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Posted by gnats82 | Jun 29, 2015 @ 11:48 AM | 1,563 Views
The not so well known Meyers airplanes were on show at the Augusta, KS airport this past weekend (I was there on Sat., 6/27/'15) and I took a few pictures and examined them a bit.

They have a sparkling reputation and there is some speculation they might resume production of the low wing model at a hangar facility at the airport.

http://www.meyersaircraftowners.org/...Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jun 15, 2015 @ 08:56 AM | 1,472 Views
An opportunity came up for me to do some minor refurbishing of this airplane that I flew for about 10 years, mostly in contests.

One of my daughters has had it stowed above the entry way in her house in a sort of loft space for about 20 years. It was last flown in about 1984 and needs a thorough cleaning and the motor has some varnish to attend to. An ongoing project for a while.

I built it from plans by Nick Ziroli that were published in M.A.N. early in '74 and was a fairly simplified design that I felt I could handle. As work and my confidence progressed, it went from simple to more complicated as I saw things to change and add for better appearance. Took about 9 months for me to complete., has a 51.5" span top wing, ready to fly weight about 5 1/2 lbs.

I chose it also because my father was and inspector at Boeing/Wichita during the war years and oversaw the purchase of many airplanes there, including B-29s and both Army and Navy versions of the Stearmans....Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 27, 2015 @ 08:58 PM | 2,713 Views
...So, a cat sanctuary now is.

Life in this mobile home park has not been kind to the abandoned felines but slowly over the past 5 years, they've gathered at our door. Last summer, a momma kitty, now called "Red" brought herself and four babies and brought our tended-to number up to 16...! No lack of joy though, what a great group of little folks they all are. I thought as the population picked up that I would be all cool and just feed them and be aloof to have much more to do with them personally. Wrong. All but two young males have been spayed or neutered. Mostly, they have found places to nest outdoors but other than at feeding times, 5 or so will be present during cold weather.

Images of the some of the ones who've elected to chum with us at various times. Here also is a link to some interesting things about cats, with a warning though: While interesting, there are a few notes in it that will be offensive to persons sensitive to animal treatment as it points to the reality of a rather cruel world and history. http://www.ba-bamail.com/Content.asp...emberid=821348.

Ah, this is clever: http://www.ba-bamail.com/content_138...nderstand.aspx...Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 2,581 Views
Survivor of a long and very cold winter. Her occasional appearances to our porch was a testament to the wonders of life during such a hard period. She has a warm personality, carried a litter of little ones to maturity this Spring.

I'm no stranger to handling some 'wild things'. Worked at wild animal drive-through park for a season; saw and did things an ol' farm boy had only dreamed of. Over the years, that helped me learn how to deal with the occasional little one that had needed care. Possums, as it has turned out, are among the most noteworthy of my experiences.

Edit: Something that I came to notice since posting the photos is that if it is enlarged on the screen, you can get a glimpse into her being by looking at her eyes. Seems to be quite a 'soul' present there, not what one would ordinarily expect to see.

Bella revisited us night before last (July 7th). I easily picked her up off the porch and brought her in for some attention.

She now has a new brood of teeny ones in her pouch and showed some stress with the advancing of the season and the heat. She had acquired a number of fleas and was pretty thoroughly bitten and her fur was notably worse off than when she was here in June. I sprayed her back and sides with a wonderful, all natural product from Vet's Best to rid her of fleas and other parasites which she thoroughly enjoyed while I worked it into her fur and onto the skin.

She ate a hearty meal of bread and butter and raw egg then went...Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 24, 2014 @ 02:19 PM | 2,889 Views
I is a "Temptaholic". I brow beat my humin, Jack, into serving me Temptations kitty treats at least twice a day, mostly while he's at the computer. Thank you, Canada...

I've been asked, "where did you come from?" and "Who are you?" a few times

I've been told I'm a Norwegian Forest Cat (yup, look it up) and I look totally unlike my litter mates (suits me o.k.) and I is BIG too.

I like my life-style, outdoor, indoor, whatever.. though I've come from what they call 'feral stock".

There, luv me, K..? I helps my humin, Jack, a lot on the computer thingie. I share living here with about 9 other quats from time to time. It's all good.
Posted by gnats82 | Aug 12, 2013 @ 05:07 PM | 3,759 Views
An issue comes up from time to time that might call for checking incidences on an airframe. These are images of the set up for the check.

(1) Block the plane up to the point where the leading edge of the wing is the same distance from a flat work surface as is the trailing edge at the same major point on a wing airfoil station. The fuselage will be close to but not necessarily level. (2) Then, with the elevator neutral to the stabilizer, check to see the distance from a major airfoil station on it is also equidistant to the same flat work surface.

If the l.e. of the stab is further from the work surface, it has positive incidence. If the t.e. is further from the work surface than it has negative incidence. ( Disregard the shown measurement of this example on the in the third picture here, the black square is sitting on a slightly higher surface. It's the principle I'm showing that's important.)

Most aircraft, especially aerobatic and warbirds, will have the incidences the same, or *0 - 0* to each other.
Posted by gnats82 | Apr 02, 2013 @ 05:07 PM | 5,066 Views
With production ceasing of this airplane, cowls will be in demand from time to time. I made these molds to draw a three piece cowl that will serve as good as or better than the original.

Here are images of the assembled and painted parts....Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 30, 2013 @ 05:29 PM | 4,167 Views
Room is mostly filled up. How did that happen...

Since last 'work room' entry, have added the modded E-scale P-47 with my own razorback conversion, the FMS PT-17 Stearman - an evergreen staple plane to get time on, the big 1700mm P-40N from Hobby King, and lastly, the Flyzone F4U-1A Corsair which is now complete for flight.

Only one of the bunch, the little Thunder Tiger P-40E (now a "K" due to the change in the vertical fin), is one I'd part with easily. It was my first warbird purchase (2007) and not really successfully flown though nothing is wrong with it. I didn't pursue flying it after the second attempt at hand launching ended with a stall and nose-in, doing some damage, which is now repaired. It's only a three channel which holds little interest now for me.
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 29, 2013 @ 08:51 PM | 4,758 Views
1/29/13 - For those who might have broken the stock one, it can be reproduced in wood - they are no longer available from the maker.

Made from 1/8" craft grade (3 ply) plywood. Assemble with good quality, flexible glue good for durability.

Sad to see the brand go away. It was a benchmark bringer of advanced features like the scale propeller, easily added flaps, and decent quality retracts already installed. The dynamics of the business in China is unfamiliar to me and I would have expected, from what I normally understand, that with successes, E-scale would have endured as they were above the usual status to my eye. But, then, so went away Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Saturn in this country in these times - wavering and unsteady.

I've made a mold for vacuum forming cowls for the P-47s. Hope I don't need to use it much though.
Posted by gnats82 | Jul 13, 2011 @ 02:31 PM | 5,342 Views
It may be fitting to put up some images of the models situated in my work space. Live in a mobile home with an extra bedroom serving for model storage and a workshop. Running out of hangar space!

Top row, L. to R., are my three most "go-to" flyers, a PZ Wildcat, a Phase 3 P-40, and my mostly scratch built A-26. The others, for the most part, are kindof languishing for the time being. The little Stearman is a scratch build from pink and blue foam and was a workhorse for me for about 2 1/2 yrs. It got busted up pretty bad on a blustery day and though it's repaired to flying status, I've not flown it since. Flying site at the H.S. parking lot is just too prone to horizontal, swirling winds.