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Posted by weathervane | Aug 02, 2018 @ 07:53 PM | 1,265 Views
It is hard to believe that this is the first week of August. I have been busy with family stuff, club stuff and work.
I am currently preparing for a local electric event in two weeks. I killed my laptop that I use for my CNC machine. So thatís on hold for a bit. I did pick up a new 3D printer cheap. So I have been fooling around with that a bit. I am hoping to make it to the field more than I have been. But hey, kids will do that.
This summer is flying by.
Posted by weathervane | Jul 07, 2018 @ 08:06 PM | 1,083 Views
The Ragazza has sailed.
I took it to the lake over the July 4th holiday. It sailed fairly well for the first time out. I do need to work on the rigging a bit. Nothing major, just a little fine tuning. I think by making adjustments to the mast and sails, it will make the handling much better. Right now the bow dives real bad when it gets a good gust of wind.
The rudder had good authority and the boat responded welll to the inputs. It did pretty much what I wanted it to do.
I am excited to see how much more I can get out of it.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Jun 20, 2018 @ 07:46 PM | 1,753 Views
I decided to add a new boat to my marine fleet. It probably isn't the best boat on the planet but I got it for a decent price and I always wanted one.

So I picked up a ProBoat Ragazza 1 meter sail boat. Man this thing is big. A bit taller than I expected. I am looking forward to taking it to the pond for a maiden voyage.

A lot of the reviews said to stay away from this boat. A lot stated the directions were bad. And they were not kidding. The directions for this boat are the worst I have ever seen. Very poorly written. Who ever wrote them, definitely wasn't a modeler.

The boat came well packaged. Lots of foam to protect the hull and mast. All the parts were in their own bag with lables. ( all were wrong) The sails were packaged in a seperate tube with foam caps. The included radio was in its own box with padding to protect it as well. A nice aluminum stand was also included.

The hull is made of fiberglass. (a plus in my book) The fit and finish looks amazing But, parts bags were mislabled. Most parts were not in the correct bag anyway. A few of the screw holes didn't line up. Some of the screws looked used with the heads stripped out of them. The rigging for this boat is not very good either. The ends have crimp conections with adjustments at the bottom. I had two (2) of my adjustment ends pull apart. Thankfully I have a welder and was able to fix them. The spreader bars and crane on top of the mast are plastic. I will be interested to see how long they...Continue Reading
Posted by weathervane | May 31, 2018 @ 04:18 PM | 1,275 Views
After a big old storm rolled through last weekend. My shop was flooded a bit. Not overly bad, only a few inches. I didn't lose any planes. I did lose all my rockets and a lot of supplies. The carpet is shot. So it looks like my shop will be getting an overhaul. In a way it needed it.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | May 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM | 1,148 Views
It is that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer and more inviting.

I have not been spending as much time in the shop lately. It is hard to stay in the shop when it is a perfect day for flying or running on the pond. My current project is a 53" Cat hull. I'm hoping to have it ready for our summer vacation in 2 months. Time will tell.

I am still working on the plexi glass sign. It is harder to draw in Sketchup than I thought.

That's all for now. Have a great summer.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Jan 20, 2018 @ 07:04 PM | 2,023 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Dec 31, 2017 @ 03:11 PM | 1,761 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Nov 06, 2017 @ 08:54 AM | 2,186 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 @ 12:51 PM | 2,007 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.
-Andrew

My CNC machine (3 min 5 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Oct 23, 2017 @ 11:34 AM | 2,129 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.
-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Oct 06, 2017 @ 09:56 AM | 2,539 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Sep 04, 2017 @ 10:18 AM | 2,240 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 @ 07:46 PM | 2,480 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Jun 26, 2017 @ 09:14 AM | 3,753 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.
-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | May 16, 2017 @ 09:13 AM | 5,086 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | May 05, 2017 @ 09:18 PM | 4,859 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.
-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Feb 19, 2017 @ 11:52 AM | 5,659 Views
A little more practice printing. Just a key chain.

3D printed key chain (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Jan 28, 2017 @ 02:13 PM | 5,366 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.

-Andrew

Video 2 (3 min 2 sec)

Posted by weathervane | Jan 21, 2017 @ 07:55 PM | 6,145 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.

-Andrew
Posted by weathervane | Nov 06, 2016 @ 11:13 AM | 6,004 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)


-Andrew

If you have any questions. Feel free to E-Mail me at, weathervane.rc@yahoo.com