All Hail Scale!
Obviously, I’m a scale nut! I think it seriously runs in my blood. I actually cut myself once and started bleeding Federal Standard color chips! 😉 In all seriousness, the big scale projects I build, I’m always building with scale contests in mind…it’s kind of a sickness. When I found out that the US Scale Master’s (USSM) championships are once again being hosted by the Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers this year, I knew that this year was a contest year for me! You see, I had attended the championships in 2013 at Woodland-Davis and had an absolute blast and have been hoping for a chance to go back and fly with them again!
April 23-24, the Gilman Springs RC flyers hosted the USSM Western Regional Qualifier. This is a new home for this event as years previously it had been hosted by the Hemet Model Masters. The Gilman Springs venue is great for flying since it’s on private land and has minimal limitations for airspace and aircraft type that can fly out there (rare for sites Continue reading
AMA EXPO 2016 — The place to geek out on the latest in RC!
Ah, the AMA Expo. Heralded at the Ontario Convention center, it’s a great show to geek out on everything RC while scoring deals you wouldn’t normally get on RC products. Though not always known as the AMA show, nor held at the Ontario Convention Center, this show has been ongoing in Southern California for a long time. I remember attending a different incarnation of the show as a kid with my dad. In fact, I even met my wife at this show when it was still held in Pasadena…wrap your heads around that one, haha! It’s really hard to believe just how much the hobby has changed and I’ve watched it change each year through this show! Even in just the last 10 years things have changed so much.
Now, an RC trade show means many things to many people. For most however, it means three things — scoring deals while seeing what’s new and exciting and catching up with Continue reading
Jets, Jets, JETS!!
In case you couldn’t tell, I love RC jets. I suppose that comes from a combination of a secret desire I have always had to have been a military fighter pilot (my eyes went bad in Jr High, so ended that dream which led my trajectory towards engineering) and growing up watching my dad fly RC jets most every weekend. He was one of the early pioneers of RC jets helping to make common place ducted fan and later turbine powered scale jets. In fact, he was one of the first 10 to even hold a turbine waiver in the US. So I suppose it’s a family passion that runs multiple generations, haha!
The Arizona RC Jet Rally
When it comes to events, the Arizona Jet Rally is probably mine and my Dad’s favorite event of the year. My dad has not missed this event in it’s entire 27 year run thus far! Always held on the weekending before Thanksgiving and hosted at Superstition Air Park in Mesa, AZ by the Arizona Model Aviators, the event is Continue reading
Big Jolt 2015 Post Game Report
If you’ve never been to an all electric model airplane event, it’s an experience. These type of events bring all sorts of different kinds of modelers ranging from guys who love pure scale (like myself) to others who just love to build atypical type models that you wouldn’t even expect to see fly let alone built, but it’s awesome and always unique. Of course, you still get the range of 3D fliers too, but most importantly, you get a bunch of folks sharing what they love and having a good time which is always the sign of a good event.
Big Jolt is a Southern California event that’s been going for the last few years and has been a pretty popular electric model airplane fly-in. Though not an event I’ve been a regular attendee of the last few years, I decided to go this year and I’m glad I did. Unfortunately the numbers were down from years past but there was still plenty of fun to be had! Hosted by PVMAC in Chino, CA, it’s an immaculate field with a huge 800 ft runway (same location as Wings Over Prado from earlier this year) so it’s always worth the drive!
What struck me this year was the variety of aircraft that Continue reading
THE MIRAMAR AIR SHOW — ALWAYS A GOOD TIME!
Labeled as one of the largest air show in the country, the Miramar Air Show is a must see if you’re ever able to make a trip to San Diego and see it. It is an awesome combination of static displays and incredible flying from some of the best pilots and air show teams in the world. Also, being a military air show it always features the latest and greatest technology (the last couple years they’ve featured the F-35B). As a kid, I spent numerous weekends at this air show and so it always brings back memories. Growing up, my dad was invited to fly for many years as part of the RC demonstration — I even flew as a part of it too. In fact, I used to fly a duet formation flight with another Chris not much older than I was. Believe it or not, I can even remember attending the air show when the Blue Angels were still flying A-4s! But, I digress. The air show is something that I love not only for the aviation aspect but also for the nostalgia, the reminder of walking the same show I did as a kid while now also being able to share that experience with my own kids.
Friday was the day I was able to make it (a day off work for an air show? Heck yes! 😉 ). The goal is always to be up early and out the door to make a complete day of it. I arrived to the sound of Sean D. Tucker flying heavy aerobatics (if you’ve never seen him fly, he is an incredible pilot, I have video below) and quickly parked and hopped on the tram to the show. I spent most of the morning walking the static displays before Continue reading
Geek Power! (raises fist to the sky with glowing ring on finger followed by numerous lightning flashes)
Though RC is my passion, as the name on this blog indicates, I’m also a geek (I know, shocking, right?!). Though I’m not a big reader of comic books or graphic novels (I generally read for research), I love many of the comic book characters and thoroughly enjoy the many movies and TV shows that are out. I’ve researched origin stories and evaluated similarities of film stories to comic book stories and all that nonsense (cue Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds as he declares, “NERD!!”). So, you can understand my excitement when this year, I had the opportunity to go to one of San Diego’s institutions…Comic-Con! If you know anything about how tickets are acquired for Comic-Con, being an average Joe like me, tickets seem almost impossible to obtain. Somehow this year, we made it through and with much excitement by myself (and the rest of my family), we got tickets!
It was an early, cloud covered Sunday morning of getting to the Trolley station (no way were we going to drive down there!) and picking up our tickets. We arrived an hour before the doors opened and there were already droves of people flowing towards the convention center. Surprisingly though, getting our tickets was Continue reading
The Warbirds and Classics Post Game Report
There’s no question that the Scale Squadron of SoCal know how to put on an event. Originators of the US Scale Masters, they have been putting on scale events since day one as scale is their true passion. It is no surprise that this years Warbirds and Classics event was no exception! Running in its ninth year, the event was held at a new location; the OCMA “Bob Swenson” field in Black Star Canyon next to Irvine Lake. Nestled amongst the hills of Orange County, the runway is a nicely manicured and smooth stone composite material that is as hard as asphalt. There had been some light rains a few weeks prior and so the surrounding scenery was lush with green grass and native California shrubbery. Add to that Continue reading
The Wings Over Prado Wrap-up Report
If you’ve never been to an RC airplane event, you should go to one, even if it’s just to spectate. It’s a great time where pilots hang out and share their love of RC. Not to mention, you get full access to an RC field for 2-4 straight days to get in as much flying as your thumbs can handle! April 24-26, 2015 was the Wings Over Prado event hosted by the Pomona Valley Model Airplane Club (PVMAC) at the Prado airpark near Chino, CA. They have a world class venue with a gorgeous 800 ft paved runway and tons of wide open sky to tear up. Plus, for you single guys, there’s a women’s prison down the road if you’re looking for a date!
I attended the event Friday and Saturday taking what video and pictures I could when I wasn’t flying or shooting the breeze with friends. Unfortunately, the weather those days wasn’t ideal, but that didn’t stop us from getting in the flying we wanted! The winds Continue reading