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04-19-2011 12:16 AM  7 years agoPost 1881
D.Magee

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Nice pictures guys it is always nice to check them out.
It was another great day at the field.

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04-19-2011 12:25 AM  7 years agoPost 1882
dodge

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i think im glad to get the hoop off.
ill keep practicing

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04-19-2011 01:26 AM  7 years agoPost 1883
Sly1

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Hosting G5 Eagles Associates now 7:27 4-18-2011
Hosting Eagles Associates now 7:27 4-18-2011

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04-19-2011 02:50 AM  7 years agoPost 1884
moonbird

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Overland Park, KS - USA

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I want to say what a great group of guys. To spend time with them is a pleasure I always enjoy. It's a honor to be with this club. I can't say enough good things about the Eagles Associates.

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04-19-2011 08:09 AM  7 years agoPost 1885
Sly1

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Yep Pete, you nailed it!
I would like to thank all members of the Eagles for acting like and being more like a brotherhood than a club.

You guys are a class act!

Seriously, you guys are some of the nicest ones.
Salute, Sly1

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04-19-2011 08:14 AM  7 years agoPost 1886
Sly1

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About wing combat
Combat Games
Fox and Hound - The group flies a low circle or a figure 8, always turning away from the crowd. Those at the front of the pack slow down and those behind try to catch up for the hit. As soon as they are ahead they slow down. You score by making contact. Many times the planes can be flown out of the contact and spin without hitting the ground. You get a "Nudge" if you just bump and a "Hit" if a plane rolls over because of the impact. The circle gives the fliers the ability to cut a corner to catch up or to go wide to slow down.

Streamers on Planes - This is more traditional combat where the planes have streamers out the back. On flying wings we put a center streamer or streamers on each wingtip and try to cut the streamers in the air. A variation is that one plane has a streamer and so is marked as the target plane and everyone tries to knock them out. In our group that does not mean hit the streamer.

Limbo - You can see our limbo poles in the videos but if you look back on some of our older videos you will see us use soccer goals for limbo poles. In limbo you can score however you want. Our most common limbo is won when you are the first to score 10 points. You score 1 point by going under the wire and two with some other factor such as inverted or an even harder lower wire to go under.

Skills - Simultaneously everyone will launch, do 3 loops, then 3 rolls and land, and the first with plane in hand wins. We have even done this with a required catch at the end to win. We have also required 2 catches to win. This is a favorite of some of the fliers. Did I mention that when you realize you are losing you try to take out the other plane so he can't win either?

Pylon Racing - An old favorite, but it takes on new meaning when you aren't afraid to collide during the race. We use our Limbo poles as the pylon poles for the races. We have been known to have one group go clockwise and another go counter clockwise.

Retirement party - This is how we get rid of old planes. It is usually that old Warbird or Slowstick or 3D plane that is near the end of it's life and so we euthanize it with the Assassins and other combat style wings. This is also a club favorite.

" This info comes from the Assassin's home website"

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04-19-2011 06:22 PM  7 years agoPost 1887
Stix Mix

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Hmm...
Well, I got my hula hoop built last night and I was hoping my LiPo packs would be here this week, but I checked my order status on HobbyKing.com and they still haven't shipped yet. (Yeah, they have them in stock in their USA warehouse.)

Might be just as well though, except for part of tomorrow, the weather is looking kinda crappy for the whole week. Hmm... I suppose the warehouse where I work would be suitable for stationary hover practice. Plenty of room in there.

- SM -

EDIT: Oh, of course, less than an hour after I post this message, I get a ship notice from HobbyKing. Go figure. LOL

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04-20-2011 02:10 PM  7 years agoPost 1888
Dennis Carey

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wa wa
cry me a river

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04-20-2011 05:23 PM  7 years agoPost 1889
3DManA1

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Kansas City, Mo

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Petes helping me with a backed up stool.
We'll be there if if we can get the stool unplugged. It's a messy job but someones got to do it.

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04-20-2011 05:27 PM  7 years agoPost 1890
3DManA1

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Dennis we need a digger.
If your got time on you hands then we could use them in the stool.

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04-20-2011 05:32 PM  7 years agoPost 1891
3DManA1

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Marty lost his ring.
Dennis, if your digging and feel a round metallic object it might be Martys silver ring. Bring it on up I think he's offering a reward.

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04-20-2011 05:49 PM  7 years agoPost 1892
3DManA1

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We think it might be Martys rubbers that caused the plug.
Yes as Marty snapped one of his gloves off it sucked the ring right off his finger. He then as usual fliped the glove in the toilet causing a catistrofic back up. Jimmy, be ready we may need a diver. Petes bringing the dive gear and under water camera just in case. Pete also said we may need a snake. Petes says he has a seventy five footer in his garage if he can find it. This I've got to see?? Right Jimmy. I can see this being a dangerous operation.

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04-20-2011 05:56 PM  7 years agoPost 1893
3DManA1

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Pete wants me to come over a get the snake out of his garage.
Pete cant lift he's injured so he wants me to come over and get the snake. I asked Pete if I should call Jimmy. Petes said oh no don't bother Jimmy you can lift it yourself. I may need snake boots for this job. I can just see us releasing a wild snake in the toilet. I hope that thing dosent some how make a u turn and come back.
I can see this being one angery snake if he makes it out alive.

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04-21-2011 03:03 AM  7 years agoPost 1894
moonbird

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Jackson County Awards Dinner
We attended the Awards dinner for the Jackson County Volunteers tonight. Dinner was great. Check out the pictures.

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04-21-2011 05:58 AM  7 years agoPost 1895
3DManA1

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Catch and release.

What a day it was. When I got over to Pete's he had already lured the snake into a small concert mixer. So he gave me some thick leather gloves and asked me to load it in his truck. I must say I was a little apprehensive but did as asked. Pete's not like Jimmy and I would never expect Pete to play a mean trick on me. Well I loaded the truck and off to my house we went. I kept one eye on the concert mixer till we got to the house. I took the mixer into the bathroom as per Pete's instructions. Then I handed Pete the leather gloves. He plugged the machine in and slipped the leather gloves on. I almost fainted when he stuck both hands in to get the head of the snake. He wrestled it out and forced it down the toilet. He then powered the mixer on to scare the snake out. He was using both hands fighting the snake down the drain. All I could hear was banging and thrashing. The crocodile hunter has nothing on Pete he was gritting his teeth and forcing the snake into the fowl bowl. Pete was peddling the mixer back and forth and the snake went deeper and deeper. Pete could feel the snake chewing on the rubber gloves Marty had discarded in the toilet you could hear them snapping and popping as Pete jammed the snake deeper. Between Pete's sweat and the scurry from the toilet the bathroom was a mess but the battle raged on. Pete was bound and determined to force the snake to the sewer system. Minuets seemed like hours and the fight raged on. Worried about the snake and Pete I had to leave the room (oh the smell.). My head started spinning and the next thing I knew something was dripping on my forehead. I opened my eyes and Pete was leaning over me saying are you all right. I jumped up like nothing had happened. "I'm alright"I said "just a little tired that's all." I wiped Pete's sweat off my forehead. Reality set in my eyes scanned for the snake. Pete said don't worry the jobs done. Pete explained how he had forced the snake all the way to the sewer. I checked the toilet sure enough the snake was gone. Pete had me load the mixer that had contained the snake in his truck and off he went. It's a little creepy to know that Pete released a forty foot snake down my drain. I've heard that they sometime's find alligators in the sewer system well now I'm here to tell you there is also rather large snake in there as well. Well the toilet is running free and clear and probably will remain that way till Marty and I work up enough nerve to sit on the toilet again. It's like Pete always says "Its not good when something sneaks up and bites you on the ass when you least expect it.".Oh, I get it. Now I will always be wondering and waiting.

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04-21-2011 09:29 PM  7 years agoPost 1896
Stix Mix

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Kansas City, MO. - USA

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New LiPo packs
Woo! My new Zippy packs arrived today... so, I need to ask my fellow Eagles for some advice, and I know this may or may not be a point of controversy because I know it seems to be elsewhere in the RC heli world...

So, do you recommend a "break-in" series of charge/discharge cycles prior to using them in the heli for the first time? If so, how should I go about it?

I've seen some discussions on Helifreak where some say it's a "good idea, but not required", some say it's a "A MUST!", and others say "don't bother, the packs will work fine without a break-in cycle".

Post here or send me a PM if you have an opinion on the matter.

Thanks!!

- SM -

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04-22-2011 01:33 AM  7 years agoPost 1897
moonbird

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Stix Mix
I bought new lipo batteries and checked the voltage on them and ran them in my heli....then ran the balance charge after that and never had a problem. I personally think that the manufacturers do their homework before they put the batteries on the market. I've never had a problem with them.

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04-22-2011 04:30 AM  7 years agoPost 1898
Stix Mix

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Cool
Thanks moonbird. I got the first pack charged, although it took quite awhile, almost 2hrs.

One of the cells was a bit lower than the others so I think that's why it took so long. If I remember right, 5 cells were at 3.85v, while that single unbalanced one was 3.71v. The iCharger worked great though to balance them.

The second pack was perfectly balanced at 3.85v for all 6 cells right from the start, so I expect it to take less time. I'm only charging them at 1C right now since I'm not in a hurry or anything.

- SM -

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04-22-2011 02:25 PM  7 years agoPost 1899
selfo

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I flew all electrics before my frenzy, never broke in a pack and never had a problem with batteries! .02!

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04-22-2011 02:34 PM  7 years agoPost 1900
3DManA1

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Stix

I have always flown off my first charge. The first flight seems to always be a little weak. The second charge the battery seems to be stronger.I've never had a problem with my batteries doing it this way however some might not like the feel of a week flight on the first charge. I think it would be ok to do it either way. I will always fly off the first charge.

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