. Not thinking about it I pressed confirm order and let it be. About a week and a half later I still had not received it and thought it was a bit odd but it was the holidays so I let it go.

After a couple more weeks I had to investigate further.Turns out amazon had sent it to my deployed address which had been closed for several months. I figured it was lost forever and ordered another set to the right address. But the welders sat in country for a while only to be returned to the states, to be sent back overseas, bounce around the middle east and europe for a while and back to the US.

Yesterday I get "talked to" for having a package delivered to me at work. I am at a loss as to what was delivered to me seeing as how I havent ordered anything in 5 months. Turns out the glue finally made its way back to me . I couldnt help but smile after thinking what happened and where that glue had been.

Posted by verticalspark | Mar 16, 2014 @ 04:37 PM | 4,278 Views
So building the Got Rocks and I have run into a problem that I didnt think about. The elevator on a cub. Where the 2 "Fins" meet is very thin. Think I am going to try a piece of flat carbon fiber that runs almost the length of the elevator. Im hoping it will be strong enough to hold up to flight. If that does not work I will cut the elevator in half and run a piece of carbon tube in the same spot and re glue the elevator back.

Making some progress on the Crack Turbo Beaver. It is slowly coming together and should be finished next weekend. But its now the time of year where its windy almost all day so its flying in the early morning and late evening. But it does come with some great pictures!

Posted by verticalspark | Feb 22, 2014 @ 10:01 AM | 3,949 Views
Well I have pretty much been lazy in the hobby for the last couple months. I have a Crack Turbo Beaver that I have been building for....2 months now. Should be 1-2 days but its sitting there collecting dust.

Then I entered the RCGroups Scale build off and got a decent way with Got Rocks. Designed it and started to build it but now it sits in a corner with a complete fuselage but thats it.

Kinda feels like I hit a rut in the hobby. I have a busy weekend but I will be trying to continue on these 2 projects. Really want to get back into the air but I need to put in the work to do so.

And is seems I broke 4,000 posts
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 21, 2014 @ 05:56 PM | 4,778 Views
Well, It has been a an exciting day. I got home a little early and about the time I started to relax I heard a lot of screaming. Turns out the apartment across the hall was on fire in a bad way. So I immediately jumped into action and saved the day! Just kidding, I grabbed the dog, the guns and ammo and RAN!

Luckily the Colorado Springs Fire Department is awesome and had the fire out in about a hour without too much damage to the buildings. As of now there is no reported injuries human or animal. So it was a best case senerio as had this happened at night it would have been much worse.

Posted by verticalspark | Jan 01, 2014 @ 01:35 PM | 3,649 Views
Well I must be crazy as I have decided to enter the RCG Scale Build-Off 3. Im planing on scratch building the "Got Rocks" PA-18 out of $tree foam and some wood dowels(balsa if im feeling really good). Looks like its going to be a 48-50" wingspan right now.

Having never built a scale plane and only ever scratch build one plane (wing) this should be an interesting experience.

Ill post a link to a thread one I make one.

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 05, 2013 @ 09:39 AM | 3,986 Views
So every year we do a 2 mile walk downtown called Operation Happy Holidays. Its a way for us to give back to the community and deliver food, clothes and toys for the homeless and less fortunate. This year we walked right down main street, all 800 or so of us. This year we delivered 1600 pounds or so of stuff most of which was clothes. After looking at pictures they got a few pictures of yours truly.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 29, 2013 @ 04:21 PM | 3,927 Views
So the other day I couldn't sleep so I woke up and browsed the book of faces. And in my delirious state I found a picture of of a beanie beard and then decided I needed it. So I present to you, The Beanie Beard!
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 03, 2013 @ 05:11 PM | 3,930 Views
Not my video. Not sure of the circumstances but it was definitely funny.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 4,191 Views
So we are packing up! Good sign that we are going to be leaving here as our time here draws to a close. Still have a short time left and gonna try to make the best of it. But as someone said yesterday, "They can make us work all day long and pile on the stupidity but you have to remember one thing. They cant stop time."

Broke out the QR-1 in the tent before we move. Its been longer than I thought because it was a little touchy as far as controlls. Guess I have lost some of the calibration to the fingers as far as helis go. But as it turns out the QR-1 is a lot tougher than I thought it was. Going flat out it went into a flip and crashed in such a violent way it could only be described as something that hollywood would produce and sell as real. As it turns out, I lost a prop. But with all the bouncing, flips and cartwheels it came to a screeching halt completely unharmed. Im impressed.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 03, 2013 @ 01:28 PM | 3,817 Views
So as it would seem around this time of year Horizon goes nuts and releases a bunch of new EVERYTHING!. And of course I pretty much want all of them that fly. But I havent flown helis in the better part of a year so those big beautiful blades are a no go. That is unless I want to sink a couple car payments into them and I imagine the wife might want to have food on the table over a 700.The 350 QX is a pretty cool quad but I like to build so thats a big no for me too.

What I do like is the UM Icon A5 even though I don't have any water nearby The UM Habu will be on the shelf to replace the UM Stryker that melted a while back. (entirely my fault, should have looked where I placed it). But what really caught my eye is the PA-20 Pacer. I didn't even know it was released until my buddy Travis (HiTekRednk916) told me about it and the more I look at it the more I want it in my hanger. Not too big, not to small and both scale and semi-sporty. I never had a balsa plane as I always do stupid stuff but I think this may be the one. Already have a ESC and a Rimfire 10 laying around.

A couple more months over here and Ill be heading home to spend some quality flyin*cough**cough**cough* uhhh, spending time with my wife Gonna catch Hell for that one...

Posted by verticalspark | Jun 20, 2013 @ 02:48 AM | 4,504 Views
So as is life I got a swift kick to the nuts a little while ago. So my FPV quad idea has been downgraded more than a little. After all is said and done I wont be buying a quad and FPV out of the gate. Regardless I still managed to learn a lot while doing research.

But conveniently enough I saw the Bat Bone Tri 370 Kit from flitetest. Has great FPV potential but now im just thinking of building one cheap and beating on it. Then may go for a cheap 5.8 after I am happy with the amount of destruction I have caused the little tri. Cheap and easy, just the way I like them Im sure the wife is cursing my name right about now...
Posted by verticalspark | May 05, 2013 @ 09:37 AM | 5,451 Views
As many people have done, I have always looked at FPV as something that looks fun and have wanted to get into. First you start all starry eyed the RTF planes and quads imagining what you can do with them and then you hit the bottom of the page that includes the price tag. Thats when shock sets in and you start to look at building your own. You start pricing options and not wanting to start with cheap stuff you step it up a little and start looking at other options (OSD, RTH, pan/tilt, head tracking and such). Inevitability I realize the price and options are too much and I usually just quietly give up my dreams and turn off the computer.

Well here I go again. Just this time I have been saving money and I am going to adhere to the KISS rule...mostly. I have always considered going FPV on a plane as I have thousands of hours flying all sizes of planes under all kind of conditions and most perishing when I do some stupid s**t. But over the last couple of years I have been into helis and most recently quads. Quads are simple enough to set up if you spend the time to check then recheck and recheck your work once more.

So one of the times I am going to break the KISS rule will be building a quad tri instead of a plane. The other will be a basic OSD that will show the voltage of the battery pack so I don't plow it into the ground. No OSD for now. The rest of the build will be as simple as I can get it.

So the list of preferred options (will probably change with some...Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 28, 2013 @ 04:56 AM | 4,593 Views
Well Im officially settled in. Ill be here for the the better part of 2013. Spend lots of time at the gym but I have no R/C. Thinking I may have the wife send me my little quad but its really windy outside.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 06, 2013 @ 06:17 PM | 5,271 Views
After some procrastination like a pro I finally finished the wing. All weighted and balanced I got to fly it this morning.

Gotta say its not really fast and seems to be the exact opposite of the original stryker but this thing is nice to fly. Its no longer a sport wing but its easy to keep control of.

Now to decide how to paint it. Gonna use the Sharpie but I gotta find a design Im happy with.

Build Log Here

Update: So it was a little cold for the second flight. The prop shattered on landing Good thing I have another one...

scratch built wing (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 19, 2012 @ 06:57 PM | 5,151 Views
For a good while now I have wanted a GoPole so I can get some footage from different angles. But being me I am usually broke and cant justify the $40. So wandering around a store the other day I saw a mop and handle that was a little over $1.50. I soon thought to myself that I could make my own pole as I have a grab bag of mounts. So I grabbed the dremel and went to work. After about 10 min I have this! My own little GoStick

GoPro B (1 min 6 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 15, 2012 @ 01:54 PM | 4,778 Views
So today I spent a lot of money getting new tires for my wife's truck. They were really needed as the previous set had gone pretty much bald. But they are very nice.

But today I stumbled upon a project that I had completely forgotten about. My wing! After all the moving and training in the last two months I had put it up and "lost" it. But today while cleaning up and packing I found it! Now I have to dig up the rest of the parts and put it back together. If you look closely you can see it "buried"
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 08, 2012 @ 11:43 AM | 5,291 Views
So after a while in the new car I am impressed. Not only is it a comfortable, it has one of the most important things in a car that is in colorado in the winter...a heater.

Anyway according to the manufacturers MPG rating its supposed to get 24mpg. I do a lot of driving to and from work and its mostly around base (stop and go) so I expected to get around that. I have averaged over 30MPG! That is over double what the jeep was getting so I am a very happy man right now.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 01, 2012 @ 07:39 PM | 4,902 Views
So a while ago(2ish months) ago I totaled my jeep after somebody hit me. Well Finally got the check yesterday and found a car today!

I bought a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. It had a slight wobble at 70mph+ so I had them give it and alignment and its going on monday to the Mitsubishi dealership for a check up. Should pick it up on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Ill throw up some pictures later after I pick it up.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 14, 2012 @ 09:42 PM | 5,008 Views
So I have just gotten back from our NTC rotation. 28 days of force on force fun! As a medic I dont get to play with the guns but I can say for sure that we are one of, if not the best, platoon of medics in that Army. And Im not the type of guy that likes to brag but we rocked it. Oh, and I grew a nice field molestache

Now that Im back I hope to finish up my little wing that I have been working on. But as is life, it fell apart in the month I was gone. Fuel pump in the wifes truck went out, Im having more problems with the old apartments and Im still arguing with the insurance company about how much my jeep is worth (now totaled). I was hoping to build a quad copter for some FPV or build a nice AR15 with the extra money from the jeep but seems I might get screwed...again.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 07, 2012 @ 08:32 PM | 5,485 Views
So we had a 4 day weekend before we head out for training. Well me and a good buddy decided to go to the top of pikes peak as its one of the last weekends available/good weather before we deploy.

So after loading a medium ruck with all the essentials(food, clothes, extra .45 rounds) we started the accent at 5:30. About half way up my knee started to hurt again so we took a short break, ate some snacks and some pain meds. Well it turns out the birds were hungry too so we started to see exactly how close the would get to us. Turns out they had no problems at all walking up and eating out of your hand. So when the food ran out we decided it was best to leave before the birds figured it out and turned out lives into a 60's horror film.

We arrived at the top around 1:30 where the wife was kind enough to wait (I had told her 12) in a warm car. So we did what we set out to do, climb pikes peak, strip down to our battalion t-shirt, tan boots and ranger panties and take a picture next to the pikes peak sign Im fairly certain my wife wasnt the only person taking pictures of us walking around in those skimpy little shorts. It was after all hovering around 15* and windy.

I also used the GoPro with the head mount but most of the pics came out blurry. So I may add more pics if I can find some good ones.

And I rented an apartment after ours jacked up the price. So after this next week its in the plans to order a FancyFoam 42" EPP extra in the green assuming my little stash stays hidden from the other half.