Sunday, March 15, 2009

And It's Team Greene Time

OK its been a few days and I definitely have some updates. I started a kit build of a Birdie Forty. It is an interesting kit, a "pattern flyer," Long and sleek but with tricycle gear. It is an older kit that a friend gave me to build while I have some days off this week. As an older kit, it has been more interesting than a Great Planes kit where you just follow the pictures, and have labeled laser cut balsa pieces.
In other RC news, after the fun we had last weekend at the RC car races, we spent a few hours with our friend and "crew chief" James at the hobby shop "fixing up" Christina's Revo. She put in a super fast and strong servo, switching from dual drive servos to a single drive steering servo. James also helped switch to a front drive only transmission since we can't use reverse on the track anyway. This will reduce the drag from the reverse gears in the transmission. Christina learned how to replace the shock fluid in her Revo and in a 1/10 scale truck. She also made some other modifications such as a metal rear skid plate, and longer struts giving the truck a wider stance.
I had so much fun watching her with the RC car scene, I just had to get something to play as well. I got a ready to run Associated GT2 1/10 scale truck. I haven't done much yet, except remove the baffle out of the fuel tank, and remove the "restrictor plate" off of the stock engine. I have yet to even burn it in with all the work being done on the Revo. Hopefully today I can get it started and break it in so I can get to practicing.
Finally, we decided we needed to get some new bodies on these machines. Christina's Revo is going to sport a nice pink and silver body and mine is green with yellow flames. Both sport our new "Team Greene" logo. ... .. .. Going to go ride our bikes this afternoon, so will try to get some pictures posted later on.

Monday, March 9, 2009

RC Car Racin'

My wife and I met some friends out at the local outdoor RC car dirt track yesterday. What a blast! She took our Revo to test drive durning the pre-race test period. She had so much fun that she decided to stay for the races and run. I had a whole lot of fun watching her race, although I realized that I get pre-race jitters FOR her, even though Im not the one running. I have a feeling we will be back out there for her to race again soon. I think I am going to try to get us a Spektrum radio so we dont have to fight for frequencies. Maybe I can just get a Losi buggy bundle and get me a buggy out of the deal. Oh well, who knows. I was just glad she had so much fun with it.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hey, I want to build a plane and do it by myself

I am really excited.... When it comes to the RC plane hobby my wife and I both participate. Normally the job of building and prepping the planes is my job, but recently she decided she wanted to build a plane, and do it by herself. I thought I would post a few thoughts on first builds here.
I still remember my first build. It was an Eagle 2 kit that I picked up from the LHS (local hobby shop) while I was a jr. or sr. in high school. I can still recall the joy of sitting in my bedroom floor with a piece of 2'x4' plywood, a box of balsa, and a bottle of CA. I can also remember the roll of my parents eyes as I brought home this box of balsa explaining I was gonna build an airplane. I have not always been known to finish all the projects I have started so im sure my parents figured it would end up half finished in the garage somewhere. Well it did end up in the garage, although it was fully covered and well flown.
I have high hopes that my wife finds at least some of the joy I found in putting together an airplane from a pile of wood, and the joy of seeing the completed project knowing that hey .. you I built that.. I have every intention of letting her do it by herself, and providing only the most basic of assistance.
As I thought of the things I wish I had known when I built my first plane, it has nothing to do with specific ways of monokoting, or exacly how to get an exact balance on the plane. In those days the internet was new.... way new... and it would have been nice to be able to do a quick search on rcgroups or rcuniverse to see what others thought of the kit.. Its always nice to know what worked and what didnt for others.. but that doesnt mean I would have HAD to follow their advice.
For those that are new to the hobby I would pass them this as a tip... look and see what others have done.. take some and leave some when it comes to advice, dont rush even though the process is exciting, above all have fun.... if you dont find this part fun... buy an ARF..

OK just my thoughts..

PS good luck on your new build!!!