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General Discussion / Fossils on the property
« Last post by General Malarky on October 06, 2017, 01:04:18 PM »
Was out walking around in the clearing where the proposed drone field is to be and I came across a trio of fossils in some exposed rock. I did not have a camera to take photos of them, sadly. I did set up some stones around them, though. They are about 20-30 feet from the property line, just North of the path that folks have been running ATV's and Dirt Bikes through.

Two of the fossils were similar in design while the third seemed quite different. The first two were long (roughly 18 inches?) and narrow (tapered from 3 inches to an inch) segmented pattern. I suspect they were likely from a plant. The third looked kind of like a long (6-7 inches) and narrow (a fairly uniform 1 inch across) pinecone or perhaps a very large caterpillar?

Would this be worth mentioning to Queen's or some form of archeology group?
General Discussion / Re: Users on line.
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 04, 2017, 07:43:06 AM »
Where do you see users on line?

At the bottom of the HOME page.
General Discussion / Re: Users on line.
« Last post by Dwayne on October 04, 2017, 06:51:47 AM »
Where do you see users on line?
Plans, Projects, Building and Flying Tips / Steaming Dents Out Of Foam
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 04, 2017, 06:08:35 AM »
This is a technique which I have been using. I even thought that I had invented it! On several recent occasions, I heard folks asking for advice about this.
I came across this write-up, with pictures, and thought that it would be useful to post here:


 In cases where there is some major damage, say, near the leading edge of a glider wing, you may not be able to completely heal it using this technique. You may even have had to splice in a chunk of foam and then try to conform the repair to desired shape. I had to do such a repair on a large foam sailplane canopy after it popped off and encountered the prop on its way out.

 Light spackling compound is your friend! It weighs very little, can be  thinned with water as needed, applied in layers and easily sanded. Give it lots of time to thoroughly dry, don't try to build up huge globs as once, especially if you have mixed any water in. Overnight is a perfect cure time. After sanding, you can paint over it, and the surrounding area, if you wish. My canopy was a real mess, but after repairing and painting (several coats of brushed on water-based acrylic craft paint), it is very hard to tell that it was ever damaged.
General Discussion / Re: Users on line.
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 04, 2017, 05:02:36 AM »
I changed it to reflect the past 24 hours (1440 minutes) to try to better determine usage. The options are limited. Formerly, there were absurd numbers showing up (2500+ "Guests", for instance).
General Discussion / Users on line.
« Last post by Flypaper 2 on October 04, 2017, 04:48:46 AM »
What happened to the old one. The numbers on there now mean nothing.
General Discussion / Too quiet in here!
« Last post by Deerslayer on October 03, 2017, 08:21:04 AM »
Hello  -   Is anyone out there?

Ok, here is a nice little video, a little bit of fighter jock competition ...

Of course, there can be a lighter side to  life, as well ...
FPV at KRCM / Photographing FPV racing.
« Last post by cicopo on October 02, 2017, 06:47:43 PM »
I was invited to photograph some drone racing which was a new venue for me. I didn't know anything about it but I thought that the Auto focus systems of my cameras would not be up to this due to physical size and speeds. This proved to be true but fortunately it was possible to pre focus on a zone and wait for action within that zone. A bit of experimentation on shutter speeds (it was a bright sunny day) found a decent shutter speed range between 1/2500 to 1/3200 second to almost freeze the drone while showing some prop blur. With most of the action occurring at the single gate in the centre of the course that became my target zone but I hadn't brought a tripod so held the camera to my face to try to keep the gate in frame, watched the drones approach with the other eye and  used the "spray & pray" method of holding the shutter button down as they passed near the gate. A tripod and shutter release cable would make this a relatively easy job.
My advice to anyone trying to photograph these is to set your ISO high enough, (but no higher) to allow shutter speeds between 1/2500 - 1/4000 using shutter speed as the priority (Tv or SS setting) that produces an aperture in the f 8 to f 16 range. This should give a bit of a depth of field and freeze the drone. Try to frame the gate (or another area) and then let the AF focus your lens slightly in front of it Once the lens has focused turn the AF off (usually done with a switch on the lens). Repeat this if you move the camera relative to your target zone.
The album from my first attempt at it worked out better than expected & can be found here.
General Discussion / Re: Taking your baby for a walk, in style
« Last post by Dwayne on September 24, 2017, 07:01:56 AM »
Brings a whole new meaning to helicopter parent  :laugh: :P ;D 8)
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