Sunday, August 26, 2018


Where Are We Today
The Ridge

Today's Project
This is a short post of today's project, a work table for the shed, which  has a name, just like all the other sheds on the property. But you will have to read Patsy's post,HERE , to find out what it is. After this post, I will use the new name also.

All Framed

The work table is 3 ft. by 8 ft. 35 in. high with a top and middle shelf and casters so it can be moved around in the shed. It will be used to build and repair my airplanes on.

Ready to carry down to the new shed.

In the shed with casters mounted

It took the better part of three hours to build, part of it I did under our car shelter, then Pat help to carry it down to the shed where I mounted the casters and the top and middle shelf.

Top on

Middle shelf on


That's it for today, thanks for stopping by, until the next time, take care and be safe.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Couple of Small Projects

Where Are We Today

Catching UP
Most of what goes on at "The Ridge" gets posted by Patsy, which I know you follow daily, but here are a couple of small projects that I have done since we have been home.

Broken Wing Weber

If you remember back to our time at Bottomless Lake New Mexico, we had a wind storm come through and blow the "Weber Q " off the picnic table during the night and break off one of the side tables. Patsy affectionately named it " the broken wing weber ", also while riding in the back of the truck, the igniter got broken.
Scraped clean and old igniter out
New Igniter Installed

I finally got around to ordering the new parts and put it back together, it's good as new again.
New wing/tray installed 

The second project was that of building a wash stand with an old hand pump attached. When Donna and Gerry bought this piece of property, there was an old metal stand with stainless steel sink and a hand pump. We soon discovered that the pump was broken beyond repair so it is now a garden decoration at Donna and Gerry's. The sink had been tack welded to the metal stand , so I proceeded to break the welds with a cold chisel and remove the sink from the old stand.
Frame of stand done

Eventually, I built a new stand to hold the sink and we purchased a refurbished hand pump to put on the new stand. Our plan is to hook up a hose to the bottom of the rain barrel and pump the water up to the sink, which we have managed to do, but have a couple of issues to work out yet.
Sink in

Top view before the pump was painted
Painting the pump


You have more than likely read on Patsy's blog about the new shed that we are building. This is for me to enjoy my hobby of building, flying and yes, sometimes fixing Radio Controlled airplanes. I will say at this time that the shed is built and doors installed. Thanks to Mike Van Hatten for all your help. Stay tune for what I do to finish the inside and furnish for carrying on with my hobby.

Thanks for stopping by, comment if you wish, take care and be safe until the next time.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Stinson Reliant SR9

Where Are We Today

It's Been Awhile
If you follow "Chilin with Patsy" , you would have read that we recently attended the Forest City Flyers Fun Fly in London Ontario. Forest City Flyers is a Radio Control (RC) model airplane club, where members build/assemble model airplanes and fly them.

Sign at the Entrance to the Field

This is a hobby that I have been involved in since the early 80ties, building from kits and flying many different airplanes. This post is about one of those planes, the Stinson Reliant SR9. The real Stinson Reliant SR9 was originally built in 1937, mine is a scale model of that plane.

Stinson Reliant SR9

I started building this Top Flite kit eight years ago and after four years and many hours it was finished. It has taken another four years to get its maiden flight in. Mine has a fuselage of about six feet long and a wing span of 104 inches, powered by a DLE 35 cc. gas engine.
Bob showing me some control settings on my radio
First flights are always nerve wracking, and on scale models, I like someone else to make that flight for me. This time a new friend, Bob, agreed to that. Being this has sat for four years with little run time, it was difficult to get started. Many other flyers have helped to trouble shoot and get it running. So big thank you goes out to Keith, Al, Paul, Walter and of course Bob.

Taxing out for take off

There were three successful flights, with Bob reporting it was a good flyer, with little trimming needed to fly straight and level. That means, I did a decent job building it. 

In flight

Smooth Flying

On the third flight landing, there was a little bounce, which broke one side of the landing gear. With such a small bounce, I think there is a weak spot in the construction. 

Low pass

Back on the Ground
Definitely fixable, and once I get that new shed finished, I will have a spot to fix it.
The RV life style and the RC life style are similar. We come together to help each other out and to socialize, sit and discuss our experiences, places we have been or going to and have fun.
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed a small incite of my hobby. Comment if you wish and until the next time, take care and be safe.