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Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 17, 2008 @ 06:22 PM | 13,652 Views
Well, I just had to do it. The 5th day I was home, I had to start on a plane. The 24" span Agressor delta kit from JGRC. Really easy build. Airframe went together in about 2 hours or so. Covering has taken me a day, and it could be in the air as soon as tomorrow if I hinged the elevons.

Power is a Dons RC Wicked outrunner (2700kv) and a 3S 2100 lipo. Should scoot the little bugger along at about 90-100mph.

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 11, 2008 @ 10:21 AM | 14,501 Views
Hey guys/gals. Made it home late last night. Family was freezin their butts off watchin for the plane to come into Ft. Campbell. 2 hours later, I was on the way to the house. Got to shower in a real shower, sleep in a real bed and tuck my kids into bed last night. Life will be back to normal soon. Catch yall later. Thank you all for the support and I hope to see ya'll at a flyin sometime.

Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 07, 2008 @ 07:12 AM | 14,388 Views
Well, its official. Barring any unforseen crazyness, I have less than 24 hours to go. I will be outta here, see ya, laters, bye bye now, gone, history. Bye bye Bagram.

It has been a long long year away from the family. My wife has had some tough times at home with things breaking, falling apart, kids acting up, her own college classes, and numerous other issues. She handled them all, just as usual, like a pro. A guy cant ask for a better wife, let alone an Army wife. I sure am a lucky guy.

Our 3 kids, well, yeah, they drove mom nuts all year. But they also kept her laughing, helped her when she needed it, and generally just did their part while dad was gone.

It will be so nice to tuck the little one into bed again at night and tickle the crap out of him. As for the older two, I'll be there to work with my oldest on his truck. He will be rebuilding his engine/trans and everything else on his truck over the next year. Otherwise, he wont be driving! Thats just the way it goes at our house. You wanna drive it, you gotta build it. Yes, my daughter will be doing the same thing next year on her vehicle. As for her, well, I'll be putting the fear of DAD into all those boys who keep calling her! Oh yeah, daddy is comin home.

Then there are all of you guys here on RCG. Wow! You guys together sent us sooooo much stuff. From airplanes, motors, radios etc... to cookies, candy and drinks. You just cant find a better group of people than what we have here on RCG. Maybe thats why Im on here for hours every day! Thank you all. Make sure you find me at SEFF, hopefully some of the guys will be coming along also.

Thanks again, and see ya all soon.

CW2 Laine C. Stahr.... Out.
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 21, 2008 @ 01:03 PM | 15,560 Views
Since the last pics were a bit blurry, I figured I'd get a couple more of the Mustang after I put some stripes on the wings this afternoon. Its lookin good. As always more to do though and never enough time.

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 19, 2008 @ 01:43 PM | 16,318 Views
So good old Fizzy and his buddies hooked us up with some planes!

What we have here are Henry Bayer (one of our company test pilots) doing his first build ever, a House of Balsa Laser Stick and little old me working on the House of Balsa P-51. They are coming along nicely if I do say so.

Henry is doin a great job on his, even though its hot pink (in honor of his daughter I'll add). The P-51 is getting there. Tons of sanding on this one. But, its worth it. As you can tell, Im not going to make the covering "scale" really, just kinda what I want it to be. Some of the guys disagree, but they arent building it!!

Its getting iffy as to if we will finish these things before we leave or not. Only a month-ish left for all of us and we have to get stuff sent home. We are giving it our best shot though!

Thanks to everyone!

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 12, 2008 @ 01:47 PM | 14,907 Views
This plane is sweet. Smoothest foam plane I have flown in a long time. It just slips through the air so nicely and handles great. I need to put a small spar in the wing, but otherwise, this thing is awesome! Looks like I might need a little more stick time to get my "skills" back though.

Thank you to all the guys who sent stuff over too us here. It has really been great having something to build/fly during our small amounts of "downtime".

MS Composite Unique in Afghansitan (3 min 7 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 04, 2008 @ 10:49 AM | 15,370 Views
So, this is the result of a nose in crash from about 75 feet up. Had a "radio malfunction" (read: when the radio starts beeping at you, LAND!!! lol)

Anyway, nose plant had minor damage to the plane (surprising) the the battery was, as you can see, smoked. So, to be "safe" we smacked it around a little with a long chunk of metal! Sounds safe right?? Well, in our defense, we are trained professionals (as Black Hawk pilots anyway!). Plus, we were in the middle of the friggin desert! not much to damage there.

So, after just a couple smacks, the smoke came, then very quickly and violently so did the fire. Once it was done, it was burried for good.

Cool to do and watch, not so cool in your garage or somewhere else!

Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 04, 2008 @ 10:31 AM | 17,790 Views
Matt and I got to go out and fly the other day again. This is one of the little planes we took out with us. Cant tell you much about it, other than it is completely made of carbon fiber. Flies like a dream too! Really nice on an AXI 2208/34, 3S Thunder Power 2100 a graupner 8x4.5 folder.

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 28, 2008 @ 12:24 PM | 14,648 Views
So, we finally got Matts Cub up in the air a couple days ago. The weather was perfect, we were not on the flight schedule, nothing could stop us... or so we thought!

We got to the field, set up with the buddy cord, and I planned to take off for him and trim it out. Well, it had other ideas. It went hard left and into the ground. Easy fix with some CA right there at the "field".

So, we tried again. This time, it got airborn! Sweeeet! It flew... well, ok I guess. So, I made some trim adjustments in the air and hit the trainer switch so Matt could fly his creation!

He flew great, although the plane flew, well, again, ok I guess. Matt decided to come in and land, but I said, "fly it longer, it could be your only flight!" He agreed and kept on puttering around the field.

About 2 minutes later, on a nice mid speed, 20 foot high or so pass near us, the wing decided it had done enough work for the day. That thing folded up like a book in mid flight and, well, you know the rest!

We all laughed a bit, because it was cool to see it happen. Matt wasnt too upset since it wasnt the nicest looking plane we have seen. But, on a good note, it did fly! Not bad for a first build ever and a rookie pilot on the controls.

Enjoy the pics!
Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 15, 2008 @ 01:47 PM | 15,443 Views
Matt and I did some work on our planes today. His Cub is coming along pretty good. Not bad for a first EVER build. My "Hummingbird" is looking interresting. The blue is a little "sedate" but it looks ok. The wife thought it would look good with some #43 and STP decals. Too bad I didnt listen.

So, we get a little silly when we work sometimes. As you can tell by the pictures. Mine is ready to maiden once we have time and weather for it. Matts will be about one more day and it will be ready to go.

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 08, 2008 @ 01:16 PM | 15,410 Views
For those of you who have been following the building progress of The Lighthouse over here, I would like you to take a look at what the great guys at Castle Creations are doing for us! Click HERE and check it out!

Thank you all and thank you Castle Creations!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 06, 2008 @ 07:21 AM | 14,831 Views
So, good old CW2 Dennis Eelkema finished building his Mountain Models Smoothie that Shovelheadfreak sent over to us. Sorry, no build pictures, as he was in such a hurry to finish it he didnt take any.

However, here are some pics of "maiden flight day" on, as Dennis calls it his "ninja plane". Yeah, he's a bit different, but he keeps us laughing.

I did the maiden for him just to get it all set up and trimmed. We are flying it on an AXI 2208/34, 9x4.7 prop and two 3S 1320 lipos. Plenty of power and just heavy enough to handle the mild winds today. All in all, great flying little plane!

I didnt have my buddy box available today, so I took it up about 150 feet and handed him the TX. He flew about 3 nice patterns before getting a bit disoriented. I took the TX and landed it without incident though. All in all, not bad at all for a firts time builder/flyer!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 04, 2008 @ 06:22 PM | 14,628 Views
So, again, thank you to Shovelheadfreak for sending some planes over for us. These pictures are of my Lee Stangel Hummingbird kit Im working on and Matt Coles Hobby-Lobby Super Cub he is working on.

Both are turning out quite nicely and both should be done sometime this week, depending on our schedules.

The Cub is Matts first kit build ever. He saw it when it came and freaked because he LOVES Cubs. Unfortunatly, we didnt have enough yellow covering for him to do the entire thing yellow. Its all good though, its taught him how to add some detail to a covering job.

My Hummingbird is a really neat little kit. 30ish inch wingspan and I love the long nose on it. Really gives it an interresting look. It is supposed to be built with some dihedral, but I dont like dihedral! So, I "took it out". I'll be powering this one with an AXI 2208/34 with a 8 or 9" prop. Should fly quite nicely and balance out really easily.

More to follow later!

Posted by lmopar69 | Oct 01, 2008 @ 07:48 AM | 13,789 Views
Courtesy of "shovelheadfreak" we now have some more planes over here! This is one that I decided to build. Its a Acro 28 from Slofly. Im running an AXI 2208/34 on it with a 3S 1320 (cuz thats what I have!) Flys pretty well too now that the winds have started dying down in the evenings.

I did the maiden yesterday. Quite happy with it! Thanks Shovelhead!

More pics of more planes coming soon!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 22, 2008 @ 12:30 PM | 13,808 Views
So, we had the "grand opening" tonight! Its done... well, done enough to open anyway. Still some "details" I want to finish. Like tables etc... pictures you know, nice stuff.

Heck of a turn out too! About 150ish people! Including one 2 Star General, about a dozen Full Birds (o-6), and more O-5's and below than you could count. Plus, the most important, lots of SOLDIERS/AIRMEN!

Now, any time, day or night, anyone can stop in, grab a cup of joe, some tea, hot coco and a snack, FOR FREE! Everything in the place is from donations. Cant beat that.

Plus, we have 2 tv's with AFN and one with an XBox 360 for playin games. Cant go wrong there either.

Enjoy the pics. Im just glad I can take some time off from it now!

Laine....Continue Reading
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 20, 2008 @ 12:37 PM | 12,251 Views
So, the Bagram RC Clubs fleet is growing a bit lately! I posted a "wanted" add a week ago or so looking for a trainer type plane to buy to teach a few of the guys here to fly. I have some Fun Jets with Neu motors and Optic 6 radios here courtesy of Castle Creations, Hitec/Multiplex, Steve Neu and Flight Power. But, they are not exactly good trainer planes.

Anyway, in what seemed to be minutes, one of the faithful RC Groupers "Shovelheadfreak" offered up 4, yes 4 airplanes for us and a bunch of misc motors/gear! I said, "how much?" he said I CANT pay him!!! What a great guy!

So, today they arrived! 1 slofly 28 arco 3D kit complete with motor, esc, carbon fiber. mountain models smoothie kit, hobby lobby super cub kit, and a lee strangle funfly kit along with enought covering to cover all 3 of them. a bottle of foam safe ca, older 4 channel cirurs radio and RX and many micro and mini servos.

Now, you cant beat that!

So, CW3 Matt Cole is working on the Super Cub tonight. CW2 Dennis Eelkema is building the Smoothie and I will build the fun fly kit and 28 acro.

Pics to follow soon hopefully.

Thank you Shovelheadfreak! Your a great guy man.


Now, everyone who reads this, send shovelheadfreak a PM and say thanks for me! lol, that should be fun!
Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 10, 2008 @ 01:31 PM | 13,542 Views
So, good old CW3 Matt Cole and I decided its time for him to have a Fun Jet. Matt has a 40 size glow trainer that my good freind Bert Matos (Qbanflyer) gave to him last year. He has 4 or 5 successful flights with that.

So, yesterday I handed him a Fun Jet, Optic 6, two HS 65 Servos, a Neu 1112 1Y motor and Castle Creations Phoenix 45. Today, I came in from my flight and it was built, and painted! NICE. So, he wanted to fly it.... well, not such a good idea I thought. "Why dont you fly MY Fun Jet?" (Same setup, just mine is a little beat up already.) "Sounds good". So, we packed up and off we went to our little "off limits" flying area.

We got there, I did a quick pre flight, set it up with 50% throws on my DX7 and I launched it. I flew it a bit, trimmed it out then handed the TX over to Matt. 8 seconds later.... You know the rest of the story!

We have all been there and done that. Gotta learn somehow! So, now, after repairing the FJ, he has spent the last few hours flying my G-3 sim on his laptop. (shoulda done that sooner!) He is determined to fly one of these little buggers.

Here are the pics! Enjoy! And be sure to check out www.bagramrcclub.com if you get the chance!

Posted by lmopar69 | Sep 08, 2008 @ 11:47 AM | 13,090 Views
So, the "coffee house" / Chaplains office is almost done on the outside. A bunch of the Battalion Staff guys (Majors, CW4's, Captains and 1SGs) finished the painting the other night. Yes, the "big wigs" helped out too! They worked on it till about 3am!!! Sure looks nice! Kinda reminds me of a German shop.

Also, here is the movie screen we now have set up on our deck! Courtesy of my freinds in Cali, Deb, Patrick and Wayne! Killer projector (thanks!!!)!! Too bad I wasnt smart enough to turn off my flash when I took the picture.

So, now a few times a week, we are all able to "unwind" in the evenings while we watch a movie. This night just happened to be Saving Private Ryan... fitting maybe? lol

Thanks all!

Posted by lmopar69 | Aug 31, 2008 @ 12:48 PM | 12,645 Views
Just figured I would show ya'll the current progress on the building. All the little stuff will KILL YA!! Geesh!

However, we are done with electrical, and nearly done with all the trim on the outside. In a day or two we will start painting. I started sheeting the inside walls today. You cant see it, but the roof is done on top now. Looks just like the roof on the bay windows.

There are still a million things left, but, it should be up and functioning in the next week or so. Finally. I spend all my off time working on this thing.