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  1. ArcticDave

    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I have always wanted to fly. I was lucky enough to get some stick time growing up in my uncles Cessna 170 and his Piper Pa-18. He did the take off and landing part... I just got to do flying part. It was enough to get me hooked thoroughly. I don't have a pilots license. Never could afford it. I always figured that was a dream that would never happen. Then I started looking at homebuilt designs and found one that got my interest. The Legal Eagle is, when built to plans, a legal FAR 103 ultralight. Thrust is supplied by a half VW engine. The airborne prospector is coming! The picture I attached is a very crudely photochopped image of a completed LE I'll document the build here in the hobby section( got to spice it up a bit, this section is slooooww.) Hopefully the first week of next month I will have enough money to run over to Corona, California and pick up supplies for the project. I tried to source the 4130 chromoly from Phoenix, but prices were over three times the cost of getting it myself from Aircraft Spruce. Check out a youtube user Joe Spencer, He has some great videos. Les Homan is another youtuber flying a Legal Eagle with some great videos. Enjoy! Feel free to chime in as we go along. It would be awesome to get this thing airborne by next summer.
  2. ArcticDave

    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I hope it won't warp too bad. I have each size bundled tightly with masking tape in several places. They are all laying on a flat table too...that's about the best I can do for now. Should be ok till fall and drier weather.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    The monsoon humidity has forced me to stop the construction of the wings and tailfeathers. The wood feels damp from all the rain we have been having this year. Even under a covered area it is soaking up moisture from the air. I will restart those when our weather dries out for a couple of months. In the meantime, I pulled the fuselage out of the barn and started working on it. There is still a lot of mounting tabs and whatnot to weld on. I cut a piece of 1/8" mahagony plywood to the approximate shape for the roof of my dash panel. I have got it soaking in a tub of water to allow it to bend to the shape I need without cracking. When it softens up, I will form it in place and clamp it. When it dries it should retain the rough shape of the curve I need. I'll add more pics when it is in place.
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    Camp oven Chile Verde

    The chile harvest is upon us, and I'd thought I would share how I make chile verde. First get your camp oven hot. A bed of coals from a campfire works great, as does a freestanding LP camp stove like mine in the pictures. Throw in two or three tablespoons of fat. Be it oil, lard, or bacon fat. I used bacon fat here. Use what you like. Now add in a couple of pounds of meat for a small batch, more if you're feeding a herd. Stir fry the meat till golden. Now add half an onion and a couple of gloves of garlic, all chopped. I added some mushrooms to mine because they were looking lonely in the fridge. When everything is nicely browned, sprinkle two tablespoons of flour over it all. Stir like he'll When the flour is absorbed into the oil coating it all, slowly add a little water at a time continuing to stir. If you've done it right it will look like a nice light brown gravy. It will NOT taste like gravy yet....so keep your fingers out of it! Allow to simmer in the thick gravy for a few minutes to cook the flour taste off. Now is a good time to add whatever herbs you want. I added some rosemary that I crushed, along with a bit of cumin. Now add enough water to completely cover the mixture and simmer covered at a low boil for an hour or so. Next add your chile. You can just chop them up and throw them in, but I like roasting and peeling them first. I had some tomatillos, so I tossed those in too. Cervasa por favor? Now add a bottle of your favorite malted beverage. Use good beer, if it isn't good enough to drink...don't cook with it. Simmer covered until thick and delicious. Salt to taste and serve with a tortilla roasted on the inverted lid of your camp oven. Heat level will be mild to wild depending on what kind of chile you used. If you make a hot batch...make sure to share with a friend
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    Camp oven Chile Verde

    Wow...they have a lot of varieties of chile Bob! Looks like a great place to order seeds. I have a little spot here next to the house that I have considered tilling up for a garden. Homegrown produce is the best. Regardless of where the local chile is sourced, it is what we have available. I make do with what I can.
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    Camp oven Chile Verde

    Bob, there are pallets of Hatch chile in the Wickenburg grocery stores, but no local roasters that I'm aware of. You have to build your own roaster out here in the boonies. I might do that one day, but for now the grill works easy enough. I have been using it in kinds of things! I feel like Bubba in Forest Gump...except with chile. Chile verde, chile and cream cheese on crackers, chile and sausage scrambled eggs, chile and rice, chile grits, chicken and chile, grilled chile with a steak, and it makes a hamburger just frickin awesome, and I have even been thinking of making some chile jelly! Thank you for the tips Fred. I'll pick up some more and get them all roasted, peeled, and frozen so I'll have enough for a big batch of chile verde at the November outing.
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    Camp oven Chile Verde

    It is not the most fun thing to do for sure. It seems the more you blacken the skin, the easier it slips off. Sorta like pulling off a used c...nevermind
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    Camp oven Chile Verde

    Thanks Fred! I was wondering if there was a way to preserve them.
  9. ArcticDave

    Camp oven Chile Verde

    I might make a batch for the November outing if I can still get good chile by then.
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    Hunting rifles!

    I'm of the same mind Bob. I try and get as close as I possibly can. We hunted alpine tundra right at and above treeline. As you can see in that moose pic, there is plenty of cover from all the low brush. If you sneak along and stay downwind, long shots really weren't needed. I didn't even know they made 125's! I will have to look for some I will check out the Hogue. I'm open to a synthetic stock, but I really don't like the plastic remington stock it's wearing now. I think the date on that moose picture was the last time I shot the dang thing.
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    Hunting rifles!

    Here is mine. Remington 700 bdl in 30.06 I contacted Remington a few years ago and sent them pictures of all the barrel stampings, and they told me this rifle was born in 1967. The Redfield is of similar vintage. It still shoots straight and I've taken 3 moose and maybe a dozen caribou with it. I don't really care for it's current plastic stock and am carving a new one out of a nice chunk of walnut. Bob...it goes against the grain, but I've gotten very good performance out of 150g bullets. A little flatter trajectory and they still seem to have plenty of punch. My last two moose were both taken with 150's at around 150-200 yards. Both shots went through the shoulder and shredded internals. Neither critter went more than a few yards.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    Tis the way it should be.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    It is a shame that kind of hospitality is disappearing. It was very common in south Alabama, where my family originates, and Alaska. In Alaska it was a survival issue. Travel in the old days was arduous, and the next cabin down the line may provide the shelter and warmth needed to live until tomorrow. I bet it was the same way in the desert for similar reasons, just the opposite climate. Neighbors taking care of each other! What a novel concept...I like it. Speaking of chile... The local grocery store just got in a pallet of some fresh Hatch goods. I filled up a bag and brought them home. I think tomorrow I will fire up the grill and give them a good roasting. Some chile and pig with tortillas sounds divine!
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    I've always liked those older Cruisers. Use the right tool for the job. The veedub would be parked under a tarp till all that white stuff disappeared! I sacrificed the last Jeep I built to help pay for the airplane project. It was a great Jeep, but it was overkill for 99% of the off roading here. I decided flying was more important. I will build another 4x4 from scratch one day... maybe when Bam comes to Arizona and kicks me in the family jewels.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    It is a hoot. It rides and handles better than any Jeep I can afford. The open cockpit is fun in nasty weather, but it has all four cylinders.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    Bob, Think the NM fuzz would pull me over for driving this? I don't know the laws over there. It's street legal here.
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    My prospecting Bronco project finished

    We can camo that for about $100 tops. It is a very budget friendly way to go about it...and super simple to touch up when you scrape it through the desert. Right on, I'm glad you're coming down for the outing man!
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    My prospecting Bronco project finished

    When you are done...drive it down here and I'll show you how to camouflage it correctly. It would look bada$$ with those meaty tires and black wheels.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    http://www.omnimap.com/catalog/access/raised.htm You can still order some of those maps! Not as cheap as Bob's find...
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    Hopefully one day. My rifle is sitting forlorn in the corner with cobwebs growing on it.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    We'll have to wait and see if we can stand each other that long... It would be nice to get back somewhere the hunting is good. I haven't been since I moved to Arizona. All the rifle hunts are draw only here and it can take years of applying in the lottery to win a tag. That is definitely something I miss about Alaska. I like the area. We had planned on going back up there a couple of weekends ago, but the specter of insufficient funds raised it's ugly head. Hopefully when she gets time off during fall break(she works for a local school district)...we can shoot back up there and explore. I'm afraid you're right on the airplane. I don't think the little half VW will do it. I'd have to either design a turbo setup for it, or just pull the 1/2 veedub off and replace it with a 2 stroke Rotax.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    It's beautiful country. I can see why you spent time up there. You're right about it being mostly empty of people. I saw very little traffic. My girlfriend wants to buy some property in the Alpine area. She is a Phoenix native and has never experienced a real mountain winter...she is going to be in for a rude awakening.
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    "Clay talks about fires and stuff"!!!

    I remember those old relief maps from school! I would hang one on my wall without hesitation. These were taken in the Blue Mountain area, on the road between Alpine and Clifton. I was only there briefly... but I want to go back.
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    My prospecting Bronco project finished

    Good job Shay! I know you have worked hard on it You're old enough to know better...it will never be "finished". That is just a little (big) white lie we tell the girlfriend/wife as we decend the ladder into insanity. When are we installing the turbo?
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    That's strange. Knew someone who was the same way, a high school buddy's older brother...and he's dead too.
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