Pirates Projects Real Life

Doubloon weathering

So I have entered into the aging process of my doubloon project. I used an acetylene torch to burn some holes through it to mimic the Goonies doubloon for looks.



The next step is to corrode the whole thing, so I have set it in a container with some vinegar and placed it in sunlight so that a caustic atmosphere is created inside the container. The rapid aging seems to be working.

Aviation Maintenance

Fuel Problems?

I had an interesting snag the other day, the left-hand fuel gauge was intermittently showing zero fuel while at altitude. When the airplane came back down and landed, the problem went away. Now, this snag had been looked into several times previously, with no ability to duplicate what the pilots were complaining about. There seemed to be an electrical gremlin in the aircraft, and someone needed to put an end to it! After searching for an electrical related problem I think I found what was wrong…..Fuel Snag

The wires on the back of the fuel gauge plug were frayed a bit, my hypothesis is that the cold temperatures at altitude, mixed with engine vibrations, were causing these frayed wires to ground on the case, or more likely to each other. So I re-soldered all of the wires into the plugs and insulated each of them individually. No problems have been reported as of yet, and time will tell if this was a complete fix.

Aiming for Accuracy Fire Arms Shooting Videos

Aiming for Accuracy part 8

Indoor Range Fun: I was whisked away at a moments notice to go have some fun shooting various restricted firearms. This was my first time ever shooting a handgun, and it was a ton of fun even though my performance was below expectations. I also had the joy of shooting a Barret Model 99 which was chambered in .50 BMG, which is about as big as they get when it comes to individual carry firearms. Larger than this and you are really into the anti-tank and artillery realm.

I must say, even though its expensive to shoot, I would highly recommend everyone try a .50BMG rifle at least once to get a feel for the raw power of such a large cartridge.