How to build your own plane

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Aug 282019

Lots of inspiration comes from: Achim Engels, build your own Fokker plane. 

And another one: Kerry Ann’s Piper.

Again on close inspection you recognize so many of the tricks that are used in the SA-750. If some construction detail is not clear, check here!

Another great source is . To view everything it wants a donation, but it is worth it when you are building.

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The new shed is taking shape..

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Mar 102015

ipp..and so is the house. Took a while, but hey, all good things come to those who are patient. Spring has been here during the weekend, and it could be nice tomorrow. If the weathergods are kind to me, I will be off for a few flights. Last weekend I had the Insider in the air, and after a first test-flight, I got an almost perfect 10 mins flight from 150 meters, landing within a wingspan from my feet.  That´s not bad after a few months´ abstinence. No doubt that will be the last time this season I manage that trick. 😉

Above is a view of the chaos in the shed, just to prove I have a shed!  The Carden looks almost small on the 2 meter table. When I took this pic, I was just installing some lights, hence the glare.


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2014 is almost history..

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Dec 232014

..only minor assembly required..

These last few months I have been rather occupied with a different sort of kit, the sort that only requires some minor assembly of a few bricks 😉

Anyway, we are now at the stage where the workshop is closed to the elements, the rest of the house is warm, and only minor items like bathroom, kitchen and doors need to be installed.

Of course a major item to get ready is the whole workshop. (I had a bit of a hard time convincing the contractor I needed 20 odd sockets minimum in the garage) I haven´t even tried to explain the need for vacuum/compressed air and general dust collection, and at least a dozen or so good lights. I´ll show him when it is done.

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Xmas 2013, and all is well.

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Dec 252013

Except we doSunsetn’t have any snow, it almost feels like autumn, or early spring! Bit windy though..

We’re still on the server-recovery road, and as you will know, every road has it’s hidden potholes. I discovered after doing the first websites, that something was automagically creating fake users on a website??  WTF, that’s impossible! A desperate search revealed the culprit to be the new NAS I got myself as a xmas present. It’s way to clever! (Sorted in the meantime, I wanted something dumb, and by golly, I’ll make you do what I want!)  So, rather then blindly and hurriedly restoring everything, I think it’s wiser to thread very carefully.

In the meantime, enjoy your Xmas, be good, and be happy!


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Hello world!

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Dec 242013

DSC02448 Chloch Mhór.. If that stone can get to the top of the mountain, then so can I!

Folks. the server crashed.


All websites gone.

This was a cloudserver.

Can’t happen they say, but it did.

It feels funny,  someone surgically removed all directories and logs and all those vital bits for running a server. A crash just wipes out some files, or complete disk, not exactly precisely my website directory with everything.  It feels like a burglary, very scary that people get into your property without leaving a trace. Continue reading »

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Server got trashed

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Dec 192013

My server got trashed badly. At the moment I’m actually wondering if I should rebuild things or let my past be my past. It sort of seems fitting to start fresh with an empty sheet.


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I was just wandering..

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Sep 162010

..about what we were going to have for dinner, when the wife shouts: ‘look in the garden!’

…goes to show how careful you have to be when thinking about dinner!

After munching on some shrubs, they decided that they were not going to be on my plate tonight, and left for destination unknown..

Dinner? we had nassi goreng 😉

(long time way back in Rostrevor, Kilbroney Valley.)

Autumn has arrived..

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Jul 042010

While the rest of the world appears to be enjoying a nice warm summer, over here in the Mourne Mountains, autumn has already made it’s entry. As I look out the window, the wind is howling, rain is clattering against the window, and in general it feels like time to light the fire!

I was just looking for some ideas ( that’s what Sunday mornings are for) and came across this gem:

Here’s to the crazy ones.

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine.
They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some may see them as the crazy ones, others see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

(Loosely based on ‘Here’s to the crazy ones’ from Jack Kerouac’s book ‘On the Road’)

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