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Posted by wingbeat | Jul 28, 2010 @ 12:07 PM | 3,762 Views
Posted by wingbeat | Jul 15, 2010 @ 01:39 PM | 4,341 Views
Fiona Banner, Tate Modern, London
"Harrier and Jaguar", 2010

Posted by wingbeat | Jun 17, 2010 @ 01:31 PM | 3,731 Views
Pics and notes for reference.

Canopy- magnets instead of latch.

1- install front canopy wire
2- position magnets, check fit- they'll hold each other in place.
3- glue up can be done at the same time, glue magnets with wax paper in between upper magnet and fuse

note- top magnet is 1/8inch deep and fits perfectly between fuse and canopy as positioned
Posted by wingbeat | Mar 14, 2010 @ 05:26 PM | 2,926 Views
Posted by wingbeat | Mar 05, 2010 @ 10:35 AM | 3,704 Views
Midwest Weasel Fest IS happening this year.

My buddy Lars is going to plan it.
Stay tuned.

Posted by wingbeat | May 05, 2009 @ 10:53 AM | 3,792 Views
fyi interested parties...
Posted by wingbeat | Apr 30, 2009 @ 04:02 PM | 4,318 Views
Had a Weasel Pro from Dream-Flight NIB, so I built it up for our MidWest Whatever Fest.
Sports bagged balsa elevons, because my old Weasel's elevons got wonky.
I put in a thin basswood TE, because my old Weasel's TE went all kaflooey.
Covering is Ultracoat, except nose/tips, which are Solartex and goop, because my old Weasel had this treatment and it held up to abuse.
The tail slips in- held into place with rare earth magnets, because I wanted an easier to remove tail than my old Weasel.
The tail is a carbon tow & balsa sandwich, because my old Weasel's corroplast tail was more bent outta shape than a raving fundamentalist.

* And the super fine stenciled Axis of Weasel tail? Don't know what happened there. No explanation. I put an exacto knife under my pillow one night and the build fairy went bonkers.
Posted by wingbeat | Apr 15, 2009 @ 10:20 PM | 4,114 Views

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Posted by wingbeat | Apr 14, 2009 @ 11:03 AM | 3,986 Views
My trusty Weasel. Soon to be refurbished.
Building my last NIB, and hope to get an EVO soon.
Posted by wingbeat | Apr 14, 2009 @ 10:56 AM | 3,916 Views
Designed this for my M60.
Will be blue foam/ carbon sock, incorporating bagged balsa tail.
Posted by wingbeat | Apr 06, 2009 @ 11:29 PM | 4,362 Views
Posted by wingbeat | Nov 09, 2008 @ 11:55 AM | 5,521 Views
Hmmmm.. I've been thinking.
That's sometimes a dangerous thing.

What if...

... you could take the classic lines of an old timer rubber model (see Smoothie, Sparky, Eugene, Skyrider pics)...

... built it with contemporary composite techniques and utilized current high performance DLG airfoils (see Photon II pic)...

... and used rubber power (see contemporary F1B pic) instead of electric (see LapDancer) to get to soaring altitude, yet retained 2 channel R/E radio control?

How many purists would this offend?

Like a DLG without the all important "D" part. Powered up like a F1B, but without the all important FF part! Using a motor to get to soaring height, but not electric!

I'm almost afraid to ask for feedback, comments, or input. But I can see it.
Posted by wingbeat | Oct 02, 2008 @ 12:52 AM | 5,065 Views
Posted this to a thread in LTUP, but wanted to post it to my blog.
Great clip.

Seventh Place in the Antiques Roadshow Top Ten Items (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by wingbeat | Sep 23, 2008 @ 01:31 AM | 5,145 Views
Posted by wingbeat | Sep 08, 2008 @ 11:37 PM | 5,133 Views

Someone today reported a sarcastic comment I made 3 months ago in response to an over-reaction by the OP of an old and inactive thread. That original poster and I don't communicate- I don't care for him, nor he for me as far as I know. No big deal to me, and I'd bet vice versa. Really... who cares? It was dead a looong time ago. But someone with a bug up their butt needed to stroke their do-gooder ego and report me for a comment from 3 months ago. Way to go sport! Feel better? lol!

Hilarious. An enemy either has a lot of time on their hands, someone has to lighten up, or most likely both- lmao.

It'll stay unedited. And if anyone wants to know what I wrote, just pm me- I'll send it to ya for a laugh.

Basically I corrected the over-reacting poster that I was simply asking the make and manufacturer of a plane. He assumed I was trying to do something else- bring up an older debate. If I wanted to make a point about the plane's design I would have said that clearly. No need to be indirect in my book. But I was trying to clarify if the plane in the thread was the same one I looked at in a buddy's shop. I agreed with the OP- the design issue of the plane was an issue already beaten to death and I really didn't care to beat it anymore. My opinion wasn't going to change, nor was it important to me to express it.

Pretty funny to me that 3 months after a post someone can get their undies all wadded up over it. Kid's these days.
Posted by wingbeat | Jul 08, 2008 @ 03:57 PM | 5,546 Views
This group does great performances in New York City.
Love these 2- Frozen Grand Central and Human Mirror.
Both really simple ideas that make the viewers stop and notice.

Frozen Grand Central is just like the children's game "Statue" or whatever it was called in your neighborhood. But on a "grand" urban scale. 207 people all freeze in place for 5 minutes. And in a place like Grand Central Terminal this goes way against the never ending ebb and flow of commuters and tourists.

In Human Mirror the group assembles several sets of identical twins to ride the subway. Each pair splits to mirror the other on either side of the train.

Improv Everywhere - Frozen Grand Central (2 min 22 sec)

...Continue Reading
Posted by wingbeat | Jun 26, 2008 @ 01:18 AM | 5,526 Views
Pure joy.
God Bless these two guys in the background.

No One Makes George W. Bush Look Like an Idiot (0 min 23 sec)

Posted by wingbeat | Jun 20, 2008 @ 06:43 PM | 5,627 Views
Just because it's cool.

Introducing The Moog Guitar (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by wingbeat | Jun 18, 2008 @ 05:26 PM | 5,897 Views
Posted by wingbeat | Apr 14, 2008 @ 05:24 PM | 6,168 Views
I've been looking at a long build thread over in a French BB- Forum Modelisme.
Here's one of the gems I gleaned;

Good page with interior wing structure.
This builder doesn't cut the spar, but relieves the wing ribs instead. CF is added on the spar and at the TE. He bags the wing to glue it up. Nice.