Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile. - Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Apollo 11 - First Steps at Tranquility Base

Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface on July 21st at 02:56 UTC

 "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Buzz Aldrin descends from the Eagle at Tranquility Base in the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin getting ready to place some of the scientific packages brought from Earth

Buzz Aldrin facing Neil Armstrong near the Eagle.

The farthest distance traveled from the LM by Neil Armstrong, about 300 feet.

Apparently Armstrong was quite the camera hog, basically because he was in charge of the camera. This is probably the best shot of Armstrong taken by Aldrin.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Apollo 11 - Landing on the Moon July 20, 1969

Neil Armstrong successfully lands the Lunar Module "Eagle", on the moon on July 20th, 1969 at 20:17 UTC (Universal Time).
The Command Service Module "Columbia" , flown solo by Michael Collins, as seen from the Lunar Module "Eagle".

The Lunar Module "Eagle" begins its descent to the surface of the moon. Piloted by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sledgehammer Project; Pt XXIX - Priming the Sledgehammer

Managed to pull the airbrush out and prime the Sledgehammer. I'm still trying to introduce some level of modulation to the first airbrushed color by using a black, grey and white primer technique. While it looks good here, it seems to just be to subtle and affect afterwards. I think I am probably underdoing the black and overdoing the white. So still need to practice more with this.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Who knows what lies underground?

Its been a tough year on the irrigation pipes. The sewer line went for a complete replacement earlier and recently we discovered a small hole, a sinkhole if you will, in the area of the sewer line. At this point I figured it had to be the irrigation line and digging down took some time even in the soft earth. We found not one leak but two, one in each of the two parallel lines. 

This was caused by a root that had embraced the pipes and eventually crushed them. What fun! Once it was dug out and the root, mostly, removed the replacement was easy. The digging was a killer though.

Here is the part I was finally able to just remove.

For this part I basically chopped the top part of the root away, with a pickax, to expose both pipes. After that the rest was easy. If you look closely you can see three pipes at the top. One of those is a "dead" line that had previously been "embraced" by one of the Maple Tree's roots.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sledgehammer Project; Pt XXVII - The Sledgehammer BFG final details

I final find a few spare moments from working on the house and the yard to get the final details and assembly of the Sledghammer done. This has taken forever and the convention is now definitely looming over me.

Here you can see the nut and bolt castings added to the side of the platform. I was going to drill out the holes for these and do it properly but in the end I cut them flush and just superglued them in place. You can also see the other control rod being fitted into position.

I figured that gluing the wheel to the control rod would be a weak joint so I decided to pin it. Will looking for a paperclip and figuring it would be to big anyway I came across a stapler. Perfect! Staples are just the right size for small pinning jobs. 

And the finished control rod and wheel. Need one for each side.

I cut this side, of course, a little to short so the fit is tighter than I wanted it to be, but it still looks pretty good.

The longer cut for the other side. I'm still trying to decide about the aiming apparatus. With the weird dichotomy between technology something electronic is definitely in order and would contrast so well with the rest of the Sledgehammer.