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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Dr. James Hammond, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Dr. James Hammond

    Dr. James Hammond New Member

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    Hi Chaps,

    James Hammond here, I'm a hardcore Brit who happens to have lived in Taiwan for the last 34 years.
    I have had a lifelong interest in woodwork started at the age of 6 by my father who was a watch repairer turned boat builder. Long hours I remember watching him fashion dumb old bits of wood into beautifully shaped pieces that fitted exactly where they were supposed to - then he'd transform them into art by lovingly applying the finishes. Oh the smell of Turpentine!
    Later I transferred the skills I had learned into what turned out to be a lifelong passion for model aeroplanes - in the last three decades, radio controlled model gliders - but I digress.
    Now retired after a long career as an aviation/aerospace engineer and designer, I have more time to do what I'd like to - and that includes various woodwork and cabinetry projects, furniture, glass cases clocks etc etc - but I have so many offcuts of really fine and sometimes rare woods. So what to do with them?
    The answer: Slingshots! - or as we used to all them when we were grotty little kids in England - Catapults!
    Hopefully I can learn how to make these lovely little devices from you wiser and more experienced heads.

    Cheers,

    James.
     
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  2. Arturo Borquez

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    Welcome from Chile James, building slingshots is fun for sure, with your background I have no doubt you will do it very well ... after building then time to shoot ... double fun !!!
     
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    Welcome mate!
     
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    Welcome


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    Welcome from Houston
     
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    Welcome from southern Ohio!

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    Welcome from Arizona and lots of good information here and great people. Enjoy!
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Hello! A few of windsurfing bros and sisters were born in the UK. Good times at the beach bar. Especially when the accents and idioms result in a good misunderstanding and laugh. Sort of also fly R/C platforms. Hand launched and electric launch gliders. "Fly" as in glide, crash, repair, repeat, and finally trash. Except for one that caught a boomer of a thermal and ascended into the glider heaven. Not a modeler. Store bought "foames".Less tears shed when crashed and trashed. Did build one from scratch. Few deficiencies in design and build resulted in a bit unstable platform.
     

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