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    • November 22, 2017 4:46 PM EST
    • Thanks for the great pictures Ray, like many who live in green  and often lush or heavily wooded areas it is fascinating to see these dry looking landscapes.  Often they are termed arid but your pictures put that myth to bed.  I do envy those who are able to see the stars and other things in the night skies which are often, in more light polluted areas, beyond normal vision.  Looking southwards away from nearby conurbations does show, when the skies are clear, some of the more brighter and recognizable constellations.

    • November 22, 2017 2:35 PM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Being from the eastern part of the country, where it's green most of the time, seeing all the barren browness is fascinating. 

       

      I agree.  The high desert has a stark beauty that I absolutely love.  

    • November 22, 2017 1:47 PM EST
    • Being from the eastern part of the country, where it's green most of the time, seeing all the barren browness is fascinating. 

    • November 22, 2017 12:46 PM EST
    • Thanks Dan!

    • November 22, 2017 12:38 PM EST
    • Awesome videos Ray, I really enjoy exploring the desert through you videos and website.

    • November 22, 2017 1:10 AM EST
    • Well, I finally got a chance to take a brief trip out to the desert Sunday night! First chance I've had to do anything since my Nevada trip in July. This was just a "out and back" trip, staying overnight and returning Monday afternoon. Didn't do any major off-roading, just some mild trails, but it sure felt good to get off the pavement and immerse myself in the desert.

      I got out there late, sometime after midnight. Tried some night sky photos but wasn't pleased with the results. I picked out a couple of the better ones here...

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1699/IMG_1699.jpg[/img]


      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1686/IMG_1686.jpg[/img]


      Megaweapon lurking in the dark:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1053c/IMG_1053c.jpg[/img]


      My campsite in the morning:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1707/IMG_1707.jpg[/img]

       

      I had some fun flying my drone and got a lot of great footage. It'll take me a while to get it edited and post some of it on YouTube. In the meantime here are a couple stills:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/DJI_0007/DJI_0007.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/DJI_0009/DJI_0009.jpg[/img]


      A couple more shots of Megaweapon on the trail:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1736/IMG_1736.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_1748/IMG_1748.jpg[/img]


      That's all for now -- enjoy!

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    • November 20, 2017 6:46 PM EST
    • Looks great Devon. Sounds like you're officially into the "after... surgery... two and a half weeks off... no restrictions, I can do whatever I feel up to doing" phase!

       

    • November 20, 2017 6:31 PM EST
    • here is a little wine bottle stopper for a friend.

    • November 15, 2017 9:32 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      So here is the completed bottle set.

       

      Here is the maple and black walnut stopper. Who knew wine corks were way larger in diameter than whiskey bottle corks. The commercial bases are too big. So I used the existing cork. Next time I am going to turn down a wine cork and make a much nicer base. The dots circles and dots are a blue colored pencil.

       

      And here is a close up of the moose head on the glasses.

       

       

      Not sure what I will be able to sell the set for. But I have about $10 bucks into it.

      At least $50.00, maybe more.  A good craftsman is worth it.

    • November 15, 2017 6:28 PM EST
    • That would be awesome Pete.

    • November 15, 2017 6:17 PM EST
    • let me look and see if I have them still, I will send them if I do. or figure something out.

       

    • November 15, 2017 5:18 PM EST
    • That would be worth buying back issues of.

    • November 15, 2017 10:02 AM EST
    • I think it is American Woodworker has a set of plans for a whole construction site full of equipment, it was a series they ran a year or so ago, they may still be adding stuff on, I remember a bulldozer , a grader , side dump truck and low boy trailer, crane and other things. I will root through my old magazines to see which it is.

    • November 14, 2017 6:38 PM EST
    • Nice work and a great destination for it, you're excused from RR projects as long as you remember your roots here with your Tribe!

    • November 14, 2017 6:36 PM EST
    • I have been looking at a lot of toy plans. That has never really been on my radar before. But they are fun and there can be some very detailed "toys" which are more or less wooden models. Well I came across some very cool g scale trains. I have an Annie drive that just is begging to be made into something. I think it would be way cool to build a wooden loco over that drive. Make a Christmas train out of it. Or run it at club events.

    • November 14, 2017 5:38 PM EST
    • Nice work my friend!

    • November 14, 2017 2:38 PM EST
    • Just got my microwave and all the parts I need to construct my Lichtenberg fractional wood burner. I also have most all of the parts I need for my vacuum pot for creating wood/resin blanks. I also just got the chucks for 1/4 and 1/2 router bits for my Shopsmith as well as the 1/2 shaper arbor. I already have a molding cutter. With those items and the ability to overhead and through table route/shape there wont be many profiles I won't be able to make as long as I have the bits and cutters. I also purchased the power coupler for my shopsmith which now will let me purchase and run accessories like my band saw that I already have and a jig saw which i need. 

       

      Here is the latest. A tow truck for my great nephews birthday.

       

       

      After my surgery I will have two and a half weeks off. I have no restrictions, I can do whatever I feel up to doing. So I will be out int he shop a fair bit. I have several Christmas presents to make.

    • November 20, 2017 7:11 AM EST
    • Hey RJ,

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      Currently posting from Lynnsville, Tn. as we make our way home for the Thanksgiving family celebration.  We make the "Ridge Live Steamers" our "Winter Home" and plans are to be back down there by the end of the next week.  "Ridge" is located in the Lake Wales, Dundee, Frost Proof area and great fun.  There is a number 1 gauge track on the property for track power, battery and live steam, however my interest have evolved toward the 7.5 inch ride on stuff when on the property.  Working like crazy to improve my live steam knowledge and the days are full with all that brings.

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      If you, or any other member of the "LSC Family", are in the area, drop me a note and we can arrange a nice tour of the railroad.

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      All the best and a Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends here at LSC.

       

       

       

    • November 19, 2017 7:54 AM EST
    • So you will be spending the winter in FL eventually?  Have you changed locations when you will winter in FL?  Later RJD

    • November 19, 2017 12:28 PM EST
    • Diving and Snorkeling are two of my favorite other hobbies. This video was from our trip to Maui last month. We stayed at our favorite resort The Sheraton at Black Rock Kaanapali.  Best snorkeling right in front of the Sheraton.  My old GoPro2 quit on me day 2 so I was "forced" to by the new GoPro Black 6, oh darn.  It has many more features and I can shoot in 4k now.  It' a great camera and took many video, so much more production to do.