By definition, a whirligig is intended to catch wind and spin some part of the device. For that simple reason, it seems like anyone that builds whirligigs will have to have an airplane in their repertoire, right? And not only that, but my father-in-law is a private pilot who has lived a lifetime based around airplanes. And let’s just say he knows a thing or two about the floats that allow an airplane to land on water as well…
So you take that background, and you end up with my next project – a whirligig replica of a Cessna 182 (though I think I missed the mark and made it look more like a 206) on a set of Wipline amphibious 3000 floats.
I did this project slightly different in that I made it a bit more 3D than most whirligigs. For that reason, it’s also quite a bit heavier and bulkier than most whirligigs.
Because of the 3D design and the angles and such of the body of the Cessna and Wipline floats, this project proved to be a bit challenging. There’s a lot more thinking and math that needs to go into something like this than some of the other projects I’ve done. The more angles and such the more complex things get and the more you need to think about how it all comes together. Despite that, the firewood pile out of this project only grew a small amount (but yes, there were some pieces added to that pile…) and I enjoyed the ‘challenge’ to think in angles for a while.
When I see a problem, I just want to fix it. And when my mind is set on something I get obsessive about focusing on that task until it is one. Since my early days in front of a computer I have been building websites, graphics, and multimedia presentations that are designed with the end user in mind to ensure that they are easy to use, understand, and fun. If what I'm working on doesn't enlighten someone, then I've done something wrong.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right”
- Hunter S. Thompson
“If it could be done, it should be done.”
- Brian Prom
Yes, I just quoted my self. This quote is both my saving grace and my achilles heel. At times this leads me to recreating something that someone else created. But the journey it takes to accomplish the task is packed full of exploration and learning opportunities, and that's what makes the effort worth it.
At the end of the day, I’m a light hearted soul that likes to put a smile on the faces of others - because we all need to smile from time to time and let out a little laugh once in a while. It’s good for the heart, mind, body, and soul.
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