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Posted by verticalspark | Sep 09, 2014 @ 03:49 PM | 4,228 Views
So today I was peered into eating a Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper. Gotta say that it was a little warm. Thats a lie, its really sucked.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 06, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 4,210 Views
I just wanted to talk about something else that is a huge part in my life and that is guns. I know right now that it seems to be a huge debate in our country about the 2nd amendment but I'm not trying to go to the political side. So if this is as far as you read I can understand, but this is my story and how firearms have influenced my life.

Having been brought up around guns I was taught to respect them and the rules when handling a firearm. I don't remember exactly how old I was when I fired my first gun but I remember a lot about it. I was a kid and we were at one of my dads friends house. They were shooting at coke cans and I was asked if I wanted to try and I said sure. I was only 7 or 8 and they handed me a shotgun that I could barely hold up. I was told to point it at the can and pull the trigger and that's what I did. The recoil knocked me down on my butt and I started to cry. I know, not very manly but I wasnt exactly a man. But I hit the can and that made me happy(once I got over the crying).

Through my childhood and into the teenage years I shot every gun I could get my hands on. From shooting targets to skeet shooting and then to hunting. Guns have been an essential part of my life since before I knew it was important.

Now my particular job requires you to be able to use a firearm with some proficiency. Most people have never fired a gun before joining the service and I am still surprised to find people who still do not like guns even after spending some time with them. For me they are a way to express ones self, have fun and providing food by hunting. So either way you look at it, I like guns. My collection seem to keep growing and my interest grows faster than that.

Posted by verticalspark | Apr 17, 2014 @ 08:17 PM | 4,548 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 @ 05:37 PM | 4,641 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 @ 11:01 AM | 4,365 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 @ 06:56 PM | 5,124 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 @ 02:35 PM | 4,055 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 @ 10:39 AM | 4,363 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 @ 05:21 PM | 4,277 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 @ 06:11 PM | 4,279 Views
Not my video. Not sure of the circumstances but it was definitely funny.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2013 @ 10:30 PM | 4,610 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 @ 02:28 PM | 4,257 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 @ 03:48 AM | 4,871 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 @ 10:37 AM | 5,850 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 @ 05:56 AM | 4,916 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 @ 07:17 PM | 5,628 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 @ 07:57 PM | 5,571 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 @ 02:54 PM | 5,198 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 @ 12:43 PM | 5,725 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 @ 08:39 PM | 5,326 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.