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More by accident, I quit smoking about a year ago. I then started with helis and have spent less than I would have for cigarettes. But yes, I still stick to the small helis because they can take a beating and don't cost much to repair.
I have these helis:
Blade Nano CPX (great trainer, but not good outside)
Blade 130x, at the moment my favorite (with full rotor and rear tuning)
Blade SR, got it as a wreck at Ebay and practiced repairing and adjusting on it.
Blade 450 3D, banged it up at the first flight and now have it in good repair again.
And now the little mCPX/Huey
Please let me know what you think of the DX9. At the moment my DX6i is sufficient, but one day I will need something better.
That's a good selection you have there, the 130x gets good reviews, I have never flown one though. I have too many to list. A mixture of fixed and rotary wing models. I have a couple of Blade helicopters too, the MSR and MCPx BL.
Back in the 80's when Helicopters were very expensive and difficult to fly, I got a glow trainer but gave up mainly due to the long distance traveling to get to a good club. About 6 years ago I started again with an ESky Belt CP. The ESky helicopter is now long gone but I have been in the hobby since then. The local club field is only around 800m from home too.
I now teach others to fly at my local club, hence one reason for DX9 upgrade. The DX9 has a wireless buddy feature that will be useful when teaching other Spektrum users. I also filled up all the 30 slots on my old transmitter, this one is unlimited with an SD card.
The other good features over my old JR DSX9 are backlit display, good for night flying and also I will be playing around with the Telemetry stuff on a glider I have. the voice feature works well with the telemetry for reading voltages, temps and altitudes too.
I still haven't flown anything with it but it all seems to work OK.
Hoping for some decent weather now. Wishing all your landings safe ones!
Ok, I went a little overboard, but some parts must be replaced. The 130x is great, but without little bit of maintainance it will quickly develop some issues. The plastic gears wear out quickly, for example.
Still, I think the black carbon fiber looks good together with the red aluminium. I guess, I just love to build things.[^]
The weather here is getting bad and makes me wish I was in Texas Just have some nice flights for me as well.
Was out for a surprise meal with the wife and some friends for her 40th Birthday (12 of us in total).
Managed to get a table booked somewhere that neither of us had been to last night which made a nice change from the usual places. Also tried a couple of new dishes to me, and I was surprised at just how good they were.
I had the the Partridge as a starter which tasted very similar to chicken! Never had that before, I tried Pigeon last year for the first time and thought it might be similar but not even close. For the mains I went with the "Beef Three Ways" which was fillet, cheek, bubble + squeak ox tail cake with truffle jus and that was absolutely perfect. For pudding had the Chocolate Fondant/Crumb, when you broke into the crumb this rich chocolate oozed out, fortunately the portions weren't excessive as it was really sweet. Definitely induced a hint of drool. Topped all off with some champers, peroni and vodka.
From that menu, that's probably what I would have chosen - but I'd have been tempted by the Rhubarb instead of the chocolate (if only because Herself would have gone for the chocy and I could have pinched some).
Never underestimate the power of stupid things in large numbers --- Serious Sam
I casseroled a brace of pheasant for this evenings meal.
Braised the birds then put them in a dish with root veg, red wine, black peppercorns, mustard and a dash or sweet chilli sauce.
Just tasted a sip of the sauce and my mouth is watering.
Going to serve it with roast potatoes and asparagus.
Obscurum per obscurius.
Ad astra per alas porci.
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
Forecast for today is 44C (111F). Total fire ban throughout the state. Its a Saturday so power grid will be challenged. It has failed in the past on hot days due to demand. Need to make sure our dog is cool.
Too hot for beach or anything much else so read a book maybe.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
so it's 7:30 on a saturday Morning now. Sun coming up and melting the surface ice?
Incidentally, something I've always wondered. Why is CP in Canadia? were you in Canadia and started CP there, or maybe you took some tax advice from DD and moved to Canadia for the extreme rebating system?
Or maybe Griff had pics of you with the NSW Sheep?
I'd be interested in a 'how CP came about' article - or a link to it if it has already been written...