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  • Birthday 04/15/1934

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    Palm Coast, Florida, USA
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    technical stuff, steam powered locos & ships, model railroading, wooden ships, ship & aircraft modeling, photography, painting & drawing, astronomy, nature stuff, Biblical research, ancient history, aircraft, flying.

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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Actually not done today but a week ago and finished it last Sunday. I finally semi completed Gwen's walkway around the garage towards the back of the house. I say semi completed because there is still some detail work to be done but the bulk of the path/patio is done. As one of the photos shows there is a lot of work waiting for the rest of the side yard but we'll take it a little slower for that, mainly in that we don't know yet what to do. First will be to redo the rest of the path to the garage side door. Then the dirt area going to the back yard. There used to be grass but the pine trees in the vacant lot next to us sucked all the nutrients from the grass roots and we laid down a weed barrier and put bark chips on it. Looked good for a few years but it slowly disintegrated. Okay, that'll be for a future project. I forgot to take a before picture of how it looked before the paver stones were laid in but just picture it as plain old dirt. I had to remove enough dirt to lower the area to 4 inches below driveway level. Tamp in down with one of those old fashioned tampers, then lay 1/2 inch foundation/weed barrier plates down and a layer of sand to reach 2 inches of depth below driveway level and a slight slope away from the house, matching that of the driveway. The paver stones weigh 40 pounds each and the bags of sand are 50 pounds each. At the start of laying the stones I didn't use gloves, BIG mistake - the edges are very sharp and wound up with plenty of cuts. Oh well, fortunately our bodies are designed with self healing properties Yes, after my bloody hands were bandaged up I used gloves. Needles to say I also had to do a lot cutting on the pavers at the edges. Okay, Gwen is a happy camper and I made some sorely needed points No, really, she likes the way it came out without any "yada, yada yada" comments. Looking towards the street end of the house with my old Chevy S110 pickup truck on the driveway. That thingy with all the pipes going into the ground and up at the side of the garage is the distributor head for our lawn sprinkler system. All that's needed, besides adding a few more small pieces of paver stones, is for the grass to fill in the bare spots. Not too difficult, it's St. Augustine grass and it grows like a weed. Oh yeah, I put grout in between the paver's edges too. That round thing in the middle is the well head for the sprinkler system, still needs a cover so we don't trip on it. Looking to the back of the house. The little tree in the foreground is a Crape Myrtle with red flowers, Gwen planted it a few years ago. The marker next to the path edge is the location where the buried telephone wire is located. It should say " do not dig here." I also need to bolt the garden hose thingy to the garage wall at the spot indicated with tape. Not too bad of a job for an airplane guy Cheers,
  2. Have a safe and uneventful flight and keep your seat belt tightened around your hips at all times. Enjoy your visit with your mother. 90, wow, a ripe old age. Cheers,
  3. That cap is looking pretty good Marcus. Cheers,
  4. I'm glad you got something going for on that thatch problem. I have been pondering on the same thing. I do plan to build a wip watermolen for my fishpond. I have tons of very long dead pine needles I could use. Just thinking right now mind you. First i thought that coconut husk might work but it's not straight enough. I guess that's why dodn't go for it either. Cheers,
  5. Nice going Marcus and thanks for the sawdust/Titebond III mixture. I am contemplating a wipwatermolen for next to my fish pond. Cheers,
  6. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Nicely done Mike in the plane and a super display in flight, love it. Cheers,
  7. Beginning to look like windmill Marcus. Nice progress. Cheers,
  8. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    So I stayed away a few days and you are close for the test flight. Looking very nice Mike. Them guns look really business wise. Nice work on it. Cheers,
  9. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Yes! That's the way to go Mike, it's looking marvelous. Any rib-stitching on the wings? Done my share of them, still have the needles. Cheers,
  10. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Nice looking wing Mike. Cheers,
  11. Great progress Marcus and a nice looking wheel. Cheers,
  12. Thanks for showing it John. Brings back memories of the few I was lucky to visit. Yes, Marcus, your shutters and doors do look really Dutch, nicely done. Cheers,
  13. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Yes Mike, just like the Camel with the exception to do the fuselage 3/4. Leave one side open, that'll give you enough viewing area for the entire inside. The plane looks really nice. Cheers,
  14. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    I started going through your log day before yesterday, yesterday and caught up now. This sure brings back memories from a previous life when I owned and operated an aircraft repair business. Yeah, repaired quite a few damaged steel tube fuselages and wooden as well as metal rib, fabric covered airplanes. We never made much money but I had a lot of fun, especially test flying them after they were put together. As a matter of interest the more modern steel tube fuselages do not have the bracing anymore. Some more high performance aircraft had diagonal tubing welded instead though. You are doing a bang-up job Mike. Hope you don't mind tagging along. Cheers,

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