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Posted by Chophop | Jan 05, 2015 @ 06:14 AM | 1,942 Views
This funny and sad. People take work in the defense industry because they need a job and they like the idea of protecting their country. All great until they are no longer needed. Well, they spent their time of employment learning to solve a problem by some means of destruction. Now the funny part.

When they loose their job and wife, the option of using destruction to solve the problem comes up. Most seem to ignore it and pass on to a better option. But some insist on taking the skills they learned and run around town kicking ass.

I, not knowing how to manage that situation when younger, decided it would be better to leave the country if I felt it had done me wrong, rather than go psycho. Now when I get problems related to government and large scale social offenses that make me upset I simply start considering a better place to go to, and say some stupid go nowhere statement about leaving. It means nothing, pay no attention it. I'll cool down in a few days and start trying to put this confused world back together. Better than the example of the guy in the movie "Falling Down". I know from experience, there are really more than a few who think like that guy.
Posted by Chophop | Jan 03, 2015 @ 07:04 PM | 1,866 Views
I have some weird neighbors. One is this woman who seems to call someone to harass me if I see her walk from her car to the house, or if she is in the yard, I am not to look that way or things happen.

I can guess a certain suitor said some things about me and she "rightfully" thought wrongly about me. I can glance over that way and she doesn't get upset any more. I simply have a habit of identifying all motion. In the direction beyond their home is a place where I made a very good income. I often look that way and wish I could still work. And tend to stick my eyeballs a little too long on shapely attractive women. Must have made her nervous. I really was thinking of where I used to work.

No hostilities.
Posted by Chophop | Nov 28, 2014 @ 08:00 PM | 2,097 Views
I ran into a need to detect a flame or fire and sound an alarm (again, still trying to get out of here). Suppose you have a bunch of glow fuel and often worry it might somehow catch fire.
Here's how to make one that doesn't use any electric until it senses a fire.

You need a microswitch. Preferably, one with a long arm that has a roller or hole at the end of the arm. Wire your horn or whatever to be turned on by the NC (normally closed) contacts of the microswitch.

Now find the thinnest fishing line you can find. Fix the microswitch to a 100% firm structure and so that you can tie one end of the fishing line to the arm, the reason for the roller or hole, a place to reliably tie the line.

Mount the switch so when you pull on the fishing line, it pulls the arm in and opens the NC contacts. Now stretch the line across the area you store flammables and fix it reliably to some structure.

So with a horn or some sort of alarm connected to receive power when the arm swings to it's natural position, you are now protected. A flame will melt the fishing line, and the arm will swing, the NC contact closes, and the horn (etc.) sounds.

Good luck and use it at your own risk, I am simply explaining how I make one.

Of course you want to mount the switch where the fire can't get to it, at least for a very long time. The string will pull the switch (and any of them) in the down direction. It has a spring that returns it to the up position as shown. Some people haven't seen these.
And you might want to attach a stronger spring to it to be sure it trips.
Posted by Chophop | Nov 01, 2014 @ 04:33 PM | 2,476 Views
I was taking a prescription drug that had a bad effect on me so I removed as much of this thread as possible, but I can't make it disappear
Posted by Chophop | Sep 24, 2014 @ 04:55 AM | 2,757 Views
I am not the least surprised to see the big fence thrown up to stop me from enjoying anything. An air ambulance service moved into the airport and as you would know pass too low over the farm for me to chance flying without guilt. I talked to them about it and the pilot says he can tolerate my flying if I monitor Unicom, but I do not like this.

Just as with my robotics, astronomy, and model aviation, a fence was thrown up to stop me from it. So I figure I should move to a legal pot state and veg out until I drop into my hole, and leave the rest of this military meatball thing called humans to beat each other up. There is no use in pursuing anything else. Just go on back to drugs and music as I was born to be. They will not stop.

Looks like I got talked into this so some sado can see me sad and defeated, science is bad, staggering around disoriented is good.
Posted by Chophop | Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:02 AM | 3,366 Views
Here is an old photo I found of my grandfather and uncle, both named John. We all three served, John Jr. was killed in Korea, John Sr. Europe WW1, made it back, and I was on my way to Viet Nam in the Navy. Just as I got there the peace treaty was signed and our mission was changed to a "Peace Making Mission".

I do not need for what was here to be where it was any longer. I found what I needed to know. No hard feelings.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 23, 2013 @ 08:14 PM | 5,417 Views
Check this Star Wars thing out, I had to buy one. It's outrageous.

Hermi Odle was one of the aliens in Jabba the Hutt's employment at his desert palace. Odle was a large Baragwin who wore a tattered cloak and had droopy lips. He took up residence on Tatooine after his ship was shot down by an Imperial patrol. He was employed by Jabba after he impressed the Hutt with his weapon-making skills, and tasked to make the palace impenetrable.

Odle was a faithful servant of the organization, designing weapons and the palace security system, and kept his position until Jabba's death.
Notably, his greatest foe in the palace was Pote Snitkin. Their rivalry took a turn for the worse, as Snitkin sabotaged a weapon of Odle's, which resulted in the death of one of Jabba's pets. The Baragwin got his revenge when he shot Snitkin on Jabba's sail barge in the frantic battle over the Pit of Carkoon during the attempted execution of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Although only stunned, Snitkin was unable to escape the blast. Odle, however, did escape and traveled to Mos Eisley, where he stole one of Jabba's starships and left Tatooine for good. His fate after leaving the planet is unknown.

In Return of the Jedi, mime artist Phil Herbert wore a full-body creature suit to portray Hermi Odle.
Hermi's deformed lip is unique to him. Baragwins generally have normal lips, like the Jedi Astaal Vilbum.

Although Odle is supposed to have shot Pote Snitkin on Jabba's sail barge, Snitkin was not aboard the barge; he was driving one of the skiffs.

This thing already snags a pretty good price, the unopened collector's item will bring the best price.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:50 PM | 5,051 Views
Edit :

Those words blow this paragraph aren't really mine. Save yourself from that gilded gobledygoop.
Some people with a grudge on me tried to make me look like the guy in the video. After 2 years of it I gave them a much deserved scare but no harm.
Whoopty do.

The fluffy talk :

I got in a fight with some neighbors, they saw what they could do to me by trying to hook my face up with an RC Heli, they pushed me until I fought back. It's been going on for 6 or 7 years, but actually goes much farther back.
That is not me in the video, it is only a demonstration. I'll tell ya, keep hugging that club and you'll get a kiss from it.

One reason I am so disgusted from them is I used to sort of go into battle mode when I saw an aircraft, especially helicopters. I was in the process of using these RC heli's to get it through to my subconscious to not see all aircraft as a call to fight. It was working. Before flying these rc heli's I could see a full scale heli then sort of go into a road rage or itch to destroy. The models have eliminated that urge and I don't go into GQ when I see them now. Using LSD to train us was a stupid idea.
These jerks messed up and delayed what I had almost repaired myself.

Just for review :

Helicopter Accident involving my face. (0 min 53 sec)

Posted by Chophop | Feb 17, 2013 @ 09:38 AM | 3,929 Views
so what I said a cuss word. Good place for it, this world

When I encountered an experience with hypnotic drugs I became concerned people's minds could be taken and the population turned into slaves. During studies of energy physics, I was taken, drugged and held on a leash for some too long years.
I wouldn't worry too much about it now, the effects only seem to last about two years from the time they take you off of them, and if you act sane and safe, they will trust you, and you get your free will back.

The world of WMD's is tough and it takes a perfect character to be trusted in that field. I thought I was chosen for it because I am a normally gentle character who will not commit acts of violence unless cornered into a bad way to be and no other exit.

Above all, I wouldn't be able to come up with much in the basement or garage. Just don't do any home experiments, they will by policy, consider you a threat, and weeeeooooowweeeooo back to the Twilight Zone.
Posted by Chophop | Feb 10, 2013 @ 02:44 AM | 4,092 Views
I'm interested in the neutral field on the right. The uncoupled accumulation of stray fields EVERYWHERE may cause problems with the earth. Best to leave masses of devices to experts who know how to keep things with the earth's field correct. I do think large scale production of magnetic devices should be controlled, if not already.

Physics Lab Demo 6: Magnetic Field (2 min 26 sec)

Posted by Chophop | Jul 30, 2012 @ 05:43 AM | 5,611 Views
I did not waste any time typing a post here. It was well spent.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 22, 2012 @ 06:50 PM | 5,493 Views
I have found that glow fuel causes severe global warming. Spill some in your lap and I guarantee it will warm the globe.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 21, 2012 @ 11:13 PM | 5,638 Views
July 21, 2012

I finally did my 54 inch Cessna in tonight. Went out to fly with no dinner and lost my depth perception. Went out too far on base leg and snagged a power line then it fell to the pavement. Tore the nose out and did strip the rudder servo gears, HS-81. I think I stripped a wing servo gear too, it makes the sound but tracks. I'll take them apart tomorrow to see.

I did crunch two Turnigy 3S 2200's. So after I was done flying my other plane I shot some holes in the batteries. No flames, but an orange glow in the holes and a cloud of smoke. I wanted to see if they would flame, but no flames. More fun than tossing them in a bucket of water to discharge. Now to be sure, they go in a bucket of water for a few days.

No need to say sorry, this was a lesson in rolling with the punches. That plane was a scratch build and it flew and landed just fantastic. Now I'm off to find a 3.5 lb 54 inch to 60 some inch replacement.

Wow, as bad as the Cessna was damaged, I got it flying again in a few days. So don't freak out in front of everyone if you crash. You might get it flying again and not make a fool of yourself.

Oct-Nov has been a bad month. I lost a Great Planes Cirrus and an electrocuted Laser Stick .10 with a sheeted wing mod. Not so good, three planes in a few months. I went years without crashing. I left a trash can in the way and lost the Cirrus trying to move it while flying, the Laser Stick .10 had an aileron servo go bad.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 04, 2012 @ 05:07 AM | 5,700 Views
zzzzit happens
Posted by Chophop | May 03, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | 5,524 Views
I'm often asked, "What's the big deal about flying ?" Why not do something else ?"

What's the big deal about something else ?
Posted by Chophop | Jan 05, 2012 @ 07:00 PM | 6,786 Views
I always bypassed the moon in my astronomy. I thought it was just a big ball with a bunch of craters. But as of lately I realized the moon is there for us to see up close and personal. It is an inspiration that accelerated astronomy because it is so predominant in our lives. So look at it and learn. Don't ignore the moon !
Closer to the point , I think God made the moon look like it does to tease us for being sinners.

Another thing I noticed, rotate the image of the moon to the large dark area at the top, then mirror flip the image. It now bears a strong resemblance to North and South America. I just noticed that this morning, December 24, 2013. They should put this on Tales of the Unexplained.

I was doing some imaging experiments of the moon and found a surprize I hadn't expected. I thought the moon was too bright and maybe using an ND filter to lower the brightness would bring more detail out. I ended up with a color image of the moon, not black & white as always before. Turns out others got the exact same results. This photo I found on the web was so close to mine I decided to save the trouble of digging it up on a CD somewhere in my archives.

An ND filter is neutral density, meaning a simple blackened glass that does not affect color, it only dims the image.
Posted by Chophop | Feb 10, 2011 @ 07:13 AM | 7,655 Views
space reserved !
Posted by Chophop | Feb 07, 2011 @ 06:34 PM | 7,399 Views
They were killing each other by the millions before I came in to the world, the left side of the dip in war curve. Even so, you all sure made one nasty world to live in.

Please be careful with your science or better, what stimulates it, and mind yourself. Or maybe just go on and feel free to make the right side of the dip in war curve turn up worse than WWII. After I'm gone, they will probably be killing each other by the tens or hundreds of millions.

Don't YOU want to do YOUR part to keep that curve down as it's been ?
Posted by Chophop | Jan 10, 2011 @ 12:11 PM | 7,738 Views
No interest observed
Posted by Chophop | Dec 30, 2010 @ 06:22 PM | 7,902 Views
It didn't go very well. Intermittently, the bind light on the transmitter went out and no transmit. I sent it off, it's been out 3 weeks now. No terrible problem, it is off season, time to get things like this done.

I got it back, it worked a few minutes then no RF out again. I repaired the problem. There was a bad solder joint I found. Now I'm impressed with the radio. Nice airplane instruction set for $200.

The problem could have fooled the seller. Shipping it could have jarred the joint loose. Having a name similar to underwear (BVD) sure didn't help my paranoia.
I thought it was paranoia, took a chance and had a minor problem. It was a wonderful suspense filled month and 1/2 total purchase and shipping time, ship to Hobby People, wait on technician, ship back then see the problem not fixed.
At least Hobby People covered the return shipping.

I would have done the repair myself on the first start, but I was trying to be a law abiding person. Turns out these 2.4ghz modules are legal for me to repair.

After today's testing, I guess the radio is ready to fly an aircraft with. I think I'll go do some test flights on my Raptor 90. Just joking, the E-Starter is my transmitter test plane, haw haw.

Been doing some testing. The fit and stick feel is great and the airplane programming is very versatile. The heli programming is a few commands short of Spektrum but perfectly useable, the missing ones are really most convenient for mechanical setup slop.

Oct. 2011 update :

After a summer of use, the RDS8000 is my prefered transmitter. It fit my grip perfectly from the start and the adjustable stick pressure is a MUST. The airplane programming commands are super.
So I bought a used one that I needed to do a little repair to and now it's fantastic. The repair success only served to boost my pride.

June 2012 Update, I think this RDS8000 is a very good choice.
As of February 2013 I think the RDS8000 is a fantastic choice.