Archive for July, 2011

31
Jul
11

The Martians are coming!!!

I’ve always loved this design and the movie. I built this as a break over the last two days. The lights are programed with the same animation as in the film. I will post video tomorrow. I had a great time building this machine!

Steve

29
Jul
11

212 hits the pool

She’s finished and ran well. No room inside for a APC so pitch is a bit sensitive. Expo on the elevator input will go a long way to smoothing that out.

No problems found. She’s a good running ship and no damage from Rosie the great swimming dog!

Next. Lets build that Martian War Machine!

Steve

27
Jul
11

Ford Trimotor coming along

All the radio guts are in and working. Ailerons, elevator and rudder. Throttle. Taxied her around in the garage. Still have to cover the wing, add windows and windshield. Graphics. But I’m past all the hard stuff.

Tomorrow the 212 gets tested. I also started the War Of the Worlds Martain war machine today which will be fully lighted up with one of Voodoofx light kits.

Steve

23
Jul
11

212 finished!

Just need to install the receiver and water test her. Finished the paint job today. I love this scheme. Good one Byron. She will be ready for the Regatta for sure.

Steve

Click on the pictures for larger images

And BTW he had mev re- paint it green. thus thus the numb.

22
Jul
11

More work on the 212

All day I have been filling and sanding little seams around the tails and the sail. Primer. See where all the bad stuff is and do it again and again.

Now I just finished cutting tape and applying the panel lines. Tomorrow I will spray primer over this and build up a thick coat. Once I remove the tape I have nice deep lines.
Then I can paint it Aqua and black bottom. A bit of weathering and we are done.

More tomorrow,

Steve

21
Jul
11

Happy Moon Landing Day!

I wasn’t going to do this because whenever one gets political someone gets their knickers in a twist. But on this occasion, and subject matter…too bad.

Today it’s been 42 years since we landed on the Moon. In all that time we have a holiday for everything including Festivus.

Landing on the Moon is one of the most single most important things the human race has ever achieved. And it’s not a national-global holiday?  And please. Don’t give me that horse crap about it never happened. And don’t let the door slam you in the ass either when you exit here.

The media snores, the public snores, our shuttle program is closed down by a clueless President and the torch slowly goes out while our kid’s heroes’ become rap stars and sports players? How will we ever get back in space if this trend continues?

The numbers are few for those of us that demand humans travel the Stars. But it doesn’t change the overall importance. In this case our needs outweigh theirs. Or to quote Spock: “Sometimes the needs of the few out weight the needs of the many.”

This planet won’t hold many more people, we have stopped exploring and there are no more oceans to journey to find new lands on Earth. And to make things worse this planet has an expiration date on it somewhere. We could be wiped out at any time by a natural disaster. Everything we ever did and knew would be gone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

An aggressive move to travel in space would create new technologies, jobs, hope and most importantly, a life boat. Can you imagine where we would be today had we kept going after we landed on the Moon? It boggles the mind. But the many wanted Wars, trade and industry that is destroying the planet in the name of territory and profit-greed. This is insane.

I love what the captain of the USS Relativity called us, Industrial barbarians.

What the human race is doing is wrong, and as my signature says on the forums. “Make Star Ships not War.”

Steve

 

 

21
Jul
11

212 ready to paint

I got lots more done on Byron’s 212 over the last two days.

All the parts are fitted and installed except for a few small deck parts.

I got the top and bottom of the hull mated and gapped. The top is held on with magnets. No screws and it works great.

Flanged is installed on the lower hull this helps key the top well.

Sail is cut out and all the scopes and masts are installed and can be removed for shipping-packing.

Tomorrow I’ll tape her off for panel line details using thinly sliced painters tape. Once I primer over the tape and remove it I get nice crisp panel details on the hull and deck.

Friday final paint and I’m waiting for a radio to get here to do the pool trials.

Steve

19
Jul
11

Byrons type 212 under construction

This is a kit I made a few years ago. I sold quite a few and one of them was sold to my friend Byron.  He’s had it for awhile now and sent it to me to build.

BigDave built the cylinder for it and did his usual fantastic job.

Today I got most of the hull assembled. Tail feathers on and control horns installed and functional. There’s a separation line on both halves of the hull to show the builder where they are supposed to meet. A bit of hand sanding and then flat sanding made for a nice fit.

I cut the stern section and attached it after I got the X tails hooked up and working. Then I glued it back on.

Sail is trimmed and fitted. Although I have the top holes to cut out for the bridges and scope-masts.

I also managed to get the prop, shaft and shaft bearing all installed too.

  Right about the time I finished all of this the cylinder showed up. Perfect timing I will need this tomorrow.

 More tomorrow,

 Steve

 

18
Jul
11

Ford Trimotor under construction

Took some time off for 2 days to clean and organize the shop for two more sub builds starting Monday but sneaked some time in on this Ford Trimotor that my friend Byron sent me. It’s a 35 year old kit made by the late company Sterling. It was still sealed and all in tack inside. The wood and plastic parts all still good.

I’m using a 250 sized brushless out runner electric motor and the other two engines will have dummy props that turn when the plane is being flown. Always liked this 30s designed. Planes from the period were just so cool looking.

I’ll sneak some more in here and there until she’s done and flying. 34 inch span. Nice size.

Steve

15
Jul
11

It’s our 25th Silver Anniversary

Gilly and I have been married now 25 wonderful years. I was lucky to marry a girl who loves Star Trek and Space Travel in general as much as I do.

My good and talented friend Jim Boyle created this bracelet for me that I designed in Lightwave. She was surprised and thrilled to say the least. Inside inscribed, “To the Stars Together.” All silver of course.

Jim did an outstanding job. In these pictures he sent me he included a frame grab from LW. Jim I can’t thank you enough. If you’ve ever wanted to do such a thing for your other half be sure and check out his work here: http://www.ramshornstudio.com/retail/

Now. She got me too. I have been on and on about wanting a velour captains tunic from the first season. She had this tailor made for me based off my measurements she arrived from, how I don’t know but it fits me well and I’m just thrilled with it. The talneted girl that made this is Stephanie Mann. She can be found on Ebay at: http://cgi.ebay.com/CUSTOM-MADE-Star-Fleet-GOLD-Costume-Uniform-Trek-Shirt-/120749755066?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c1d3f0aba

Gilly took these pictures today. We had a lot of fun and are having a great day together.

Thanks again Jim and Stephanie for making a great day fro us both!

Steve




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