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About archybean

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  • Birthday 06/18/1983

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  1. So we all have GAS? I've been unable to relieve my GAS for years
  2. I don't think I've finished anything since 2011, right after I got married. Fast forward 8 years and divorce all but finalized I'm looking to make 2019 a good year. Doing a lot of self care, including doing more with my model building and photography. Autograph collecting the past few years has greatly helped with my depression so that will keep going strong. Today was the Pinewood Derby and the kids, err...dad's all did a good job. Being her first year, and a lion, my daughter was kind of disappointed hers didn't go faster, it finished middle of the pack; but was really excited she won the most creative design. So there's planning for next year on the back burner.
  3. I've missed this the past couple years! Hope we can do it again this year
  4. Any update on these sheets? I've been keeping my eyes peeled for their release!
  5. The mock-up is indeed there, I saw it last summer when I went through the museum. Unfortunately the mock-up is sitting outside. Folding wings were sitting on the ground next to it. Fingers crossed they'll be able to restore it.
  6. I still need to get all the pictures set back up, but a small update. I've been getting used to working with the punch and die, as I've never used one before. Talk about a patience maker! I've made hundreds of punches with the .028" to start putting the bolt heads on the exposed parts of the parachute recovery compartment.
  7. Holy cow. Three years later I've dug this beast out of the stash to get to working on her again. I've got an order in with Roll Models for Waldron punch and dies to work on the small rivets and bolts. We'll see where the road takes me this time.
  8. I took the week off from my job to drive from Texas to Kansas. I was able to bring my daughter to see my folks for the week (she hasn't seen them very much since we moved to Texas early summer 2016). I went to St. Joseph with my cousin and her husband. I'd been prepping for months to make sure I was ready. I had my telescope ready to go with tracking, camera attached to it. Different camera (converted to infrared) for landscape shots and a GoPro for video of it all. I had my computer ready to go to attach to telescope camera with a program to control shooting during totality, and my photography plan in a binder ready to go minute by minute. It was all great until the sky clouded up after sunrise and stayed that way. We got a brief hole, no more than twice the width of the sun/moon the instant of totality...got to see the Bailey's Bead, Diamond ring and the corona flash as the moon covered it all before the clouds closed up again. Total time was roughly 1-2 seconds of totality, just long enough for my mind to ask what in the heck was it seeing?! All in all though it was still an amazing experience, even though cloudy the whole thing was surreal. The quality of light was the strangest thing I've ever seen! Having grown up in Kansas I've seen my fare share of thunderstorms, and that is the closest I can describe it...the clouds dark like the strongest severe storm is happening but things were utterly calm. For those that have experienced severe weather the light can be off, almost a green tint...this wasn't a certain color, but it was just...off somehow. It's really indescribable to put into words what happened. There was brief periods where the clouds thinned enough to see some after totality but with the clouds they made it too dark to shoot through a solar filter and too bright to shoot without it so we ended up just watching with our glasses. I got a few shots after totality that turned out decent, the clouds giving it a very different look. I'm already scouting locations and planning for 2024! Center line it is supposed to be about 4 min ~25 seconds in Texas so I'm hoping to redeem this years!
  9. I've never used brand name bare metal foil, but made my own with aluminum foil and metal leaf adhesive. Same concept though. When I deal with compound curves I cut out small triangles so when they lay down on the curve the edges match up. Mostly trial and error though. To get rid of the seam the ultra fine steel wool will blend it right out. I also use a lens cleaner micro fiber cloth to burnish it down and that brings out some shine.
  10. I used the mailing address on his ALETRO website. I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble mailing him a letter. He did email that my pictures were on their way back.
  11. Looks like the love child of a Raptor, Viggen, and a Foxbat. I do like the looks of it though!
  12. Canada Post didn't start handling emails too did they? Not sure why that's happening. :-/
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