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Posted by gnats82 | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 1,397 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 | 1,791 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 | 2,637 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 | 3,910 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 | Mar 05, 2013 @ 06:42 AM | 3,282 Views
This article appeared in today's news and I felt some relevance to some of the ongoing difficulties we have with the Chinese approaches to making and marketing foam aircraft models: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...growth-warning
Sometimes I wonder if I'm too critical about the clumsiness and frustration that's experienced when trying to carry through a satisfactory purchase, service request, or other detail that meets uncooperative elements in their systems. This article gives some perspective on the culture we're dealing with and how it might lead to what seems an often insensitive approach to the customer.

What may appear to Westerners as "head-over-heel" zeal to be profitable could be some the reason we're running into these problems..
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 30, 2013 @ 05:29 PM | 3,069 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 | 3,561 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 | Oct 12, 2012 @ 12:53 PM | 3,566 Views
..... to: Aros


O.K. It's in the hands of FMS now and I wish them the best to process this to the best conclusion.

This is a 'golden opportunity' to get such issues resolved for the ongoing benefit of everyone including future users, new folks to the hobby, and to the industry. This event has brought this aspect of the hobby into intense focus and I want to add what I can so that the treatment is as thorough and accurate as possible.

I can't recall an incident where one of these devices, internal combustion or electric, where the blades from the propeller were flung from the unit to become projectiles and capable of danger to those nearby like this has been.

Whether contact was there against the cowl or not, these units meed to be constructed with the objective that if such contact were to occur, a breakup like this would absolutely not be the result. Blade strikes on the outer parts are another thing - grinding forces against the hub like you're suggesting should not do this. My concern was also piqued when there began some comments of construction issues with the 1400mm range of planes. In short, if there's a pattern here with FMS, or any other maker for that matter, I wish it to be 'nipped in the bud' as one might say. It's the most opportune moment.

I don't feel like I'm overreacting. I hope I'm not. "

This was my response to the affair with the 1700mm FMS propeller breakup. I truly hope they get it worked out 10/12/12

Posted by gnats82 | Jul 13, 2011 @ 02:31 PM | 4,272 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.