Sunday, February 28, 2016
Watching the Oscars with my lovely wife. This is our unofficial anniversary- 24 years ago watching Billy Crystal host the 64th Oscars and Silence of the Lambs sweep most of the big awards we kissed for the first time...
I've felt like a winner ever since:)
Saturday, February 27, 2016
My wife is an artist!
We had decided to do a simple dinner and just make BLTs, but Jackie took it to the next level :)
Lovely, crusty bread, bacon weaved into a lattice and cooked in the oven so it stays flat, lettuce, big slices of tomato, and all topped with avacado. Delicious!
Here's the car all set up and ready to go- I've cut out the windshield because although it was only clear plastic it still made the video fuzzy, but the camera is mounted inside so it's still protected. The antenna pokes out of the rear deck just in front of the rear spoiler, so if I flip the car the spoiler should give it some protection.
The camera is mounted to the roof, looking out through the gap where the windshield used to be, and the transmitter is mounted behind it with the antenna sticking out behind it and through the rear deck. The battery I'm using to power the fpv gear sits very nicely in the little roll cage (the main car battery goes in a slot underneath the car).
The combination receiver and screen that I use has a slot for a microSD card, so you can record exactly what the screen is showing. The video above is from my first test outside driving it around, and it actually works really well :) I didn't have the all the batteries fully charged, and I didn't have the screen in my converted welding helmet so it was a little difficult to see on my lap, but I'm really happy how well it all works. In future I will probably mount my little Mobius HD camera on the roof to record driving videos, but the signal and picture to the screen from this little camera is more than adequate to drive around by!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Warning- as you scroll down there are pictures of Bill devouring a mouse- so if you're squeamish, perhaps avoid them ;)
Saturday, February 20, 2016
So I decided I will re-purpose some of it so I can still use it in the big drone if I want to (on vacation or whatever), but still have some fun with it around here- in an rc car that I can use anytime in the parking lot or in the woods :)
I got a cheap ($100) 1/12 scale hobby grade rc car from Hobby Town. "Hobby grade" means it is a step above the toy rc cars you get from Walmart- Hobby Town has all the spare parts and some upgrade parts for it, and it has proper proportional servos (the steering is not full left or right, you can steer just a little like a real car, and the throttle goes smoothly from a crawl to full speed). I'm starting small like this to see if it's as fun as I think it will be- but this is not a throw-away car, it has all the real features and is quite upgradeable if necessary.
The other thing I like about this car is that it has lots of room under the body shell to fit in the fpv and radio gear so it will stay protected in case of flips and crashes.
I had a blast yesterday just zooming it around the parking lot- now to get to work on it on the workbench and see if I can fit in the camera and stuff and make it all work :)
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Here is the before-
Thursday, February 11, 2016
We ordered all the parts last weekend and they all arrived yesterday, but I had to work last night. He put up the last of his Christmas money and his tax refund, and Jake and I are covering the rest.