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2013-03-23 04:15:09 PM
Now that the Navy's Blue Angels are sequester-grounded, there are probably a few opportunities for this guy---so long as winds are calm.
 
2013-03-23 04:50:50 PM
Scripts Partially Allowed, 6/28...er... no thanks. I make it a point not to visit websites where i have to scroll my noscript taskbar.

Anyone have a youtube link?
 
2013-03-23 04:55:07 PM
Wow.
 
2013-03-23 05:02:28 PM
Cubicle Jockey : Scripts Partially Allowed, 6/28...er... no thanks. I make it a point not to visit websites where i have to scroll my noscript taskbar.

THAT

What possible legitimate use do you have to pull in scripts from over a dozen other sites. In this day and age of security issues, malware and browser attacks do you really expect people to enable all of that just to look at the small dollop of content you're providing.
 
2013-03-23 05:02:53 PM

Cubicle Jockey: Scripts Partially Allowed, 6/28...er... no thanks. I make it a point not to visit websites where i have to scroll my noscript taskbar.

Anyone have a youtube link?


I think saw everything on that website but a video.
 
2013-03-23 05:11:01 PM
free style indoor RC 3D flying? why yes, it is a thing and people all over the world compete in them.

there are a million videos of such competitions.. on you tube no less.. no need to link to that site.

here is an example of a competition flight
 
2013-03-23 05:15:08 PM
its synchronized swimming / rhythmic gymnastics for the RC crowd.

direct YouTube link: Nando Te Riele F3P AM Saturday EIM 2013

img.youtube.com
 
2013-03-23 05:20:50 PM
What's worse?  The `saw it on Reddit' people, or the people who biatch about enabling scripts..

Reminds me of the Arch Linux joke.

How do you know someone is running Arch Linux? Don't worry, they'll tell you..
 
2013-03-23 05:36:21 PM

HairBolus: its synchronized swimming / rhythmic gymnastics for the RC crowd.

direct YouTube link: Nando Te Riele F3P AM Saturday EIM 2013

[img.youtube.com image 320x180]


good way of putting it... Back in the day, the big thing like this was called Pattern Flying. also with its own specialized model aircraft. Pattern flying is more related to the full sized stunt pilot air shows. Lots of rules about aircraft control, line of site. Maneuvers that must be accomplished... etc, etc.. Pattern has given way to the 3D stuff. now that power to weight ratios have gotten so crazy with the brush less electric set ups and micro servos and radios.

no more than a decade or so ago, a lot of this stuff wasn't possible. and a lot of advancement in the tech has come in the past five or so.
 
2013-03-23 05:54:34 PM
Came to watch an RC plane vid.

Never watched it... saw the link to Zehia Dehar first.

thechive.files.wordpress.com

This is worth finding the original video on youtube, not RC planes.
 
2013-03-23 07:05:19 PM
Pretty good, but lets see him do it outside with a 20knot cross wind.
 
2013-03-23 10:04:01 PM

Cerebral Knievel: HairBolus: its synchronized swimming / rhythmic gymnastics for the RC crowd.

direct YouTube link: Nando Te Riele F3P AM Saturday EIM 2013

[img.youtube.com image 320x180]

good way of putting it... Back in the day, the big thing like this was called Pattern Flying. also with its own specialized model aircraft. Pattern flying is more related to the full sized stunt pilot air shows. Lots of rules about aircraft control, line of site. Maneuvers that must be accomplished... etc, etc.. Pattern has given way to the 3D stuff. now that power to weight ratios have gotten so crazy with the brush less electric set ups and micro servos and radios.

no more than a decade or so ago, a lot of this stuff wasn't possible. and a lot of advancement in the tech has come in the past five or so.


You're probably the only one here who would understand why Champaign Il was like RC Aircraft Nerdvana when I lived there a few years ago.

\used to belong to the local RC club
\\all the Horizon and Great Planes teams and fliers used our field
\\\it was like hanging out at the local golf course down the street from Tiger's house
 
2013-03-23 10:44:30 PM

darthdrafter: Came to watch an RC plane vid.

Never watched it... saw the link to Zehia Dehar first.

[thechive.files.wordpress.com image 500x281]

This is worth finding the original video on youtube, not RC planes.

The RC planes I can afford, and if I break them, I can rebuild them..  she seems like a very nice young lady though and I hope that she and her father will eventually work out their differences and come to a mutual and resolute understanding.


CheapEngineer: Cerebral Knievel: HairBolus: its synchronized swimming / rhythmic gymnastics for the RC crowd.

direct YouTube link: Nando Te Riele F3P AM Saturday EIM 2013

[img.youtube.com image 320x180]

good way of putting it... Back in the day, the big thing like this was called Pattern Flying. also with its own specialized model aircraft. Pattern flying is more related to the full sized stunt pilot air shows. Lots of rules about aircraft control, line of site. Maneuvers that must be accomplished... etc, etc.. Pattern has given way to the 3D stuff. now that power to weight ratios have gotten so crazy with the brush less electric set ups and micro servos and radios.

no more than a decade or so ago, a lot of this stuff wasn't possible. and a lot of advancement in the tech has come in the past five or so.

You're probably the only one here who would understand why Champaign Il was like RC Aircraft Nerdvana when I lived there a few years ago.

\used to belong to the local RC club
\\all the Horizon and Great Planes teams and fliers used our field
\\\it was like hanging out at the local golf course down the street from Tiger's house


Oh yes.. that is the motherland for most all RC hobby stuff. kinda like how Portland OR is the motherland of Craftbeer
 
2013-03-23 10:51:05 PM

darthdrafter: Came to watch an RC plane vid.

Never watched it... saw the link to Zehia Dehar first.

[thechive.files.wordpress.com image 500x281]

This is worth finding the original video on youtube, not RC planes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68WZ6PgsBhM
 
2013-03-24 12:31:44 AM
That was actually a damn fine job flying to the music, to be honest.


styckx: What's worse? The `saw it on Reddit' people, or the people who biatch about enabling scripts..


It's not about that. You really have to have something like that enabled to appreciate just how farked up that page was. In fact, it was easily the worst page I have seen ever. It would be like stumbling into the worst slideshow on the entire internet or something.
 
2013-03-24 01:40:10 AM
Champaign IL is he home of Tower Hobbies, the biggest mail-order hobby supplier, and one of the oldest. It was created by a student at U. of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, who started his mail-order business out of the student residence tower where he was living on-campus.  When Tower joined up with Horizon, they became like The Borg of hobby suppliers.  They put most of the bricks and mortar local hobby shops out of business. even BEFORE the internet.

  Anyhow, there's a biatchin' awesome hobby store in Champaign called Slot and Wing. HUGE place, they sell everything, they also still have the giant scale slot car tracks that used to be so popular in California, the 1:32  scale and  1:24, multi-lane... though their RC car stuff is more popular. They also have an indoor archery range. Anyway, Slot & Wing picks up all the mail-order returns that Tower gets from people that broke their models or that returned them due to damage from shipping, etc.  So there's a huge pile of airplane, heli, car, and boat parts and system components in the  "scratch and dent" department... you can assemble a complete plane and radio for pennies on the dollar, if you're a savvy RC hobby guy. Or pick up spare pars for the stuff you already have, cheaper than the catalogs.
 
2013-03-24 03:04:37 AM
Well, that was cool.
 
2013-03-24 04:43:25 AM
That part near the end, where he flew the plane over the rafters without crashing into them was pretty awesome! :D
 
2013-03-24 10:54:10 AM

Any Pie Left: Champaign IL is he home of Tower Hobbies, the biggest mail-order hobby supplier, and one of the oldest. It was created by a student at U. of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, who started his mail-order business out of the student residence tower where he was living on-campus.  When Tower joined up with Horizon, they became like The Borg of hobby suppliers.  They put most of the bricks and mortar local hobby shops out of business. even BEFORE the internet.

  Anyhow, there's a biatchin' awesome hobby store in Champaign called Slot and Wing. HUGE place, they sell everything, they also still have the giant scale slot car tracks that used to be so popular in California, the 1:32  scale and  1:24, multi-lane... though their RC car stuff is more popular. They also have an indoor archery range. Anyway, Slot & Wing picks up all the mail-order returns that Tower gets from people that broke their models or that returned them due to damage from shipping, etc.  So there's a huge pile of airplane, heli, car, and boat parts and system components in the  "scratch and dent" department... you can assemble a complete plane and radio for pennies on the dollar, if you're a savvy RC hobby guy. Or pick up spare pars for the stuff you already have, cheaper than the catalogs.


Spent lots of time @ SlotWing. It is like a garage sale in spots. Champaign was still cool because you got to see the planes they were working on, a year or so before they went on sale. Used to be I could look through the ads in the RC mags and find at least one ad that was shot at our field. And the Quicktime VR's in FS One are all from the Champaign area (whenever I'm homesick for old flying places, I fire that up.)

\gotta give props to ABC Hobbycraft in Evansville, Indiana - if they still exist
\\my Dad bought his first 4 channel radio from Tower back in the 70's
 
2013-03-24 01:00:19 PM

stumpwiz: Now that the Navy's Blue Angels are sequester-grounded, there are probably a few opportunities for this guy---so long as winds are calm.


Ah, that's the first I heard of that.  I just checked out the website, and sure enough, it looks like about half of their upcoming shows have been cancelled:   http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

I grew up about an hour from Eglin AFB.  Can't say I would miss the crowds that the shows would pull in, but it was sweet catching the Angels doing impromptu stunts along the beaches in the week before the shows.
 
2013-03-24 03:01:59 PM
Guessing the music would be hard to take.... if it was matched up with something that had some heart to it, wouldn't  be bad (like Pantera, new Device single out there would be a crowd pleaser, even Manson's remake of Tainted Love would make for some actual 'action' in the flying to score some real points).

But the classical "music"... wouldn't be able to sit through it.

/Before these new remote controlled frequencies were available, my best friend's father was into the RC planes. He bought, and built, one of the major ones out at the time ( about 30+ years ago) - think it was over $800 just for the plane and accessories if I remember it right; don't think remote came with it.  He loads up my buddy and they go out to some huge field where they won't be bothered, clears out a patch with a weed eater and off he goes.
Buddy said his dad didn't have the plane up over 2 or 3 minutes and here comes a damned big rig down the dirt road and his dad simply said, 'Shiat!!!!' and turned the plane around... but, too late.  He heard the engine go to full speed then slowly go nose down and hit full force. $800, maybe 3 minutes, and about 10 minutes to clean up debris. Apparently the last 'instructions' the plane got was when his dad was wanting to bring it back and land, which was increasing speed and lowering altitude... and it just kept doing it, going faster and continuing to nose over... then CB fouled it up, from what he said.
CB's screwed up the controls back then, completely... which I got to see for myself on his Tank (his dad bought him, and I seriously would love to have even today; 30 years later - it was awesome and looked as realistic as possible!! lol).  Using it in my yard and a lost trucker came down our residential street, tearing down tree branches and 'Left Turn Clyde,' the tank took off and hit the iron fence, splitting the tank's cannon....  (found out just how many cuss words Brian knew that afternoon.. and that truckers laugh at kids who cuss them out)
//CSB time petered out

Did they even have RC flying competitions 30 some years ago, and if so.. how?? Anyone with a high power CB could ruin the show - accidentally or... on purpose!!! (I would think, was never into them.. never had one, of any type, so never knew..)
Helluva way to cheat back then if you knew ONE person was your only competition in the show. Or, you were in Vegas!!!!!!
 
2013-03-24 03:11:12 PM

styckx: What's worse?  The `saw it on Reddit' people, or the people who biatch about enabling scripts.


The Redditors. Definitely the Redditors.
 
2013-03-24 03:13:03 PM
I bet the little man in that plane was puking his guts out.
 
2013-03-24 03:43:48 PM

TheMega: Guessing the music would be hard to take.... if it was matched up with something that had some heart to it, wouldn't  be bad (like Pantera, new Device single out there would be a crowd pleaser, even Manson's remake of Tainted Love would make for some actual 'action' in the flying to score some real points).

But the classical "music"... wouldn't be able to sit through it.

/Before these new remote controlled frequencies were available, my best friend's father was into the RC planes. He bought, and built, one of the major ones out at the time ( about 30+ years ago) - think it was over $800 just for the plane and accessories if I remember it right; don't think remote came with it.  He loads up my buddy and they go out to some huge field where they won't be bothered, clears out a patch with a weed eater and off he goes.
Buddy said his dad didn't have the plane up over 2 or 3 minutes and here comes a damned big rig down the dirt road and his dad simply said, 'Shiat!!!!' and turned the plane around... but, too late.  He heard the engine go to full speed then slowly go nose down and hit full force. $800, maybe 3 minutes, and about 10 minutes to clean up debris. Apparently the last 'instructions' the plane got was when his dad was wanting to bring it back and land, which was increasing speed and lowering altitude... and it just kept doing it, going faster and continuing to nose over... then CB fouled it up, from what he said.
CB's screwed up the controls back then, completely... which I got to see for myself on his Tank (his dad bought him, and I seriously would love to have even today; 30 years later - it was awesome and looked as realistic as possible!! lol).  Using it in my yard and a lost trucker came down our residential street, tearing down tree branches and 'Left Turn Clyde,' the tank took off and hit the iron fence, splitting the tank's cannon....  (found out just how many cuss words Brian knew that afternoon.. and that truckers laugh at kids who cuss them out)
//C ...


That had to be later than 30 years - maybe 40. 30 years ago you could use the 74 mhz frequencies for aircraft. Before that, it was 26 Mhz, way too close to the CB band.
 
2013-03-24 05:00:02 PM
KCCO

\but with No-Script and ad-block turned on.
 
2013-03-24 07:11:56 PM
Well, the earliest RC plane that actually worked was  the Guff, flown by the Good brothers in or about 1940, when the plane had to be huge to carry lead-acid batteries, and instead of servos, you had escapement mechanisms: little rubber-band powered mechanical gadgets to wiggle the rudder when a solenoid was tripped by pulsing the radio. You had to remember to push the button three times for a left, and five times for a right, then two more to straighten out... and the belt onions were HUGE.  Proportional radio control that was stable and reliable became mass-affordable ( a relative terms, it was still rich guys or ham radio guys that owned it then)  in the 60's thanks to transistors and simple IC's spun off from the space race. There were RC contests annually at the AMA Nationals since the 40's but it really boomed in the 60's and 70's.  RC scale and stunt competitions, racing on a closed course, and the afore-mentioned "pattern" contests.

RC Pattern was like early figure skating, where the skaters actually had to draw patterns in the ice with their skating.   The RC Pattern guys were the elite then, their planes were complex and fast, using a tuned pipe muffler like motorcycles did, to increase engine power.  Pattern was about drawing the perfect figures in a certain sequence inside an imaginary "box" in the air, and the planes soon mutated to shapes that were optimized for this task, looking oddly proportioned compared to scale craft.

I got into the hobby in the 70's, but the Pattern guys in the club were (almost) always a-holes. They were typically wealthy snobs but also aggressive guys that would use up the entire sky at the field practicing incessantly, so as to make it tough for the rest of us to find safe flying room. The Pattern guys would also break the curfews, starting engines too early and disturbing neighbors, overflying their property, and flying after six in the summertime, which pestered neighbors sitting down to dinner.  See, the tuned pipes did little as mufflers, they were just to increase power, and the prop noise was pretty bad too.
 
2013-03-25 01:40:29 AM

Any Pie Left: i


I would be willing to bet the one in the video is electric.
 
2013-03-25 01:42:30 AM

Any Pie Left: They put most of the bricks and mortar local hobby shops out of business. even BEFORE the internet.


I remember seeing their ads in Model Aircraft News as a kid. Say, you remember a company called Byron's Originals? Their thing was giant scale planes, and I remember each year they had some big even by their HQ in Iowa.
 
2013-03-25 07:50:55 AM
The one in the video  IS electric.

Byron Originals still exists, or at least you can still get plans and some parts for their planes. But it's been eclipsed by a number of competitors. Byron's biggest contribution to the sport was in the early ducted fan jets.
 
2013-03-25 07:58:04 PM

Lando Lincoln: styckx: What's worse?  The `saw it on Reddit' people, or the people who biatch about enabling scripts.

The Redditors. Definitely the Redditors.




When there are more scripts than text, there is a problem.
 
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