Monthly Archives: April 2012

DIY Backyard R/C track update

As you may already be aware, I have been attempting to turn my backyard into what radio controlled dreams are made of.  I shared with you the trials and tribulations of attempting to build an affordable, practical, useable, and portable off-road course.  With the way certain obstacles turned out, I was not too hopeful of their ruggedness and dependability. 

Backyard R/C Monster Jam track (partial)

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How to – My latest project…backyard Monster Jam

Recently, I regaled you all with the awesomeness that is radio controlled monster trucks.  At the end of that, I left you with a cliffhanger of my latest project – building an undeniably kick ass (and maybe even portable) r/c monster truck course!  Today, I will share with you my thought processes, failures, and ultimate success!

First up – my presumed failure.  (I haven’t had a chance to test it yet, hence the “presumed” part…but it isn’t looking pretty!)  My initial thought was that a 2 liter pop bottle would be a great size to create an obstacle for a 1/10 scale monster truck.  My idea was to cut the bottle in half, fix it to a board, spray paint it to make it look a little more natural and realistic, then go nuts.  And what would be better than two obstacles?  More than two obstacles!  Continue reading


Motorcycles in a museum…on purpose!

Over the weekend, my wife and I were anxious to host my parents in our new home.  We’ve been living there for a few months now, and are mostly settled in, so we were anxious to show off our new digs.  Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned, and my parents were forced to cancel their travel plans.  *Cue the depressing violin music.*  Sadness, I know.  We were disappointed, but that’s how things go sometimes.  Continue reading


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