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Posted by weathervane | Jan 20, 2018 @ 08:04 PM | 1,421 Views
I have been thinking about a cool new project.

I will attempt to etch an acrylic sign with my CNC machine. I want to try making one with LED's. Something like this.

Posted by weathervane | Dec 31, 2017 @ 04:11 PM | 1,191 Views
So one of the things I have been wanting to do is cut a wing for a small parkflyer I have. A Grasshopper.

After a little searching and test cuts. I found the correct airfoil to fit the fuse. After a few measurements and small adjustments later. I have a purpose cut full wing. I need to make one small minor adjustment to it. Place the foam in the center for even end tips past the ailerons. So I now have a flat wing with ailerons, servo pockets and a spar pocket.

Nothing overly complicated. I'm just excited to finnaly get something cut the way I wanted it to.

Posted by weathervane | Nov 06, 2017 @ 09:54 AM | 1,638 Views
Well it has been just over a week.
Last Sunday my friend Michael CRASH Hancock lost his battle with cancer.

Crash was a friend. I truly valued his friendship, and he will be missed. He enjoyed helping people. He loved sharing his knowledge. He was the constant enabler. After just a few minutes of talking to him, you would want to jump into something new. He helped many people get into CNC and 3D printing and quads. Crash got enjoyment knowing he helped someone get into a new part of the hobby or a new hobby all together.

Crash was the gentle giant. Everyone that got to meet him became an instant friend. He treated everyone like family. I am proud to say I knew him for almost 9 years. I had the privilege of flying with him on many occasions. He will be missed by so many.

And as he would end his show,

Go out and build something
Fly something
And enjoy this great RC hobby
Posted by weathervane | Oct 26, 2017 @ 01:51 PM | 1,481 Views
Here is a quick video of the CNC machine I use. I have had a few inquire about it. I hope this helps and answers your questions.

My CNC machine (3 min 5 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Oct 23, 2017 @ 12:34 PM | 1,589 Views
With the holidays coming up. My work schedule is about to explode. In the next few weeks we will be going to a 7 day work week. So that will leave about zero time for RC stuff. But a good note, I will get lots of OT. Hopefully to spend on RC stuff when January gets here.
Posted by weathervane | Oct 06, 2017 @ 10:56 AM | 2,017 Views
So, after a lot of trial and error. Along with some colorful language. I am finally making good progress on my latest project.

Not only am I new to the world of CNC but the world of foam as well. Especially EPP foam. I have been making a lot of test cuts on regular blue insulation foam. And it has been working out fairly well. I knew it was going to change going from blue to EPP foam. I wanted to use the blue foam as a test bed for the wire path and to make sure the drawings were correct. Once I was satisfied with the drawings and wire path, I moved over to EPP.

My first cut with EPP did not go well at all. Not only did I not have the wire temp hot enough. I tried cutting it way to fast. I am very limited on my test cuts. EPP is way to expensive to be wasting with test cuts. So my latest test cuts have been very small. Just small 10 MM wing tube holes. I think I might need to redraw them to 8MM. The current 10MM is just a bit to big. I am guessing due to the slow wire speed and high temps.

Never the less, it is progress, and I am excited about it.

Posted by weathervane | Sep 04, 2017 @ 11:18 AM | 1,710 Views
Spent some quality time in the shop.
I fired up both the 3D printer and CNC machine.

Started out printing some parts for my youngest sons plane. Nothing special, just a new battery box for his Slow Stick. Just under a 2 hour print. I had to file them down a bit to fit the boom. After about 10 min of work they fit. It holds the battery much better than the stock unit.

While the printer was running, I decided to make a few wing core test cuts with my CNC hot wire. My first two test cuts were only 9 inches wide. The cut path looked good. So I decided to up the wing span to 27 inches. Figuring the wingspan was wider, I decided to slow the feed rate down. I went from 3 IPM down to 1IPM. It turned out to be to slow. So I will be turning up the rate to 1.5IPM on the next test. Now all of this will change when I change over to EPP foam.

Regardless I'm making progress. And that's what counts.
Posted by weathervane | Aug 26, 2017 @ 08:46 PM | 1,969 Views
Today was one of those days that you will remember for years.

A beautiful 82 degree day, a soft breeze, a small crowd at the field and good food on the grill. Nothing extra special about the day until 2-3pm.

My youngest son Michael has been wanting to fly. I like this idea. He took claim to his older brothers Slow Stick. So today he was determined he was going to fly it.

When time came for him to go out and fly. I was told by my oldest son, "dad, I got this". It was such a cool thing to see my oldest son helping my youngest fly for the first time.

Made me proud.

Posted by weathervane | Jun 26, 2017 @ 10:14 AM | 3,188 Views
I'm pretty excited about this.
Through a friend of a friend. A research doctor from Hopkins has contacted me. He is interested in my CNC machine. He has asked me if I would be willing to cut some wing cores for him. It doesn't sound like we are going to be setting the world on fire. But never the less, I'm excited to be helping him. And hopefully learning something as well.
Posted by weathervane | May 16, 2017 @ 10:13 AM | 4,536 Views
It has been two weeks now. I'm settling in to my new work schedule. I have to say, I'm liking it. Not real fond of the 6 days a week. But it really isn't that bad.
In the past two weeks I have managed to get a few things done. I cut the new letters for the clubs shelter at the field,, I managed to fire up the 3D printer for a small fidget for my daughter. I have also cleaned my shop. (it needed it badly) I found the new replacement flight board for one of my quads. So I hope to get that in the air soon. I want to cut a new set of wings for a plane. The new wing will be flat with ailerons. Thus making it a 4 ch plane. I have also started to take a much closer look at the drawings for a new build. I want to cut most of the parts on my CNC machine. I haven't decided on how I am going to go about it yet.

Posted by weathervane | May 05, 2017 @ 10:18 PM | 4,295 Views
So with more than a few set backs. And a work schedule that makes it hard to get work done. I am making a few changes to my work schedule. Hopefully I will be able to get back into the shop and back to working on RC projects. I have more than a few piles of projects that need attention. Plus a very large build I want to start. Hopefully sooner than later.
Posted by weathervane | Feb 19, 2017 @ 12:52 PM | 5,118 Views
A little more practice printing. Just a key chain.

3D printed key chain (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Jan 28, 2017 @ 03:13 PM | 4,791 Views
Nothing special.

Just a small flat lid being printed on my new 3D printer. Being very new to the 3D printing world. I am using free files that I have found on line. Once I get more comfortable. I will start with my own designs.


Video 2 (3 min 2 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Jan 21, 2017 @ 08:55 PM | 5,572 Views
Well, as if I don't have enough things going on right now. And my time being consumed with family and work 90% of the time. I came up with the brilliant idea of needing a new toy.

So I ordered a small 3D printer. I have been thinking about getting one for a while now. I finally decided to pull the trigger and get one.
I ordered one off Amazon for just under $300 It is made by XYZ printing. The Da Vinci Mini. It has a 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 working area. Not the biggest, but a good starter machine. I have only made a few small test prints. So far it has been fairly easy. A plug and play system just as advertised. I'm looking forward to making some bigger prints along with some of my own designs.

Is it a decent machine? So far. Is it the best? Probably not. Is it worth the money? Yea, I think so. If nothing else, it is a not to overly expensive way to get into 3D printing.

I was looking for a nice starter machine. Time will tell.

Posted by weathervane | Nov 06, 2016 @ 12:13 PM | 5,441 Views
Back before I left for the NEAT Fair 2016.

I built a portable battery box. I wanted something I could take to the field and charge any battery back needed. I also wanted to be able to recharge the batteries with solar power.

The following is a very quick slideshow of what I came up with. The entire project was put together with spare parts and scraps.

Solar batter box (0 min 49 sec)


If you have any questions. Feel free to E-Mail me at,
Posted by weathervane | Nov 04, 2016 @ 06:38 PM | 5,279 Views
So with the start of a new job Yesterday. My new work schedule does not allow a lot of free time for the hobby. So work on the Lady Bug will be on hold for a bit. I still want to finish it by years end. But in all honesty I don't see that happening.

Posted by weathervane | Oct 22, 2016 @ 03:27 PM | 5,218 Views
Ok, Another quick video. I am sorry for it not having sound. (my first time using this webcam)

I cut the Vertical stab and rudder. I had to recut the rudder. The foam popped up and the bit hit it on the way across. The second pas went much better.

The rudder is 15.92 inches tall.

Video 1 (1 min 50 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Oct 19, 2016 @ 02:21 PM | 5,277 Views
Nothing new over the last few days. Work seems to get in the way now and then.

I am working on the electronics side of things. Servo tray, motor mount, battery hatch and so on. I am also working on placement for proper CG.

I have a stack of foam waiting to be cut. New formers, top and bottom skins, rudder and vertical stabilizer.

I hope to be back in the shop later this week. If it's going to rain. Then I might as well be stuck in the shop.

Posted by weathervane | Oct 08, 2016 @ 08:17 PM | 5,619 Views
Here is a quick video of my CNC machine cutting a fuse side. Nothing fancy.

WIN 20161008 15 44 09 Pro (2 min 22 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Oct 08, 2016 @ 05:25 PM | 5,572 Views
Today was a semi productive day. I cut out two new fuse sides on the CNC machine. My first set were test cuts and missing the holes for the wing hold down and axel. I also modified the fuse a bit. I made it about an inch longer. I also changed the front firewall to fit the motor better.
I still need to cut doublers for inside the fuse. I want to strengthen the area around the wing hold down and axel area.
There is still a lot of things to do. I need to cut new formers with holes for the control rods to pass through. I also need to cut the vertical stab and rudder along with the top and bottom skins.
But at least it is starting to look like a plane.