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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Nov 11, 2009 @ 07:24 PM | 4,316 Views
Man, it's been a long 2 years.2 job promotions and no time for hobbies. Did buy a boat in the spring (see pic) and spent the summer on the water every weekend. Now I'm trying to find some time for my other hobby....R/C !!!
Hope to get some flying in before snow starts !! LOL !!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Sep 06, 2007 @ 08:03 AM | 4,816 Views
Brothers hotels that Kyle G. happened to capture on one of his AP sorties.
Hope he doesnot mind me posting the photo here.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jul 27, 2007 @ 10:47 AM | 5,216 Views
Well, thought I'd try something new. A Blade CX .
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jul 07, 2007 @ 10:37 PM | 5,149 Views
Well, it's been awhile since I posted and flew.
I finished my Easy Star and the maiden did not go as planned.
It was real windy, but I thought I could handle it. NOT !!
I lasted for about 10 short flights then I had it going pretty good,
got too confident and nosed straight in from about 30'.
I pancaked the nose, split the fuse down the center, but the lipo
came out ok. I think the cog was off some also, oh well I'll glue it up and try again.

My slowstick was doing ok till my radio started dying, so I switched radios, checked rudder and elevator servos. Yep work ok, off I go. OOPS, forgot to check the directions of the servos, DOH !!! Elevator was reversed on this radio !! Nosed in from about 5' @ w.o.t. when I pulled back on the stick, and broke the motor mount. Oh well, at least the rimfire survived. I can rebuild it, I have the technology

Oh well, bad day flyin is better than a good day working !!


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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Dec 30, 2006 @ 04:24 PM | 6,634 Views
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Dec 28, 2006 @ 12:36 PM | 7,583 Views
Well, how can ya pass on a $20 kit.
No motor, but like I don't have any.
It was missing motor mount, so I made my own stick mount setup, reinforced with some foam.
The kit was from Germany (I think), it's called the "Mad Dog".


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Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Dec 07, 2006 @ 10:58 AM | 6,554 Views
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jun 27, 2006 @ 06:35 AM | 6,974 Views
I don't know if I'll ever fly again.
Another weekend of crap weather.
I think I may forget how to fly till I can get out again with the weather.
Oh well, what to do ?
Guess I'll just read RCG from beginning to end.

Happy flying !!!!!!!!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jun 19, 2006 @ 06:36 AM | 7,386 Views
Well if it aint raning, it's windy, and if it aint windy it's hot as hell.
Well today it was hot and windy !!!!
I can't win.
I have not been able to fly since Memorial day and I'm going into withdrawl !!
Actually, I have not been able to find time to work on the planes either.
Thare is always something going on, somewhere to go, someone to see or something to do, that keeps me from working on my planes.
Oh well, it's another week, this Saturday is the GM nationals so no flying that day unless I get home early enough.
Maybe Sunday morning I can sneak out.
Meanwhile, I just keep reading about everyone elses fun flying.
Happy flying !!!!!!!!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jun 12, 2006 @ 05:51 AM | 6,170 Views
Not much to tell because again, WIND, WIND, WIND !!!!!!
I just did lawnwork instead, would have much rather been flying.

Oh well, I'll just keep plugging away @ the Micro, Twinjet, and the Stryker.
One of thems gotta be ready soon.
Happy flying !!
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | Jun 06, 2006 @ 06:38 PM | 6,210 Views
The vertical dowels are 16"
The horizontal dowels are 8"
OR 2 pcs. 1/4" dowels @ 24" long
The blocks are 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 12" OR 1x2-2'
The tips are from closetmaid shelving kit.
Cost ??? About $3
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | May 29, 2006 @ 09:51 PM | 5,956 Views
Well, it finally happened.
I threw a battery while doing a few loops and spiraling down from a pretty good height.
It was high enough that I saw something come off the plane, but I did not know what it was,
till I heard the big thump of it hitting the field, and then the loss of plane control.
It's funny, no matter how much you move the sticks, it does not help.
If only it would have come down 10' further to the left, I'd have it in my hands. It landed on the roof of a business across from the field I was flying at.
I looked the business up on the Internet and called and left a message on their VM. I basically begged them to get it off the roof on Tuesday for me to pick it up, so I hope they don't hose me over.
I told them I'd give them a half decent aerial photo of their business in exchange for getting my plane back to me.
I just don't want to lose the electronics.
I could care less about the S/S, but @ $35 plus for the receiver, $40 for the ESC, and $30 for the pair of servos, that's $100 plus in electronics.
Oh well, live and learn. Todays lesson, MORE velcro wraps !!!

Tues 5/30 Update--I got the plane back !! Yeeeeeehah !!!!!!!
The people @ the business were very nice, and I printed a photo of their
business for them in return for my plane.
I call it a 2 feet photo, it looks great from 2 feet, but up close it's pixelated.
I will get a better one later and give to them.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | May 21, 2006 @ 05:15 PM | 6,219 Views
Well, no flying again. Rain and or wind ALL weekend.
I did get my Twin Jet from Hobby Lobby so I may start on that.
I also got my EStarter from Tower this week. I sold my EStarter previously and decided to get another.
I also started putting my ArtTech Predator together. Boy does the quality of that thing leave something to be desired.
I will need to do many mods to make it half decent, the wing saddle needs
to be closed up, very poor screw securement, poor parts alignment, etc...
I still have not gotten back to the Stryker to do the landing gear mod.
Too many planes, not enough time.
Oh well, I got vacation coming up in a couple weeks, I intend to do alot of flying.
The only thing I HAVE to do, is put the lowering springs on the wifes car, and get my Classic 87 Fiero GT inspected.
It better pass, I only put 100 miles on it since last year.
Happy flying (if you can even get out to fly)
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | May 14, 2006 @ 06:45 PM | 4,733 Views
No flying today due to weather, so I went to Lowes and bought a wheeled portable toolbox for all my stuff.
It's pretty big, lots of room. This thing holds A LOT of stuff.
I also went to Wallyworld and bought some little containers to put different
items in, motors, esc's, servos, batteries, etc...
It keeps things really organized. I'm really a neat freak.
Only problem will be lifting it into my truck, it weighs a ton !

I also picked up some sq stock to beef up another Slow Stick I,m gonna start.
I got lots of spare motors and such, so I'm gonna build another backup plane.

It's raining on and off today so no flying, but I did fly Friday night.
I'm starting to do lots of loops, stall turns, and hovers, but I did try to loop too close to ground and I punched it into the blacktop HARD !!
I completely knocked the center out of the Park 400 I just got last week.
I thought it just snapped the shaft, but when I got home and pulled it apart, I found out it knocked the center out of the bell.
It cracked the 3 metal arms going out from the center shaft. It is junk.
I'm hoping to find someone that yanked their wires loose and have a good bell. Oh well, live and learn. I do know one thing, that plane hauled butt with that motor.
Posted by SEMPERFI8387 | May 07, 2006 @ 07:57 PM | 5,207 Views
Great flying day today. Sent up the S/S with a brushless G/P rimfire outrunner. MAN, WHAT A DIFFERENCE !!
It almost goes vertical. If it wasn't windy today, it just may have.
I know it was @ least 50-60 degree climb. I'm going to try out the Himax with gearbox next week and see what I get out of that.
I have 3 or 4 props (sizes and pitch) to try and see what they give me.
No pics from this week, boy that brushless really screws up the photos.
I had a couple out of 200 or so without waves in them.
Also, just figured out I forgot to check the focus because I must have moved it when I was hooking the cam up, so basically all photos are junk from today.
The bottom of the wing looks good though.
Oh well, new lesson learned.
The great thing is I didn't break anything this weekend. I think this may be the first weekend without @ least a broken prop.
I'm still slowly working on the Stryker. I want to try to break it out soon.
Maybe I shouldn't say break ??
Waiting on a motor and charger from Punkindrublic (Brian).
I picked up a Carbon Falcon from Justfly this week also.
Also waiting on a brushless from ndflicks.
I think I'm set on motors and speed controls for a long time now, or wait, can you really have enough of them ?

Happy Flying.