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Posted by gnats82 | Sep 13, 2018 @ 10:33 AM | 20,416 Views
This turned up in my domain after my daughter and her husband split up a few years back. They had acquired it from a neighbor early in the '90s and it had a seized conrod bearing and other misc. needs. I don't think it was looked after at all after about '93.

While Jon did get the engine pretty much rebuilt, the bike sat dormant and aged as his interest waned and parts began to scatter around their home work sites over time. They finally realized it was never going to be reassembled and negotiating with me decided together I would build it back to operating status.

I was surprised how just "dirty" everything was from sitting. Major baths to every component along with recognizing the deterioration of even stable parts such as the threads on cylinder head bolts and studs that needed to be chased with taps and dies just to get them clean enough of oxidation to work correctly. Everything needed a thorough check and cleaning. This is part of restoration work and though I could understand it, it's quite a change from when I was involved in setting up and servicing them from new.

Ex. system was a major chore. Though it has few dents and deformities, it had been mostly wiped off all decent paint coatings so had to be thoroughly brushed and treated for rust. Internally, the silencer baffle was plugged virtually solid, probably contributing to several failures in the engine such as stuck rings and overheating.

I'm hoping it finds a home in our...Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Nov 14, 2016 @ 06:05 PM | 23,216 Views
With the arrival of a new motorcycle museum here in Augusta, my interest in them of years ago got some warming up.
(Note: Click "continue reading" at the bottom of the script to access more images that will be added over time.)

It is a well stocked museum and is located behind what used to be a major Chevy dealer's lot that time finally passed by. The dealer has changed hands and located to new digs leaving some industrial type buildings of which the museum has taken one.

I unearthed some pictures of one of my favorites and will post here. I built it in the '70s as a street bike capable of being road-raced. Changes in so many things brought me to sell it to a collector in Ca. in 1999.

The museum consists primarily machines made before 1940 with a smattering of others into the late '60s, early '70s. Many of them belong to the Ottaway family of Wichita. Several of the clan have done incredible things over the years including having a huge and successful amusement park for which they built most of the rides including scratch built steam and gas locomotives and rail system within the park. They also collected and restored many steam traction engines....Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jan 17, 2016 @ 04:25 PM | 24,463 Views
Passage into the new year has brought some changes. Still about 16 felines hanging about, 9 or 10 regular indoor visitors but some have moved away and some have found our little niche' anew. A note by Mark Twain on felines: Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.

The following is a small sample of pictures I've managed to snap. Lots of play time, day and night. Also, regular attention to two litter boxes and keeping food and water. I've arrived at more and more kindness to deal with them, all with different personalities. And, we've managed to spoil a couple along the way....

Can't leave out our taking in a 'possum or two for baths (lice and fleas). Farah was very well behaved and enjoyed it mostly. Good shampoo, not a sign of new infestation afterward.

Sadly, our dear Mumbles - the little orange/ginger molly - died early in the summer this year, peacefully under the bed. I found her in the morning, her last sleep with us. She always had a touchy bowel with more than the usual barfing for a cat and I suspect it was some trouble there that eventually went wrong.

Edit: 2/22/2018 - Added some photos of a few of our adventurous kitties. About 8 - 10 will come in to stay overnight while we have such cold and icy weather. A few have wandered away and a few new ones have come since I last posted in this...Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:04 PM | 24,507 Views
Found this clear video of the last flight-worthy Avro Vulcan being flown in England:
The Awesome Vulcan XH558 at Beachy Head Cliffs, Eastbourne Airshow 2015. (3 min 55 sec)

I consider myself fortunate to having seen these awesome airplanes routinely fly in and out of Offutt AFB near Omaha, NE in the early '80s and put on a dazzling airshow with them as they were starting to be retired from their base in Canada.
Posted by gnats82 | Jun 29, 2015 @ 11:48 AM | 25,818 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. Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jun 15, 2015 @ 08:56 AM | 25,751 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 @ 09:58 PM | 26,572 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.

Ah, this is clever:

Mumbles passed away early this (2016) summer....Continue Reading
Posted by gnats82 | Jun 09, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 26,461 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 @ 03:19 PM | 26,522 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 | 27,407 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 | 28,807 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 @ 06:29 PM | 27,695 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 @ 09:51 PM | 28,428 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 | 28,714 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.