Cool Weather Website

Found this while I was looking for something else…. is a really cool weather visualisation website….

 I’m going to have this running on a monitor in the mancave… almost like an automated weather brief.
You can search for airports by their ICAO code, and it will display METAR and TAF’s

Non Sim work

Tonight I spent a bit of time in the workshop, not on “sim” work, instead I was turning old aircraft parts into a funky Star Wars themed gadget for Nathan. It was a good excuse to dust off the lathe and turn some parts!

More paint work

Some more details, and a second coat on the Arrow, and some more grey paint on the wall.  It’s amazing the difference a coat of paint makes to the old MDF walls.  Got me all motivated to paint the whole room!

After sitting back, admiring my work  I thought I could paint a propeller on the door, give the Arrow a bit more 3D

After my random thoughts about some stencils on the door… A quick sketch to show Nathan what I meant…..

Maybe with a bright Yellow door knob?  🙂   Maybe even some sort of warning about the real world on the other side of the door….

Coloring-in time

Quiet evening in the man cave…   something about idle hands…

First coat on the white, and blocked in the windows.  The grey is lighter than I was going to use, but I had the tin open anyway… It may get some dark added later, depending on how it looks.  I really need to make the access panel cover now!
What I also did, but didn’t take a photo of, was paint the rear bulkhead and centre window frame grey.

Next up, since I had the grey paint out, was to splash some on the man cave door and see how it looked.  Well, that was the plan, but it seems I may have gotten quite carried away!

Doesn’t look much in the photo, but it sure looks better than bare MDF!  I will be investing in some more paint, and continuing all the way along the wall, and onto the printer cabinet.  This has highlighted the fact that the window in the door is pretty ugly.  I’m thinking of some sort of frame, and maybe some sort of slatted blind or something.

Sitting back admiring my handiwork I started thinking that some sort of sarcastic/humorous exit sign was needed by the handle.  Something about “Caution Real World”…
Incidentally, I also fixed the door handle, which has been bothering me for the past 8 years, as the knob was held on by a bent nail…

Man cave exterior Facelift

As part of our home renovations, the man cave has had a bit of a facelift.  New paint (gone is the old shade known as “poo brown”), new guttering, and now trellis covering the windows to cover up the ugly windows!

All that’s left is to add some kind of subtle, but cool sign on or above the door and an exterior light for those dark winter nights!

More Mancave Madeness!

Boxing day BBQ, and once again the sims were put to use in their “entertainment” capacity…

Tony had a ball tanking from the VC10, then scaring the hell out of Brent and Q in the Arrow while they made their way from Ashburton to Rangiora with a touch-n-go and Christchurch…

Fun was had, and no simulators were harmed in the making of the evening 😉

21 Squadron Patch

I was involved in the design of these patches back in about 1985, the final artwork was done by David Ragen, a fellow cadet and schoolmate.

At the recent squadron reunion I mentioned that I didn’t have one of the patches, and my CO, Paul Walker offered to send me one!

This is going on the man cave wall next to my 50 Mile Walk, and Solo Certificates!

A week of small projects

Over the past week or so I’ve completed a pile of small projects, things that have been sitting around for a while….

  • I finally got the insulation into the ceiling above the desk in the loft, making for a *hopefully* better working environment…
  • The 737/Saitek Throttle Quadrant is now mounted on it’s 45º offset mount, making it a bit more 737-ish
  • The stairs have all their “risers” in place, and a trim panel along the edge.  Just needs a couple of gaps filled before winter…
  • The loft has gained a 20″ Monitor as a cloned display from the laptop (for MotoGP watching, or Control Tower views…)
  • After *another* throw-out the 737 panel has now moved closer to being ready to bolt together in the loft.

All-in-all, lots of little things, but things are nicely ticking along 🙂   Not much to show graphically, but still good to see.