Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Merry socialist holiday wknd

Yeah, it’s that time of year again where we celebrate bustin’ our nuts by not bustin’ our nuts. Well, some of us anywhatzits.
Not me though; has lots on my plate this weekend, including, but not limited to, raising Cain a tower.
All ready for the lift, just need bodies with pulses and strong arms.  Going to do the pull with a truck, but guiding it requires at least three peeps.  There is also that initial push, to get it where the truck can do the majority of the lift.  I figure this time it’s going to take two of us, seeing how the whirligig is installed.
Here are pics of what’s done and where it sits right now

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Lower WP junction box. Transitions from stranded to solid core here

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The aeagle, fully assembled

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Note the slight bow about a third way up. The added weight of the bird is showing

Can’t lie, I am feeling a wee bit eager to get this thing on the air.  I keep walking out there, checking, rechecking and triple checking everything.   I probably have more finger prints on the rigging than is advised  but then, I painted the hell out of it to prevent rust, so shouldn’t be an issue. 
Soon, maybe tomorrow. 

Sitting here thinking about the tower,  thinking about whatever my muse sends my way, I realized that it was one year ago, this week, that we started building Mi Cabina.   The weather is the same, coolish n dry and the sky is this brilliant sapphire blue, that reminds me of the skies out west.  The buggies are about the only thing that blows the romance out of the whole scene, but a bit of punky wood smouldering tends to keep them at bay.  Much better than sprays do, for certain.
One year: Cripes there has been so much happen in that time.  My little world gets better and the world at large loses its collective mind on an imaginary power grab.  About the only thing that could make things even more interesting would be for aliens to land and prove we are not alone.   Or Hitlery launches a nuke attack on Putins’ vacation cabin in Siberia.

Yeah, lots of changes and not all bad, at least not for me.   Here’s hoping your changes have been for the better as well.

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2 responses

  1. Spud

    When we had our trailer sailboat, we’d use an A-frame about mid mast to get it past the point where you could apply forward pull. Then use a back stay line to slow it down at the top. By using this method it only took the two of us.
    Are you going to put a rain shield over the tennis ? Or is it supposedly rain proof ?
    Watch out for the storm headed north this weekend bro. Tho ur likely inland enuff to be out of the impact area.

    September 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

    • Something similar to the A-frame idea. Really just a long pole with 2 on either side using the guy lines as guides and control. Used the truck rolling down hill with the cable ran through a pulley attached to a stout maple. That way control of the raise was smoother using brakes instead of a clutch. Once we got it moving, it was pretty smooth. Fitting lower guy lines now and what little breeze we are getting is working the blades already.

      September 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

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