Archive for July, 2019


Thanks Adam

Scroll to 35:00 roughly. Thanks Adam! As always.


Sinbad flies

Sinbad flies!!!!

Remember when I was building this? This plane was built from a short kit. 93 inch span version of a 1940’s design free flight glider. Today was the maiden flight. Unfortunately the lift was low and the wind speed slow but I was still able to test for glide, trim the plane and adstamblish I have a good flying glider which she is. She ready for the slope now.


Airplanes, airplanes, airplanes

Yes in the background the fleet goes. I am building a Fokker DVII, DVIII, I have already built the Riser Glider which flew beautifully the first time out.

On the list is a BF-109, Japanese Judy and coming this Saturday I bought one of my own commercial kits I designed 10 years ago I found for sale. I bought it because I no longer own the molds. It’s a composite ME P. 1101, glass fuselage foam core balsa sheeted wings. This is a jet designed by the Germans at the end of WW2. As a EDF electric jet it flew beautifully. I plan to turn it into a slope soarer.

There’s more but from time to time I will post the builds here if it does bore some of you that is. 

The bones of the construction

Covered and motored up.

My Sig Riser 2 meter span. A 70’s design. I like the older designs they have charm. Not to mention how well they fly. This was a 50 dollar all wood kit you have to build. You just don’t buy this all done for you as an ARF from China. This was built they way we did things in the before time and I much prefer it. 

2 channels, elevator and rudder. Two servos, one onboard battery and receiver. She flies on the lift of the slope, thermals or at the dunes by my house. 

The kit. I amazed you can still get these in this all ARF foam insta planes. Some of us still like to build.

The bones before covering. 

Bottom line is with this hobby and it has always been, fun. Not only do you build a beautiful model but when it flies it is the reward for your efforts. It does something more than sit on a shelf. It will continually bring you joy everytime you fly it.

My 18 inch span free flight DVIII will maiden this Sunday.

24 inch span free flight  American Eaglet will also get it’s first flight on Sunday.

And a test fly of my large free flight Wanderer also on Sunday.

More to come. 

If you want a model hobby that’s fun to build, gets you outdoors (or indoors) and has a lot of social comradery this is it. And this is something I would hope your grandchildren or children would appreciate besides electronic devices and social media. Nothing better for me then getting out under the skies with friends and flying our creations in the skies.

Happy landings,



Space Station at SFMOMA

Jul 21 at 10:09amSpace Station!

 My Dear friend Mark Siegel sent me this picture from the exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art of my Space Station hanging from their ceiling. 


Every kind of Holiday…

But not one for one of the most important days in human history. Speaks volumes doesn’t it?

To me it’s the most important.


Recent post about the art show was wrong

It had a bunch of stuff from patreon that shouldn’t have been there. It has been corrected. Revisit the post on the blog rather than your email. Thanks


Art Show


Jul 20 at 8:10amSteve Neill Art Show August 24th

That’s right just when you thought it was safe from aliens they are back. Did you know I was the guy that created this iconic image that came on to the scene in the early 90s? Today it’s everywhere and it’s even a emoticon?

That’s right I started this. Never got the credit. To learn more you can go to this other website of mine where you can get the history behind all this.  Again it’s  not a blog and does have a menu with many pages people seem to miss. It’s at the top of the page on every page.

It’s my hope some of you will attend. Whitley Strieber will be there along with Yvonne Smith. If you don’t recognize the names do a Google search.

You can also experience the “Visitors” in a VR experience I created for Vive. We do not provide probes so you’ll have to bring your own. 😉 LOL! How could I resist.

So come on up and see the show, meet Mary and meet me. See the studio. See some really different stuff. Make jokes, get scared but remember always…just have fun.

July 2019

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