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Posted by ThermalThief | Mar 07, 2015 @ 02:27 AM | 24,665 Views
Was just doing a Google search and my old Zone popped up. The paint scheme was so easy to see. Made me smile so I saved it here.
Posted by ThermalThief | Mar 24, 2012 @ 09:07 PM | 24,347 Views
Picked up a couple used models this past winter and gave them a little cosmetic attention. They are now ready to fly if the rain and snow would stop long enough for the field would dry up a bit.
Posted by ThermalThief | Dec 05, 2010 @ 03:00 AM | 25,565 Views
I started this project last fall. I will use this table mostly for fuse molds and DLG wings. I have a 19"x33" cutting area.
This is my second CNC project. The first was a 4-axis hotwire cutter I completed a few years back. They both run off Mach3.
I still need to order some wire chain to get all those wires under control.

CNC.MOV (0 min 54 sec)

Posted by ThermalThief | Apr 04, 2010 @ 02:42 PM | 26,345 Views
Hope to maiden it in the next couple weeks


Posted by ThermalThief | Feb 09, 2010 @ 01:42 PM | 26,554 Views

A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar
stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings
your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which
you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.


Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the
workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard
earned callouses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say,
"Oh, s---!"


Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of


An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up
jobs into major refinishing jobs.


One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle...
It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion,
and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.

Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your
shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out
of which you want to remove a bearing race..


Generally used after pliers to completely round off...Continue Reading
Posted by ThermalThief | Dec 29, 2008 @ 04:02 PM | 26,743 Views
Can you relate?

Man I'm tired of the white stuff
Posted by ThermalThief | Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:31 AM | 27,521 Views
Pictures from Northwest Soaring Society Contest in Spokane.

More here
Posted by ThermalThief | Apr 29, 2008 @ 10:41 PM | 28,096 Views
Slow progressing but finished a couple Supra tips and two tail sets so far.
Posted by ThermalThief | Mar 09, 2008 @ 02:20 PM | 27,930 Views
Now I have done it!

XPS 2.4ghz is loaded and ready to test.

I removed the receiver from case and have the vertical antenna exiting the pod.

Model is SGII plan form with Tabooish tails.
Posted by ThermalThief | Feb 28, 2007 @ 01:22 AM | 31,593 Views
Well weather has been really bad so lots of time for building. This is the latest project.
It is a SuperGeeII wing with a carbon rod spar system kevlar leading edge under 2 layers of .72 glass. Wing weights is 57g & 58g. I will be trying a single layer of 1.6 glass on the second set. Pics so the leading edge after the first rough sand. When I complete the finish work I'll post another pic. I am going with an external controls on the aileron on the first wing. RDS on the second.
Pod and boom is the infamous Raptr setup. Both pods I ordered came in at 26g. I removed the top of the clamshell nose and cleaned out the resin dropped into the nose and got the pod back down to 22g. It finished at 24g (40g with boom) after I reassembled with resin and filler in the nose. I decided to push the boom through the bulkhead which served the raise the front of the boom to get the correct angles for the wing cradle to the boom. The pod failures happen just ahead of the leading edge of the wing. I think this is a vunerable area due to the lever action created on launch with the heavy battery pushed all the way to the front of the pod. To additionally stiffen the pod I cut the top clamshell from the wing forward about 1.75" and glued it together with the bottom. By gluing the top clamshell I move the area being leveraged by the battery forward to a safer spot.
It's a work in progress and thoughts are welcomed.
Posted by ThermalThief | Jan 29, 2007 @ 10:03 PM | 30,220 Views
Here is our newly designed stab mount. Slide on the boom and CA in place. Easy as pie

If you haven't seen 'em fly click....

Not the best vid quality but makes me want to go fly!
Posted by ThermalThief | Nov 20, 2006 @ 02:19 AM | 30,102 Views
Pics of my well used Chinsee. This is after a year of flying and is the same plane as shown in my vids. We have continued to make upgrades this year. We have increased the area of the rudder, changed the layup for the wings and settled on the sul boom instead of the sul skinny. The wings come in at about 52g with the peg and are laid up with .007 carbon spar caps, 1.19 balanced glass with an additional layer of lighter glass in the d-box area. This has increased our launch heights into the 120-130 range. We also have been flying both dihedral and poly versions with good success.
Posted by ThermalThief | Oct 10, 2006 @ 10:34 PM | 31,016 Views
Finally took it out of the box. All up 16oz with 3s 700mah, Axi 2212/34 and thunderbird controller turning a APC 11x5. May be too light...original instructions stated auw 22-28oz. I guess we'll see.
Posted by ThermalThief | Aug 26, 2006 @ 10:00 PM | 30,806 Views
Fun day of flying today. We had 3 different pilots flying chinsee's. One of the pilots has had 2 weekends of experience flying RC. The Chinsee is a great plane for beginners and more experienced pilots. We fly all up last down mini contest every time we are out and have a blast.

I posted a couple of videos in the gallery....

launch high

Posted by ThermalThief | Jun 25, 2006 @ 11:32 PM | 30,588 Views
June 25th. Nice conditions 90degrees and light wind. Focus of data was launch height only. Launch pre-sets would have helped. All launches had a left roll reducing total height. Flight weight was 128 grams.

Launch High

Posted by ThermalThief | May 01, 2006 @ 01:58 AM | 30,753 Views
My 40" DLG...Alot of fun in a small package