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December 2, 2002
Ah, winter approaches. The drought we've been having for most of the year has broken, and the rains have finally brought the grass back to the hills...no more landing on dirt!

As the "building season" (not that there really is one in southern California) kicks in, I have two new sailplanes to work on. The first is CSD/Slopescale F-20 Tigershark PSS. This thing is HEAVY! I got the extra strong "Fermin layup," fuselage, since I figure I will probably mostly use this plane on kicking Santa Ana days. You can see what the finished plane will look like (hopefully), here.

The other plane is my long awaited Sting DS. I ordered this plane back in May, and only just picked it up from F3X in November. I'm really looking forward to flying this one!

October 24, 2002
The folks over at LiftZone have posted an updated version of my Opus V review. There's not really any new content, but I did rewrite it, so hopefully it's a nicer read. You can check it out here.

October 13, 2002
I've started adding some update sections to my reviews when I have some additional information about the plane in question. To go right to the update, all you have to do is click the "update" link at the upper-right side of the page. The lastest updates are for the Mini Acacia and Super Soarer.

September 22, 2002
I'm happy to report that a new sailplane oriented web-zine has debuted this week -
LiftZone. The LiftZone comes from the same folks who bring you the excellent E-Zone electric plane web-zine, and the equally good RC Groups discussion board. With the demise of the former QFI magazine it's nice to see someone actually putting more effort into coverage of sailplane topics.

I must admit I'm a bit biased here...the current issue a features of reprint of my Mini Acacia review, and I'm hoping to provide more reviews in the future.

Check it out!

September 7, 2002
Many visitors to this site often ask me for information about sailplanes from C.R. Aircraft. I have to tell them that C.R. went out of the model sailplane business a few years ago, and new airplanes are no longer available. Well, now I have some exciting news! Sources have told me that C.R. Aircraft has been bought out by a new owner, with the intent of reintroducing the entire line C.R. sailplanes. In addition, many of these classic designs may feature improvements that sound very cool. As the owner of several C.R. slope sailplanes, I was really happy to hear this. I hope to have more news in the near future.

August 29, 2002
I have posted Part 2 of the Super Soarer saga! Check out the exciting conclusion!*

*Warning: Conclusion is not really exciting.

August 23, 2002
And now for something completely different...the saga of the Super Soarer, a free flight glider that I converted to R/C. Please, enjoy part 1 of this heart-warming story* of the plane that refused to die.

*Warning: story is not really heart-warming.

August 18, 2002
I added a bunch of pictures to my Mini Acacia review. Have a look.

If you haven't already, please sign the petition to help save R/C soaring at Torrey Pines!

August 7, 2002
I've finally got my review of the Mini Acacia ready to go. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures yet, but those are coming soon. In the mean time, you can read the review here.

July 18, 2002
One of the best soaring related sites, Gliderking.com, has been totally redone. Check out Gliderking 2.0!

June 23, 2002
Yesterday at Parker Mountain, Kyle got his Sting-DS up to a new personal best of 177 mph! As far as I know, this is fastest recorded DS speed at Parker Mountain, and the fastest for a spot in California as well. Very cool. Check out all our DS speeds here.

May 20, 2002
New review: The WattAge Mini-Max park flier.

May 6, 2002
I've updated the Zipper review with some new thoughts about its flying characteristics. Check out the new stuff here.

April 6, 2002
For a very long time I've had a single panel from Bill Watterson's classic and great Calvin and Hobbes comic strip at the bottom of this page. In fact, its the punch line to what I've always thought is the funniest modeling-related comic I've ever seen. I think this comic belongs on the wall of everyone's model room and work shop. Seriously, it'll make you feel better the next time you build a fuselage with two left sides, or glue your hand to a wing. So, for those who have never seen the whole thing, here is the entire comic strip from Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.

April 4, 2002
Steve Galle has got some cool onboard slope video taken from his Opus at Parker Mountain. Check it out on his web page.

March 30, 2002
My friend got a radar gun and we did our first speed readings while DS'ing. Check it out in the new Dynamic Soaring section.

March 1, 2002
I've finished my write up on the Birdworks Zipper. The results are still somewhat up in the air... check it out!

(02/20/2002): As you tell, I've totally changed the menus for this site. The old ones were just too blocky. I wanted a cleaner looking menu that was easier to update, and hopefully the new one will server that purpose well. If you are a regular vistitor to these pages, please let me know what you think. In other news, I just picked up a Mini Acacia 60" molded sloper from F3X. I'll have a review and pictures of it up shortly.

(12/27/01): Lots more new pictures all pages. My brother lent me his digital camera and I went nuts taking more pictures of all my planes. Thanks Danny!

(12/19/01): VIDEO! I've just added some small DS videos. More to come later!

(10/07/01): Nothing too exciting...I added a brief review of the Dynaflite Wanderer to the gliders page.

(09/24/01): New info about the Sidewinder DLG and a review of the Zagi 400X.

(09/23/01): The Unoffical Extra 300 page has movied again. Aim your browser here . UPDATE! (12/27/01): Lots more new pictures all pages. My brother lent me his digital camera and I went nuts taking more pictures of all my planes. Thanks Danny!

UPDATE! (12/19/01): VIDEO! I've just added some small DS videos. More to come later!

(10/07/01): Nothing too exciting...I added a brief review of the Dynaflite Wanderer to the gliders page.

(09/24/01): New info about the Sidewinder DLG and a review of the Zagi 400X.

(09/23/01): The Unoffical Extra 300 page has movied again. Aim your browser here .

(08/28/01): I've just scanned a bunch of new and old pictures and added them to the glider list page, glider images page, and power plane list page,

(06/13/01): I've updated the glider list page with a review of my new Opus-V sloper, and a few others.

(01/04/99): My review of the DAVE'S AIRCRAFT WORKS Foamie P-51 Mustang is up. Check it out!

(01/03/99): Happy New Year! Wow, it's been over a year since my last update. As you may already know, I removed the non-frames version of this site. I've also added a bit more detailed info about my CGM Extra 300 now that I've been flying for over a year. Read about it here. Also, I finally got the Full Scale Gallery back up and running. Finally, stay tuned for my review of the DAVE'S AIRCRAFT WORKS Foamie P-51 Mustang, coming soon!

(11/17/97): Check out my new Unoffical Extra 300 Home Page. The Extra 300 web page is filled with information and nearly 100 pictures of the full size Extra series aerobatic airplanes. This site is a must for anyone planning to build one of the popular Extra series R/C kits.


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