It was my wife's 40th birthday. I'd rented a big, white, stretch limo so she and a bunch of our friends could just cruise around town having fun. We drove to the playground on the banks of the Ohio river. That was fun. We went to a fine establishment called Mick's Lounge and offered limo rides around the block to the drunks at the bar, kind of like drunk pony rides. They thought we were kidding. Until they saw the limo out front. That was fun too. Then we hatched the Grand Scheme of the evening:
... one of our friends couldn't be with us because he was with his girlfriend at her 10th High School Reunion. You know the old saying, "Never leave a man behind." So we limo'd to the formal affair, which was held at a local country club, and we, uh ... crashed the reunion. Imagine, if you will, any Chuck Norris movie in which he and a few men are dropped into enemy territory by chopper to free the prisoners of war and you've pretty much got the scenario, only make the chopper a limo ... we just barged into the dance, in blue jeans and t-shirts, found our friends and sort of ... uh ... freed them. Actually, they were bored and jumped at the chance to go cruisin'. But the preppy organizers were REALLY pissed. They tried to stop us on the way in, but we just kept going. Enghhh, screw 'em. We don't need no steenking badges. Or formal wear.
Believe it or not, my wife TOPPED that birthday present when I turned 40. But that's another story for another time. And it involves another kidnapping. Me.
I'm an artist, so a bit off-center. My latest hobby is one from my childhood: model airplanes. But as boys get bigger, so do their toys, these are radio controlled. Some are smaller, some are are pretty darn big. But there are REALLY big ones available - I want those, of course. If you're ever looking for me, I'm either downstairs rebuilding planes or out at some field flying (or wrecking) them.
I've been plagued since birth by an imaginary villain I refer to as the Crazee Magnet. These are the chronicles of the Crazee Magnet and a look inside my extremely screwed-up way of looking at life.
These are always in a constant state of repair/disrepair. So there are only two or three flying at any one time.
E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54
My absolute favorite plane to fly.
Great Planes Reactor Bipe .61
Been building this for a year. Saito 125 with Pitts smoke muffler. Should be sweet. Long, chunky biplane 58 inches long, 48 inch wingspan.
E-flite Pitts Model 12 15e
Gorgeous plane. First "real" plane I ever bought.
Hangar 9 P-51 PTS
This is a BEAUTIFUL, easy to fly plane. Wingspan is just shy of 5 feet so it has a real prescence on the field. My favorite nitro plane.
Great Planes Shoestring
Throwback to the older days of racers. GORGEOUS, foam with sheeting wings and fiberglass fuselage. Got an electric motor in it (Skorpion) big enough to power my KIA! Not ready to fly this one yet. Taking my time on the build.
Great Planes Combat Corsair
Still under construction.
Hangar 9 Twist
Old trim scheme - MUCH better than the new one below. I have both though.
Hangar 9 Twist
New trim scheme. Boring.
E-flite F-15 Eagle
My first jet. Under construction. Retractable landing gear are WAY COOL, but are driving me nuts trying to set them up! Twin EDF motors scare our dogs. Scare me too!
If I ever get this plane finished and can learn to keep the plane above ground, I'll be flying this one as a pylon racer. Will have Thunder Tiger Pro .40 up front.
E-flite P-40 Warkhawk
This tiny plane is a BLAST! With only a 25" wing span and 21" in length, I can fly it across the street at the park. It's fun doing imaginary strafing runs on trash cans and other such targets of evil.
Under construction. Will have OS 55 up front.
Parkzone P-51, modified
Awesome foamie! I've replaced the motor with a Power 10, 40 amp esc and 2200mAh 3s. It moves.
Parkzone F4U Corsair
Constantly flying and breaking this beautiful foam bird.
Parkzone T28 480 size and UMX
Have both of these. I did most of my newbie training on the larger one. EASY plane to fly.
Great Planes Extra 330SC
SUPER FUN to fly!!! Unfortunately, I flew it into the ground. It not fly no mo.
Electrifly Yak 54
Flew great until the manufacturer's crappy clevises failed. Boom. It's a mess.
Parkzone Edge 300
Ooops. This one hit a goal post. The goal post didn't move. The plane did. In about 6 different directions. Gone, probably won't be replaced. Pretty squirrelly plane to fly.