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General Discussion / Whats shakin
« on: November 05, 2018, 03:37:16 pm »
Just buzzin the tower see what ya'll are up too. Been a busy summer, got my boys into martial arts, kick boxing, and a little football although that didn't go over well. Guess they just want to punch and kick people and not really into the games much. They're finally getting to where they don't wear me down to nothing at the end of the day.

I dipped my toe back into the IL2 world, got CLOD blitz installed and fooling around again. Wow what a sim.. I'm impressed. I'll have to order one of those 6dof trackers though, only had my version 1 trackir and a hat that's seen better days. We might have burned a big hole in it one day using a blow torch working on the car.. Ooopsie

My older boy isn't digging it but my younger one thought it was a neat sim too. Might get him going later, been showing him this and that, he's reading some of my flight books so we'll see how it goes. Trying to keep them into outdoor stuff but winter is close, we're getting to primarily basketball and indoor swimming time which is great but variety is nice. Local airport gave them rides but they can't take any lessons to learn to fly until they're a bit older

In my own adventures a week ago had the chance to rent a sig 226 for an hour. Attached was my second target, few others later were even better with nearly no red left in the bullseye! Man what a gun, I can see why so many in special forces dealt with the heavy weight and bulky shape compared to others for so long. It was magical. Mid summer attended a civilian marksmanship program. That was super cool to see those m1 garands and some m14s again in action launching lead. I almost hit a perfect 100 score in prone at 200 yards, shot a 98, then 91 and 92 in rapid prone and sitting, and standing did a poor 71 but I was so happy with my prone score I didn't care! Tried to attend another one later towards start of fall but I had to work that evening so I couldn't do it or else fall asleep on my keyboard

With any luck maybe I'll see ya'll in the skies in the near future as the boys become little more self sufficient and my work schedule loosens up a bit for the holidays. Or maybe you'll see my 7 yr old take to the skies, might want to put him in a hurricane little easier to zip around more forgiving with it's near impossible to stall characteristics.

Take it easy! Blazin




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General Discussion / Project Appleseed Org
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:22:49 pm »
Hey guys!

Been a while, thought I'd pop in see what all the air heads been up too! I've been hitting it hard at work and family seems to rarely let up. I signed up to this thing called an appleseed 2 day event and hit the field learning to fire some long guns. Used a 22 bolt action 80% of the time, then second day after passing the qualification test (search appleseed AQT, pretty tough) I hung the 22 up and grabbed a slightly larger 223 and cleared the red coat card!

Cherry on the top, got to lay down behind an M1 Garand and put 10 rounds down range hitting steel at 200 yards, I surprised myself using iron sights first time on something like that and rang the steel several times! It was a heck of a feeling holding that piece of history and getting a chance to launch a few rounds down a beautiful range.

Now back to work, got house issues to fix. Grabbin the shovel gotta dig up some water lines again this weekend :( Life! ugh

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General Discussion / Hows it hangin?
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:02:29 pm »
What's up gang? I was thinkin about ya'll thought I'd give ya a shout out. I did a lot of drone racing last year had a lot of fun with it but after the winter I haven't touched the things. Racing was just a fad for me I guess. The FPV is super cool and I'll enjoy messing around but my neighbors sure dont like it if I'm buzzing around the area haha! So since I have mad respect for those who put up with me and my LOUD kids I keep it mostly in the box anymore.

So mostly been working and lately started a new little hobby, plinking targets with a couple of various handguns. I picked up several different Rugers in 9mm and got a membership to a club. Wow shooting is such a simple task that's so difficult thing to do well! I think the rifles are cool too but some reason handguns are just more fun to me. Grabbed an old western style 6 shooter too that's chambered in 45, its amazing, but it was too pricey to keep so I gave it back after trying it out. 9's are very economical to purchase and use. 22 is fun too but I enjoy the bigger blast and a little recoil

Plus, its something fun to do outside away from tech and when the weather is bad the club has an indoor range.  If this hobby sticks with me maybe I can have my boys show me up in a few years when they're old enough.

Anyway, don't want to ramble on. Was thinkin about ya'll and thought I'd say hi and share with ya my latest little hobby! So HIIIII!

haha

Take care guys


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General Discussion / Metal Earth Models
« on: February 15, 2016, 04:03:38 pm »
Sharing another little hobby I started to get away from the computer screen and do something with the kids. Started putting together these little kits from http://metalearthmodel.com/

Most recent was a Titanic that my boss started and gave me the parts he completed and I finished it as best I could. Didn't come out too bad. I got the tops of the stacks backwards and a railing is missing as I didn't have it, but otherwise couldn't be better!

I did some star wars ones with the kids. Soon as I finished I took some photos then handed them over. So far none have survived! haha

I don't mind though, it was fun to build with them and I got a picture out of it so that works. On average the easy ones (single plate) take 45 minutes to do, harder ones (two plates) may take 2 to 6 hours depending how careful I'm being. Since I know its not going to last anyway I usually go pretty quick. Why not.. They look amazing even if not 100% right

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General Discussion / The Drone Racing League
« on: February 15, 2016, 03:43:43 pm »
I got into this stuff a few months ago, actually like it a lot and any spare time I've had has been twitching the sticks on my home made drone. Check it out:

http://thedroneracingleague.com/

Very cool, I don't have a camera yet as I'm still running into walls. Its sooo sensitive. I'm using a zmr 250 frame with cc3d chip. Tons of fun, I thought making my own drone would be too hard but it wasn't that bad.

Lots of electrical tape, I didn't trust myself enough to heat shrink or clean it up much. I just soldered and taped and strapped things down. Got my 5 year old helping with the solder gun and wrenching on stuff. Good times



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General Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:18:27 am »
Been a while, thought I'd drop in say hello and merry christmas!

I finally finished a masters in CS about 6 months ago and been working away in the field last few years while doing the grind. Now my brain is a mushy drippy thing on the floor so last 6 months has been relax and return to life time.

Hit a few shows for fun and buddy told me about this blues guy that's amazing, joe bonomassa. Wow, and with beth hart, wow. Very cool stuff. Now that I'm not running 24/7 on crap I dusted off the stick and flew a bit. CLOD is sooooo good, I have BOS also but some reason I just enjoy the hurricanes and 109s. Spits are neat, dunno why I like the clunky 9 years to roll hurri, but its a cool bird.

take care!

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General Discussion / Airplane Repo - Discovery Channel
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:14:17 pm »
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/airplane-repo

DVR'd this last night, commercial breaks are the longest I've seen in a show. Would test my patience if I had not recorded them. Pretty good show

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IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad / How far along are they now?
« on: February 02, 2014, 06:13:21 pm »
Wondering when this sim will be finished? I haven't kept up with it, last time I even flew it was prior to 109s being available. Is there a projected date or what's the % done now show when you start it up?

I would just check but I've formatted my PC back to win7 and I don't even have it installed right now

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IL_2 Cliffs of Dover / General FM Guidelines
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:28:27 pm »
http://www.theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/wiki/doku.php?id=start

Some good stuff on there, I wasn't sure myself of the RPM / boost range for the various aircraft and came across this couple weeks ago digging around. I have found the 109e3 I can exceed the 2500rpm range for short bursts without blowing up long as my temps are good.

I was wondering, when you guys fly the e3, are you glancing back and forth at your dials in a fight? I've been playing by ear, adjusting pitch based on the sound of the engine when I'm in the thick of things. Curious if you guys even use the e3 much and how you manage the engine?

For oil rads knowing how open or close they are I just count the number of turns I make on the crank and usually keep em full open when I get in a fight until I'm trying to go fast I might go half way. Those huge things are like air brakes, can't say I've noticed much difference when I have the water cooler full open or not. Seems the biggest hit is from the oil flaps under the wings.

Feel like I'm flying in arcade settings with the 109, ammo just never runs out. Like 3 bursts from a spit and its all done!

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