I am back.
I have been negligent with my modeling ("Father, forgive me
for I have sinned...") but, you see, we had this storm down here in
Picayune, MS, and the model shop got hit by a carport and it almost
got knocked off its 45" high supports.
The carport was wiped out by the tree that fell on
it...pushing it into the shop. That tree fell because its roots were
upset by the three oak trees that fell on the house, busting through
the roof, rafters, ceiling joists, and the like...and sheet rock
ceilings in a few places.
All in all, it has been a rather distracting (and exhausting
five months). The shop is still teetering and I can't use it. A very
religious man (he keeps telling me) continues to lie to me about why
he hasn't gotten here yet. I have a week of chain sawing to do, but
right now I don't dare jar the ground with said shop doing the
I left this group a while back because I had a book I needed
to finish and that is in print now.
But I wanted to get back up to speed model wise and I thought
this would be a good place to start.
I did download 4,000 most recent titles on this group and I
read many of them. I learned for one thing that I am not needed here.
(Probably never was.) There are many of you giving and getting superb
advice ? and I would only cloud the waters with obtuse observations,
tangent-seeking comments, or be argumentative.
I did see that people still hate (or worse) the AMA, people
still need chargers, power supplies, and questions about batteries
abound ? and Red continues to wow me with his knowledge.
Fellows, this is all rather humbling, actually.
I have been playing with toy airplanes some. I mean TOY
airplanes. I stick a transmitter in my pocket when I take our little
dog for her walk and at a vacant lot on the walk, I toss one of the
little rudder-onlys into the air and run the battery down. As I walk
to the next clearing...we have some new ones since the storm...I swap
out the batteries and toss the toy again and run that battery down.
Did you know that on one charge it will fly 1/3 of a mile? If
I get another battery, I can fly it the whole mile around. Being foam
and 9" diameter, the toy airplane is no bother to carry.
And then there are the silly little helicopters for indoors. I
can make it from the kitchen around the corner through the den,
between wife and TV, and back through the posts in the bar and around
the kitchen again. I can't make a second lap on a battery charge
because it won't clear the two 6" steps going into the den.
"Silly"...is the operative word here.
But maybe that is what modeling was supposed to be. It was
once...a light-hearted distraction from our weekly chores. This was
before we lost our sense of frivolity and became so serious.
I do have two model projects I owe to one of the last model
magazines. Someday I will start putting ink to mylar and...someday.
I always considered that I was primarily comic relief here so
in keeping with that role, I would like to invite you all to visit my
just-released image website. It has no commercials and operates
So...if you would like to know what I have been doing (not
much) and make fun of my models, me, whatever.... The model aircraft
images are in two parts, "1962 to 1990" (retired) and "1990 to
present." There are some images of sailboats, as well.
You can ignore the musical instruments if you would like...but
for real, rolling in the floor comedy, you might check out the part
about the ukes and Flukes.
It is nice to be back...actually, it is sorta' nice to be
Cheers -- Ken Cashion
- posted 16 years ago