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Posted by weathervane | Jun 23, 2016 @ 03:36 PM | 859 Views
With a little family down time today. I decided to try and recut two more pilot figures.
Posted by weathervane | Jun 21, 2016 @ 04:13 PM | 1,416 Views
With the summer break and the kids out of school. It is time for a break from the CNC machine. I am still working on drawings in Sketchup when I have time. If it is something simple that does not require a lot of machine time. I will try to cut something. I do have some cool things that I am working on.
Posted by weathervane | Feb 26, 2016 @ 02:39 PM | 1,496 Views
My first attempt at cutting the pilot figure was going so well. I got down to the last 10-15 min and the bit got driven into the table. I don't believe it is the machines fault. I am fairly confident it is the program. Seeing as how it is not mine and I did not write it. I did a manual hot wire cut so I could at least remove it from the rest of the block.
Oh well, it's a start.
Posted by weathervane | Feb 21, 2016 @ 06:41 PM | 1,963 Views
WOW, what a difference a few bearings make. (15 in all) I can not believe how smooth the movement is now.

I had a small issue removing the mill head from the gantry. After that the job went smoothly. No where near as bad as I thought it would be. After each axis was upgraded. I rebooted the machine and did a test jog. I learned a lesson a long time ago. Only make 1 change at a time.

The only thing that changed was I needed to readjust a limit switch on the V carriage assembly. I must have bumped it or something. After a quick readjust, I rehomed the machine. Smooth, that's all I can say. A lot quieter as well. I have a small issue with the W tower. but I am confident it will be a quick fix.

I hope to be up and running by Tuesday of this week.
Posted by weathervane | Feb 19, 2016 @ 01:13 AM | 1,862 Views
After some deep thought. We have decided to upgrade some parts on my CNC machine. I am changing the idler pulleys from bushing to full bearings. The manufacturer came to the decision that the bushing idlers might be binding. So this weekend I will be swapping out some parts. I hope to be up and running next week.
Posted by weathervane | Feb 10, 2016 @ 06:24 AM | 1,441 Views
Well work has stopped on my big foamy. I am having an issue with my CNC machine.
So for now I am working with the manufacture guy to find and solve the problem.

Posted by weathervane | Jan 26, 2016 @ 04:03 PM | 2,018 Views
I forgot to mention. I did cut out some wheels as well. I will be putting the fuse back on the bed and cut holes for the axel. I also need to cut some parts for inside the fuse.
Posted by weathervane | Jan 23, 2016 @ 04:08 PM | 2,244 Views
Now that the holidays are over with. I have made a little more progress. I have cut the wing ribs and wing. I have also cut the horizontal stab and elevator.
I still need to cut the top and bottom skins. I also need to cut the rudder and vertical stabilizer. Some where I need to decided on a windshield for it.
Posted by weathervane | Dec 19, 2015 @ 09:07 PM | 2,704 Views
This is going to be BIG.........

It is 39.0 inches long, 13.0 tall and 5.5 wide at F-1. I have it taped together just for the picture. Nothing is final yet.

I am excited to see how this plays out. So far it is looking good.

Posted by weathervane | Dec 02, 2015 @ 03:53 PM | 2,882 Views
I have always wanted to make a flat wing with ailerons for a Grasshopper.

The original plane is a 2 ch plane with a polyhedral wing. I never did get mine to fly very well. I hope by making it a 4 ch plane it will fly better.

The original wing is in the 43 inch range. This wing "being the first test cut" is 50 inches. My next step will be adding the wing tip cut paths along with the aileron and servo pockets. I want to round the tips and shorten it to 43 inches.

"It looks ridiculous with this giant wing".
Posted by weathervane | Dec 01, 2015 @ 11:52 AM | 2,760 Views
After some small set backs. I have my CNC hot wire/router up and running.

I had a few extra steps to learn and adjust to for the hot wire. Never the less it works. I am happy to finally have it up and cutting. Nothing is completely perfect yet. It is a learning experience.

I am having fun.
Posted by weathervane | Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:12 PM | 2,599 Views
So it has been quite a while sense I have been here.
I spend most o my time on FB. Seems easier to stay in touch with my RC friends.
I still fly, although not as much as I would like. Life seems to get in the way of that. I still build off the wall planes. I enjoy showing up with the strange looking plans. I am now moving into the world of CNC. It should make scratch building planes easier. I am also thinking about a specific plane. I very large plane.
Regaurdless, I am still having lots of fun. Even if I don't stop by RCG as much as I used to.
Posted by weathervane | Mar 25, 2013 @ 07:54 PM | 3,268 Views
It is hard to get fired up about SEFF 2013 when we just got 5 inches of snow today. There is just 4 weeks untill SEFF. I have so much work to do and this snow is not helping. I am ready for warm temps and blue skys.
Posted by weathervane | Mar 22, 2013 @ 05:19 AM | 4,634 Views
I have decided it was time to get a small trailer just for R/C events.

I am starting with a small 20 year old pop up. I found a Rockwood 1720 in good shape. It does need some work, don't they all? I will be adding a solar panell for power. I will also be adding a power inverter. There will be a 12 and 120 volt power box on the outside of the camper. No need for extension cords running everywhere. I am planning on having it done in time for SEFF 2013.

This should make a nice little camper for attending r/c events.

Posted by weathervane | May 06, 2012 @ 02:01 PM | 3,738 Views
Well SEFF 2012 has come and gone. It was a great event. The weather could have been better. After the Saturday evening rain, the wind kicked up and did not let up much untill Thursday. No matter the event was still a lot of fun. I got to fly all of my planes at least 3-4 times each. The only damage was to my Superfly. A little hot glue put it back together and we were up and running again. My solar cell power set up kept the camper going all week. I had no problems with power at all. I ran my power inverter every night and during the day. Everything stayed at an 80% charge. I am looking forward to the next event of the year. RCAE in NC.
Posted by weathervane | May 06, 2011 @ 03:45 PM | 4,114 Views
I am happy to say that the Maryland Electric Day Spectacular charity fly in is almost here. I have been working on this event for 8 months. I am down to the last 4 weeks. It has been a lot of work, but it will be worth it. I am greatfull for all of the people who have donated raffle prizes. I am thankfull to my club for allowing me to shut down the field for the day and have this event. I can never say thank you enough.

I am putting on this event for the University of Maryland Hospital for children. My son was born 4 months early and spent 115 days in the NICU. The NICU did a fantastic job. My son would not be here if not for them. I could never repay them for all of the care they gave him. BUT, I can put on a charity event and try to raise some money for them.

I am excited about the event that I have put so much work into. I am excited to see how much of a turn out I get. I am also scared out of my mind. Just the thought of a bad event is enough to make me try harder.

So in 4 weeks we shal see if all of this work pays off.
Posted by weathervane | Jan 12, 2011 @ 05:18 PM | 4,089 Views
I am in the process of putting together an all electric event. This event will be a charity event.
All the money we raise will go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The University of Maryland Hospital for Children.

Please take a look at my event webpage for all the latest updates, sponsors, demos and so on.
Posted by weathervane | Jul 27, 2009 @ 08:20 PM | 4,765 Views
This is a non r/c thing.
If this is wrong or out of place I'm sorry. I do not want to make trouble.

My son was born 3 months early, he is 1lb 10oz. He is in for a long up hill battle. I know he has the best people looking over him. For now his will stay in the NICU, untill he can come home.

I ask people to pray for my son, please visit the web site and read his journal. Feel free to sign the guest book. Add rcg so I know who is who.

Thank you,
Posted by weathervane | Jun 13, 2009 @ 08:01 AM | 4,997 Views
I am so bummed out. I have not been to the field in almost a month. I have not been in my work shop in 3 weeks. I think I am going through withdraw from not flying. I went out and got a second job. Working 60-75 hours a week sucks. But I am keeping a roof over my family and providing for them as much as I can. I think that is a bit more important than flying. BUt man I miss the field.

Posted by weathervane | Feb 01, 2009 @ 11:21 AM | 4,899 Views
I am about to start to cover the wing of a new plane. I think I have made a small error. You be the judge. Here are some pictures.