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Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:04 PM | 10,534 Views
When I look back over the years, The Douglas DC-3/C-47 was not a plane I ever thought about. My true love has been the P-38 Lightning since I was a little kid. But about 4-5 years ago I read a story about the DC-3 and saw one up close at an airshow. When I discovered how special they are and how well they've stood up to time, I got the itch.

7 months ago, I saw a C-47 fly over my house and had to follow it. I grabbed my son, threw him (and a camera) in the car, and drove to an airport nearby where I assumed it was heading. Sure enough, there it was...a C-47 staring right at me. After taking several photos of it, I knew it was time to add one to my fleet.

I didn't want to scratch build one so I opted to get the basic GWS C-47 model. With this size foam kit you get a lot of room to play, nice scale looks, and the ability to upgrade the power system very easily. It just seemed like a logical choice. And now that I've purchased a lot of airbrushing equipment, painting this sucker should be fun.

And so begins my attempt to duplicate the paint scheme of the AC-47 "Spooky" that flew over my house. More to come...

Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 14, 2008 @ 04:55 PM | 9,509 Views
Won this little fella at BEST 2008 a few weekends ago. Wasn't planning on building it right now but after I opened the box, it kinda fell together on its own. Decided to only do a few steps every night so I wouldn't rush into it. Everything was going smoothly until today. I got the "build bug" and decided to skip ahead and finish the frame.

Going with my favorite (and recommended) HL 400XT motor. Needs three (3) HS-55 servos, receiver, 18A ESC, and 3S 800mAh battery. If all goes well, should have this sucker flying by Friday.

Anyone else have one that would like to share their experiences??

Posted by YarSmythe | Oct 12, 2008 @ 06:44 PM | 8,812 Views
For my birthday this year, my wife (and friends) got me a skydive jump. My sister even joined in on the fun.

The staff out at SkyDive Houston in Waller Texas were great. Very laid back group of "young" folks. I was surprised how quick and easy things went. LOTS of jumpers out today and everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Thought I'd share a few photos from today's event. At first, I didn't want a video but glad the still photos turned out so well.