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Welcome to R/C Slope & Power, a web site dedicated to my main hobby...building and flying radio controlled power planes and slope gliders. Check out the image galleries to see photos of many R/C sailplanes and power planes. The reviews sections contain descriptions of just about every power plane or sailplane I've ever owned. See the Full Scale Gallery for shots of full size jets, warbirds, and civilian planes. Aerobatic enthusiasts might want to check out the Extra 300 Homepage, which features information and many photos of the full scale aerobatic airplane.

In addition, you'll find other stuff, such as video, my links page, and a link to the OnTheWay Quake server utility program my friend and I designed. Enjoy!

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September 3, 2005
Welcome to SlopeAndPower.com! I've finally gone ahead and registered a domain name for this site. It's still hosted on Earthlink, but you can now reach the site by going to
www.slopeandpower.com.
January 17, 2004
Great News! I finally got some extra webspace, which has allowed me to put the Unoffical Extra 300 Home Page back in action! So, if you're looking for a color scheme for your new Extra aerobatic R/C model, check it out.

In other news, video of Kyle Paulson's record-tying 232mph DS run at Parker Mountain has been uploaded to The DS Zone.
November 27, 2003
I finally added the Blade 2-meter to the reviews section. I haven't actually written up a review, but there are some pictures. Also, here's a video of my Blade doing close to 160mph at Vincent.
November 26, 2003
Happy Thanksgiving.

I have a new review up on LiftZone. This time its of the Soaring Specialties "FUN," a one-design slope racer. Check out out here.

In other news, Gary Legerton broke Kyle's DS record a couple weeks ago with a 232mph run at Parker Mountain, using a carbon Opus DS-V. The Opus's wing blew up shortly after acheiving this speed. Just last weekend, we got some more Santa Ana conditions, and Kyle managed to tie Gary's record with his McLean Extreme 2 meter. The plane was somewhat damaged by flutter, but landed safely after a bit of a struggle. Congrats to both Gary and Kyle!
September 2, 2003
As you may know, I sold my Zipper a little while ago. The plane quickly made its way to eBay, and then it was off to Maui for a little vacation! Apparently, it's having more fun there. Check out the story and pictures here.
August 5, 2003
It's been a busy few weeks in the DS world. First, Joe Wurts broke Kyle's DS record by going 220mph at Parker Mountain using a double carbon Wizard Compact 2x with a bolt-on v-tail. On August 3, the record returned again to Vincent, though, as Kyle flew his Extreme 2m to 229mph. Video here.

In completely unrelated news, check out my review of the Hobby Lobby Habicht micro glider on the LiftZone.
July 6, 2003
More DS stuff. No, there's no new records today. However, Bill Patterson has added some cool merchandise to his DS Zone website. There's a really nice dynamic soaring painting he's offering prints of, and a cool DS t-shirt. Check it out!
July 2, 2003
Video of both Kyle's and Doug's record breaking runs is up here. Thanks to Bill Patterson and Andy McKittrick for supplying the video.

Also, I neglected to mention that Bruce Bedoe scored a 167mph run with his Opus V last Saturday. That's the highest speed yet recorded with an Opus!
June 28, 2003
Kyle sets new DS Record...215mph!

We had an incredible day of of DS'ing at Vincent today. Kyle and I arrived around 2PM and found Doug Reel and Bruce Bedoe already at the hill. Our friend Andy arrived with the radar gun (a ProSpeed K-band unit, which we calibrated beforehand) about a half our later. Doug was already DS'ing when we got there, but it was very turbulant, and there was talk about going to Parker. We decided to wait around, though, and about a 1/2 hour later, it started to get smooth out.

Doug was up first. He immediately started turning 180's and 190's (I was operating the radar gun, btw). Several minutes later he had reach 199mph twice and seemed a bit frustrated. But conditions were still getting better. After a quick breather, he dove back in and turned a 206. This was followed by a 201, and finally, a 212mph, a new record!

Kyle was up next and he was quickly doing turns in the 190's, followed by some 207's and 208's, and then, a 211. A short time later he turned a 215mph run, another new record.

Both Kyle and Doug were solidly in the 200+ range all day. There were only three 210+ readings, but between the two of them, they got dozens of runs at 200-210mph. Both were flying McLean Extreme 2 meters, which from what I've seen is an amazing airplane. The Extremes were incredibly solid at speed, having no flutter, and barely, if any wing flex. I'm convinced it has the potential to go well in excess of 200mph. Congrats to Brian McLean, and both Kyle and Doug for joining the 200+ club!

Both Kyle's and Dougs runs were video taped. I'm hoping we have the tape up on the net this week.

I also had a great day, breaking my own personal best with a 195mph run! Andy also bested his PB with a 187. Both of us were flying our Sting-DS's.

Check out all our speeds in the usual place..

June 22, 2003
Yet more DS updates! Kyle, along with Doug Reel, went 192mph at Vincent. Both pilots were flying the new McLean Extreme DS 2 meter.

June 20, 2003
Made a trip to Vincent Mountain Wednesday. Unfortunately, I was not able to fly my Sting because of an issue with one of the flaps. I had my Opus V with me though.

The good news is that I broke my past personal best with a 153mph run. Now the bad news: The Opus was not having a good time. The wings were really flexing, both positive and negative, as it passed through the boundary layer on the top. At speeds over 145, the entire wing was fluttering badly.

After a 148mph pass, the Opus fluttered violently on the downhill portion of the circle, before the bottom turn, which it hadn't done before (it had previously only done it when coming up the hill). I had about 1 second of zero control (though it seemed much, much longer), and the plane stuffed into the hill. Click here to see the aftermath.

In other news, my friend Bill Patterson has neat little dymanic soaring website, the DS Zone. It's got a cool graphical explanation of dynamic soaring, plus a bunch of videos.

Also, you can take a look at higher-rez version of a video of Andy's 184mph run at Vincent here.

June 4, 2003
My Birdworks Zipper is currently forsale. See the Stuff For Sale page for details. The Zipper is sold.

June 1, 2003
Big updates to the DS page! Several of the guys took a road trip to Vincent Mountain, CA, and set many personal best DS records. Kyle also managed to set was is probably the 60" span DS record.

Also, in honor of Craig Toutolmin and Dave Reese cracking the 200mph mark in May, I've added a new color to my patented DS chart. :)

May 25, 2003
Woohoo! On May 10 I finally hit 150mph DS'ing, using my Sting DS. Based on how fast it looked, I'm pretty sure I've gone as past previously with my Opus, but this was the first time I got it on radar. The nice thing was how steady and solid it felt at that speed. I felt I could have comfortably gone a lot faster if the conditions had been better.

April 10, 2003
My review of the Watt-Age Vx-400 electric glider is now up at LiftZone.

March 29, 2003
Check out my of review of Radio Carbon Art's Secrets of Thermal Soaring video up at LiftZone.

January 28, 2003
I finally finished and flew my Sting DS! I'll have a page up about it soon, but for the moment, here's a picture of the the finished plane.

My review of the new Radio Carbon Art video, Endless Lift 3, is up at LiftZone. To be honest, it wasn't my favorite. I thought there was much electric stuff, and a lot of the glider stuff wasn't terribly exciting. Perhaps I'm being a bit to hard on it, as there is some cool stuff, but I liked the previous video, Endless Lift 2 much, much better. On the other hand, Radio Carbon Art has a new video out called I Just Want to Fly, which seems to carry on more in the spirit of EL2. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

January 2, 2003
Happy New Year! I was able to use some Xmas money to finally buy a digital camera. I quickly went nuts and started taking pictures like crazy at the slope. There's a bit too many for me to easily update here, so I've uploaded them to my gallery page over at GliderKing.com. You can check them out here.

Since I now finally have some pictures of the Opus V in flight, I went ahead and updated the review page.


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