New Boat: UDIRC Venom UDI002

Caught the bug after having fun with my little one.  This is quite an upgrade, but still a bargain.  It goes 15-18 mph, which is fast enough for its size.  Only turns on in the water, like my small boat, but it actually works perfectly.

[I tried to make the captions more readable, but the site won’t allow paragraph breaks and I can’t seem to change the font size.]

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The motor is surrounded by a cooling coil which exits out the left side. The receiver/ESC is sealed in a plastic box ahead of the motor.
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The most interesting view to me is the bottom rear. The hole in the upper middle is the cooling water intake. The metal piece at left is part of the water switch. The brass prop shaft housing acts as the other part. The black blade-like things on each side are keel fins. They help it carve through turns without it spinning out. The square metal tabs are trim tabs. They can be adjusted to help keep the boat oriented right, and probably also enhance stability and cornering. The rudder is interestingly offset to the left on this boat. Not sure why, except that it was easier to mount the steering servo.

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Delicious Sautéed Artificial Crab Recipe

Artificial crab, (which often still has crab meat in it) can be delicious if sautéed, and taste even more like real crab.  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • Pack of artificial crab
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1-2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Old Bay seasoning, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. sherry (or to taste, optional)
  • Lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh tarragon, and/or parsley, chives, scallions (I used scallions, which you may want to cook with the crab)
  • Pinch of MSG (optional, but ups the meaty flavor)

Add all ingredients except sherry, lemon juice, and herbs, but be light on seasoning at first.  Sautée on low to medium-low 5-10 minutes or until nicely browned and heated through, while tossing and turning them often.  Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking along the way.  Things will brown quickly, so watch the temperature.  Add the sherry a couple minutes before the end.  Garnish with a spritz of lemon juice and fresh herbs.

Tip: You can make a glaze sauce if you use sherry.  Take the crab out, add more sherry and cook it down until desired thickness.  To make a white sauce, add flour and cook it for a minute on low heat (you’ll likely need to add more butter).  On low to medium-low heat, add milk or cream and stir with whisk until it reaches the desired thickness.  Season to taste  (add dried herbs here if that’s what’s available) and pour over crab before garnishing it with herbs and lemon juice.

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My $5 R/C boat from Five Below

I discovered it’s much faster in the kiddie pool due to the lack of waves.  There was a vortex in the pool, which I could slingshot off of, or sometime get sucked in.  The boat was able to power itself out once by me reversing thrust in the opposite direction of the vortex.  It’s a powerful little thing.  Click on the video for more information about how I got it to run like this.

Heat lightning fireworks show

I wanted to get these photos up, but I also took video.  We witnessed this phenomenon a few weeks ago, but I could not get my camera settings right.  I did this time.  Although my camera had trouble getting the white balance right.  I even tried to correct for it, but the 2nd photo is the most accurate to what I was seeing.

Okay, videos are up.  The camera was not able to capture the ambient light well, so the videos are dark.  I think it’s because I was running at 60 fps instead of 30 in order to capture the fast lightning.

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Richmond airport museum, part 2

A lot of this stuff only interests me, but I’m posting it anyway in case others appreciate it. This isn’t really the order I wanted these in, but I realized it too late.  Moving pictures around breaks the site, and I don’t want to delete them all and lose my captions.

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These tabs are to straighten the airflow over the wing to reduce the risk of stalls. This was a military training jet, I believe, so they probably did that to be a little more forgiving to new pilots.
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Some widget on an SR-71 jet engine
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An airspeed measuring sensor, I believe. *Correction, this is a generator. The benefit of this design is that it still provides power to critical things like instruments even if the engine and/or battery dies (although I’m not sure if planes had batteries in the 1930s).
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I like how the cylinders are offset like that. I believe it was to allow the engine to be shorter, and to allow more even cooling.
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That big gray donut behind the prop is an exhaust manifold (it collects the exhaust and directs it out the exhaust pipe. Very unique design.
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I thought this was just a really photogenic old plane, even though function was the primary factor in the design.

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Backyard nature

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The tree pics have some weird blurry aberrations because of a cheap macro lens add-on I was using, but I figured it gave it kind of a psychedelic effect.  The last one is my favorite because it took a while to capture it the right way, and it paid off.  It looks like it’s looking at me, but those aren’t its eyes.