Anonymous asked: Greetings, just found your tumblr. Hail to the Queen Mary. I noticed you have not posted since Feb. Do you plan on posting in the future?
Oh, Thank you very much! Sorry for not posting recently, but unfortunately my Junior semester is a bit hectic for me to post much on tumblr, that, and my projects are down to a lull when at College (unless you really want to hear about Hall thrusters and Aircraft Stability and Control) so I will continue to post as soon as I finish my finals-
Thanks for your interest!
The BMW team was at the Krispy Kreme in Daytona and I MISSED IT!
Launching Mariner 3 Deep Space Probe
With the egrets doing a fly-by and the fire engulfing the whole bottom end of the rocket, this picture looks like it’s straight from a scene in a movie!
Atlas 14e Launching NAVSTAR X
Unfortunately, This was the modified satellite launch vehicle and not being used for it’s intended purpose: To deter Nikita’s opposing missile forces, and if unsuccessful in deterrence, to hurl a nuclear present into space only to reenter on someone’s (Usually with the Atlas, it was a coin toss where it would land) doorstep-
So an update with the Queen Mary-
I had replaced the front two brake pads and rotors with minimal ease (I really like the pin and clip system that the British use to release the brake pads) When I took off the back wheel I found a harrowing sight (No, the wheel well was not rusted to bits): The brakes for the rear suspension are inboard instead of outboard like the front. One reference to the maintenance manual yielded this:
The Suspension system was taken straight from the Jaguar XKE (E-type for you driving on the left side of the road) and had the same racing type braking system! This means that the whole rear end must be taken off of the body to get to and repair the brakes. The rear end looks like this when removed:
So, I had to send her to a specialist who has the tools and the know how in order to repair my sad cat. Luckily I have a few friends in the British and Import Repair business, and I got the name of a guy just across town who has done a few of these repairs- Lucky Me!
A reminder to all- Remember to repack your bearings!
The Hobbit was a Pretty good Movie.
Sorry Friends, I’ve been away for so long without so much as a howdy-doo.
This semester was a bit of a curmudgeon, taking 17 Engineering Credits was not a good idea while piling on research and projects. Well, I’m back for the holidays, and boy, do I have some interesting things to share, so buckle up for the next few weeks, we’ll go for a nice ride!
My desktop finally is set up; Although I need to build case covers for the keyboard and Graphics Card/Power supply. I’m not sure if I want to make the keyboard cover in wood or buy an office tan metal project box. Either way, I want the Power supply/Graphics card to look like an original IBM 729 Mark V Tape Drive, I even have miniature reel to reels (Salvaged from an old QIC tape) to sputter back and forth like it is reading data!
My Commodore 64 Keyboard works perfectly, and the external graphics card plays all of my games perfectly (Except Battlefield 3) and my animated desktop of “GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR” never skips a beat. Perhaps you’d like to Play a Game?
But I rarely get the time to play, I’ve constantly got homework and research on my hands. Oh Well; Back to the Grind!
1930 Cord L-29 Phaeton
I forgot to post this one from Das Awscht Fecsht!
This car is just great, with it being the first front wheel drive automobile offered in America, it was the epitome of technological advancement (And the styling was so well done that Chrysler copied the 1929 model for its 1930 lineup.)