This is true.
It actually takes longer to put together a video, even with the slipshod production values I hold near and dear, than it does to write a blog posting, but I prefer it in that the HD video does a far better job of providing the viewer with an accurate portrayal of what this kind of flying is like.
Plus, how could I possibly paint things like this with words??
So, expect more videos, and about the same amount of writing (read "little if any").
As for the R/C plane, it's down in the basement waiting for bad weather. For now I'm occupied with an electric P-47 I picked up on sale. Long-term, electric is definitely the way to go: cheaper and easier. Any interesting events in that arena will also be captured on video, and shared to the degree that embarrassment and chagrin allow.
For example, there is video of my first attempt. You're not going to see it for two reasons, the first of which is that the vids are on my iPhone, and Apple is run by a bunch of halfwits. How else to explain why they make it next to impossible to get things off of the phone, outside of the Apple ecosystem.
I'm not saying it's impossible, mind you. I'm saying that they have made it needlessly difficult, either through arrogance, incompetence, or malice. Or, and this is the most likely, some combination of the three.
Or, and I'm not dismissing this out of hand, I'm just stupid.
In any event, the first effort was at a location of convenience, and said location was ill-advised for the first real flight in three decades. Basically I had the distance from first to second base on a local high school baseball diamond. I was able to take off into the wind, but had to land downwind. That went fine, right up until the wind picked up. That resulted in a pair of horrible arrivals, and it is those that are detailed on the trapped video files.
The second was at a more appropriate facility, but the damage done during the first flights curtailed the second flights - one of the retractable landing gear, those being a pair of the more delicate parts of the plane, was damaged.
Still, it was more (a LOT more) successful than my attempt at kite flying:
Where all of this leaves us:
- I am re-adopting RC flying as a hobby, partly because as I ponder retirement, I'm going to need reasonably inexpensive ways to enjoyably fill my time. Electric is definitely the way to go, but I still want to complete the nitro plane - it will the time while the batteries for the other plane(s) are recharging.
- I may or may not ever get back to writing, at least on this blog. I have another that I think I will continue to write on. (TripsAndTravails.com)
- VLogs will, amongst many other things, appear on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/RV6Pilot
As a courtesy, here are the most recent entries, with the newest first: