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MA Cooke

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About MA Cooke

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  • Birthday 03/19/1969

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    Cincinnati, OH (Blue Ash)

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  1. UPDATE - if anyone is still around. Last fall I posted that I was undertaking private pilot ground school, but that was a part of a bigger goal, which I'm verrrrrrryyyyyyy close to finishing. I've just completed the remote learning course, "learn at your own pace", and comprises 138 hours of the required 200 hours to earn an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher's Certificate (ADX). Saturday morning, in about 36 hours, I start the final stretch, 62 hours of live classroom sessions (Saturday thru Friday, 9 or 10 hour days each day). My nephew has been an ADX now for 11 years, and made it to "t
  2. Thanks for the encouragement, crackerjazz. So far I'm doing OK in the coursework, but a lot of the academic stuff is slow to restart for me (I earned a BSME 20 some years ago). And some of the navigation stuff is havng trouble sinking into my thick skull.
  3. While I'm bummed that I didn't finish either of my Cat builds, I am excited about what's taken up the bulk of my spare time. I'm enrolled in courses to become an aircraft dispatcher, about 34% done with the online portion. I have to complete this, and pass the private pilot knowledge test as well as the ADX (aircraft dispatcher) knowledge test before the one-week in-person class session beginning in early December. If all goes well, I will change careers in early January.
  4. Latest archived pic of Dog 100, as well as "The Tomato." (I thought I had later pics of the abandoned Tomato build - it's ~ 85 to 90% complete. Gear doors and bang seats are about all that's left.) I've lost steam in building right now.....I may pick up again in January. Right now, I'm studying for private pilot ground school. AND exercising and working on getting to a better healthy state. The academics so far aren't very challenging (I've got a BSME from 20+ years ago), but I doubt I could pass an FAA physical.
  5. Thanks - this was the first time I tried my hand a figures....ugh. I need to coat them, those cheap acrylics come off quite easily. (I couldn't get into "Aces High" - love the lyrics, though. One of my faves is "Flight of Icarus"....and "Wasted Years", too.)
  6. No, I hit two brick walls. First - lot of "to-do" stuff around the haus, as well as the yard, etc. Second....I'm not at liberty to discuss at this moment. Sorry. Honestly, I don't think I'll have Dog 100 done by the end date.
  7. So so major shenanigans going on. I have the Eclipse SBS side feed (purchased last Nov.), and after learning it's nuances, I thought I'd gotten to where I know how to use it, and how to properly clean it. Not so fast....this weekend I was doing some touch-up to a TPS scheme, using the 0.35mm set, then started spraying Mr Color clear gloss (thinned 2:1 MLT to lacquer ratio, then thinned a bit more if needed), and cleaned it when finished, and left the nozzle to soak in lacquer thinner. Often I think I've cleaned it thoroughly, but it still gives me issues, so I have to re-clean. Satu
  8. Awesome build! Did you post any "in-progress" by chance? I have the ZM F-4E and -J kits in my stash, I am hesitant to start either of them. (I'm ~ 70% through another kit - engineering is outstanding, but very basic skills and techniques seem to have gotten seized up.)
  9. Thank you for the clarification, I appreciate it. One last one - did Dog 100 ever have an AIM-9 on the starboard ring root - above the LANTIRN pod?
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