No guard rails, awesome.

This mule deer jumped up in front of us as we went out of bounds at Glacier Point in Yosemite. It was scaling a pretty steep incline.

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Fluffy clouds are fluffy

Now that the “skeleton” is in place, I’m thinking this thing needs some skin.  I picked up these 4’x8’ sheets of plywood at Home Depot.  They cost a bit more than I feel like they should.  Something like $25 a piece.  But it’s about the only thing that will work for this. The other thing is it’s impossible to find a sheet that is perfectly flat.  Makes them tough to cut in the extreme cases.

The prototype for this is easy: two clamps and a sheet :)

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Red alert!

Let me start this off by saying that the nose cone of my “couple-weekends-only” project is my arch-nemisis. It’s taken easily half the effort of this project.

I swear I aced geometry in highschool…

So this is where we are at:

Obviously, if we put walls on this thing, it won’t be very aerodynamic. So we need some sort of a nose cone. Seems simple…

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You can’t fly a spaceship or entertain young children unless you have some cool interactions. Let’s think this through…

The second row of seating (Communications and Navigation Officer) doesn’t have a nearby wall to mount panels to. We’ll need to integrate something with the nose cone…

That’s a start. From the side?

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So, What did I realize I did wrong?

Let’s take a closer look at an earlier state:

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