Over the last few years I have received many e-mails about design, what makes a designer, how design works, and how I became a designer.
I have decided I will do a series of post (4-5 parts) which will follow how I feel I became a designer. I know many will say ” you are not a designer Damon as you have no formal schooling or training” all I have to say to that is Bollocks!!
I plan on creating a few slides and maybe even a few videos. This will take some time as I am deep in new exciting challenges with my new job.
So stay tuned and I hope to share some fun design excitement!!
I found out something very cool. A student at a university in Mexico reached out to me about my B36D flap design. He shared that his professor had been using my designs I have posted on youtube in their studies of Aviation Designs. He then shared that they were given a assignment to design their own B36D flap. It is very humbling to think my designs may be shaping young minds in Aviation.
The C130 is still on schedule for a March 2015 test flight. If weather permits, mid March will be taxi testing and then around the last week the test and shake down flights. The project is moving along very well. With the help of a few pals we are now designing our own micro sequencers that will operate all the jack screws on the landing gears. We plan to have all gear design done by November 1st. In November we will start on the motor nacelles and wings. The finial mating of the two fuselage halves should happen by mid December.
I have had many ask why I have not designed and built a large EDF (electric ducted fan). The biggest reason is large EDF units are terribly expensive, plus they just are not big enough. A few years ago I had a bunch of 18-12 props left over from testing on my B-36 so I designed a make-shift (large) fan for a EDF unit which would be 12″ in diameter. While the test went well the fan was destroyed in testing. The picture attached is of the #2 test fan which never got tested (shown without hub), but the #1 fan gave me enough data to show me that my design and idea may work. The rendering is that of a fan unit which would go on a 200″ span A320.
We have accumulated a bunch of crazy stuff over the years, and it just keeping pouring on in. Every 3-4 weeks we will post in our Discount Den what we are selling. And all sales go to building bigger and greater things. We have plastic kits, old glow engines, ESC’s radio’s, props, and stuff.