Black Hawk Down

This is a resurrected post from moving hosts (thanks to Google Cache) –

We recently got some new technology and games as valentines day gifts, Amy got one of these cool gadgets –


iPod Nano – Playing Seal Rocks Movie

I converted the seal rocks video into ‘MP4′ H.264 video format for the ipod and it looks and plays great (if not a bit cropped due to the 16:9 aspect ratio of the video camera).

After dabbling with the little helicopters you can get on ebay for $30, Amy got me one of these more expensive 4 channel helicopters, which are the real deal. It has full throttle, rudder, elevator and aileron controls. It is called the Blade CX2 and it is brilliant. It also has a fifth channel if I want to install some other device.

Here it is on a test flight in the bedroom –

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On Saturday morning, we got up early and went down to 40 Baskets Reserve which is an open park near our flat for an outdoor flight. It was all going great until I got a bit too confident and took the helicopter up high, then for whatever reason, an engineering fault over pilot area in my opinion, it fell to the ground with a thud. Fortunetly it wasn’t too broken, the plastic body was a bit ripped but it still worked. Then a dog took interest in it as it was flying and bit into it in mid air, which hurt the dogs nose I suspect as the blades were still spinning.

So on its first outdoor flight I’ve had to order a replacement shell. Owning helicopters is a bit like owning a Ferrari, you only get one if you can afford two of them!

Gary

Gary