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08-19-2008 02:01 AM  12 years ago
Texmech

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Times up!
Ok you better post some pictures PRONTO! Or else I'll have everyone of you black balled from every online RC source imagineable.

Where's Nick Demo flight???????
Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.
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08-19-2008 12:37 PM  12 years ago
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Come on "CallieGraphics Boy", you don't have the juice. We didn't see her there. We wanted to find out what you did to be blocked by CG. How's the wallpaper graphics thing working out for you in good ole
hotn'sweaty Houston?
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08-20-2008 04:02 PM  12 years ago
dialarotor

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IRCHA-NWMICH HELI GUYS-SWARM-SWAG-BIG WINNERS
A glorious fun week. Go back 7 days,Wednesday the 13th, the boys from NWMICHIGAN HELI PILOTS meet up in Cadillac at 0700. Fueled, loaded, IRCHA money stashed, tires aired-up, GPS maps turned on, walkie talkies set.
Head'em Up, Move'm Out, Roll'n Roll'n Roll'n, keep them doggies movin'. I was pulling the pop-up, Chris Z in the PimpDaddy Bus,
Tony and Larry/Jerry Lawhead in the Toyota/Trailer rig, SR & JR in the
Ranger/pop-up rig made up the caravan headed for Muncie. Others would follow later, Raptor Chief, Lars and family, Nick & Brandon, Big Steve and wife, Newman, the new boys from Kalkaska. Beautiful weather and easy traffic and the trip was pleasant. We had lunch and a gas stop in Auburn IN, and then on to Modeling Mecca in Muncie.
Our gang arrived around 1400, that's 2PM for you land lubbers, ayeee.
With the pop-ups,camper setup in a semi circle the boys from NWMICHIGAN had arrived. And right next to us the boys from SWARM started arriving with their tents and camping gear. The SWARM had the usual guys from Wisconsin and the transplants that make-up the West Palm Beach/Port St. Lucie Chapter of SWARM. For those in the know, SWARM guys are the creators of the Friday night flight line party. They are the RUMBALL KINGS, and prep rumballs and deep friend cajun chicken wings, SWARM SHOTS all topped off with crazy night flying. The "coach" Mike Sherman is the deep fryer, Dave "launchpad" Lewis, is the MC, and "UBE" is the keeper of the tales, with Tim the
DJ. Dave Lewis got the nickname "lauch pad" after he got the brillant idea of using his transmitter case as a flat surface to launch a fireworks mortar. Only problem was the mortar was put in upside down and the case, radio and charger inside got blown to hell.
Damn, hate when that happens.
Wednesday night was nice with the EZE-UPS set on the flight line, the grill was fired up for some dogs and whatever. Thursday dawned beautiful, sunny, cool breeze and the flight line was 3/4's full already. The midway was bigger with more vendors lots of hot vendor chicks passing out swag. T-shirts, hats, water bottles, brochures, crash kits, were coming our way in steady streams. Thanks to all the vendors, we loved it. Lots of new manufacturers with helis I have never seen before. The photo boys from Heli Freak, RunRyder, RC Heli,SKS Video and Crack Roll were everywhere. There was no shortage of coverage for this event.
Thursday night with the help of Debra Z, Steve B's wife and myself, we set up a KABOB factory to make dinner for our group and for the SWARM guys for taking such good care of us the past 2 years. Chris fired up the campfire pit, the Corona bucket was full and iced, limes cut, cocktail fixins ready and 4 platters of Kabobs. Our own Chef Mark B. setup his deepfry factory and made beautiful deep fried onion rings,mushrooms,cauliflower. Mark is the master of the deep fryer. The KABOBS went on 3 grills and the party was on.
I finally called it quits as 0125.
Up at 0715 and it was day 2 Friday, the campground was swelling and more eze-ups on the front line, and the helis and golf carts were going crazy. The antique heli tent was full of helis from yesteryear and they were flying great and making us old timers wonder, "where did all the time and money go?" The scale flight station was active the whole 4 days with lots of scalers, big and small, eletric, nitro,and turbine going strong.
The Boys Scout again did a great job of providing good value food snacks all day long. The after dinner flying was always good with all stations full. 18 stations on the flight line and flight area 3 being used. The SWARM guys were busy in the afternoon running the rumball factory for the evenings festivities. Finally the sun set, our village had the tiki lamps lighted and the cocktails came out. Once we saw the SWARM tribal fires and music going we abled over for the Friday night soiree. When I arrived, "Coach" was deep fryin' the chicken, "Launchpad Lewis" was doing the seasoning, Tim the music selecting, and the SWARMTENDERS were pouring the mystery shots. People started ambling in out of the darkness with the hungry look on their faces. Pretty soon, Mike, aka "Coach" looked at me and said,"I don't think we have enough wings to feed all these people". I said, "NO PROBLEM" I still have four batches of Kabobs from the night before on ice. Tony Lawhead, grabbed his cool grill, I fetched the kabobs and barbeque sauce and we went to work. I cut up 8 limes for the cold Corona's SWARM provided this night. I put out the plates and kapkins and Tony and I hit it on the grill, soon platter after platter of grilled goodies along with SWARM'S 40 pounds of chicken wings was being devoured. The night before we present the SWARM with their new "spudgun" and with the party now going nicely SWARM members Clay and Tim got into the spirit of things and had a bang-up time. Finless Bob and other HF guys drifted in, CrackRoll guys, Outrage heli guys and many others were gather around. To add to all the fun, SWARM had all their night flying birds ready and put up some cool night flights. Singles, doubles, and the topper, a flight of 5 night flying helis gettin' it done. "Launchpad Lewis" was going great in the 5-way but finally put the Stratus night bird in the dirt. Now that takes real rumballs to night fly a Stratus on working man wages, no factory or team behind Dave, just Visa and Mastercard. "Ube" had the brightest light on his bird and made all of us over-50 types proud with the flights he put up. Youth is wasted on kids. "UBE" can still get it up and lay it down. Well just shy of 0200 I called it quits and the clean up was done. Thanks to the mystery guys on the far side of the site for putting up that cool fireworks show.
Time for sleep.
0720, Oh Boy, Saturday, the biggest day. Damn, more sunshine and gentle breezes, heli flying is a biotch. The good news, the SWARM/NWMICH HELI GUYS joint effort of the night before wasn't mentioned at the morning pilot meeting. The bad news, 2 boneheads did some crop damage with some golf carts, too bad, at least it wasn't our guys. The day was full with lots of buying at the vendors. Our own Chris Z was in the hunt for a new TREX500. Well wouldn't you know, at the Align tent they got into a trivial pursuit thing and Chris Z guessed the right answer after Tony L put him on the right track and he won a NIB TREX500. Way to go Chris. As the sun started to move to the west side of the field folks drifted down to the show center/midway area. It was getting close to Heli-Christmas time. The NWMICH guys staked out an area with our chairs. A few of us slipped off for the IRCHA dinner, this year provided by BOSTON MARKETS food prep people. The dinner was very good with options like mashed potatoes, cornbread,macaroni and cheese, sweet corn, grilled chicken, meatloaf, gravy, and drink. Food at IRCHA is not a problem. There was a big smoked barbeque trailer besides the Boy Scout food tent, several drinks station vendors, ice cream treat vendors, and Dominos was on site with hot and ready pizzas to go. With the NWMICH guys in their seats and about a 1000 other folks gathered around, the IRCHA PRIZE PATROL folks arrived and the fun began. Brett did a good job of MC'ing the proceedings with the help of his lovely assistant. There were lots of moments of laughter and joking and our own Chris Z, was finally given a new nickname, (PimpDaddy) as he kept sending his little girls up to coax prizes and swag from the presenters. With all of us sitting there minding our own business and wishing we had different pilot numbers, out the clear blue, lightening struck. Mark Bonofiglio RAPTORCHIEF had his number called and he won a MIKADO LOGO 600 + battery. WOW, WOW, WOW,WOW. I was afraid he might faint and we would have to revive him. Way to go Mark. So on goes the Price is Right Giveaway and then BANG, Nick Harwood's #611 is called and he wins the cool new hot ATOM 500 heli with battery,blades,servos,gyro, monster motor, made by COMPASS Models. The first one in the USA. Well shut my mouth, our group has won 3 helis in 24 hours. Then BANG AGAIN, one of our SWARM buddies PhotoBoy CARLOS, wins the Henry Caldwell built and tested new
OUTRAGE 450 with battery, DX-7 radio system, way to go CARLOS.
The prizes were terrific this year, THANK YOU all you vendors and manufacturers. Chris Bergen, your TASER was gorgeous, TINA of ALIGN all those TREX helis and that GRAND PRIZE 700 was the bomb. The AURORA grand prize was also a beauty, thanks AVANT. JR,Futaba,Kyosho,Protos,Outrage,Scorpion,Century,Hirobo,Genesis and all you others, THANKS from all of us. Also many sponsored pilots and multiple winners recycled there prizes, kudos to all of you, that was very classy.
Prizes awarded, it was time to stake out new locations for the night fly. With the sun down past the horizon the night fly featured two groups 5 and 4 with the top 3 and 2 of those groups going to the $1000 fly off. The flying was sick. The blade stops were real crowd pleasers. The winner, Nick Maxwell,basically flying a lighted hocky stick as he scrubbed all the LED lights off his homemade night blades as he flew them into the dirt making high speed low passes, he must of stole the heli because that is the way he flew it.
After the night fly we all ambled back to the tiki lamps, campfire and all the remaining hooch came out. Soon the SWARM GUYS with all the Floridians gathered around the NWMICHIGAN HELI PILOTS campfire area to keep warm and then the boys from CRACKROLL.COM with a huge box of beers and many others stumbled in. Thanks CR guys, glad you had fun the night before at the SWARM/NWMICH SHINDIG. An HF guy showed up with a full pitcher of COSMOPOLITANS along with our Bloody Marys and Margaritas. Tales were swapped along with names, and addresses, and friendships made. I headed to the rack at 0240 and the hangers-on finally drifted off by 0400.
Sunday, 0730 the group was up and off to Boy Scout breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Campers and tents packed once the sun dried off the dew. The NWMICHIGAN caravan was off and gone at 0930 and I remained to enjoy the SUNDAY flying and I took my time to savor the last day of IRCHA 2008. Checked all the last minute deals, watched the pros fly and got in some flights of my own. With the camper, coolers, tables, helis, and new purchases packed it was time to say goodbye until next year. Only 361 days to go.

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08-20-2008 04:23 PM  12 years ago
czolen

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Nice Job Mike
Reading your narrative of IRCHA 2008 is like living the weekend all over again.

Thanks,
Chris
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08-20-2008 04:45 PM  12 years ago
MikeSherman

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Mike,

You either take great notes, or are just blessed with a remarkable memory! Your attention to detail is beyond me...

This is "Coach" the "Wing-Cooker" Sherman here. We (SWARM) had an absolute wonderful time partying with you guys last week.

I personally thank you for your shish kabobs - man those were yummy. The onion rings were outstanding as well. And cold Coronas - what can I say - THANKS!

Trust me when I say that the spud gun your club built for us will go to great use....I'm sure we'll find many things to fire out of that beast. We'll bring the stories to IRCHA next year.

Thanks again, for offering your left-over kabobs at our flight line party Friday night! I was amazed at how many pilots and friends showed up! We will definately have to join forces next year and have one hell-of-a-party next year. Maybe we can get those booth-babes to jiggle around for us too! Ha!

Next year I think we may need to double our runball production as we barely left enough for ourselves for the Saturday night fly! Those babies are getting popular. We made 6 batches Friday afternoon which is about 300 rumballs total.

The 40# of chicken wings went as fast as I could fry them! Next year two fryers and two grills going should help with demand. Lotsa hungry pilots.

The sad news - we only killed one heli and that was Dave's Stratus. Too bad for Dave since the night previously he killed his radio box, DX7 and Duralite charger! Make no mistake about it - when Dave puts his mind to it - he can destroy, erh..accomplish anything! Ha!

No one was fined or arrested either - even though Muncie local law and state patrol were called in twice....hmmmmm no fireworks here - CHECK THE WEST END! Ha!

I Already have next year penciled in on my Outlook Calendar. Can't wait to start the planning.

Your friends in Wisconsin - SWARM

Dave
Carlos
Todd
Tim
Greg
Eric
Jun
Mark
Jeff
Terry
Tom

Later,

Mike Sherman
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Team Heliproz
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08-20-2008 04:55 PM  12 years ago
dialarotor

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Hey Coach, great to hear from you and yes it was a blast. Now the upside of the merge is not only the food, but we are night flying crazy too, so we should be able to add a least five more night flying whackos to the mix. Next year more music, more grills, more night flyers and more fun. Stay in touch as I really like all the blue bling on your raptor, may want some of that for myself. The upside of the combined party, we might get more sleep, yeah NOT!!!!!!!!

You guys are the SWARM, our name doesn't really spell anyting, we may have to start chapters of SWARM, Dave Lewis can head the Florida Chapter, we will have to become the Northwest Michigan Chapter.
I'll work on something.

Anyway, we are flying and rehashing tonight to show off bling, swag, and fly some of the new prize birds.

Thanks again SWARM. It Takes Rumballs To Fly Like The SWARM.
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08-20-2008 06:23 PM  12 years ago
cgalavis

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I got goose bumps reading your post Mike. All the stories... it is a great compilation of events, with the right amount of emotion to go with it.

I will not repeat everything Coach already said, but I wanted to personally thank you. It was a pleasure to hang out with you guys. Next year the NWMICHIGAN/SWARM party is going to be something for the books.

See ya next year,

-Carlos (PhotoBoy... hum, I like that!)
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08-20-2008 06:23 PM  12 years ago
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I think that all of the SWARMers had a blast with you MI dudes.
The Kabobs were great and a real help on Friday night.
We are going to have to double everything for next year.
I may have to bring more rum than fuel. YA BABY!

By all means don't be shy, bring your night ships for next year.
We will find you enough rumballs to get them flying "right".

Maybe we can go for a world record number of night birds in the air at once.
Jeff Borowski
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08-20-2008 07:01 PM  12 years ago
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Hey Tim the DJ here! Yah that is a great listing of events! I can say that its all true!!!!!! We did have a great time, that was the best IRCHA ever.

Next year you can bet we will all make it even bigger! Glad to know we can all communicate on here so we can all countdown together. Is it really still over 300 days till IRCHA?! Dang!

Thanks everyone for a great time.

...Tim
You fly RC helicopters? Can I have a ride?
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08-20-2008 07:50 PM  12 years ago
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Hey, guys..."Launch Pad" Dave here...Sure am glad I can bring the laughs. Mr. Visa and Mrs. Mastercard sure appreciate it when I bring it. Next year, I'm gonna have to save up for what I will surprise myself with!

Thanks MI guys for making this the best IRCHA yet. I'm really looking forward to next year. Todd and I will for sure make it, presuming we don't drown here in the next couple of days from Tropical Storm "Fay"...(my front yard is flooded up to the sidewalk, Thank god I live on a Florida mountain that rises 12 inches above sea level). We have a couple more guys that say they will make it next year too after reading these posts. 360 more days till the next one huh...well....let the planning begin!

Dave "Launch pad"
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08-21-2008 01:59 AM  12 years ago
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Can't wait until next year! I know I will have a night bird ready to go!Nick
If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter
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08-21-2008 03:02 AM  12 years ago
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I keep reading of all the fun, I couldn't afford to go this year. Bummer

Troy
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08-23-2008 03:31 AM  12 years ago
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Come on NWMICH guys, got anymore good pics? Post'em.
Depending on WX, Sat. might be a flyday at Zolen's. Don't forget Tustin is Labor Day weekend, Sunday. Following week Sept 7 is the
MichiganWhirlybirds funfly, see the "EVENTS" listings.

Pictures from last Wednesday, post IRCHA flying.
Chris Z's new Trex600N SuperPro.
Nick with the Atom 500 IRCHA PRIZE.
Bill Suhy with his nice stand and the new canopy on the R30.

RaptorChief built and sold the LOGO 600 IRCHA PRICE already

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09-01-2008 11:32 PM  12 years ago
Envision

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C.A.M.S. Airshow, Aug. 31st. 2008 Tustin, MI

Right after the tail rotor hit...



More to come,

Troy
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09-02-2008 03:38 AM  12 years ago
wings19

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My poor T-rex

But hey, it isn't a good show unless someone does the chicken dance right?

Nice pics Troy!
Nick
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09-02-2008 04:20 PM  12 years ago
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No Pain, No Gain!

Looks like a fun time was had by all.
Nice to see the Agusta back in the air!

It's still hot here.
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09-14-2008 08:30 PM  12 years ago
Texmech

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The Sky Fell
Chicken Little was RIGHT!
STAY AWAY FROM HOUSTON!

I'm Good Guy's Stuck in a Command Center dead Center Ground Zero Houston seving as an airboss for the Coast Guard Birds in the air during this Kaos.
Family is in SAn Antonio and the House survived so I 'm Fine.

WX 90 Degress and Wet real wet.
If your a fence builder in need of a job Come to Houston!
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09-14-2008 11:14 PM  12 years ago
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Glad you guys are all ok. We are getting the remains of that crap up here! Rain rain rain...Nick
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09-15-2008 11:56 AM  12 years ago
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Tale of two Coasties
Once upon a time a heli club up in Michigan had two members from the
the local USCG air wing. Well, when the time came for them to rotate to new duty stations, we sent one to the Washington DC area and the other to the Houston/Gulf Coast. The one that went to DC sent us the
famous "Stimulus Check" and the other sent us hurricane Ike's rain and high gas prices. Well, you can bet the next time the Heli-ho's of Northwest Michigan Heli Pilots are sitting around the campfire sucking down leisure liquids and night flying around the big campfire, which one of those "coasties" is going to go to the head of the speeddial list when we rev-up Chris Z to do his famous "drunk dialing". Glad to hear our buddy "Texmech" is safe and sound, too bad he is busting his butt with relief efforts in Houston. See!!!, if you had listened to wise old Rich and taken that test for E8 or E9 you might be spinning wrenches in Hawaii or San Diego. We are expecting lots of pictures from the SRC event.
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09-16-2008 07:09 PM  12 years ago
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Rainy afternoon
What do you get when you take 1 rainy afternoon, 1 600N kit and 5 guys, mix in a little adult beverages and walla, you get one helicopter ready to fly in less than 4 hours. 2 tanks were flown between rain drops. Thanks to Kayla for the pictures.

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