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Posted by Chophop | Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:02 AM | 1,263 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".

They had it a lot rougher than me, but hey, I was the meanest target designator in the Navy. I'd kill those little green dots right now.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 23, 2013 @ 08:14 PM | 3,272 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 | 2,996 Views
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 10, 2013 @ 02:44 AM | 2,075 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 | 3,608 Views
I did not waste any time typing a post here. It was well spent.
Posted by Chophop | Jul 22, 2012 @ 06:50 PM | 3,490 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 | 3,616 Views
I could crash them all, I don't care, this is all just a drug experiment.

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 | 3,665 Views
zzzzit happens
Posted by Chophop | May 03, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | 3,529 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 | 4,778 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 | Sep 19, 2011 @ 08:32 AM | 4,658 Views
I didn't start it but I see very well why they did.
It did at least help get the point across that you are screwing yourself over by using them on the earth. They should not be used here.
The recent turn to electrical power IS our future and WILL make life very good for us when the science is perfected and the violent abuse of such a wonderful tool is understood. In other words, they used what seemed to work on a bunch of monkeys hooting over the big fireball they found.
Posted by Chophop | Feb 10, 2011 @ 07:13 AM | 5,654 Views
space reserved !
Posted by Chophop | Feb 07, 2011 @ 06:34 PM | 5,405 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 | 5,753 Views
No interest observed
Posted by Chophop | Dec 30, 2010 @ 06:22 PM | 5,935 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.
Posted by Chophop | Oct 04, 2010 @ 10:02 PM | 6,213 Views
Sometimes I get responses I can't answer or are currently overwhelmed by something. Then when that happens, I fail to answer appreciated responses. Don't take insult if it happens, if you have an important need, just try again or say anyone in there ?

Apologies

Ch
Posted by Chophop | Aug 17, 2010 @ 09:11 AM | 7,086 Views
I didn't feel confident with velcro so here's how I mounted my camera. I like this better. This was originally posted in the Keychain Camera thread but about anything gets lost in that one anywhere from a few hours to a day or so.
I bored a few holes wrongly. I am on the peak of some allergy or cold, and not thinking well. One reason for using my "best plane" for the experiments.

The camera is held on at the rear by a 2-56 thumbscrew, and up front by two or three rubber bands. Depends on how good the bands are. I may find an O-ring to fit instead.
Posted by Chophop | Dec 21, 2008 @ 11:58 PM | 7,823 Views
I heard some people were having trouble with the struts coming off from the weak factory setup. After my mod, it fell 20 feet from a tree and the strut brackets stayed on but I did pull one rod from the clevis. I superglued it back in as I did originally and it has been flying well since. I don't think they'll fail in flight.

What I did was epoxy two 1/8 inch dowel pins into the wing through some Radio Shack perf board. I measured the dowel pins to go about 75% of the way into the wing. A trick here is to get the hole as tight of a dry fit as possible, then fill with 5 minute or the epoxy of your choice.

The perf board is slotted to fit over the strut bracket. The holes in the perf board sort of make epoxy nails when it flows up into the holes.

On the fuselage part, I did it differently by threading several turns of unwaxed Kroger dental floss over a CF rod epoxied to the inside of the fuselage and through holes I made in the fuz strut brackets. I felt the fuz walls were too thin there to simply sink some dowel pins. Now, after some experience, a strip of 1/8 inch Midwest plywood with the holes drilled for the pins and epoxied on the fuz sides would work.

Ch
Posted by Chophop | Nov 08, 2008 @ 06:45 AM | 8,167 Views
I started on a foam cutter and moved before I could document and present it. Here is what the start was and I plan to make a new improved version.

The cutter completely solved the problem I had with grooves and cross cutting in at the ends due to bow misalignment. Cross cutting always ended in scrapping the wing panel.

See the T bar the blank is mounted to ? Simply move the cold wire to the edge of the blank and align the blank by releasing the mount screws and turn the blank until the wire is straight across the blank, then tighten the mount screws.

The wooden thing at the end of the long lead screw is a crude hand crank I made for a quick test. The speed reduction effect of the lead screw, in this case 20:1 for 1/4 - 20 threads, made human errors in speed so negligible that I really don't see any need for a drive motor other than for convenience and/or repeatability.

The bow is hinged at the rear of the bench and hangs by it's weight. Weights can be added on the wire side for more pressure or on a lever sticking out the far rear end for lightening pressure on the formers.

I will be building the new one soon for a winter project.

Welllll I thought I was.

Ch
Posted by Chophop | Oct 01, 2008 @ 10:10 PM | 8,288 Views
For awhile I was using CA to quickly tack wing parts together. Especially when applying skins. Well, I like Titebond II better. I can't stand the fumes anymore. I also see that in low humidity on dry balsa, water based wood glue sets in 15 to 20 minutes, and so far well enough to handle it for farther assembly.

Under this skin is a pad of DuBro 514 foam. The weight presses the curve into the foam and puts a good even pressure to keep it in contour. I did cheat and use a small amount of CA to tack the ends down That is a good way, rather than running a bead all along each rib. Man, that would choke an elephant.
It was nice, I go back to this.

Ch