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Posted by c0dem0nkey | Nov 29, 2013 @ 10:42 PM | 2,897 Views
BD-5 - Hatch cut and glassed, wings mostly done
Firecracker - Wing done, ready to glue to fuse
P-40- Bondo, primer, sand phase....needs servo tray.
Zephyr - Wings sheeted with balsa
Lancair - Wings ready to have ailerons cut
Huma - Wing needs sanded on before gluing to fuse, fuse canopy fixed
HellCat - Bag tail, servo tray needed
Tucano - wings sheeted with ply, stock glued to LE that needs to be sanded
Mini Zero - Tail cut off to fix alignment issue
Mini Machi
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:53 PM | 3,904 Views
CNC Zone - community forum much like rcgroups

CNC Cookbook - cool articles and some good information

CNC Mentor -Software reviews and good articles
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jan 16, 2013 @ 10:04 PM | 3,889 Views
Part 2 - Connecting PC to Machine

My first problem was the PC I was planning on using did not have a parallel port. Trip to FRY's and 35 dollars latter I had one.

There are only two path I know of for connecting PC to Machine. Mach3 and Linux EMC. I plan to do both as Mach3 trail version will only run 500 lines of Gcode and EMC is free but require a learning curve on linux.

Mach 3 setup

Motor turning = 200 steps * 2(half steps) = 400 steps for a full motor rotation. 400 / 5.08 (pitch of ballscrew was .200 in) = 78.74
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jan 16, 2013 @ 09:54 PM | 3,895 Views
New years resolution was to get my cnc setup comfortable enough for me to generate small to medium projects without feeling lost. Seeing as there are enough details to make my head swim I thought I would use my page to keep track of what I have found and created.

Part 1 - Listing the equipment

1. The milling machine I choose was the G8689 also know as the X2 mini mill. http://www.grizzly.com/products/Mini...-Machine/G8689

2. Little machine shop sells a belt drive conversion kit that reduces the noise of the X2 and increases reliability over the stock plastic gear drive. http://littlemachineshop.com/products/2560

3. I purchased the CNC Fusion X2 kit 2 which allowed for a simple bolt on of the stepper motors as well as ballscrews to decrease backlash. http://www.cncfusion.com/minimill1.html

4. I purchased the Probotix 3 axis monster mill kit. Choosing to upgrade the power supply to 40VDC Linear incase I wish to move to higher end stepper or a 4th axis. Also updated the breakout board to a PBX-RF...reason was something to do with protecting the PC..more on this when I remember. http://probotix.com/index.php?view=p...product_id=118

The conversion process from the stock mill to the cnc was quite fun. Got really dirt, learned all the inner workings on the machine...fun.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jun 18, 2012 @ 01:32 PM | 3,924 Views
She sure is looking pretty..can't wait to see her in the air

Maiden Flight Video....it was awesome
IMG 0506 (0 min 54 sec)

Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jun 17, 2012 @ 01:49 PM | 3,715 Views
Can't wait
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Mar 01, 2012 @ 04:38 PM | 4,684 Views
After several glass and sand, bondo and sand sessions..the wing is glued and nice fillets are in place.

I'm considering adding a rudder to this bird but not sure yet.

I plan to have the tail glued on and elevator hinged by saturday..may may ready for paint by the weekend
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Feb 23, 2012 @ 07:45 PM | 4,466 Views
Because I don't want to wear out my welcome in the San Diego P-39 Build area..I thought I would document my process of modifying the P-39 into something more....awesome

Basically I'm gluing a destiny wing to the fuse and making fancy tail feathers. A few people don't share my obsession with tinkering with others design...but I'm an engineer..enough said.

Personally I think its going to be bad ass.

Currently I have the wing glued and lots of sanding to get done...will update soon
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Jan 05, 2012 @ 02:19 PM | 4,519 Views
I've recently been working on two PSS planes and forgot that I know little about hinging...Oh sure I can get them on but they don't have the sparkle and shine I want to produce.

Live Hinge

The perfect live hinge...how hard could it be. Turns out to be very elusive for me.

My main problem is the kevlar always makes a bump under the glass and I have to do several sessions of sand and fill....which I don't like to do. And putting a layer of kevlar on the whole wing/tail sounds overkill.

Also I always seem to end up with some fuzz on the hinge line. Dang if I could just see a video on this and or what supplies I should by to make this problem go away.

Some one gave me some peel ply but I gotta imagine its going to do the same thing.

CA Hinge

This is simple but rather time consuming and not very pretty.

Tape Hinge

For Foamies and light park flyers...not carbon winged beauties

Goop/Silicone Hinge

I gave up on this after mixed results..had problems doing it and had problems with surviving landings

Frustrated right now about my limited skills and experience.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 29, 2011 @ 01:24 PM | 5,588 Views
Just working hard, so daddy can go fly.
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Apr 12, 2011 @ 01:54 PM | 5,613 Views
Going to try using magnets instead of wheel collars on this one

Bagged my first painted mylars...mixed feelings on results
Posted by c0dem0nkey | Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:56 PM | 5,784 Views
I'm sorry but I'm going to make my opinion clear on something...I dislike this WtWf name for such a sexy fuse.

The build is using the WtWf fuse, some 60inch 6062 wings, and tails of my own making, Ward bling. Does this justify a different name, a sexier catchy name? I'm not sure, I do know I have quiet a bit of respect for the guys who made it.

I've been sitting here for the past 10 minutes trying to think of something...something that would pay tribute but I'm at a loss. I have been thinking of a name for a long time that just rolls off the tongue.

The Falconer

So for the time being, unless I hear objections, or see people with pitch forks and nooses outside my shop I'm going to stick with The Falconer.