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Posted by winchdoc | Oct 16, 2010 @ 06:18 PM | 14,986 Views
I took a fast putt out to Rolland's hut-in-the-woods, he was out but I got to see the boys, Oliver and Myles.
Posted by winchdoc | Jun 15, 2010 @ 04:35 PM | 10,061 Views
My second grandson. Myles Angus Danger Boyd
About 10 weeks premature, 2lbs,14oz
We got updates from Rolland while we were on the road.
Really takes your mind off riding in the rain.
His middle name...


oh, yeah, breathe.
Posted by winchdoc | Jun 15, 2010 @ 10:06 AM | 9,984 Views
We're back from Humbolt county. Still a little woozy from the ride.
I'll post more later, there are family things to pay attention to right now.

Posted by winchdoc | Jun 02, 2010 @ 02:40 PM | 9,655 Views
I finished operation #3 on the mach-1 monoblocks. I'll have to build a fixture to hold them more securely for the last op. Last time was quick & dirty. This time will be nicer.

The new spindle drive is working nice!


I built a fixture to complete the 4th operation. The first block I made (the one in my mach) was held very precariously in the vise, and I could not really 'get after it' on the cutting feedrates....Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Jun 01, 2010 @ 12:26 PM | 9,360 Views
I threw the switch on a new-to-me spindle control unit, and I'm back up and running!

I'd like to publicly THANK Tom Feldvebel for stumbling upon the EXACT PART ### spindle drive unit and special thanks to Seth Arseneau for turning it loose FOR FREE!!!!

It was take out the old unit, and put in the new one, re-attach some wires and logic ribbon plugs, and WALLA! The spindle, she is turning now!

So, I'll be finishing this batch of Mach-1 monoblocks.



yes, I DID do my happy dance...
Posted by winchdoc | May 04, 2010 @ 10:54 AM | 9,677 Views
Last night in the middle of making some parts, my CNC mill's spindle shuts down and I get a dreaded spindle fault code come up on my screen.

I power it down and reset the alarm. Turn it back on- Just like General Fransisco Franco-- still dead.

I'll post a few pix here as things progress.

First thing to do is check the "transistor modules" to see if any of them have lost their magic smoke. Hopefully, that is all it is, and HOPEFULLY, I can find replacement parts somewhere (for free, oh, pleeze-pleeze-pleeze)

I suppose I could just gut it and put in a new motor/control and a pc based CNC retrofit, but that takes more time and headscratching.


New parts will be here next week.
Posted by winchdoc | Mar 14, 2010 @ 08:15 PM | 10,117 Views
I had to give my Hypnosis a little needed maintainance this week, and while I was at it, I set it up for my SD-10G.

I took a couple of shortcuts and set up the SD channel pinout selection to match the pinouts on the Airtronics 92777FM Rx.

Before I changed over, I put card material on each wingtip and the fuse to record trace marks of various aileron differential, rates flap travel, elevator compensation, you get the picture.

Then for giggles, I first transferred over the rudder and elevator servo plugs and operated both radios together. I added the left side of the wing, and dialed it all in.

Just need some wind now....Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | May 25, 2009 @ 11:41 AM | 9,917 Views
Took a ride out to my oldest son's Hut-in-the-woods for a visit
and a dose of baby spit......Continue Reading


Posted by winchdoc | Feb 18, 2009 @ 08:24 PM | 9,972 Views