Monday, June 08, 2009

Still Kicking . . . Just Not With The Left Foot

Seems that when mowing one's lawn on a steep downhill slope, it's a wise idea to not allow yourself to slide down said downhill slope. The reason? There's a good chance that one or both of your feet could wind up in great peril at the hands of the rapidly rotating sharp thing located under your lawn mower. I know this first hand.

Word to the wise: Don't try to trim your toenails with a lawn mower, they tend to be a bit aggressive about it.

Basically, my wife got to to spend Mother's Day at the Emergency Room, I got to be tortured by a crew of sadistic medical "professionals" in a manner that would get government officials indicted had it happened at Guantanamo, and I got a three week vacation from work. I'm walking again now, wearing shoes, and didn't lob off anything that won't likely grow back. I was EXTREMELY lucky, and it's a mistake I won't make twice.

Enough of this nonsense, here's some model airplane pics. Seems I've had plenty of time to work on projects over the last few weeks.


The Slope Monkey flies! OK, it glides, but it's going to be a blast on the slope either way. My sore foot hasn't been too comfy with the idea of hiking to the top of any hills yet however, so Dick was nice enough to hall her aloft for a couple of test flights atop his venerable Telemaster.



Here's part of my almost completed Mini Telemaster, a scaled down version of Dicks famed glider hauler. I'm doing several mods on this kit, in the form of a magnetic battery hatch, ailerons, drastically reduced wing dihedral, and a modern outrunner motor. Stay tuned for more updates. I didn't get it quite finished during my healing process, but it's entirely framed up now, just waiting for finishing touches and it'll be ready to cover.



Here's a plane that's so darn cute, I couldn't resist building one. The Micro Stick from Radical RC. This is a kit built plane, no ARF available to the best of my knowledge, but thanks to Dave Thacker's expert design skills, and the quality laser cutting of this kit, it goes together faster than most ARFs I've built. Basically, if you can put together a jigsaw puzzle, you can build this airplane in short order, and best of all, you get to cover it however you want. The little mosquito not only actually flies, but actually flies quite well. If you can handle a Mugi Evo, you can handle this little guy no problem.



Just a little parting shot to show the diversity available to the model aircraft enthusiast. Everything from the Micro Stick, to Crashis Clay's 46% Extra 260, is available for your flying or spectating pleasure at a model flying field near you. Be sure to stop by the Billings Flying Mustangs field on June 19, 20, and 21 for our annual fly in. There will be 3 days of nonstop flying action with not only these two planes, but everything in between, good food, good friends, night flying, free camping, hot chicks . . . you name it, we got it! Stop by and say hello if you get the chance, you won't regret it. Full details on the 'Mustang's site.