Author Archive for Steve Neill

21
Oct
18

Time better spent

With all the politics, religious and other sorted social media fights going on I have since left Facebook and other such sites and the time I gave gained is substantial. It’s important to work on things you do have control over. Things that bring you joy and peace because in doing them you do affect the world for the better.

As you know I love my model airplane hobby. I was chastised in FaceBook renetly for considering my hobby so important in light of the politics, the Me Too movement, and other  world problems that are at the forefront of our attention. That was the last straw.

But the Hobby is important and I never felt it was more important than world issues but still very important. I never said those other issues weren’t important.

The article I posted here a few weeks ago says it all. Without model aviation we would have never gone to the moon or had flight at all. So much technology you use everyday you are totally unaware came from model aviation.

All those helicopters that drop fire retardant and evac critical patients to hospitals save lives and pottery. They all started with a young persons fascination with flight. It would be a pretty boring world without flight and space exploration and you owe it all to model aviation.

Ask Burt Rutan. He’ll tell you and if you don’t know who he is look him up.

I won’t go on because by now I hope you get the point. We need model aviation to go on so that young people will continue to have that dream of flight that leads to our pilots that fly our jets, our astronauts, our fighter pilots, engineers that invent the next breakthrough in aerospace and beyond. That Star Trek future all started with a  young human being and a model that captured his or her dreams. We all benefited from it. They are trying right now to bring us that future we all need so very badly.

So the next time they want to turn a local model airplane field into another soccer field, think again. Go to the town hall meeting and tell them why model aviation is so important. We are slowly losing this hobby.

So with that I show you my latest efforts to keep flying. The big 94 inch wingspan Sinbad, (a design from the 1940’s when it was a free flight plane) is finally getting its wings covered and eventually the fuselage. Another week and it will be done and flying. This plane back in the 40s launched a zillion careers in aviation. It’s a important part of history and they still fly.

I’ve also been prepping some of my other gliders for a air show to honor Tony Naccarato I flew at yesterday. Tony is one of the greatest pilots and teachers of flight I have ever seen. He recently was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So the Valley Flyers had a special event and a day of flying for him. I’ll post video and pictures in an upcoming post soon.

Tony Naccarato copy

 

His greatest concern of all was that he would no longer be able to teach people how to fly anymore. Since his diagnosis he has continued to teach at the airfield and work at the hobby store. Not for the money but just to help people and keep the hobby alive. That’s how important this hobby is. It’s more than a hobby. Much more.

16
Oct
18

Sports Car Rally

Last weekend I went on a sports car rally through the hills of Ventura and Simi Valley and down a windy stretch to the Murphy Auto museum.

I drove my restored 1985 300zx and it ran like a top. I stayed on the tail of the Ferrari all the way.

From the museum we went to Ojai and had lunch.

I want to thank Dr. Chris Landon for inviting Mary and I and fro treating us to this lovely event. There were Porsches, and MGB GT, a Ferrari, Viper and a whole bunch more of cool cars in the pack.

Chris Landon is seen driving his 3 wheeled red Morgan.

Mary took the pictures many from inside the Z as we followed the Ferrari and the rest of the pack.

If you like driving there’s nothing like a good 2 seat roadster and the Z is all that.

On the way back we went down the back side of Ojai into Santa Paula at a high rate of speed. I had no one in front of me as I drove through the open country side. The Z took those 35 mph turns at double the speed. It didn’t notice or care. That’s what she was built for.

What a great day.

15
Oct
18

40 years later…Laserblast

I have built two guns this year. One is mine and the other for a client that just had to have one because it was a childhood favorite. I never thought I’d see the gun again let alone see two at the same time after 40 years.

06
Oct
18

New Model Planes

Finally got my Chopstick from Hong Kong and it was so well packed with care I was amazed. The quality and craftsmanship was outstanding. This is a Discus laughed glider number 2. I can’t wait to start assembly of this great little plane.

The fiberglass epoxy fuse is stunning and hearty. Love the carbon fiber canopy.

In addition to that and some many new upgrades to my electronic equipment for monitoring my batteries and a new servo tester I got this EZIO 1500 mm electric powered glider. I managed to get it together quickly yesterday for a maiden flight this Sunday. I haven’t yet placed som color and markings on it yet but I plan a sunburst pattern.

This plane is all balas wood. No foam anywhere. I prefer a balsa built plane to foam they just fair better over time, are easier to repair and just flat out look better.

This one came from Hobbyking and they are exceptional in quality, packing and prompt delivery. I got this and all the other items I ordered in 3 days flat.

In addition to all that I have been working on the big ass Sinbad. Soon she will take to the skies.

 

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05
Oct
18

This article explains it well

I know I said I wouldn’t do politics on this blog and I will reframe soon from anymore and back to the fun while it lasts.

But this is crossing the thin red line for me. It has affected me and my beloved hobby and that’s something I can not allow.

Like all things since the election in 2016 this is insane and just wrong. Read on and you’ll have a better education about the hobby, it’s value and the harm that’s being done to it. And just remember, if you support Trump he signed this bill into law. Think about it before you react but IMO is is wrong:

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=ea3da1de-3866-48b0-90d7-9a5ec4655301

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29
Sep
18

Looking at pictures on my blog

If you want to see a larger image and zoom in on any picture posted here you merely need to right click on the image and open in a new window or tab. I just discovered this myself.

But you need to click on the posts “Title” to open the post first or it won’t work.

29
Sep
18

DLG Raven

My first Discus Launched Glider arrived this week and I quickly put it together. Hobbyking is really a class act. I ordered on Monday and it arrived Wednesday.

This model is so well made, carbon fiber boom, balsa built wings cover in Oracoat, servos installed there wasn’t much to do except add the RX, BEC and Battery. All up weight, 6.70 oz. with a 38 inch wing span. Pretty amazing. The slightest toss and it floats.

Here’s some pictures. Will test fly today weather permitting.

 




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