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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 21, 2011 @ 10:11 PM | 4,854 Views
Well its been a while since I posted anything so I figured I would just update my blog. I have been assigned 1st brigade 4th ID. I am currently on assignment in Evans Army Hospital in the Emergency Room.

Other than that when I have off I'm spending most of my time hiking around the mountains. I think my favorite spot to hike around is the garden of the gods. For the most part its uncrowded and we spend most of the time off trial finding the nearest hill to climb.

I don't have any of my rc stuff up here so I can't fly and thats a little upsetting but im looking forward to flying again. I'm hoping to get a Fpv setup so i can really get some good video of the area around where I'm at. That Im kinda excited for the new UMX Beast 3D.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 17, 2011 @ 07:14 AM | 4,678 Views
Well after training was done in Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX I got 21 days off to spend at home. And while I was looking forward to staying up late and sleeping in I often found myself dead tired by 2200 and awake by 8 at the latest. Guess the schedule you work in the army tends to change your daily habits. But in the end I flew twice with my best friend and asked my girlfriend to marry me. So it was a fantastic couple weeks!

But now Im in reception at Ft. Carson and I love the view! I see myself going with a very long range FPV setup when I get the chance if I get to stay out here. And if you look carefully you can see a snow covered pikes peak!
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 28, 2011 @ 05:31 PM | 4,594 Views
So I finally finished AIT! I am now a 68W10 Combat Medic. Well, I say a medic as I havent been in combat. Anyway I spent the last 4 months in San Antonio, TX at Fort Sam Houston. All in all it was friggin hot all the time and I spent some time in class and lots of time in the field learning. Anyway I am glad to be home for the next 17 days before I have to be in Colorado. I have been stationed at Ft. Carson so Im lucky to have gotten a good station. But I plan on flying a lot between now and then.
Posted by verticalspark | Apr 28, 2011 @ 06:48 PM | 4,605 Views
Finally finished basic at Ft. Leonard Wood and I couldn't be happier. I spent the last 10 weeks at Bravo Company, 31st engineer battalion getting transformed into a soldier. I cant see the change in myself but I guess I have changed as my family seems to think I have.

Yesterday was family and I got to spend about 7 hours with them off base. So got to leave base and hang around wearing my ASU's all day long. Not my uniform of choice as I would much prefer my ACU's but rules are rules. I also picked up the HTC Thunderbolt to replace my old Sony Ericsson 810i that I have had for going on 6 or 7 years now.

Today was graduation and after all the crap and having to put up with some very large idiots (or rather large groups of idiots) its over. No more countless hours spent cleaning the 3rd floor, no more 50/50 fireguard, no more sleepless nights, no more drill sergeants and best yet, I will have more than 5 minutes to eat And I cant tell you how much that last one makes me happy. Tomorrow I get to hop on a bus and take a 13 hour ride on a grayhound bus to Texas. Cant wait...
Posted by verticalspark | Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:41 PM | 4,716 Views
I leave for basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood tomorrow morning. I will be back, just at a later date.

Posted by verticalspark | Feb 01, 2011 @ 07:56 PM | 4,511 Views
Just checked and I realized that I leave for basic training in 15 days

Anyway I finally got around to finishing the SOB! Well I got the breaks working and got a few low speed (less then 5mph) break tests. Good to report that the breaks work great! Im hoping to get a few high speed tests in tomorrow but its supposed to be nasty for the next 2 days so I may not be able to.

Finally got around to building the pluma. Its just been sitting there in the box for a good while looking all lonely and pathetic. Its just now being built in the floor.
Posted by verticalspark | Jan 20, 2011 @ 12:24 AM | 5,004 Views
So in the last 20ish days a lot of things have happened but most of them happened in the last week. As some of you know I keep a healthy stock of random parts/motors/ESCs and other things that I have upgraded or bought really cheap to have around just in case. Well at work my boss traded me a Traxxas Nitro Sport, 2 tool boxes full of parts, 2 extra motors and a couple of bodies for a 18amp E-flite ESC. It just need a little TLC and about $30 worth of parts that I am currently awaiting. When it gets back together I plan on selling it for around $90 RTR just need fuel.

And today somebody brought in a S-Maxx, nitro rustler and a box full of parts that he wanted to sell for $100. Apparently he got them last year, ran them once and put them up and now wanted to get rid of them. I looked them over to check his story and sure enough not a scratch on them apart from a little rust on the S-Maxx. As the engines were "frozen" I offered him $80 and he took it and left me with 2 more vehicles that I shouldn't have. Two hours of work later and both of them are running and ready to sell

A while back I destroyed a E-flite extra 260 foamie and have been looking for a replacement airplane. At work we had a Electrifly Pluma and I decided to pull the trigger and buy it. I stripped the Extra 260 and am waiting to build the pluma. I want to fly inside mostly and outside some so I'm gonna stick with the park 370 (slightly larger then the recommended 300). To compensate a little for the added weight I'm going to go with a Thunder Power Pro-Lite V2 480mAh 3s so the final weight will be just a tad heavier than the recommended weight for indoors so it will handle outdoors as well.

And for anyone keeping count other than myself, 27 days and counting before Im boxed up and shipped to basic training. But until then I will be doing my best to lose weight, build muscle and have some fun.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 21, 2010 @ 12:11 PM | 5,168 Views
So If I didnt have enough to do already I got myself a Align T-Rex 250SE the other day. A guy came into the LHS (work) that was looking to sell a T-Rex 250. I have known this particular guy for a while and has seen some of the helis he has built and flown and none of them are crap. He crash landed into a tree with the 250 and wanted to sell it because it is "too small" for him. Anyway I picked it up and ordered a new feathering shaft, flybar and landing skids.

Align a T-Rex 250
Servos: 3 DS410 swashplate
DS420 tail
Motor: RCM-BL250 3400KV
Gyro: GP750
Radio: JR 9303x with a AR6100

I have been working on the S.O.B. and figured out the steering issue and am currently putting it back together. I am interested to see if I successfully put suspension on a wal-mart toy.

Stripped the front end off the CJ5 and figured out the wiring. Fixed the steering rod that had a bad bend in it so the steering wheel is re-centered. Ron freed the motor right after he broke the balancer bolt off. I got that bolt out only to find it was a 5 rating and not a 8. As soon as I replace the bold the new distributor goes on then the exhaust.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 16, 2010 @ 10:44 AM | 4,947 Views
I have recently gotten in the habbit of picking up stuff at an extremely cheap price. I guess that is a benefit of working at the LHS. But now I have too much to do. Here is the short version.
1. The S.O.B. 25e V2.02 needs a new steering system that has socks so it will quit breaking every time it hits a bump.
2. I picked up a Enya 60-4c that needs to be rebuilt and cleaned.
3. I got lights for the Slow Stick so I can fly after I get off work.
4. I need to fix my Blade mSR with the parts that have been sitting on my desk for a month now.
5. And to top it off I have to get my '73 CJ5 back to running condition which will be no easy feat.
And somewhere in there I have to work, go to the gym(havent been in 3 weeks), wash all the clothes and clean up as family is showing up on sunday to stay for a week or two. Busy Busy Busy

Posted by verticalspark | Dec 14, 2010 @ 02:39 PM | 5,029 Views
So I picked up an old piper cub that was sitting in the back of the LHS yesterday. I didn't have servos, didn't have the wing and the engine was "frozen" so I got a deal on it. After taking off the cowl I found a Enya 60-4c 4-stroke that needs some lovin. So after unbolting the engine that had been sitting for a while I found it wasn't frozen, just gummed up really bad. So the goal is to rebuild it and use it or sell it. Not quite sure what is going to happen with it.
Posted by verticalspark | Dec 07, 2010 @ 08:15 PM | 5,482 Views
So I have recently decided to do an electric conversion of an old model I have had laying around. It had an old OS Max .25 on it but never ran quite right so I have put on a E-flite Power 25, 60amp ESC (overkill but I had it laying around) and running on 2 thunder power 2100mAh 2s run in series on a 11x6 pusher. I wont post any pictures with it until its done as I dont want to give away what it is im working on (its not a boat).

I recently got a G.T. Power RC Nav light system for the Slow Stick. After its recent crash I think it needs an upgrade. So along with a stronger elevator servo its getting lights so I can fly after work. They work awesome and will do the trick so I can enjoy flying again.
Posted by verticalspark | Nov 23, 2010 @ 03:25 AM | 4,655 Views
Well I may have gotten a job at the LHS...again. Well the other LHS anyway. I will find out tomorrow and I cant wait for the phone call
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 28, 2010 @ 03:19 AM | 5,894 Views
Yesterday at the downtown airport they had a mini-airshow. There was a P-51C "Betty Jane", a B-17 "Nine-o-Nine and a B-24 "Witchcraft". You could stand behind the gate and take pictures for free or you could pay $12 to get up close and personal with the I eagerly had Travis pay $12 for me to get in Thanks Travis! After looking around and taking some pictures I decided to take the grand tour of the B-24. Walk in to the tail of the plane, past the side turrets and into the bomb bay. I was unable to walk into the B-17 as the line was ridiculously long. But I have been inside of one before and I have to ask. If the airplane is that figgin big why are they so small inside?

Anyway after that quick tour of the B-24 we got to watch somebody take a ride in the mustang. The prices for that ride were $2300 for a 1/2 hour ride or $3300 for a full hour We stood by as it fired up, taxied out and took off. One quick flight around the pattern and he did a low flyby. I forgot how intoxicating the sound from a V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine is, gets deep down and stirs the soul. One can only imagine what it would be like to see a dozen of these birds in formation going for a low pass. After she did a low pass it was off into the blue sky only to be seen again a half an hour later.

All in all it was nice to see the big beautiful birds that are still flying around. Makes me wish I was back in Florida where they still have air shows.

P-51C "Betty Jane" Start up and taxi (2 min 21 sec)

P-51C "Betty Jane" Flyby (0 min 28 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 20, 2010 @ 05:28 PM | 5,136 Views
I love my DX6i but I have always wanted a couple of more channels and more functions. After the Radian Pro surfaced that sealed the deal and I started the hunt for a new radio. I mentioned I was considering a DX8 and John mentioned that he was trying to sell a JR XP9303. I immediately sold the DX6i and bought the Johns 9303.

I also recently traded my 1/18 scale Losi Mini Rock Crawler for a 1/8 Scale RedCat Rockslide Super Crawler. I have been having a lot of fun with this thing.

The Great Escape was recently asked to bring some R/C trucks from the store up to Roper Mountain Science Center. They had a small classic car show, Lego Robotics and our R/C cars along with the entire science center. It was a chance to bring the kids out and have some fun. We brought out several recently released 1/10 ElectrixRC Stadium Trucks, a highly modified T-Maxx, my Rockslide Crawler and a Slash 4x4 VXL. All in all we had a blast showing off to all the kids and a bunch of kids had fun driving the Rockslide. Ill post some pictures when I can find where I put them on my computer.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 03, 2010 @ 08:42 PM | 4,480 Views
So almost 2 months ago I had a really really really bad day of flying and destroyed my 2 planes. I crushed 2 of my blue lipos as the impacts were that hard. I put them on the roof of my jeep as we were packing everything up and completely forgot they were there. About 4 miles later on the 8th or 9th turn they fell off and bounced off the road at about 60mph. Got them home and left them outside because of the smell. And then I forgot about them again until about 20 min ago. Thought I would post some pictures of what happens to a lipo when its crunched, bounced off the road at 60mph and forgotten outside for 2 months.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 09, 2010 @ 09:08 PM | 4,340 Views
So 8 or 9 months ago I decided I was going to join the military. The problem main problem was that I was 6' tall and 270+ pounds and wayyy out of shape. So I got going and started to drop the weight. After having problems with trying to get the paperwork straight everything fell into place and I went to Fort Jackson yesterday and today.

After only getting 2 hours of sleep the wake up call at 3:15am was too early for me. Got on a bus and took a trip to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) hoping that everything would go well. After lots of waiting around, lots of tests and 12 hours without food it was finished.

I am officially in the army. My MOS is 68W - Health Care Specialist AKA Combat Medic. I will be shipping out to Fort Leonard Wood for 9 weeks of basic training followed by 16 weeks in Fort Sam Houston. So between now and then I will be flying a bunch.
Posted by verticalspark | Sep 02, 2010 @ 10:40 PM | 4,314 Views
Today was our usual fly day at the local park. We arrived at 9am and didnt leave until 2pm It just seemed we would never run out of batteries but alas the end came around and we had to pack up and leave. Of course this was a little late seeing as how travis bounced his p-51 across the road trying to land. Well, flying was followed by lunch at Mojo's, a delicious burger place up the road from the park.

After lunch I was introduced to the sport of Disk Golf! I had seen it before but thought "Whats the point in throwing a frisbee at a 'hole'?" Well after going and playing for a hour and a half I can say that IM HOOKED! We borrowed a few disks from a friend who was teaching us and went at it. I threw a really bad shot and ended up searching the woods for the disk. Apparently people either cant find their disks or they don't care but I came out with 2 disks not including the one I lost.

All in all I had a blast playing. Its a workout but fun none the less. And some of the good things is that its cheaper then flying R/C and when it bounces off the ground or a tree its not a problem
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 19, 2010 @ 03:15 PM | 4,287 Views
Today was a fantastic day for flying in Simpsonville, SC. It was in 89-90* with a soft wind and beautiful clouds. We had 2 GWS Slow Sticks, eFlite Extra 260 profile, Hawk, UM SU-26xp Sukhoi and a UM J-3 Cub. We have a new 10x10 canopy to set up for some shade on these hot days as well as a table that is getting too small.

This was the first flight for one slow stick, the other slow stick had a new wing, and both the Extra 260 and Hawk had been rescued and rebuilt. Travis folded his slow stick wing doing a loop, my slow stick broke a prop and motor mount after I tried a quick take off and the prop hit the ground, the hawk stalled the right wing on the final approach and went in nose first 6' off the ground and broke a servo mount, the Extra 260 started a roll and decided not to finish it and landed nose first breaking the prop and the UM J-3 cracked the wing where it had been creased before. The only plane to "survive the day" was the UM SU-26xp.

Here are some pics of the UM Sukhoi and my walk of shame to pick up the Extra 260....Continue Reading
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 16, 2010 @ 08:57 PM | 4,667 Views
So Travis was given a very used Eflite Extra 260 profile. It had seen some much better days before we got our hands on it. I enjoy fixing planes, trucks and helis so I got my grubby little hands on it and went to work.

Stock this plane has 14 braces and when Keith gave it to us it had 6 and all of them were either broken or had come unglued. Apparently he had it set up where he could just wall it and it would break off 4 braces under the wings. His idea of fixing it was "More Glue!" so I had to break most of it off and start from scratch. I had to replace the bracing running down the fuse with some slightly larger carbon rod but it was the smallest rod the LHS had. But Keith was nice enough to give us the park 370 and a ESC that he used on it with the stipulation that "When you crash it and destroy it, give me the motor and ESC back." That will work great for us

So after weighing it I have found that its a little on the heavy side. Recommended weight w/o battery is 182-220g, actual is around 240g w/o battery. Recommended weight w/ battery is 220-270g, actual is around 325g. I wanted it a little heavy due to the fact we dont have anywhere inside to fly so it will be flown only outside.
Posted by verticalspark | Aug 15, 2010 @ 02:01 PM | 4,074 Views
So the slow stick ended up not being so free. Nobody had any pinions for an inrunner around here so I grabbed a outrunner mount and went to the LHS. I came back with at Rimfire power 10 so after bolting everything up the slow stick is no producing 350watts at just at 30amps. Hope the wing holds up...

Here are some pics of my slow stick vs. a "stock" slow stick.