Weekend (mis)Adventures 2: RC Planes, part II

A couple weeks after our last adventure, D managed to tree his Gamma 370. However, it dawned on us that the entirety of the propulsion components of the 370 (Motor, ESC, and battery) were available from the local hobby shop. Given that the rest of the Gamma 370 was just some foam in the shape of an airplane, we decided it would be interesting to try to build a plane from “scratch”. Here’s what we had to work with:

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Weekend (mis)Adventures 1: RC Planes

IT’S A POST BY J!!!!!!!

Ahem. Anyway, now that I’m back on the same side of the country as D, we try to get together every weekend to do something. At some point we figured we might as well document some of what we’re doing and put it on Nonsense Wars. That’s the entire point of having a blog/website right?

Step 1: Do stuff.
Step 2: Take photos of yourself doing stuff.
Step 3: Post photos of yourself doing stuff to internet. Maybe write about yourself doing stuff.
Step 4: Do more stuff.

Some of you might object that “??? […] Profit!” is missing. That’s not how the internet works for most people.

Anyway, on to Step 3!

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Boats 2011 – Death and Taxes

Now that I’m back from San Diego, I finally get to post about my boat.

This boat features a drive system known as the Voith Schneider propeller (VSP), which is those blades you see sticking out of the bottom of the ship. Wikipedia has a more detailed explanation of how the system works , but in short the system works by rotating the blades in a circle while changing their angle, in effect “scooping” water in a particular direction when the blades are not tangential to the circle they rotate in. The direction of thrust can be changed by moving a control rod that controls the center of tangency (?) of the blades (the blue dot in this diagram.)

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J309 – Touhou Sketch 9

You might have expected this one to be Cirno, but the heuristic I use for choosing the next character wouldn’t let it happen. Presenting a Yakumo “family” triple-portrait:

Characters are:
Yakumo Yukari (friend of Reimu and Suika). Theme.
Yakumo Ran (Yukari’s shikigami (familiar) ). Theme.
Chen (Ran’s shikigami). Theme.

Yukari is the youkai of boundaries, so I thought it’d be interesting to have her open up a boundary in the paper. Ran and Chen were drawn first, with a rough outline of where I wanted to put Yukari (Aside: I really like how Ran turned out in this one, although I’ve never drawn her before.). I then drew Yukari on another sheet of paper and cut her out. I cut out the boundary’s shape on the paper with Ran and Chen, going around Chen’s head. Then I cut some more holes off to the side and tied ribbon (this was the hardest part >.> ).

Interesting note: The first time I scanned I forgot to put anything behind the boundary’s hole, so it just showed up white in the scan due to the scanner’s cover. Problem solved with construction paper.

J293 – Strike Witches Top Hat

So, recently, the MIT Anime Club had an event, “Snooty Anime Discussion Hour”. I quote here the event description:

“It’s like the Internet without the flaming and trolling! Join fellow fans in discussing current and exciting issues in anime, fandom, and the industry in a forum-like setting. Or just sit in and learn more about our favorite medium! Tea and snacks provided.”

Of course, as it’s a snooty anime discussion hour, there must be hats. So I made this one with my friend TV&:

I didn’t actually wear this one (I had a large pirate hat), but it was for my friend wah, who runs this blog here.

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J287 – Pumpkin Carving 2010


My dorm had a pumpkin-carving event again this year! I made my own patterns, headed down to the dining hall (which isn’t actually used for dining, as there’s no kitchen), and found…

There were no pumpkin carving saws!

Essentially, pumpkin saws are a short, fine-toothed saw blade used for carving pumpkins (see here for some examples). The main advantage they have over knives is that they have a lot more finesse so you can carve detailed patterns.

So, all they had were paring knives … but as you can see I still managed to pull off the above pattern. There were some mistakes, of course … (note the pins in the wings)

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J260 – SOS-dan Paperweight

[11/7/2009] So, late again … I had a thermodynamics test this week … and I forgot my calculator …

Let’s talk about something else!

So, this was a paperweight I made in one of my classes, “Design and Manufacturing II” (It says “Design and Manufacturing II”, but it’s more like this class is “Manufacturing” and “Design and Manufacturing I” was “Design”. This happens a lot in the Mechanical Engineering department; a lot of classes are named “A and B I” and “A and B II”, but what actually happens is that “A and B I” winds up being only “A” and “A and B II” winds up being only “B”. I had heard that the classes used to be named that way, but they wanted to make it more clear which classes were paired, so they gave them more descriptive but less accurate names.). The paperweight was machined from a 3-inch diameter 5/8-inch thick aluminum blank. The inscription on the paperweight is a reference to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a well-known series of light novels and anime. For those of you with access to machine tools and wanting to make your own version of the paperweight, a dimensioned drawing is supplied here.

An amusing other feature of the paperweight is that there’s a small bump in the center of the back of the paperweight, so if you put it on a flat surface and spin it it’ll go for a while…

Anyway, that’s all for this week. Also, happy CRN 8th Anniversary~!

J257 – 24 Hour Comic Day, 2009

[10/12/2009] As I said last week, I participated in 24-hour comic day. Today’s image was the result of passing around a sheet of paper and asking everyone present to draw a self-portrait and sign their name.

So, the target was 24 pages in 24 hours … I planned out a 12-page comic (plot wouldn’t stretch any farther), and was able to pencil in 8 pages before time ran out. I’m going to finish pencilling them in at some point, and then probably ink and letter them. I also have the original plan for the comic, which was laid out on 3″x5″ index cards. I’ll probably post those at some point too.

Of course, when you stay awake for 24 hours straight, you start getting a little wonky. One of the things produced as a result of this wonkiness was this:

The expression here is based off of a well-known face made by the character Konata from the show “Lucky Star”, as seen here.

Another product of our sleep-deprived minds: Manga on BREAD!!

One of my friends said she had a “nightmare” in which I told her to draw manga on bread because the India ink would stay better (or something like that), but that was crazy because drawing it on bread obviously wouldn’t work … cue another friend and I whipping out our pens and drawing on of of the endpieces of a loaf a bread we had bought as food for 24HCD. I used a thin felt-tip lineart pen (the same type I use to ink my comics) to draw on the “crust” side of the bread. However, the softness of the actual bread made it impossible to ink on the other side of the slice, so I borrowed a brush-tip pen and was able to draw. I suspect it’ll be easier if you let the bread dry out first…

Until next week, when hopefully I can post the finished version of my 24HCD comic…