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Posted by DustyPockets | Jan 28, 2013 @ 08:40 PM | 3,321 Views
Been involved in a pretty interesting project the past few months, got my hands on building a Brewery.

A few years ago I helped built a restaurant in an old building here in Central Illinois. Now the owner has decided to branch off into Brewing with the help of his head bartender.

The building needed quite a bit of renovation. New tuck-pointing and brick replacement. Installed a new 1 1/2" water service, new 3 phase 400 amp service for power and all re-wired. Floors tiled and reinforced for the brewery equipment.

The guy's from provided the tanks and did most of the installation. Interesting business, they sell and install brewing equipment worldwide.....a lot of work but a hell of an interesting business.

Well just about finished with the project, hopefully will be brewing soon. The Hops are on the 3rd year growing, as I understand they need a few years to mature.
Posted by DustyPockets | Oct 03, 2012 @ 07:07 PM | 3,577 Views
A guy I know dropped by the shop today and asked me if I would be interested in some RC Planes he had for sale.

Well sure, always worth a look.

He asked me what I would offer for the whole lot, Being a small electric flyer I told him I was only really interested in the small blue and yellow low-wing, not sure what it is.... but looks good.

After a bit he said he would take $200.00 for the bunch, I said I can do that.

Not sure what I am going to do with a 27% Edge, maybe time to move up?
Posted by DustyPockets | Nov 10, 2011 @ 06:38 PM | 3,497 Views
A few weeks ago I walked in the shop and thought what a disorderly mess. Over the years stuff just accumulates....... drawers full of just plain junk that will never get used and taking up space.

First step was a trip to the recycling yard, I ended up $80.00 ahead taking in some old machinery and scrap steel.

A friend who had a roll-off dumpster for a roofing project provided the solution for the scrap wood.

Still more to go, feels great!
Posted by DustyPockets | Sep 11, 2011 @ 09:47 AM | 3,646 Views
Our flying field is in the corner of a subdivision slow to get built up. A perfect spot, 2 perpendicular roads, huge field behind it, grass for belly landers and plenty of room.

At least a hundred empty lots and somebody decided to build right on the end of "our" runway.

Must be an RC guy.
Posted by DustyPockets | Mar 23, 2011 @ 05:30 PM | 3,973 Views
Longtime client of mine called and wanted me to build them a Chicken Coop. She was raised on a farm, her family raised chickens commercially and just wanted to have a few layers for family and friends.

Turning out to be a pretty darn nice chicken coop. 10'x20' run on the side, coyotes are too thick to have them free range. Dutch door for the main door and 3 small doors on the side for the laying box.

Her chicks arrive Thursday and will be inside for a few weeks before being placed in the coop.

By the time you figure the cost of the building and feed I figure about $10.00 an egg for the next couple of years, hope they are good!
Posted by DustyPockets | Mar 20, 2011 @ 06:38 PM | 4,190 Views
Picked up a 5x8 utility trailer last week for hauling material, mower and such. Decent little trailer made by Teske with a folding ramp and pretty well made for what it is. I have a 16' flatbed trailer but it is way more than I need for most things.

Got to thinking this morning it would make a nice plane hauler. At first I considered just a tarp and bungie cords for a cover but after a quick trip to Harbor Freight I found a 4x6 net cargo cover. Just right..... I have to stretch it nice and tight.

Just came across a 2006 Enclosed 5x8 Haulmark for $1100.00 on Craiglists, Kind of wishing I waited on the utility trailer now.......
Posted by DustyPockets | Dec 26, 2010 @ 10:36 AM | 4,351 Views
EasyStar save (0 min 9 sec)

Posted by DustyPockets | Dec 12, 2010 @ 05:56 PM | 4,356 Views
A few fluffy inches have snow have turned into a real mess. The National weather service does not call it a blizzard, but for the most part white out conditions today.

So what to do?, why make a snowboat of course.

Left over toy boat, emax 2805, a servo for directional control (kinda) and after a couple of hours I had my Snowboat done.

I made a few test runs in the front yard. Fun as hell but it spins out all the time. Maybe lower the end points on the motor pivot and perhaps a keel of some kind?.
Posted by DustyPockets | Oct 28, 2010 @ 09:42 PM | 5,583 Views
Our local hobby shop picks up a few box damaged items from Tower (We have named the shop.... scratch n dent).

But that all works out well enough for me. Picked up a Multiplex TwinStar radio ready for $75.00. It is brushed but I was quite pleased with how well it flew with the stock motors. I will upgrade it to brushless over the winter but I plan on flying it stock for the few flyable days left this season.

The TwinStar is designed to be a belly lander but I decided to add landing gear. Sprayed it with some Olive drab with a little Kahki on the side, I kind of like it.
Posted by DustyPockets | Oct 10, 2010 @ 02:32 PM | 4,394 Views
A few Sundays ago I had some errands to run in Monticello Illinois. Pulling on to the Interstate I noticed a sign that said RC Show today, I drove about half way down the lane to the field and did not notice anything in the air so I decided to turn around and head home. Back on the Interstate I could see the field as I drove by along with a jet climbing out of a cloud of smoke. I turned around at the next exit and made my way back. The field is only a couple of years old and very nice, large hanger with bi-fold doors, big runway and lots of covered tables. I imagine they have plans for some events there.

First time I have ever seen turbine jets fly and I was plenty impressed. Also had a Electric heli, TRex 700?. The flybys were great, I just love the sound they make. Pilots obviously plenty skilled and they had a lot of confidence in themselves and the gear they were running, at times they were really out there and moving fast.

Kept thinking to myself these guys are probably getting paid for this.....

Jets @ Horizons Field (2 min 37 sec)

Posted by DustyPockets | Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:09 PM | 4,463 Views
A brisk 45 degrees this morning, first time I have had a long sleeve shirt on in months. Shorts and air conditioning last week, a jacket on the next...life in the Midwest.

Wrapped up work about 5:30, and started cleaning up the shop. I keep all my RC stuff in there and decided to grab my Merlin for a quick flight.

About 6:00 by the time I got to the field (subdivision under development),only got in 2 packs before it was getting too dark to see well.

I figure another 3-4 weeks of decent flying weather, after that it will be a good day here and there.

Plans for the winter include a Multiplex FunCub, they have been a little hard to get lately so I decided not to worry about it and pick one up in the winter. Maybe some scratch built stuff also. Nice thing about shop work in the winter is you have plenty of time, bad part is you have very little good weather to enjoy what you have built.
Posted by DustyPockets | Aug 22, 2010 @ 11:18 AM | 5,926 Views
I am a big fan of Multiplex, I have a couple of Funjets, a Merlin (my current favorite kick around plane) and an EasyStar. I learned to fly with the EasyStar and I still fly it today for AP, really says a lot about the durability of the planes Multiplex produces.

The Xeno is really a clever design. The wing folds for transport if desired, detachable fins and well made. But for me at least I just do not care for the way it fly's.

So I decided to shorten it up a bit, I cut out the center section and it ended up with a roughly 36" wingspan. Glued it back together and taped it up real well, I did not add a spar, seems fine without one.

Still tinkering with the CG, too tail heavy at first. I moved the battery up and added a magnetic canopy catch to add some weight in the nose.

I will tune it up some more tonight, looks like it will end up being a decent flyer.

The wing sets are around $35.00 at Advantage Hobby.
Posted by DustyPockets | Aug 06, 2010 @ 06:55 PM | 6,124 Views
My brother and I have gone trout fishing in the Missouri Ozarks for years and we just spent 5 nights there. We stay at Montauk State park http://www.mostateparks.com/montauk.htm and fish there and the Current river downstream of the park. Montauk park contains the springs that form the headwaters of the current river, the rest of the Current River is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways http://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm My understanding is a dam was planned on the Current river and grass-roots opposition lead to the creation of the Scenic river way.

Went canoeing one day, really had a great time. Started off a little rough, about 200 yards into the trip we came upon a low hanging tree over some pretty quick water. I was in the front and made it just fine but my brother did not fair so well.. bang,bang,crash....splash!. That tree pealed his sorry ass out pretty quick. He came up kind of wild-eyed and sputtering. Lost a couple of cigars and his camera got wet but later dried out and seems to work just fine.

Well I am sure we will do it again next year. We are planning on taking my brothers son down there soon....Continue Reading
Posted by DustyPockets | Jul 11, 2010 @ 09:45 PM | 5,054 Views
I have been having quite a bit of fun with my little scratchbuilt carbon fiber rod plane the "skeeter". But good grief what an ugly plane, electronics hanging off the bottom, wires dangling, looks like a flying train wreck.....uggg!. So what to do?, well lets see if we can clean it up a bit. I had some redwood I salvaged from a job a few months ago, I was going to use it for aileron stock but it is so light why not make a whole plane from it.

I cut out the fuselage with a 350 3 cell in mind, fits just right. I cut the 24" wing out and formed the profile with my table saw and cleaned it up with a block plane and sand paper. Redwood is so easy to work with you can have a wing cut, profiled and sanded in 10 minutes.

I plan on mounting an aileron servo and elevator servo in the body of the fuselage and fly without rudder. I left enough room in the tailboom to snake in a control rod for the elevator and just poke it out thru the fuselage.

More to come.......

Posted by DustyPockets | Jun 26, 2010 @ 11:00 PM | 5,049 Views
My interest in photography is starting to grow, but my skills in photography are modest at best. But like anything in life you need to keep working on it and with time and effort I hope for better results.

Catching a RC plane in flight is a little harder than you might expect. I did get 2 decent shots today. One is Chubby's Sukhoi, it was in the frame great but lighting was so-so. Second is Kevins Showtime, better lighting but lots of clutter in the background.

This was the Sukhoi's maiden flight, fly's great but my girlfriends grandson caught the wing taxing my Cessna around.

BTW a wing set is $92.00....Ouch!!....Screw it....I just bought the whole kit and Chub can use it for parts.

Posted by DustyPockets | Jun 21, 2010 @ 08:54 PM | 4,887 Views
Operator error, bad electronics, kids grabbing the radio.....I don't know. What I do know is trying to find a lost Styker in a corn field is next to impossible.
Walked it for a bit with my TX in a feeble attempt to listen to the motor or elevons. Reminded me of de-tasseling corn as a kid......no fun.

Well about 3 months from now some farmer is going to be throwing Z-foam out the back of his combine.
Posted by DustyPockets | May 30, 2010 @ 05:07 PM | 5,029 Views
A friend of mine sent me a text that someone had dumped some wrecked planes in his dumpster and asked me if I wanted to take a look.

Well not a bad haul.
Posted by DustyPockets | Apr 05, 2010 @ 09:23 PM | 5,133 Views
We had a Stryker body laying around the shop. We were going to use it for a project plane, glass it make it fast.... that kind of thing. But we kinda pooped out on it, so instead of fast I decided to go lite.

Added a Emax 2805kv motor with a 6x4, 1300 Mah battery and couple a cheap servos.

Quick and ugly build, balsa elevons, Epp fins, no cover on the guts.

Flys great, light and floaty but can be pretty quick if needed. Flys so well we picked up 3 more bodys from Advantage Hobby tonight for bash around Strykers.

Heck of a lot of fun for $50.00 or so.
Posted by DustyPockets | Apr 03, 2010 @ 10:10 AM | 5,341 Views
My brother and I took a long weekend for a little trout fishing in the Missouri Ozarks. We have been going there for years, usually Bennett Spring for the early trip and sometimes the Current river for a week in the summer. He flew in from San Diego and I picked him up in St Louis for the 2 hour drive down interstate 44.

The water was high as it will be this time of year, running fast and a little green. Fishing was fair but not great, ended up spending most of our time with the spinning rod and a jig. During the summer when the water is lower and gin clear I usually fish a dry fly with my 3wt Echo. Rainbows are usually caught but once in a while we land a brown trout.

Years ago we bought 7 acres near there, I am not sure why but I think beer may have been involved in our decision making. We call it the chigger ranch, why?, well one year we decided to look for the lot corner markers and neglected to use insect repellant..........I scratched for days after that, chiggers are nasty little buggers.
Posted by DustyPockets | Mar 21, 2010 @ 06:39 PM | 5,016 Views
Chubby picked up some decals from some machinery he installed at work. Seemed very appropriate, not unheard of to get your fingers chewed up on these pushers.