Author Archive for Steve Neill

12
Jan
20

My latest short story

Here is a link to the story. It literally hit me like a lighting bolt when I wasn’t even thinking of such a story. It came as a warning and a lesson that out there civilizations have succeeded despite all odds. “There’s still Hope, Don’t give up.”

It’s three pages. Like the subtitle says, “A Very Short Story”.

Here is the link to my short stories by Steve Neill page:

21
Dec
19

How I made Moonwatcher

20
Dec
19

Podcast with 2001: a space odyssey stars

https://marycacciapaglia.podbean.com/e/2001-a-space-odyssey-chat-with-dan-richter-and-gary-lockwood/?fbclid=IwAR0tDDH6zhPcs2m6PTuMQALhUsOgLxf4S9xjjxv5GSZcg5VKACBSG-gNekc

18
Dec
19

The Ultimate Trip

I had a mind boggling day yesterday. Mary had scheduled a Podcast with Dan Richter and I called Gary Lockwood to tell him Dan would be here. Dan got to our studio first and Gary soon after.

Before Gary arrived we asked Dan if he’d like to wear his Moonwatcher mask and he agreed. For me this was one of those moments so amazing in my life. This would be the first time in over 50 years he would wear the mask again.

Gary showed up afterwards and we did the Podcast. What followed afterwards was many stories about my hero Kubrick and how grateful these two men were to have worked and been friend let alone the opportunity to work on the greatest movie ever made. They talked like two fans of the film. We all geeked out together about 2001.

Gary has been to SNG many times over the last 6 years but it was Dan’s first time. It was great to see them both hug when Gary arrived. It was a nice reunion.

After Dan left, Mary, myself and Gary went to dinner and we shared our Hollywood stories about the great men and women we had worked with and were friends with over the years.

I could go on at length about this. No film or director ever had more effect on my life that 2001: a space odyssey. To have had the fortune to meet and became friends with two people that added to my continuing journey of a great work of art they themselves made possible with their incredible genius and creativity is far beyond anything I thought would happen to me when I sat in the movie theatre in 1968. I was 16th and I was changed forever.

I will be writing a story about this day soon to be encapsulate the experience. Thank you so much Dan and Gary!

11
Dec
19

Update 12-11-19

Lots more going on at the studio. Rocket kit orders are keeping us busy. I have been sneaking in more time on the DVII and it’s almost finished. It could be flown as she sits now everything is working and all controls are solid.

I tried to print my own decals on clear decal paper but the camo showed through so I have switched to the white decal paper and this should work better. I’ll be putting on the markings today and we are just about done.

In addition to that I have been working on the big X-15 flying rocket model. I have been building this Beta models for the past few days now. I always do this before I release a kit and it’s going very well.

I wrote this about it for the forums:

Nowhere near finished and I only did a couple of passes with primer and paint to seal the wood grain. Decals are for a Frank Burke Dynasoar X-15 Boost glider that Sticker Shock sells. I have a bunch more to put on. I will have a special set made for this model that Mark is working on now.

I added panel lines just basic ones nowhere near scale accurate. I used flat black primer first then added the tape and sprayed semi gloss over the tape. Once removed it let nice crisp panel lines and they pop because they are flat.

Despite being sport scale she is looking the part and is a nice size.

I received my Black Friday order from Estes(how could I resist?) bothe these models were only 10 dollars. The Executioner alone is 34 bucks. They included two free ornaments and some free flight airplane kits what a box of joy. Really made it feel like Christmas. Thank you Estes!

I even framed up the Executioner. Nice big fat rocket. The paint job takes the most time on these.

Got the plans laid out for the Volare Corsair which is next up. But the Valley Flyers of which I’m a member has an event coming up next year called the “Leaf Blowers” I’m putting together my own kit for from 2004. This EDF ME P. 1101 was a kit I mastered and designed in the early days of EDF radio controlled jets. The company that made the kits went under but someone I knew had one and I bought it off him.

I have every part to finish this plane so I’ll be picking at this too.

And lastly I’m heading out to the Grassy Knoll this Sunday to fly the Boomer and the BF-109 for the first time.

BTW I attended the Valley Flyers Toys for Tots event on Dec. 7th. It was not very well attended due to the rain. The rain was very light if at all. No wind and I had the whole runway most of the time to myself. I wrote a story about it I’ll post later this week called, “Ghosts of the Field”.

21
Nov
19

Fokker DVII under construction

Been working on this free flight to RC conversion kit for awhile now. Fuselage is nearing completion. Wings are build and ready to cover and all electronics are installed.

Today I’ll be putting in the cockpit details. Gauges and bits.

Not an easy build.

21
Nov
19

Our New X-15 kit ready for flight

This kit is already selling and will test fly for the first time this Sunday.




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