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General Discussion / Re: Whats shakin
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:27:11 pm »
I had the afternoon off, after doing some work on my car got into a server and had some hurricane fun. Got one, then after an rtb rammed a second LOL

Woops! All the gear ran fine, was fun. Too bad its not like the hyper lobby days with 200+ people online but it was still fun! I'll have to hop in a spit soon and try my hand at some AI controlled 109s. Get a little faster action that way rather than flying for 2 hours online and maybe run into one opponent. Its like I'm replaying the sitzkrieg in those servers. Perhaps I'm just not online at the right time of day :(

S!

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General Discussion / Re: Whats shakin
« on: November 10, 2018, 06:39:50 pm »
Hey thumper! Good to hear from ya. I don't want to fly as much as I used too, which was practically every waking moment of my day back then, but I do enjoy a flight here and there so if I get to do that I'll be very happy. I've enjoyed doing a lot more outside lately, but it is fun to get some stick time in again. Skewer was nice to help me get my hurricane in the air last thursday, it was pretty cool. Forgot to switch on trackir so I just flew for fun and landed a while later with my 7 year old pulling at my arm trying to get me to quit haha

See how it goes, which is more popular? BOS or IL2? I'm guessing BOS due to more interesting landscape on eastern front? Which I totally get, I just happened to have IL2 purchased a while back, I bought BOS as well but can't remember what I did with it so I'll have to buy it again.

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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 / Re: Metal Earth Models
« on: May 30, 2016, 10:04:57 am »
Falcon and tie fighter

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General Discussion / Re: Metal Earth Models
« on: May 30, 2016, 10:03:59 am »
The black pearl

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General Discussion / Re: Metal Earth Models
« on: May 30, 2016, 10:02:56 am »
some more, star wars stuff  8)

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General Discussion / Re: The Drone Racing League
« on: May 30, 2016, 09:43:41 am »
Great pic Ram! Thanks for sharing!

I live in ohio so there's tons of open areas to go fly and be safe about it. I typically stop at a state park on my way home from work, at 5pm on a weekday it's totally abandoned in most areas. I do some circles around myself so I can spin and make sure I'm clear every minute or two.

Since I'm just doing 15 min a day or so progress is slow but coming. I'm zig zagging between trees and learning to fly faster and low. Ground effect sucks! Gotta throw the throttle around a ton when I change angles or turn, just start to level or bank close to something and I get 10x the thrust as normal so I have to be careful I don't rocket up 30 feet by mistake. It's a real dance flying these things.

I am a little concerned over losing signal, it's happened 3 times when my antenna was damaged. I didn't think it would make a lot of difference but then I researched radios and found out when my son broke part of the antenna off it changed the tuning slightly. So I popped a new antenna on and I haven't lost signal since.

I looked at some long range stuff just to over compensate and use as insurance so I don't drop it out of the sky again. I hit pavement straight down no power from about 3 stories up. It flipped over and landed on the battery. I cut the leads and gave it a salt bath to discharge and dispose safely. I don't know if I'll ever actually race, it's just fun to cruise around for a bit after work and get back into the passion of flying again!

I'll have to get a big flyer sometime. I could just park in the middle of a bunch of giant bean fields and fly around. Parks typically have too many trees to keep visual contact of something like a plane for long lol A tiny little drone I can zip and zoom, bank and roll and whatever in a nice little 400x400' square where obstacles are encouraged! haha I've laughed so many times at myself when I judge it wrong and WHACK WHACK WHACK leaves are flying and branches are falling. Great stress killer before I get home


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General Discussion / Re: The Drone Racing League
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:01:04 pm »
Buddy of mine got a very nice versa copter from flite test:

http://store.flitetest.com/ft-versacopter-280-v2-quad-kit/

I gave him some pointers on what I learned building mine and his is a beast. 6" props and a wider base make it much more stable in flight. The motors, esc ratings, and computer are very similar to what I have (almost identical), but with a wider span between the arms he can fit bigger props for more lift at lower RPM. While it won't respond as fast I think he'll be up and flying in half the time I was.

To kind of summarize the options if your curious:

  280mm frame with 6" props = Nice quad copter, awesome to learn on and still very fast
  250mm frame with 5" props = Twitchy craft, very responsive!
  210mm frame with 5" props = Insanity in terms of responsiveness and acceleration

I'm no longer crashing into walls, though my son hit the throttle when I wasn't looking and thank goodness it wasn't lined up with a light bulb over head! Put a little ding in the ceiling and made my heart jump out of my throat! haha! There was -0- time to make any correction, its a rocket when you punch the throttle!

I thought the flight sims were sometimes unrealistic with responsiveness, after playing with this puppy for the past few months I wonder if the real things weren't actually MORE responsive than any of us realize.

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General Discussion / Re: Metal Earth Models
« on: February 16, 2016, 06:03:31 pm »
There's no glue, it's a tab and slot system. For exposed areas you typically bend the tab over 90 degrees. For hidden places use a tool to twist the tab a 1/4 turn. Twisting tabs is a tighter fit than bending, so sometimes areas that you're supposed to bend I'll still twist.

I did a few of the aircraft and they are pretty frustrating, I didn't like them much. The helicopter was very easy but the corsair was terrible. I felt like the entire tail section could come off with a strong breeze! I'd recommend to start out new getting anything that's a single plate, wait until you've completed a few to get the harder two plate designs. Also their tool kit kinda sucks except for the snips to cut the parts out. I don't know how anyone completes a model without a nice tight pair of cutters. I'd ruin most of the parts trying to get them out without a good pair of snips.

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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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