Aircraft Radio Lenses…

Aircraft Radio Lenses…

Another project in the long string of micro-manufacturing and prototype work I love to do. I needed to make replicas of certain parts of aircraft for a simulator project I was working on. This particular cockpit was using King Bendix KX155 nav/coms. A friend of mine who works on aviation radios happened to have a KX155 that he was repairing and allowed me to borrow a very badly damaged lens to base my reproductions on. The upper right lens is the original that I borrowed, it literally was in pieces. The lower left…Read more …
Gold mirrors….. magic?

Gold mirrors….. magic?

I have been following Russ Sadler's series on Youtube for a while now, learning everything I can about my clone laser cutter. I honestly, watched about 3 hours of vids before I even uncrated it to make sure I didn't mess anything up. In a recent video Russ showed some charts on wavelength reflectivity while trying to achieve maximum output from his laser tube. It seems not all mirrors reflect equally, and the material the mirror is made from makes a large difference in how much power makes it to the cutting board.…Read more …
Shars 5C collet indexer

Shars 5C collet indexer

This isn't a review, its a complaint. One thing I detest is buying a tool and then having to fix the tool before I can even use it. That's just plain B.S. The tool in question is a 5C collet indexer from Shars. I had been looking at indexers for a while since I need to cut some gears and the rotary table can be a pain to use. Instead I can use the laser cutter to precisely cut whatever tooth count I need and 'spindex' my way around. I bought the one…Read more …
Is it 2017 already?

Is it 2017 already?

Yup, I have been busy and a bit slow posting things. there are too many things in the works to hit all of them but I'll give you the highlights. - I'm back to playing the bagpipes with the band again. Played the Sonora Celtic Faire this last weekend and I need to practice because picking up the pipes again showed how much I haven't retained. - The laser cutter is working well. It's basically stock except for the addition of an ammeter to see what current the tube is running at. -…Read more …
New toy….. I mean tool…..

New toy….. I mean tool…..

I'm still trying to figure out which it is. Maybe it's both... a grown-up toy that's a cool tool. I have to admit I was pretty excited when the delivery guy pulled up out front and rolled up the door on the trailer. I took the day off just to make sure I was there. We got it off the truck and stashed it in the garage and that is when I realized... That this is a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Yeah, 4 feet long and over 2 feet…Read more …
Hi everyone……

Hi everyone……

Work has been keeping me busy, so I haven't even thought of posting. Now that I have a new position in the company and am no longer head of the Maintenance department and the sole Parts person I can post occasionally again. Yay! Lately I've been keeping my eye out for a grain mill, one of those things that takes wheat and turns it into flour and things like that. I had been holding out for the Cadillac of grain mills, a Diamant D525. Turns out I really don't like the thought of…Read more …
Keeping Busy…

Keeping Busy…

Posts have been few and far between since I have a few irons in the fire. I'm working on some emblems for a Datsun, the garden, finding rural property, a 3d printer build, and the usual clock and watch stuff. Yet, I still hear the question asked, "but you couldn't find just a few moments to post.....?" Lol. The garden is growing well. I'll post about that some other time. This year it's garlic, tomatoes, corn, pole beans, squash, watermelon, and the usual herbs. The coffee is doing good, saw flowers for the…Read more …
Old Radio success…..

Old Radio success…..

Nothing shows proof like a short video. The oscillating coil works and the radio lives! The coil is a 3RT-319A out of an Emerson BJ-200.     https://youtu.be/felcemdeU9QRead more …
More coil winding…

More coil winding…

The wire came in so time to continue this experiment. I finished unwinding the second of three coils on this item. The third coil is looking good on the meter and shows no signs of rot, so I will leave it and save Louis some tuning work. The outer coil was that mangled mess, so no chance of counting windings as I pulled it apart, but the second coil ( post 5 to 4 in my diagram) was in good shape other than the breaks in the wire and I got a good…Read more …
I’m back… and old radio parts

I’m back… and old radio parts

Ok, first post since returning from a trip all the way across the states...... and I'm not posting about the trip. I know, big disappointment, but I will post about it soon. Just not now. So dont ask when I will.   Right now I'm more interested in posting about a little experiment I have going on. A friend has an Emerson BJ-200 radio that doesn't work because the oscillating coil is busted. I wind coils, so I thought "Hey, what the heck it's already broke, right?" The last time I thought that…Read more …