Guillow’s Piper Super Cub 95 RC Conversion and Transfer

I’ve got a few things going on right now, some good, and some not so good. Over winter break I decided I wanted to a convert a balsa wood rubber-powered airplane kit into an r/c plane. I’ve built a couple of Guillow’s kits before and they were really fun, and I love to fly ultra-micro r/c planes that are about the same size, so combing the two just seemed like a great idea. The project started off strong, fortunately. I’ve built the two main wings, the fuselage, and the empennage in my dorm room. After doing a lot of research on finding the lightest and strongest covering material, I settled on UltraCote. I’ve never done a covering before, so I had to buy a hobby iron and hopefully that will go according to plan when I bring the aircraft parts home. I plan on stripping the electronics off of an ultra-micro r/c plane that’s roughly the same size as the Super Cub. Schoolwork has unfortunately gotten in the way as of late and so I have been unable to make any progress these past couple weeks.

In other news, after spending almost two semesters at Bridgewater State University, I found that I wasn’t very satisfied with the Aviation Department and also grinding out flight lessons at Bridgewater took a lot of the original joy that I got out of flying before I decided to pursue it as a career. So I’ve decided that after I finish up this semester at BSU, I’m going to immediately transfer to Quinsigamond Community College for their summer semester and go after a B.S. Aerospace Engineering. QCC has an agreement with WPI where I could transfer to WPI to get the Bachelor’s degree after getting an Associate’s at QCC. I think that this decision would allow me to still have a lot of fun flying while also continuing my other passion which is in engineering and design (and hopefully apply it to the aerospace field).

BSU, Flying, and my Robotic Arm

Recently I decided to attend Bridgewater State University next fall to pursue my passion for flying. I intend to major in Aviation Science with a minor in Flight Training, then become a CFI, train student pilots and accumulate hours, then fly for Cape Air for some years and eventually be a First Officer for JetBlue. It was a tough decision to decide on AVSCI at BSU because I love Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, but it’s simply too expensive and I feel like I’d enjoy being a pilot for a living more.

In school, the Maker Faire is coming up. We have nine class days left and the remaining four servos for my robotic arm have yet to come in so I’m a little worried, but I’m sure it will all work out fine. It’s coming together really nicely too, so if everything works out as I hope, I’m going to have an awesome, interactive project to show off at the Faire.

My desk right now, with the parts for my robotic arm encompassing most of it. This is a pretty good representation for the state of my life right now.

First blog post

Hey everyone! Welcome to my own website, portfolio, and collection of all of my major projects and designs. I’ll be using this page, the Blog section, to post updates on where I’m at with my projects and how they’re coming along.

As of today, our Makerspace class has recently finished the carnival and we’re moving on to kinetic sculptures, and I have no idea what I’m going to do for that, or if I will at all. I’ve mainly been focusing on soldering together a 20 meter QRP amateur radio. I already have several projects pushed onto the sidelines like my Pietenpol Air Camper which I haven’t touched in months. I also have a racing drone project, but that too is on the bottom of my list of things to do. I would, however, like to continue construction on my airplane soon.

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TenTec 20m QRP Kit laid out on my office space.