Landing is Inevitable

Thursday, January 31, 2008

RAPTOR48 - What it could have been

Yeah I've lost my Future Slope Designs Raptor 48 to the woods of Sedili. But I had some decals all printed and ready for it. Pity I never had the chance to apply all of it on the plane.

Maybe another time. But I do enjoy doing this kinda stuff. Designing decals and logos. Maybe for the next plane I'll do one for it too. Until then.

Signing off,

Monday, January 28, 2008

Flash video - Long time coming.

This video of the Rc-Factory Flash video has been taken last year. Look at how clean the plane is. Now it's just full of mud and GOOP and epoxy and hot glue. Actually most of the repairs are in the nose area.

The Flash has now gone thru countless inverted landings and unplanned ones and the fuse is finally showing some signs of wear. Especially so in the backbone area near the tail surfaces where I had to cut it up and re-glue back on. That area is really starting to give way.

In any case, I've got my Flash replacement fund set up and when the time comes I'll be ready to get a replacement. And hopefully build it right first time round.

Hope you guys enjoy the video.

Signing off,

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ashraf's Astonishing Achievement

Actually, it's one of his milestones in his life. Starting on solid foods. I missed to get his first solid meal on tape as I was still at work. So his second meal just had to do. I think he had fruits. Cannot really remember.

This video was taken months back, but me being a procrastinator, had to do it only now. Well since I have more free time in between projects, I might as well get some of my own stuff done. Time to look thru the video vault again.

Signing off,

Sedili Trip 20.01.08

I was very jazzed about going up to Sedili for a slope gliding trip. Mainly because mom's house is just fifteen minutes away from the slope site and also because its my first time sloping there.

Alas, the trip us was not as cool as I hoped it to be. On my first outing with my Raptor48, which flew great there as compared to Bedok Reservoir got lost while in flight. On the first flight no less. Weird thing was that no one saw where it went too. Just my luck... takde rezeki. When flying in Sedili, one must have the initial mindset to lose all your planes. Good thing I developed that along the day so I did not feel like shit for most of the day. Instead I channeled my energy and time to taking vids of the other guys. Bottomline; I had fun and that was what I set out to achieve that day.

Here are some vids of the day. Enjoy.

Landings in Sedili

Mazon's Fishy Adventures

The Day's Highlights

Signing off,

Monday, January 14, 2008

Three Men Flash at Chai Chee Field

I received a call while I was sleeping in the afternoon. It was Ken asking me to join him and Max at the field opposite Block 11 at Chai Chee Road. That place has been like my "personal" practice ground but I thought that it'd be fun to fly with friends too.

So I jumped out of bed, washed the sleep off my face, grabbed the Flash and my transmitter bag and I was off. Five minutes later I found that Max and Ken were already at the field. I got everything ready and was the first to get my plane in the air. Almost immediately I went into my inverted circuits, gradually getting closer and closer to the ground.

With a captive and appreciative audience (Ken and Max) I went lower and went on with inverted tail drags in the grass and tail touches from a hover. Stuff I'd only do with people around. Of course there were the occasional inverted landings and nose first landing.

Max then wanted to practice doing stuff in tandem and I agreed. I did the inverted thing and he would fly right above my plane. Easier said than done. with a small field and different setups for our plane it was impossible to fly in tandem. This in turn led to many unscheduled landings. But it was all in good fun.

Soon, lightning could be seen in the sky nearby and we decided to pack up. I demanded to be given a ride back home even though it was a few minutes walk. They coerced me to meet them at the field... And fitting ourselves with all the planes in the car was a feat in itself. Minutes later we were all compacted in the car and Max got me home in one piece. Pure fun.

I think we'll have more fun "Flash"ing together in the near future. And with a plane as robust as this you can expect more hijinks from us.

All pictures courtesy of Ken (Madflurry@DaddyHobby)

Signing off,