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Posted by verticalspark | Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:42 PM | 5,387 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 @ 09:32 PM | 5,826 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.

Posted by verticalspark | Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:03 PM | 5,324 Views
Well my R/C hobby has been put on hold waiting for some parts. But this last monday as I was driving home someone hit my rear passenger tire as I was doing about 30mph. This sent me sideways and seeing as how I drive a jeep with a 5" lift and 35" it didnt take long for me to flip and bounce the jeep off the pavement. Not such a big deal but I bounced my head off the pavement as well so I spent most of Tuesday in the hospital only for them to tell me it was probably just a concussion...maybe. So 5 days later I still have a headache and Im pretty sure my poor jeep is totaled. Guess only time will tell.

Yesterday me and a good buddy went to a local gun store to look for a particular 22 mag rifle I wanted. Well it turns out that Ruger was having a sale this weekend. After some looking around and debating I settled on a 10/22 take down. And seeing as how they were offering them in a limited edition (1/1000) Multicam with a tan case I got it with a Bushnell Trophy red/green dot scope with 4 interchangeable reticles.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 16, 2012 @ 07:58 PM | 5,464 Views
So I started to look around to see if anybody makes a GoPro mount for a dog. Turns out nobody does so I am going to try to build one of stuff I already have. Trying to not spend any money in the process.

I thinking of using the head mount and making a few cuts. The top head band will come off but the sides will not. So im going to make one cut in each side so I can get the side band off and use just the plate. Im going to trim the center hole out just wide enough to put the center strap in and attach the base plate to where the leash loop is.

I know the pics arnt the best but it should get the point across.

Now to ask the wife if I can butcher the dog harness

kelloggair has been nice enough to send me some control arms for my wing Im building. You can find the build thread Here. Gonna be an interesting experience if this little wing flys.


UPDATE: Doesent work. Sound idea but everything was way too blury. When she stopped or ran in a straight line the video was decent but when she turned everything went bad. And this dog almost never runs in straight lines.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 02, 2012 @ 06:39 PM | 5,172 Views
So one of my good buddies was looking for a .45 to buy so he could have out here with him. So we have been looking and he decided on a m&p 45 until he got to the store and found a used glock 21c for a little over $400. Well I sold my 1911 and had 300 rounds laying around so we went shooting today. 300 rounds, 2 hours and lots of money to noise later I have fallen in love with this gun. Im not a huge fan of Glocks as the ones I have shot are not all that great in my opinion, but this gun is great! Is stupid accurate but being us there is some jacka$$ery which should explain the shots in the white. There is little recoil and almost no muzzle climb with it being compensated. And the best part is that he lives on base so it lives at my house
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 10, 2012 @ 08:02 PM | 5,113 Views
So I have been kinda putting off working on the wing for the last week. But today I had some spare time so I cut everything out. Its not exactly strong as its only one layer of $tree foam. So I will be going to the nearest LHS to grab some CF rod so maybe I can get it flying tomorrow. Its not exactly pretty but it should fly.

But sunday I will be leaving to attend the EFMB course. Hoping to come back with a badge but chances are I wont as the pass rate is only 15%. But one can hope
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 29, 2012 @ 08:19 PM | 5,525 Views
So I already posted in the wing section of RCGroups and it can be found here.

But my goal is build a wing from dollar tree foam for my micro stryker guts. Its not going to be a blistering fast wing that is built for speed like the stryker is. But more of a slower wing with a much higher glide ratio with the possibility of attaching a stripped 808 cam to the front for some fun.

I have a little more research to do with the wing CoG and such. Then to figure out shape, thickness and electronics placement. Then I have to play around with the dollar tree foam as I have never tried to use it before and Im broke so no EPP for more But it cant get much cheaper than a couple sheets of $tree foam, some elmers glue and some sand paper. Already have some carbon rod hanging around, all the electronics and plenty of time. Now to do a little research.

Posted by verticalspark | Jul 20, 2012 @ 07:31 PM | 5,358 Views
Well the slow stick doesn't exactly balance out with a 1300 3s so its grounded till next week when my 2200s show up.

In the mean time I have received a few boxes. I have a hand full of Mad Dog 150mAh 1s for my mSR, several servos and a rx for a yet to be "determined" foamie.

And for the next 5 days I am playing house guest for my buddys dog. But he likes water so hes fine by me
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 16, 2012 @ 04:50 PM | 5,731 Views
I cant seem to stay away from these planes. So I bought another one so I can get back to some flying fun.

Now to figure out how to mount my GoPro...
Posted by verticalspark | Jul 15, 2012 @ 04:51 PM | 5,038 Views
So I decided it was time to make a compilation video of all the videos I have. So here it is.

Flying Compilation (4 min 7 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Jul 09, 2012 @ 02:49 PM | 5,202 Views
So after several fun flights and close calls I brought the Micro Stryker inside and put it on the counter. Well I wasnt paying attention and I set it next to a candle and a few minutes later all was toast.

Does anybody know of any airframes that the servos/motor/esc board will fit into?
Posted by verticalspark | Jun 25, 2012 @ 12:09 AM | 5,770 Views
So for the last 13 weeks I have spent 11 of those in the field being "all I can be."
Unfortunately I haven't been able to spend any money on the new plane I want because I have had to put it into a jeep. Got my axle and realized that the guy who had the jeep before me swapped the rear back to Leaf Springs instead of the coil springs. Now I have to spend money I don't want to/have to be able to use the axle.

But that hasn't stopped me. Today I went up with another 12 jeeps up Eagle Rock. All in all was about 4 hours on the mountain that I needed. Got a decent video and some pics to go along with it.

My wife finally talked me into getting a dog. Well, I went to the field and saw a picture on facebook of a dog on my side of the couch. Her name is Betrix and she is a very happy dog.

And if you don't know there has been a massive fire up in Fort Collins, CO. Well I love in Colorado Springs and never really payed attention to it. Well the other day when we were on a hike I noticed some smoke. Turned out another fire has been started just west of Colorado Springs. Currently has burned 3500 acres in about 2 days. So its been a rough couple of months.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 28, 2012 @ 07:48 PM | 5,033 Views
So I had a free day before I went to the field and some guys were heading up to the mountain to clean up a trail that is used a lot. Well I would call it successful day having fun. 12 trucks showed up with about 16 people cleaning up targets, fired brass and trash. We filled 4 truck beds above the rim along with a couch.

But I got to flex out the jeep and quickly realized that I need to get rid of my fender flares. Turns out that my 35's rub really hard before I flex the rear end all the way out. So I broke a bolt mount on the drivers side rear flare. But I got the jeep dirty and had some fun.
Posted by verticalspark | Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:38 PM | 4,344 Views
So a couple weeks ago I ordered a dynatrack g2 Dana 44 rear axle. My rear end was destroyed and I figured an upgrade was in order. I was told it would be 2-3 weeks before it would be delivered. Called today and found out it would be another 3-4 weeks before it was done.

So having no other option and pi$$ed off I had to take apart my rear axle. Not such a big deal but I didn't have any jack stands or a jack. After taking off the rear cover I found my gears intact but my diff housing a little worse for the wear. The bearings are destroyed as well as the axle seal. Now to put it back together tomorrow...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 26, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 4,309 Views
So I havent really picked up a radio with a heli on the other end for a good while. Seems I lost some of my "skills" when it comes to flying these little things. Still got the mSR that I love and but the mCPx was a handful. Last time I flew the mCPx I could fly around upside down with no problem, now I cant get this thing to hover. Guess I will have to pick up the radio more and get back into it. On the other end, I may end up getting a quad copter with the tax money...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 10, 2012 @ 10:28 PM | 5,431 Views
So drove across the county last weekend. Moved all my stuff and my wife from south Carolina to Colorado. As a side note, be sure to get gas before you drive through Kansas or it will be a interesting trip.

Decided to get a first flight in on the um stryker but it was a bit windy. Flight went well with 0 expo and 0 dual rates for the first 5 min or so. Then I started flying really low....and really fast....then the ground got really hard really fast. Those random gusts make flying close to the edges difficult.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:28 PM | 4,391 Views
So its been a little while since I have updated the blog but I have had lots happen since then.

On December 23 I got married to the love of my life, Kristin Shorey. After completing AIT I finally managed to get enough guts to ask her to marry me after a short walk to the top of table rock mountain. Ironically enough we also got married at table rock lodge. I am currently in the process of getting her moved out to colorado which is proving to be more difficult that I thought but I am luck enough to have a couple NCO's who understand.

And before I forget, she didnt get me a plane for christmas...She got me a GoPro I knew I loved her
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 25, 2011 @ 11:30 AM | 4,929 Views
Im beginning to have the sneaking suspicion that my better half has gotten me a new plane for Christmas Now Im just wondering what it is...
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 10, 2011 @ 07:02 PM | 4,969 Views
So after months of searching and getting screwed out of 2 different jeeps I finally got one!

Its a 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ:
6" Taraflex lift
35" BFG A/T's
Soft top
Full doors
4.0L 6I
K&N Intake
"Thunder" Cat back
ARB bumpers front and rear
Full interior roll cage with rear seat removed
Raised fuel tank
Mounted Tuff Box
and a couple altimeters (electric and mechanical)

Needs a few things like a new header (damn cracks) and eventually a dana 44 for the rear JEEP = Just Empty Every Pocket
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 26, 2011 @ 06:23 PM | 4,765 Views
So it finally snowed and its nice outside. Its not sticking to some surfaces yet but its supposed to snow all day.