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About liteflight

  • Birthday 02/24/1949

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Scale sail, model flight

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  1. Brilliant carving at that scale! And I was not sure where the little slivers were going to until they got their crosses on and became shields. as an aside, I used to fly indoor models with Willard Wigan. He used to bring examples of his sculptures to show us. https://www.willardwiganmbe.com/ if he had a gigantic match, I never saw it
  2. Great ironwork, Stephen Well persevered! The catfood trays I would expect to be pretty pure Aluminium, so they might anodise well and could be dyed a rusty black. you have completed the task - I’m thinking for myself and the future. Anodising is a skill I would like to acquire
  3. Nah! “If a little is good, more is better and too much is just enough” certainly applies to Clamps, clothes pegs, and pins of all sorts!
  4. I was so deprived But I had John Emery, who explained how boiling an egg at the top of Everest was possible, in that the water would boil (85deg if I remember correctly), EDIT ( I did not remember correctly, googling says 70 deg C) but the egg would not cook however long one boiled it because the albumen does not asggulate at that temperature.
  5. I believe I see it clamped to a couple of robust T-Squares, but I expect that the traverse is carried out delicately, rather than uffishly
  6. Well, the prof could at least measure the city for a suitable-sized sack Sorry :-{ One of the learned Scots from the late 19th century said "if you can't measure it: its an opinion" Kelvin? Maxwell? If I am good I would look it up: I did Bother! and also Blow! American business wisdom has grabbed and adulterated the quote. And Google in its wisdom gives preference to recent, money-making and US-sourced Stuff. They concentrate on a version attributed to Peter Drucker. Kelvin or Maxwell. Physics based, I can now look it up in a book*
  7. Excellent method for (scientifically) taking the shape of a cross-section and fitting the frame timber. The tool resembles a phrenology device I remember from the last time I had my bumps measured! This tool would also work if applied at an angle to the centreline of a hull, so that oblique frames could be precisely made. There was discussion of this on KrisWood’s Oseberg ship (edit) A closer look at the tool led me to admire the bearing wheels! So the workmanship workpersonship of the tool is also excellent. Great workmanship, Dick, and a valuably practical examina
  8. Who have you brought to life? i love the boat - well fabricated that man! A thought has just occurred to me. You could cover the plug with strips of baking paper running gunwale to gunwale and secured underneath with tape. Sort of clinker-the-other-way. Then with any luck glue would not find it’s way onto the plug ( and you could marinade it in oil as you suggest) Further thinking- ordinary packing tape is used in the thermal moulding of Depron ( skinned foam polystyrene) to form boat hulls, aircraft fuselages. But it is non stretch, so how about covering
  9. Rudder fixings: Paint adheres to aluminium more securely if treated with an etch primer to etch the surface. But difficulty of soldering might count against it However steel cans are tin-plated steel and are strong, solderable and paintable, as long as the thickness is acceptable My Scots upbringing is always trying to minimise ( preferably eliminate) expenditure, but shim brass is readily available, and it can be chemically blackened, but you would have to buy it! I see you have deployed your giant match again - probably carved from a telegraph pole cut down in a nearby str
  10. I have been enjoying as always your zigzagging between the construction and the research / Hunting of the Clue (even though there seems to be no Bellman to tell you three times what is true) A couple of snippets that might be useful when you make the next butter boat 1) when you raided the kitchen for butter, you might also have used kitchen wrap (Gladwarp, as we call it). giving the plug a wrap in it will prevent sticking 2) The paper idea is good, and extremely fine pine veneer is available* as cone-shaped wraps sold as holders for party favors (sic). (about .008" th
  11. Interesting and prescient picture! I see Ned Kelly in the crew of the ships Your research and relevant pictures are never dull
  12. Thanks for that, Steven Feels about what I expected, but as you say, it wasn’t rocket surgery it wasn’ Matthew Parris, either. ( UK MP and hilarious broadcaster)
  13. Welcome to the ranks of honest humans, DCook65 The planking essentially is the ship and is probably the most difficult single task in this or any build Its not the wrong time to be jumping in; do you have the same kit? If so the way to build confidence is to read the build logs of everyone else who has built this or similar kits and map out in your mind the next few steps Then do them
  14. I can see the “cods head, herring tail” shape of the immersed body. I rather suspect that this saying was not published till a century or so later, but I expect that the lessons were being learned and acted upon earlier I find it interesting how blunt an entry can be without too much harm to the drag, but how sensitive the ship is to the aft run. And maritime growth!
  15. And no! I stand on the shoulders of giants to better see over their shoulders and learn from them To tell a secret, when I am trimming a weird plane and I have no idea where the centre of gravity (CG) should be - I don’t fit the G/G for the first flight until I see how it behaves. (and I love C/G in German which is, I believe Schwerpunkt ) This is what I was flying and trimming on Wednesday- a lifting body tailless. Two sizes, this one weighs about 25 gm, just under an ounce And it’s little brother is 66% of the size and flies at 11gm
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