Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude

Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
Where Great Intelligence Goes To Be Insulted

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Saturday Ramble

Welp… Sammy’s gone. Mom said he couldn’t pee because his urinary tract was blocked. She took him in and did the deed. I know that most of you will blame me for this, for not interceding on Sammy’s behalf. It was not my place. Many of you will call bullshit - believe me when I say that I must sadly and respectfully disagree with you. I understand where your hearts are. There are bigger things that won’t verbalize or articulate well that are going on here. I offered to take the dog. I told mom I’d support and respect her decisions.  She will answer to her husband now, and to her Maker. I will have no place in that either. I will take no pleasure when she comes to terms with them. For now I will be as kind and supportive as a good son can be. This is why I guard my heart. And my thoughts. My only obligations to that woman now are those imposed by my Maker. 

We are getting down to the last leaves of autumn. I cleaned out the camper and removed the batteries for the winter. The skies are threatening November gloom with lots of grey. The snow will come soon. My poor Macey is struggling mightily these days. Her back legs are beginning to fail. Just walking is becoming a challenge. But she’s still happy and silly and barks at me and Mort and Wife. When her time comes - she will tell me. Her days are precious now. 



The Turd Bird is finished!
What a beauty, eh?
Built it with my own two hands!

Okay. I lied. The Turd Bird is not finished or flying. It’s nearing completion though. I screwed up when I bought the Monokote covering. I thought I was getting solid “Piper Cub Yellow” but I bought this translucent crap instead. It looks like a bright yellow wood stain. I don’t care; this plane only has to fly to make me happy. I fully expect it to flip over and die on the first take off, to be honest. Covering these things is all technique. I made a few mistakes, but they aren’t critical. It’s actually easier than I expected.




The plans call for rubber bands, hatches and landing gear to be retained by rubber bands. I won’t have any of that; I nigger-rigged a precision bolt down for the wings. The gear is bolted in via captive nuts as well. Hatches will be latched or held shut with wood screws.




Something shifted when I drilled the bolt holes.
This took a lot of fussing!

Now I am a smidge out square. It drives me bonkers, but the good ol’ plane builder’s saying is, “It’ll trim out!” But… will it? I will find out! I’m going to do a final balance check with all the guts in the fuse roughly positioned…then bolt them down. The CG forward and backward is slightly nose heavy which is perfect. Last time I found the CG off laterally being heavier on one side than the other. I figure a strategically placed cast lead bullet epoxied in will take care of that.

My wife got her little Cricut CNC cutter working. My markings on this bird will be as follows:


This’ll be on the tail plane, only the colours
will be inverted.
White bones on a black background 



I’ll have some of these guys
On top of the black upper wing surfaces and along the fuse…

The wife already made a few of these on semi-adhesive vinyl for practice. I stuck them up on my bathroom mirror  because they made me laugh. I love stickers. When she was a tot, my little daughter got a book full of peel and stick stickers. I came home one day, and my reloading stand was festooned with them - ghost busters, My Pretty Ponies, and ladybugs and bumble bees. I just loved it all. We were a family once, and not a bad one.

22 comments:

  1. No blame on you Glen, sadness as a dog left us a little poorer and your heart bruised. UTIs in dogs are easy to fix, not like a cat. You are still the Man, and after some reflection of my post, realized I wasn't in your shoes and situation and for that I apologize. You must build the bulwarks to protect you and yours.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the little dog. That'll be hard on your old man.

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  3. I understand what you are not saying and have been in a similar situation. Be the good son and show support. You and your father will be in my prayers.

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  4. No blame at all. You do what you can do. Best not to take on what you know you can't. And to know what you won't. Life isn't designed to always be happy, but it's always meant to be endured.

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  5. I can feel the chill Glenn... 'a family once'. I know that feeling right well. You got brothers out here, too. I'm glad to see the magic flying machine coming along smartly. It's looks really nice. Those teeth.... oh man.

    When I was kid, dad bought a couple houses to tear down for the lumber. We did a load of work. I found an old rag on acidic paper called "A Yankee Flier In The Far East" in a two story lumber donor. There was a German double agent, dusky maidens, Zeros, Tomahawks, a Curtis Robin, and a group of assassins that choked their targets. I forget what they were called. Adroit is the only word that comes to mind. Dacoit? YES! One of the first books I read that took me away into a different world. The last time I saw it, the pagers were orange and not at all flexible. They broke when touched. I still have it somewhere... A throw away novel from WW2, that still means so much to one lonely soul..... I'm rapidly becoming an anachronism.

    I would expect many such occurrences (yours and mine) as time continues to wait for no man. You are a good man, McGee. Don't let anyone push you away from that.

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  6. Mr. Filthie- to see you describe it, your plane is gonna need a set of orthopedic landing gear!

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  7. you did what you could keep praying

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  8. Weakness is not a virtue.

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  9. It’s indeed a perspective thing fellas. The way the guys got spun up about this thing with Sammy… I grew up with that. This is only one peripheral issue with that woman. There are wheels within wheels, and they will spin whether I am involved or not.

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  10. There is no sin in letting someone who is skilled take it off and let you get some stick time while it is far from the ground. I let someone else get mine up and down three or four times. The trick to landing is when it's coming at you your reflex to correct left and right are bakkerds. If you can put your back to it some and look over your shoulder until you get accustomed to it, that helped me some.

    I Had the blasted rubber bands. Thought everything was going fine, pulled out of a dive and heard a Clack,, landed and added some rubber bands right now.

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    1. I get the impression that Glen is already an experienced RC pilot. He and the Turdbird will probably be just fine. Short coupled taildraggers gave me fits, even as an experienced pilot, but the TB is not one of those.

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  11. No blame or judging here. Sammy was not your dog.

    It is a binary thing. Either you believe that private property exists or it does not.

    You exerted what little influence you had.

    Psychopaths are deaf and blind to others' feelings and needs. They do not deserve dogs because dogs are "training" to heighten our empathy for humans. They see humans and objects as levers to get what they want. You are refusing to let that happen with you.

    We do what we must to survive.

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  12. Early on in this saga, I did encourage you to take over your dad's dog - I figured a "pup" would be good for your two, but they both may be too geriatric to take on a newcomer like that. Until you explained it in more detail, I didn't appreciate the manipulative relationship with your mother. I have never experienced anything like that having been incredibly fortunate in my family.

    We are commanded to Honor our Father and Mother that our days may be long. When God gave that commandment, He already knew that some of us would have parents that are nearly impossible to honor - yet He didn't say that we should honor them as long as they were honorable - just honor them. He had a reason for that even if we don't understand it - this may account for some of your recent internal tranquility in your previously non-tranquil relationship.

    Thanks for trusting us enough to take us along on this trip Glenn.

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    1. Thanks for walking with me. Thank all of you. It means more than you know right now.

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  13. Sammy was betrayed. He could have been saved. Period

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    1. Then why didn't you volunteer to take the mutt?

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  15. Re. "I know that most of you will blame me for this..."

    As one of those who encouraged you to take the dog -No! Nyet! Nope!

    Having been on the receiving end of being judged for not attending a certain funeral {and "No", not one person who judged me ever came to me and asked "Why didn't you go?"}, I am going to apply the first half of "Judge not lest ye be judged," to myself; and the second half "for by the same measure you judge you to will be judged." to you since you know everything about the situation.

    I'll shorten Nelson's quote to "every man will do his duty”; and you did yours.

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  17. Vis-a-vis The dog: When others were advising you against your better judgement I was right there in your corner supporting you from the beginning. Why? Because I also had a mother I could do no right to. It was a no-win situation and it was best for YOU to remove yourself from the equation. Keep an eye out for contrived "ways to help further" from good old mom.

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