Relaxing at the " Ridge "

Friday, November 9, 2018

Laptop Fixed

Where Are We Today 
Hidden Valley RV Park
Tijeras New Mexico

Before we left Rock Glen RV Park and crossed the border into the U.S., my laptop decided to quit working. The problem was the WiFi card acting up. To fix the problem, either install a new WiFi card or a dongle that plugs into a USB port, I went with the dongle.

USB Dongle WiFi Stick
 For days I have not been able to write anything on my blog, so here is a brief catch up. Our first day took us to Wapakoneta, Ohio to Arrow Lakes RV Park. Of course, I-75 in Michigan is as rough as can be, but crossing the state line into Ohio was like going from night to day.
Entrance to Corvette Museum

Our second day took us to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where we made a quick stop at a Camping World, before finding a Wal-Mart to stay at for the night. The next morning we visited the Corvette Museum before heading down the road to Nashville, Tennessee, where we stayed in the Nissan Stadium parking lot for one night, before we were told that we couldn't stay there any longer.

Love this colour, vehicle set for delivery to it's new owner

 We had hope to do some sightseeing here, but having to move on, we will find a park on the way home and do it then.
Moving on down the road, our next stop was the Graceland RV Park. Taking in a tour of Sun Studios, a dinner out on Beale Street and of course Graceland and Elvis's mansion.

Elvis's Mansion
The last time I was here, was the week before Elvis died, spent the entire night sitting just inside the gates with about 30 other fans with the hopes of seeing him. We didn't.

Graceland across the street

Front of Elvis's mansion
This was a great experience and time, would do it again.
Our next night was spent at the Cherokee Casino in Roland Ok., with free full hook ups. Then on to the Lucky Star Casino for two nights, again with free full hook ups. Of course, they hope you come in and play or at least eat in the restaurant.

Elvis's Grave Site
Carrying on to Amarillo Tx, where we stayed at the Amarillo Travel and Info Welcome center, at 9700 I-40, take exit 76, for the night. There is parking for RV's and a separate area for transports.
Finally to wrap up this post, we are at Hidden Valley RV Park at Tijeras NM. Here for three nights, taking a breather, getting my laptop fixed and a little sightseeing before we move on.
We have travelled on decent roadways with a bit of a rough spot on Hwy 71, but all in all, good roads.
Thanks for following along, comments are always welcome and until the next time, take care and be safe.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stinson Reliant SR9 Repair ( Part One )

Where Are We Today
Arkona , Ontario

This post is about my hobby, Radio Control Airplanes, which I have been involved in for about 40 years. Last August, I had a friend do the maiden flight on my Stinson Reliant SR9. It actually had three flights that day, all which went very well, with minor mishap on the third landing. So this post is about the repair process for that mishap, which was a broken landing gear.

First off, I had to make a cradle to set it in while doing the repair, then open up the damaged area and strip out any broken pieces.
Cradle holding up the tail section

Cradle holding up the nose section
To reinforce the broken former's, I decided to double the former's with 1/4 inch ply.
The belly opened up and the cracked former's

Most landing gear are one solid piece, made out of aluminum, on this model the landing gear is two separate pieces, which I think is part of the reason for the structural damage.
 My solution to beefing up the landing gear was to tie the two separate landing gear together with another piece of aluminum. I used two pieces of 1/8 by 2 inch, as a 1/4 by 2 inch wasn't available.
Aluminum brace bolted in place

Landing gear back in and ready to close the underbelly
 Bolting the two pieces of aluminum to a 1/4 in. piece of ply, which was then epoxide to the support between the two landing gear. I then drilled and tapped through the two 1/8 in pieces into the two separate landing gear and bolted them together.

Removed the landing while closing the underbelly

All closed in and the gear installed again
Next, put the balsa sheeting on to close up the underbelly of the fuselage. This is as far as I got this fall before closing up for the winter. I will finish the rest of the repair in the spring.
Thanks for following along, comments are always welcome. Until the next time, take care and be safe.